Christmas Supper

The Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club Annual Pot Luck Christmas Party is scheduled for Thursday December, 8th, 2016

Please arrive at the Ladysmith Senior Secondary school, MULTI-PURPOSE room  at 5:30 pm (use FRONT DOORS at school) equipped with a festive spirit  and:

  • a main course, salad or dessert to share at the pot luck supper to begin at 6pm
  • any dishes, utensils, and cups/glasses needed to enjoy the meal
  • a garden related, wrapped gift in the $10 range for under the tree (one per person)
  • The club will provide decaf coffee, tea and punch. Feel free to supplement these beverages as desired.

Be prepared for some silly action games and the unpredictable gift exchange. SANTA’s ELF is on the way!

Donations of non-perishable food items for the Food Bank box can be made at the door.

The set-up crew will meet at the school at 3:30pm on Thursday 8th

Let’s celebrate together. Guests are welcome.


November 17, 2016 Meeting

The LADYSMITH SALTAIR GARDEN CLUB will meet on Thursday, November 17, in the Library at Ladysmith Senior Secondary School, 710 6th Avenue, Ladysmith.
Doors will be open after 6:30pm. The meeting will begin at 7pm.

Our presentation this evening will be“How to Become a Master Gardener”  with Sue Marr and panel.
This is NOT a Q&A about gardens or plants.  Questions regarding the process of becoming a Master Gardener will, I am sure, be answered.

This is Election Night for the Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club.  A separate email has been sent out with details of elected and required positions, so please consider stepping up and getting involved in our club.

Remember that our Christmas Pot Luck supper is Thursday, December 8.

New memberships are available for the remainder of the 2016 year – $10.  Guest fee is $2. Please bring exact money or have a cheque ready (made out to the Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club).

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

See you on the 17th.

Elections 2016

Elections – November 17, 2016
The Garden Club Executive needs fresh talent for 2017.  Our super Secretary and treasured Treasurer are stepping down, and the positions of President and Vice-President are also open for nominations.  Please consider running for office or suggesting/nominating suitable candidates.
 There are also several voluntary positions from which to choose on a sign up list, as noted below.
 None of these positions are onerous.  For the most part they may take up to 4 hours a month to carry out the responsibilities.
The following are the positions required. 
                                                        PLANT SALE (committee)
 Some people in the above positions have indicated they will be willing to stay on if no new member offers to do the job.
 PLEASE consider getting involved and help us keep our club interesting, relevant and fun.

October 20, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

The regular monthly meeting of the Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club was held at the clubs new location, Ladysmith Senior Secondary School Library, 710  6th Avenue, Ladysmith, starting at 7 pm.  34 members present including the executive, Diane, Gail, Carol H., Carroll and Donna.

Gail introduced our guest speaker Bob Duncan from “Fruit Trees and More” in North Saanich accompanied by his wife Verna who provided us with an incredible presentation on “Stone Fruits”.   The Duncan’s operate a demonstration garden and nursery.  There are over 300 varieties to choose from.  They specialize in dwarf fruit trees, citrus and subtropicals – heritage and family favourites including unusual, connoisseur and hard-to-find varieties.     Marmalade made from their own citrus fruits was available for sale. 

Coffee/tea break – members were treated to apple pie and ice cream, courtesy of Rose McCulley.    Rose has for many years been making pies as a fundraiser for many different organizations.  

The business portion of the meeting was called to order by President Diane Gregory  at 8:45 pm. 

The minutes of the September meeting were adopted. 

No financial report (full report was given in September). 

Old business –

·         Treasurer, Carroll McLaurin had enquired regarding the distribution of the bursary last June as it had been reported that the recipient was taking a year off. The regulation is in place that the recipient has 2 years in which to present a copy of their registration to a post-secondary institution in order to receive the bursary.  If it is not released, the money will stay with the scholarship society as a credit for a future recipient.

·         Soil samples – Samples should be brought to the February meeting if members wish to combine orders.  Donna has volunteered to take the samples to M.B. Labs in Sidney.  The testing services provided can be found by emailing Tele: 250-656-1334  Copies of the requirements and costs will be available at the January meeting.

·         Library – The case has been measured and it will fit into the area that has been allocated.   Carol Henderson volunteered to arrange a date to downsize a lot of the books that are currently in the case being stored at Diane Gregorys.  Helpers will be required.   Books that are culled will either be held for the Plant Sale or donated to a local Thrift Shop. 

New Business –
·         Request that the notification of the clubs monthly meetings be advertized in the Chronicle as well as Take 5.  Jeanette Rawek volunteered to followup.

·          In lieu of a guest speaker next month, members of the club who are Master Gardeners will be available to answer any questions members may have. 

·         December Christmas Party Potluck – Executive to confirm if the Multi-Purpose Room will be available (Thursday, December 8th) as it would be more convenient with a kitchen and more space.  Committee’s will be required for 1) Entertainment 2) Centerpieces, and 3) will Santa remember us.

·         Elections – November Meeting.  Diane G. To send out a notice as to positions that need to be filled for the upcoming year.   Both executive and committees.    

Committee reports –
Field trips –
·         Pam Fraser –  Pam requesting that another member needs to take over the organizing of field trips for the club.   But……..                                          The Victoria Floral Artists Guild 2016 Floral Fantasy Show will be held November 4th and 5th, 2016 at the Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Artbutus Road, Victoria, has certainly been enjoyed by members in the past. And, a trip to ‘Fruit Trees and More’  July to mid October a must. 

Library –
·         See note under Old Business 

Queens Park –
·         Jennifer reported that she and Joanne have been tending both Queens Park and the Museum garden.  This past month they received help form 3 Air Cadets with the Duke of Edinburgh Program each putting in 3 hours each.  A note to be sent thanking them.    Donna to follow up. 

Plant Sale –
·         Jeanette Rawek – Announced that she will not be chairing the Plant Sale committee for 2017.   She has compiled a binder detailing every aspect of the sale and will be most happy to present it to the new chairperson. 

The meeting concluded with the drawing of door prizes.