Home Hardware gardening expert Mark Cullen is hoping to plant a seed for green-thumbed enthusiasts.

He will be offering up gardening tips for Ladies Night with presentations at 7:15 p.m. and 8: 15 p.m. at the Invermere Home Hardware Building Centre on June 2nd.

This is our first ladies night event at our new location up at the crossroads, said Mandi Cox, Home Hardware store manager. Ive been thinking it up for a long time and then I found out Mark Cullen was coming to our store, so I decided this would be the perfect time to host a ladies night around (his) arrival.

Cullen offers horticultural tips about growing through several Home Hardware stores and a CTV morning show segment.

Were one of the few Mark Cullen approved stores in B.C. and were very honoured by that, said Cox. He comes to each Mark Cullen approved garden centre during tours of the area. Hes also going to Cranbrook.

The gardening guru will be offering up tips and tricks free of charge during the ladies night held between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The first 50 ladies to arrive will be offered a goody bag, said Cox. CasaVino is supplying wine for the event so each lady will receive two drink tickets, as well as a door prize ticket. Well be doing door prizes throughout the night and a passport to take to each vendor. They get it stamped by each vendor and are entered to win one of three grand prizes which will be drawn that night so its exclusively for the ladies that attend the ladies night event.

There will be a pond on display, which will be treated as a wishing well and all of the proceeds collected will be given to STARS Air Ambulance.

In addition, there will also be demonstrations from vendors for barbecues, power tools, flooring and appliances. We want to get ladies more comfortable with adding more tools to their (tool) box, said Cox.