With Mother’s Day approaching, why not consider spending quality time together as a thoughtful gift for Mom? Escape the routine and immerse yourselves in nature by planning a day out. May is a beautiful time in Powell River, offering numerous exciting places to discover and activities to enjoy. Here are some imaginative suggestions for a memorable day out with Mom!

Shopping can be challenging sometimes for the “Mom who has Everything!” Instead, think about the perfect outing as a gift. 

Pets are such a huge part of our lives and of course on Mother’s day many of us want to include our fur babies with our plans. Check ahead to your local parks where you plan to picnic as many parks do not allow dogs from May to September.

Now is the ideal moment to treat Mom to a picnic at a nearby park with the lush bloom of trees and shrubs providing a beautiful backdrop. Prepare a selection of fruits, cheeses, fancy crackers, spreads, and a refreshing jug of cold brew coffee or iced tea. Set up a cozy picnic spot with a blanket, cushions, and a Bluetooth speaker playing Mom’s favorite tunes. Enjoy a delightful day in the sun with delicious snacks, great music, and your cherished Mom by your side!

If your day with Mom gets thwarted by a rainstorm, you can still go exploring and enjoy nature together right here in our garden centre! Treat her to a little shopping spree and pick up some flowers and plants for her garden, or maybe some new houseplants to spruce up her indoor space. If you like, you can pick her up a gift card ahead of time—we can issue them for any amount you’d like!

Making custom container gardens is such a fun spring activity—Mom will love it! Come down to Mother Nature and pick out an assortment of plants in your chosen colour scheme. We have plenty of pretty planters too, in a variety of sizes, materials, and patterns. If you’ve never planted a mixed planter arrangement before, stop by our garden centre so you can pick the perfect combination of plants to create a balanced shape that you and mom will love!

Gift Mom with some hiking gear—maybe a cute backpack, a Thermos, or some new sneakers—and go out for a trek in nature! There are so many gorgeous trails and places to discover in Powell River. Some are more challenging, so if Mom is a fitness buff you can take on some of the more mountainous trails, but if you’re hiking rookies, search online for some nice beginner trails. See if you can spot any local wildlife or cool plants on your journey, and be sure to bring a camera to snap some pics along the way!

If Mom is into fancy cocktails, you can spend the afternoon making botanical simple syrups! All you have to do is melt two cups of water with two cups of white sugar in a saucepan and add in a big bunch of the herbs or edible flowers of your choice. Let it simmer for a few hours so the flavours infuse. If Mom has a herb or flower garden already, you can pick some edibles to use in your syrups. You may even be able to find some out in the wild if you go for a nature walk first! Some of our favourite edible flowers for simple syrups include:

Half the fun is in choosing the perfect glass!

Garden herbs like basil, mint, lemon balm, rosemary, thyme, and sage make incredible savoury-sweet syrups for cocktail nights. Mom will love the way the fragrance fills her kitchen and lingers for days!

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