BC Garden Club Bulletin

From BC Garden Clubs

“Here’s the September/October issue of The Bulletin. Thanks to all of you
who contributed articles and photos for this issue.

The next deadline for submission of events or articles is November 15,
for the November/December issue.”

2015 SeptOct

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The 2015/16 GARDENING SPEAKER SERIES 

The Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club with Ladysmith Community Gardens Society and The Ladysmith Library present a series of speakers on sustainably beautiful gardening. Our Island’s finest gardeners and teachers show how edible, floral, native, drought tolerant and pollinator friendly plantings can come together to create landscapes which delight and support us and our environment… whether in containers or gardens.  Come, meet fellow gardeners, and grow with us!

Speakers are included with a $15 Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club membership or $2 at the door.  Unless marked differently, talks are presented by Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club at St. Johns Anglican Church Hall, corner of Buller St and 3rd Ave.  Doors open at 6:30; speakers at 7:00. Memberships for sale at these meetings.

Sept 17 – Carolyn Herriot: Seed Saving & Winter Edibles

Oct 15 – Ian Efford: Rhodo Gardens of Vancouver Island

Nov 19 – Barbara Ebel: Sustainable Gardening for Ourselves & Nature

Jan 21 – Joanne Tomio: Getting in Shape for Gardening

Feb 18 – Joy Story: Timing is Everything

Mar 8 –  Colen Hanson: Starting & Growing Vegetable Seedlings

  A Tuesday evening at 6:30 at The Ladysmith Library, 740 First Ave. FREE.
  Presented by LCGS with thanks to our Library & Community Sponsorship.

Mar 17 – Chris Southwick: The Rhododendron: Beauty, Diversity & Culture

Apr 21 – Brenda Beckwith: Native Habitats: Hedgerows & Salish Meadows

May 7 – Roger Foucher: Native and European Edible ‘Weeds’ 10 – 12:00
and  Sue Marr: Master Gardeners Question & Answer Clinic 10 – 12:00
A Saturday Open House at Ladysmith Community Gardens, High St & 2nd. FREE. 

May 14 – Garden Club Plant Sale  9am at Aggie Hall, First Ave & Symonds

May 19 – Members’ input on Amazing Annuals and Perfect Perennials

Program Details: ladysmithsaltairgardenclub.wordpress.com   
Sponsor Appreciation: ladysmithcommunitygardensociety.weebly.com

PROGRAM DETAILS 

Sept 17 – Carolyn Herriot: Seed Saving & Winter Edibles
Carolyn has operated ‘Seeds of Victoria’ since 1991 and was instrumental in launching Seedy Saturdays across Vancouver Island to facilitate the collection and sharing of local food seeds for future food security. In this talk she shows you how easy it is to save seeds and money at the same time. IncrEdibles! Winter vegetable starts for sale at this talk.

Oct 15 – Ian Efford: Rhodo Gardens of Vancouver Island
Ian is the author of The Public Rhododendrons Gardens of Vancouver Island. He is an ecologist, conservationist and now full-time rhododendron and iris enthusiast. He will describe the work that went into the compilation of his book and will have copies for sale at $20 each. His talk and book offer a beautiful and practical guide to choice gardens of Vancouver Island that feature rhododendrons.

Nov 19 – Barbara Ebell: Sustainable Gardening for Ourselves & Nature
Barbara & Lorne of Nanoose Edibles, a certified organic farm, have provided their famous organic nutritional greens and produce to restaurants, farmers markets, and through CSA Boxes and the farm stand for some 30 years. They provide internships to agricultural students, are part of the WWOOFER Movement and of local seed saving, land conservation, and food security groups.  We are excited to have Barbara come help us with our edible and floral gardening.

Jan 21 – Joanne Tomio: Getting in Shape for Gardening
Joanne, of Joint Venture Physiotherapy, will give a talk on preventing strains and injuries in gardening .  .  . a talk complete with ergo-dynamic tools, warm ups and exercises.

Feb 18 – Joy Story: Timing is Everything
Joy, of Grow Food, publishes a garden journal which tells when to do what in the west coast garden – with ample space for your own garden records. Her delightful talk sparkles with her best garden tips gleaned from some of the best of the West Coast Gardeners. Joy’s journals will be available at the talk.

Mar 8 –  Colen Hanson: Starting & Growing Early Vegetable Seedlings
Colen brings us an extensive gardening background.  She gardened as a child to help her mother, got her true passion from her grandmother, and has now been growing for some 35 years, the last ten in our area.  Sundays find her at The Cedar Market at the Dancing Frog Farm Tent with her lovingly grown organic vegetable and herb starts, her bee friendly flowers, and her friendly sharing of helpful gardening knowledge.

A Tuesday evening at 6:30 at The Ladysmith Library, 740 First Ave. FREE. 
Presented by LCGS with thanks to our Library & generous Community Sponsorship.

Mar 17 – Chris Southwick: The Rhododendron: Beauty, Diversity & Culture
Chris is the current president of the Nanaimo Rhododendron Society and is pursuing her Master Gardener designation. She will present a program describing the diversity of rhododendrons and azaleas. These plants can range from pint-sized dwarfs to trees more than 100 feet tall.  She will also bring some plant material to demonstrate some key points about rhododendron culture and answer your questions about rhodos and azaleas.

Apr 21 – Brenda Beckwith: Native Habitats: Hedgerows & Salish Meadows
Brenda, Professor at University of Victoria,  presents the ethnobiology of the Coast Salish Meadows in an exquisitely beautiful slide show. She combines this with advice on restoring some Salish habitat in your own garden and illustrates how to successfully grow a native hedgerow from hardwood cuttings.

May 7 – At Ladysmith Community Gardens’ Open House, High & 2nd, FREE
Sue Marr: Master Gardeners Question & Answer Clinic 10:00 – 12:00
Sue, District Planner for the Cowichan/Duncan area of Vancouver Island Master Gardener Association,  is a wealth of knowledge of everything gardening.  This is a wonderful opportunity to have such a clinic in Ladysmith so do drop by with all your gardening and growing questions .  .  . the more questions brought the more we all learn.

Roger Foucher: Native & European Edible ‘Weeds’ – Interactive 10:00 – 12.00
Roger, mentor to many herbalists of Vancouver Island, has an amazing knowledge of the nutritional and medicinal plants that grow wild in each season on our island.  He is very hands on, brings a huge display of sods of the growing plants, and the more questions (or samples for identification) we bring the livelier the discussion!

May 14 – Garden Club Plant Sale  9am at Aggie Hall, First Ave & Symonds St

May 19 – Members’ input on Amazing Annuals and Perfect Perennials

September Garden Club Meeting

The Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club will meet on

Thursday, September 17th,
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
Seed Saving and Winter Edibles,
will be by Carolyn Herriot.

Annual Membership for the remainder of 2015 will be $10/person; guest fee is $2.

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 17th.