Flowers in the month of May

The timeless adage “April showers bring May flowers” might not ring entirely true this year, but that won’t stop the Bremerton Urban Garden Society from celebrating.

The fifth annual May Festival sprouts at 10 a.m. May 10 at the Seaside Church parking lot near Evergreen Park and will have something for everyone, said BUGS spokeswoman Carolee Valentine.

“The focus is on urban gardening and providing people information about urban gardening,” Valentine said, noting that the area’s climate allows for year-round gardening.

Plant starts will be available at the event along with different booths and vendors representing the entire spectrum of agricultural production in urban environments like Bremerton, she said.

“It’s also the kick off to the Bremerton Farmers Market season, which begins on May 15,” she said.

With the rising cost of food, it’s important for people to know that they can grow their own crops, even if they live in an apartment or other residence with limited space, she said.

“We don’t have a very big yard, but we eat out of our garden all year,” she said.

Community garden plots like those at Blueberry Park in Bremerton and Raab Park in Poulsbo provide other venues for people wanting to grow gardens but lacking the land on which to do so, she said.

“The more people ask for them, the more likely more land will become available,” she said.

Throughout its five-year history, what began as the brainchild of former Cafe Destino owners Kyle and Cynthia Kruver, has become an educational showcase for urban gardening, she said, adding that the learning opportunities are designed for everyone including children.

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