The Rotary Gardens in Radium Hot Springs is full this coming season, with a waitlist.
The garden boasts a gazebo, garden shed, composters, rose garden, a communal garden area, and 40 raised beds. It has become a tourist attraction and a venue for photographers, wedding parties and others just looking to enjoy the sense of peace and serenity the garden offers.
If you are interested in being on the wait list for a garden bed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Gardeners must be property owners or tenants in Radium. There is an annual fee and gardener’s must abide by the Gardener’s Handbook.
In 2014, the Radium Sunrise Rotary club began raising funds for a community garden project and started on construction in the fall of 2014. The Rotary Gardens project is on the parcel of land behind the old Radium elementary school (which the school board now leases to Parks Canada). The school board also owns the adjacent empty lot (that is now home to the gardens), which the Village of Radium Hot Springs has license to use. The Village gave the Rotary club the go-ahead to construct the community garden there, with the plan that, once the project was finished, responsibility for it would revert back to the Village.
In 2015, the garden was handed over to the Village. A garden committee was formed and the members of that committee manage the Rotary Gardens.