White to speak at Garden Club

  • Feb. 14, 2011 3:00 p.m.

By Margaret Houben

North Thompson

Star/Journal

At the February 20 meeting of the North Thompson Valley Garden Club, the speaker will be Steve White of Little Fort.  His presentation will start after the general meeting, at 2 p.m.  

White will be talking about organic gardening in general, with more specific information on the gardening course he will be teaching through the Clearwater Resource Centre.

White says he grew up in England, “in a small house on a small lot in a very big city”.  The front garden was lovingly tended by his mother, who spent what little time she could spare growing flowers, especially peonies.  The back yard of the pie-shaped lot was tiny and his father grew potatoes in it, once.

In 1968 White and his wife, Sheena, came to Canada to be on the teaching staff of the Little Fort Elementary School.  After several years, Steve moved to the Barriere Elementary School as a classroom teacher and then as the school’s administrative assistant.  

Following his time at Barriere, White’s career led him to Clearwater where he served first as the principal of the Dutch Lake School, and later of the Raft River School.

Retired for a number of years, White says he has been able to devote more time to his constantly evolving, always organic garden.  He has enjoyed combining two of his great enthusiasms, teaching and gardening, and sharing them through his course, “Vegetable Gardening, Naturally!”

Everyone is welcome to attend his presentation to the Garden Club.