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Invasive fruit fly now on Coast

Invasive fruit fly now on Coast

downloadSpotted Wing Drosophila is a fruit fly new to the Sunshine Coast region. It lays its eggs while the fruit is forming, causing it to rot before it can be harvested. This invasive fruit fly attacks more than once per season and poses a real threat to area food crops. To help area gardeners and farmers understand this pest and its control, Sunshine Coast Regional District is sponsoring a workshop at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden (the Bot) on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. Master Gardener Jo Canning will explain the nature of this threat to fruit and berry crops.

The Bot offers advice to gardeners on a variety of topics. Its workshop on Wednesday, June 18, will explain how to extend the harvest season into November and intermittently until spring. Instructor Harry Hill will discuss crops and planting times, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation (suggested: $10 per person).

The Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden, located at 5941 Mason Road in Sechelt, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Wednesday (closed Thursday). Generously supported by the Sunshine Coast Credit Union, it welcomes visitors and new members.

For more information, visit www.coastbotanical .


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