Plant sale supports Rwandan projects

Weekend sale, April 30 and May 1, helps Oak Bay couple help African widows and children

John Jordan sits with a grandmother suffering from COPD after 40 years cooking over an open fire.  His organization has produced and installed over 10

John Jordan sits with a grandmother suffering from COPD after 40 years cooking over an open fire. His organization has produced and installed over 10

Oak Bay gardeners are invited to the home of John and Toni Jordan this weekend to enjoy the fruits of their garden labours and support ongoing projects in Rwanda.

The sale, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 and May 1, is at 178 Beach Dr., at Victoria Street.

“In Rwanda we teach improved methods of raising bees, animals and vegetables by intense gardening. We build safe and dignified toilets, safe and efficient cook stoves (and) labour-saving water catchment systems,” says Jordan, who founded Rwanda Rising in 2009.

“This year we sponsor 50 kids from mud houses to attend boarding school, vocational training or university. Much of it will be made possible by donations and our plant sales.”

For gardners, “this year we have 500 well-established plants of one gallon or larger,” says Toni. “In addition to the old favourites there are some interesting new ones -– Torch Lily (Kniphofia), Molinia Skyracer grass and I finally divided the large hostas that so many have been asking me about.”