We Dig Chemainus Christmas Edition 2016

It’s time to kick back and enjoy games, puzzles, food and family.  Put your feet up and take a minute to enjoy our quiz.


  1. Which country donates a Christmas tree to stand in London’s Trafalgar Square each year? a. Sweden, b. Canada, c. Norway
  2. It is a common custom to kiss under a sprig of mistletoe at Christmas.
    What is unusual about the plant? a. it is a parasite, b. it grows only on apple trees, c. it is bad luck to bring it into the house.
  3. Where do poinsettia plants originate? a. Hawaii, b. Mexico, c. Brazil
  4. What part of a tree is used to make cork?  a. bark, b. root tissue, c. pulped seeds
  5. The love apple is the original name for what?  a. potato, b. tomato, c. quince
  6. Camellias belong to which plant family?  a. heather, b. iris, c. apple
  7. In Labrador, which vegetables are saved from summer, hollowed out, fitted with a candle and given to children at Christmas? a. cucumbers, b. pumpkins, c. turnips
  8. What is a cloche?  a. a cover to protect plants, b. a type of fruit, c. a way of digging
  9. What is the latin name for holly?  a. helix, b. ilex, c. felix
  10. What defines a plant as a shrub?  a. grows bigger than other plants, b. develops a woody stem, c. never changes its shape

Answers   1- b, 2-a, 3-b, 4-a, 5-b, 6-a, 7-c, 8-a, 9-a, 10-b

And a big THANK YOU goes out to those merry little elves who have once again decorated the trees at the Oak St traffic circle.

Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS, Hoe, Hoe, Hoe! and Happy digging in 2017!
From all of us at Chemainus Communities in Bloom

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Chemainus Communities in Bloom volunteers were hard at it recently planting more than 1,300 daffodils and almost 1,000 pansies at the Henry Rd traffic circle. The fruits of their labours will be evident in the Spring. Next summer watch for a fabulous display of red and white flowers in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday!

Edna Brown

edna-brown-sept-2016After 66 years in Chemainus, Edna Brown is moving to Vernon. She, and her late husband, Al, were long time members of our group, bringing with them a tireless and dedicated work ethic, enthusiasm and infectious laughter. We wish her a fond farewell and send our very best for a happy life and new adventures!



On June 21, Chemainus Communities in Bloom lost a devoted member and friend, Marion Hawkins, to the ravages of ALS. Marion worked tirelessly for our group from its early days until just recently.

Marion HawkinsIn  2010, as is often the case with volunteer organizations, CCiB was losing steam. Marion stepped up to take the Chair, reorganized and revitalized us. Her trusty spaniel, Bella, by her side.

Amongst the many projects CCiB has undertaken, Marion was especially proud of her role in the design and completion of Gerry Smith (Locomotive) Park.

Marion kept us focussed even after her body didn’t allow her to do the physical work. She would often appear, in her wheelchair, to support our work parties.

Marion, you will be missed.