Upcoming club meetings

  2020:  no meetings scheduled for the immediate future because of the Covid19 pandemic.

Past Meetings / Events

February 27:   
 workshop on successful seed sowing by the staff of the Edible Garden Project at Loutet Farm, plus a seed exchange,

January 23:  a talk by John Brimacombe of the Hardy Palm Society, on practical use of hardy palms and other exotics to create Mediterranean or subtropical style gardens outdoors in BC 

November 28:  
annual pre-Christmas party, with a demonstration of Ikebana Christmas-themed floral arrangements by Daniela Vahedi. 

October 24  a very interesting presentation by Lori Snyder, a Metis herbalist and educator who gave us many ideas about using native plants such as dandelions, salal, stinging nettles. and many others.

September 26:  kick-off of the new season, with a detailed slide show on cyclamens.

July 28 – summer wind-up party,  12:30 PM at 2164 Mt Seymour Parkway.
     (postponed from July 7 & 14 due to weather). A perfect summer day by the Seymour River.

Thursday, June 27:  annual spring wrap-up meeting,  on a visit to Loutet Farm (an Edible Garden project).  Farmer Haydn Thomas gave us a great tour with lots of information  on  the garden history, as well as all aspects of organic farming of vegetables.

Thursday May 23: Sally Hocking gave a detailed demonstration on propagating new plants from various cuttings.  This was followed by one of :the excellent videos from BBC Garden World.

Saturday, May 4:  . Garden Club’s annual plant sale

Saturday, April 27:  Park and Tilford Friends of the Garden plant sale.

Thursday, April 25: Dr. Susan Murch from UBC Okanagan gave an amazing presentation on her work, focussing on finding new ways to propagate breadfruit, which has great potential for increasing local food supplies in tropical regions. 
Check out her TED talk –

Thursday, March 28:  Paul Buikema talked about pruning, with a strong emphasis on the purpose of pruning (e.g. to maintain health, improve shape, control size, etc).  He also dispelled a number of common myths about pruning.

Thursday, March 21:  Vancouver Rhododendron Society  speaker, Ole Larson from Norway, on new varieties in China.   At Van Dusen Gardens.

Saturday, March 16: Workshop on Gardening with Native Plants in Metro Vancouver, at the Surrey Nature Centre at Green Timbers. 

Thursday, February 28:  Due to an unexpected cancellation, the presentation was a very interesting video from England – part of Carol Klein’s Life in a Cottage Garden.  She showed a lot of tricks  for continually recycling plants to give an ever-changing look to her large country garden in Devon.

Wednesday, February 20: bus trip to the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle.

Thursday January 24:  Dr Iain Taylor of UBC talked about “Myths and Realities around Organic Gardening and Agriculture”.  His main message was that there is a lot of uncertainty about what Organic actually means, since much of the available information comes from the producers and marketing companies.

Thursday, Nov 23:  Jennifer Santos of West Van Florist demonstrated making a Christmas table centre, as part of the club’s Christmas party.

Thursday,  October 25:  Dianne Gaines of Noort Bulb Co. spoke about Spring bulbs, what’s new and how to plant them

Thursday, September 27: Jennifer Zuk spoke about Dahlias.

Sunday, July 8: summer wind-up party

Thursday, June 28: workshop to create a small Japanese moss/bonsai/evergreen garden

Thursday, May 24: Nancy Moore discussed shade gardens, considering both plants and design.  We also had a short presentation on the David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project.

Thursday, April 26: Malonie Hewstan spoke about Cornus (dogwoods), both trees and shrubs.

Thursday, March 22: Lucette Welsey gave a presentation on “What’s New in the Gardening World”

Thursday, February 22:  Dr Rolf Mathewes of SFU spoke on “Forensic Biology”, and how plants can help solve a murder!

Thursday, January 25:  Dr Zamir Punja of SFU talked about “Moulds in your garden – Beauty and the Beast”

Thursday, Nov 26:  Garden Club Christmas party

Thursday, October 26:  Three people from Botanus spoke about spring bulbs – “Fall in Love with Unusuals”

Thursday, September 28: Klavdi Kukovic gave a pictorial tour emphasizing Moorish gardens – “Lessons from Garden Visits and their Application to My Garden Design Practice”

Sunday, July 9: summer potluck and garden tours

Thursday, June 22: Miniature Garden Workshop

Thursday 25 May:  Marilyn Holt from Buckerfields talked about Geraniums (Pelargoniums)

Thursday 27 April: Pam Erikson from Erikson’s Dayliliy Gardens spoke on fantastic ‘Daylilies, Lilies and Hostas’

Thursday 23 March: Ron Knight from Caron Gardens (a one acre rhododendron paradise), Pender Harbour,  presented ‘Make your Rhododendrons Think They’re Growing in the Himalayas’

Thursday February 23: Ron Higgins from Thompson Rivers University spoke about European Fire Ants.

Thursday,  January 26: Keith Harris presented “A Glacial Moraine to Organic Garden, in 50 Years”

Thursday, November 24:  Christmas Tea Party,  with a presentation from Heather Webb on “Enchanting Journey:  Tea Gardens from around the World”

Thursday, Oct 27:  Klavdi Kukovic gave a talk on Japanese Gardens.

Thursday, September 22:  Elaine Senft gave a presentation on “Shakespeare and Roses”

Saturday,  July 16summer party and garden tours

July 2, July 9, & August 6:  garden tours

Thursday, May 26: Sally Hocking gave two demonstrations on containers –  “Liven up Containers with found objects” and “Shade Containers”

Wednesday, May 18:  trip to Buckerfields in Abbotsford

Thursday, April 28:  Egan Davis from UBC Horticulture on “Using Water Wisely in the Garden”

Tuesday, April 19:  tour of Botanical Gardens and Nitobe Garden at UBC

Thursday, March 24:  Dianne Gaines from Van Noort spoke on bulbs for containers and gardens.

Thursday, February 25:  Lucretia Schanfarber gave a talk on “Super Soil, Super Food”

Thursday, January 28:  Marilyn Holt from Buckerfields spoke about “Growing and Using Herbs”