Love art? Check out Saturday’s NDG Art Hive Pop-Up

Source: La Ruche d’Art de NDG Art Hive Facebook page

If you want to spark your creativity, there’s a fun, free,  family friendly event happening Saturday at the new Benny Library in NDG – a duct (duck) tape workshop.

I’m not exactly what this workshop entails – maybe you’re making a wallet? I’ve met some of the folks who run the Cheap Art Collective and the NDG Art Hive and I can assure you they are a lot of fun and very creative.

The art hive welcome people of all ages and children under 12 may attend so long as they are accompanied by an adult. The duct (duck?) tape workshop isn’t geared for the under-five set but there’s plenty of donated art material available so your child will have something to do even if they don’t participate.

The NDG Art Hive “popped up” last summer in NDG Park (what locals call Girouard Park) where it was based out of the park’s chalet.

Now it looks like this art hive pop-up will be a regular happening at Benny Library with future pop-ups planned for March 19, April 30 and May 21.

When: Saturday February 27, 2016, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Benny Library, 6400 Monkland Avenue


Event Facebook page may be found here



Montreal gardeners: Seedy Weekend is underway

12628526_956769837736642_8276862836829375144_oFor years I’ve bought seeds and learned plenty during Seedy Weekends (well Seedy Sunday, especially) at Montreal’s Botanical Garden (Jardin botanique de Montréal).

If you’re looking for gardening tips or planning to grow a lot of plants from seed or trading seeds in a seed exchange, it’s worth it because there are films, workshops and more than 20 stands with all sorts of vendors and non-profit groups selling seeds and garden-related items. It’s fun too if you’re curious about gardening or want to try something different in your garden. I’ve picked some interesting heirloom and organic seed varieties over the years. For instance, I didn’t know what an “apple” pepper would look like till I grew them  last summer. I’ve learned a lot talking to vendors, who will give you tips on growing plants or on products such as fish emulsion, grow-lites for seed starting, that sort of thing. The indoor, country fair-like atmosphere means you meet people who are down to earth and friendly.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the NDG Food Depot’s gardening projects. The Food Depot recently absorbed Action Communiterre, which ran a network of collective gardens all over NDG. It’s a good cause and I know folks at the NDG Food Depot and Les amis du Jardin botanique and Espace pour la vie worked hard to put on a great event.

Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 Rue Sherbrooke E. at the Main Exhibition Greenhouse, Pie-IX metro station

When: Today, Friday Feb. 12, 2016  12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 13  & Sunday Feb. 14 2016, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Admission: Free for Seedy Weekend activities only.


Event Facebook page

Espace pour la vie There’s an error on the page. Access isn’t “free with paid admission to the Botanical Garden greenhouses,” it’s free, period. But if you want to check out the greenhouses to see the plants, you’ll need  a ticket. (Silly me. I thought Butterflies Go Free had started and mentioned that you’d need a ticket to see it but it’s not here yet. It’s coming Feb. 18)