One honey of a concert is coming up for Genevieve Jaide. The up-and-coming Prince George singer-songwriter has a blossoming music career and her latest show is headlining a spring party at Hunniford Gardens.
"It's going to be different," Jaide said. "A greenhouse was the last place I'd have ever imagined doing a concert. I loved the idea. I think it's really creative. I love being outside and I love nature, I write most of my songs when I'm outside in the forest, so this the kind of venue that really works for me. I'm actually outside right now, in my backyard, practicing my guitar as we speak."
Hunniford Gardens is a longtime commercial agriculture venture that always crackles with life in the spring and summer months. With their array of bedding plants, annuals, vegetables, herbs, perennials, shrubs, shade trees, fruit trees, fertilizers, and much more, they are a hotbed for the garden bed.
This year, they are adding music to their greenhouse sale event. Those who attend will get the original live music by Jaide, light refreshments, participants get to build their own succulent pot, and there is a greenhouse-wide discount for purchases made at the concert event.
Jaide said the songwriting process for her was a lot like picking flowers. Some composers agonize for extended periods of time over the melodies and words, but she said her tunes arrive differently to her mind.
"I just reach up and grab them out of the sky. I think they're already written, I just grasp them as they pass by," she said. "They don't come as one fully formed thought, I have to work at it, but the pieces are just floating there and I just have to apply myself to arranging the thoughts and ideas. You can't wait on that, though. You have to get it down - write it or record it - right away or it might go away. You might lose it."
She's compiled enough of those thoughts into songs that she has a proper flower arrangement almost ready to put out in the windowsill for the world to enjoy. Her EP entitled For Him is almost complete at Cheslatta Records.
She will play some of those tracks at the Hunniford concert, plus others she keeps in vases around her musical house.
To liven up the Hunniford show, she will have percussionist Nick Tindale along for some hand-drumming accompaniment.
The special effects come courtesy of the staff of Hunniford Gardens, under the careful supervision of Mother Nature.
"It is a breathtaking place, so beautiful, I can't wait to perform in a space like that," Jaide said.
The concert information is available on Facebook under the page title Genevieve Jaide Live At Hunniford Gardens or go to the Eventbrite website and look up the show in order to purchase tickets ($45 each).
The concert happens July 9 at 7 p.m. at 8845 Aquarius Rd.