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Gardening society leaves legacy for Kwantlen horticulture students


June 17, 2009
By Mike Jiggens

THE North Shore Gardens Contest Society in Vancouver has created an endowment for Kwantlen Polytechnic University horticulture students with a demonstrated interest in civic beautification.

After 22 years, the society has decided to discontinue its organization but, before doing so, its members wished to leave a horticultural legacy by donating $10,000 for Kwantlen scholarships.

“Since Expo ’86, we have noticed a huge increase in interest in commercial and residential gardening,” said Dirk Oostindie of the North Shore Gardens Contest Society. “And we believe that our garden contests and annual tours played a crucial role. By leaving a legacy to Kwantlen’s horticulture program, we are hoping that Metro Vancouver communities will continue to derive the benefit from our society for years to come.”

The $10,000 donation will be matched by the Kwantlen Foundation for a total investment of $20,000. The North Shore Gardens Contest Society Legacy Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who has completed 45 credits of Kwantlen’s landscape design and installation program.

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For more information or to make a donation, visit http://www.kwantlen.ca/foundation, or call (604) 599-2010.