Events of Interest

The Cowichan Valley Garden Fair – May 2, 2015
http://cowichanvalleygardenfair.com/about/

The Vancouver Island heather Society sale – March 28, 2015
http://www.bcheathersociety.org/

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Garden Club Sale Reminder

Our plant sale on the second Saturday in May (May 9th this year) is a very important fund raiser for the club.

Please consider volunteering to help out with the sale when the sign-up sheet is circulated at the March meeting.

Also please keep the plant sale in mind when when you are:

  • Starting seeds (sow a row for the sale)
  • Dividing, propagating, thinning or “renovating” your perennials (your run-away London Pride is someone else’s treasure)
  • Culling houseplants
  • Clearing out garden books or magazines and
  • Replacing useable garden equipment or garden related items.

March Meeting & Proposed Trips

MARCH MEETING

The LADYSMITH SALTAIR GARDEN CLUB will meet on Thursday, March 19th,
in the St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church Hall, 314 Buller Street (corner of 3rd Ave.)
Doors will be open after 6:30pm.  The meeting will begin at 7pm.

Our presentation, Gardening with Native Plants, will be by Todd Carnahan of Habitat Acquisition Trust, as part of the Spring Edible Gardening Series of talks.

Annual Membership for 2015 will be $15/person.

David Mitchell will be selling deeply discounted memberships to the Milner Gardens, so bing your cash.  Single $18, and family $28.

Remember to bring a mug for the coffee break, a non-perishable contribution to the Food Bank, membership$ and library returns. Any donations of small garden related items for raffle prizes are appreciated. See you on the 19th.

GARDEN CLUB TRIPS PROPOSED FOR SPRING 2015

April 13 – 14 – Monday- Tuesday – Tulip Festival Skagit Valley, Washington. See details below.
May 2, Sat. – Camas Day – walks and talks, Beacon Hill Park, Victoria
late May (after plant sale) – Kitty Coleman gardens for rhodos and Fillberg park, Comox. OR Tofino for rhodo garden and Botanical Garden.
late June – Ted Baker’s Iris show garden, Saltspring Island.

TULIP FESTIVAL – Skagit Valley, Washington.
Transportation – car pool
Travel – leave via Duke Point – April 13, 10:15 ferry, return next day on ferry of your choosing
Accommodations – The Marina Inn – 3300 Commercial Ave. Anacortes. This was a well reviewed, inexpensive motel. Anacortes is about 4 miles from flower fields.
– cost $72 US with BCAA (you are billed at time of check-out, hope exchange rate improves!)
– two queen beds, coffee and fridge in room, continental breakfast in breakfast room
– BOOK YOUR OWN ROOM – call 1 800 231-5198. Call sooner rather than later as there is quite a bit going on at that time. Say you are with the Ladysmith Saltaire Garden Club.
Cost – estimate – ferry costs (get 1/2 price for passenger fare if over 65), share car fare, share in gas and accommodation – about $100 Canadian in total. Food other than breakfast extra.
Hope to have a nice dinner in Anacortes on Monday night, Carol Henderson is familiar with the town.
Bring – passport
– US medical coverage (can get it for about $6 a day from travel or insurance agents)
– rain gear, boots  (I gather we can walk through the fields and you never know what the weather will do)

Pam Fraser will have a sign-up sheet for next meeting (March 19) and we will work out car-pool details from that.