Our Gardens

If any of you have taken photos of your gardens, please share them with us by sending them to irischurcher@shaw.ca. 8 new photos have been added to the April 2014, Our Gardens page.

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April Garden Club Meeting – April 17

The April meeting of the Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club will begin at

7:00pm on Thursday the 17th in the United Church Hall, 232 High Street.

Get ready to enjoy another Edible Garden Series talk by Nora Arajis entitled Edible Landscaping.
For the April 17th meeting, please remember to bring your mug for the break, return library books, and, if you can, donate to the Food Bank box.

May Garden Sale

While making room for new plants or having been inspired by our various talks this year, to rearrange garden beds, please pot up extra plants and divisions for our May, 10th Plant Sale. Seedlings, houseplants, bulbs, tubers etc. are also wanted. Remember the Plant Sale is at AGGIE HALL this year.

When labelling plants for the sale please include the name and, if known, colour of bloom, growth preferences, size and habit. If plants are potted up well before the sale, they will be happily established by the big day.

Potting soil
If you need soil for potting, Jennifer Forrest has a pile in front of her house, 375 Chemainus Rd. which she has generously offered to share. As Jennifer said, “Look for the ugly blue tarp.”

At the April meeting, the sign up list for helping at the sale will be distributed.
On the evening of Friday, May 9th, bring in your sale offerings and once the set-up and pricing has been completed, members will have the opportunity to make advanced purchases. On Saturday, May 10th, before and during the sale event, helpers should not expect to set aside plants for themselves.
Thanks in advance to the helping hands and all the member support of this major fundraiser.

As well as plants and seedlings, the following donations would be much appreciated:
Raffle prizes, used or unneeded garden tools, garden related equipment or garden ornaments

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell of dirt.” Margaret Atwood

The Horticultural Centre of the Pacific Workshops

Spring Plant Sale April 26th & 27th
9 am – 4 pm
As always, a great selection of plants, many propagated from the Gardens at HCP and lots of expert advice of what to buy and how to plant and maintain it.

Tomato Day! May 24th
9 am – 12 noon
A wide range of tomato plants to choose from, including heritage, lots of interesting vegetable starts, all organically grown and the best available for local growing conditions. Expert advice from Linda Dowling and the staff of the Horticulture Centre.

An Evening with Cass Turnbull
Pruning Art or Pruning Atrocity? A slideshow of pruning horrors that will first show what not to do and then teach how to be artist with a pair of secateurs!
May 14th 7 pm to 9 pm
$15.00
Please call 250-479-6162 to register

The Gardens at HCP
505 Quayle Road, Victoria
communityed@hcp.ca

Cass Turnbull has been a profession al gardener for over 30 years. She is also founder and president of PlantAmnesty. PlantAmnesty’s mission is to end bad pruning or as they say, “to end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrub caused by mal-pruning.” She is the author of Cass Turnbull’s Guide to Pruning. Using a combination of humor and controversy, PlantAmnesty has reduced the incidence of tree topping in Seattle by 90%. For her work she and PlantAmnesty have won many awards including the National Arbor Day Foundation education award, three Gold Leaf Awards from the International Society of Arboriculture and Seattle’s Friend of the Trees Award.

Jane Tice
Manager
Community Education & Marketing
The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific
505 Quayle Road
Victoria BC V9E 2J7
250-479-3210