“In Your Backyard” event, March 20-21 at the NOTL Campus

Niagara College will celebrate the arrival of spring with the annual “In Your Backyard” event, which includes the 41st Annual Horticultural Open House and Plant Sale.

The community is invited to join the celebration at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, March 20-21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The popular event has grown in recent years to incorporate the work and talents of students in the College’s culinary, wine, esthetics, golf management, hairstyling, hospitality and tourism, and environmental program areas. This year, students in the Event Management Graduate Certificate program will play a lead role in organizing the two-day event.

Guests will enjoy speakers, student displays, demonstrations, applied research projects, exhibits and expert garden advice. Local garden clubs and horticultural industry representatives will be on-site, and students will provide interactive tours both days.

The successful “Backyard Marketplace” returns this year to provide a venue for a wide selection of Niagara businesses, and will feature more than 40 vendors, including clothing, jewelry, food exhibits, viticulture, and garden and home décor. Concession-style refreshments will also be available in the marketplace.

Among this year’s exhibitors and presentations are Valleybrook Gardens, Perennial Combinations to Knock your Croc’s Off, Skyhunters Birds of Prey, Arvinda’s Healthy Gourmet Cooking School, featuring an interactive presentation, and a live broadcast with Bruce Zimmerman from 105.1 FM The River, as he hosts the “Garden Show” live from the Niagara College Greenhouse. The event will also feature a Niagara Research Open House, hair and fantasy make-up competitions, mini-manicures, kids cooking class, and wine seminars and demonstrations at the new state-of-the-art Wine Visitor + Education Centre.

Visitors can sample award-winning Niagara College Teaching Winery wines, available in the NCT Winery Retail Store located in the new Wine Visitor + Education Centre, and the Niagara Culinary Institute (NCI) Dining Room will also be open throughout the event. On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the NCI will also play host to the Vintage Hotels Culinary Competition which will see more than 40 culinary and baking students compete for prizes and a one-year mentorship sponsored by Vintage Hotels. Winners will go on to compete in the Skills Canada competition. The action takes place in the NCI food labs.

A colourful selection of thousands of student-grown plants will be available to purchase in the Greenhouse. All plants are grown by Niagara College students, with revenues from plant sales supporting educational programs at Niagara College.

Admission and parking for the annual “In Your Backyard” Horticultural Open House and Plant Sale event are free. Visitors will have a chance to win a Niagara College Basket door prize worth over $200. For more information, including a list of events, speakers and exhibitors, visit www.NiagaraCollege.ca/inyourbackyard.

The Niagara College Greenhouse is a living lab and classroom for students in the horticultural programs. Located in the heart of Canada’s rapidly expanding greenhouse industry and near the base of the Niagara Escarpment, at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, the living classroom is key to success in the education of horticultural students by offering hands-on experience and expert advice from top industry leaders. For more information, visit www.NiagaraCollege.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Gordon Hunchak
Director, Marketing & Communications
Niagara College
905-735-2211, ext. 7567
905-650-7820 (cell)
ghunchak@niagaracollege.ca

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