Mill Bay Garden Club Notice

Mill Bay Garden Club is hosting the 70th Community Flower & Garden Show on Saturday May 27 from 9am until 2pm at the Cobble Hill Community Hall located at 3550 Watson Avenue, Cobble Hill.

While the ever expanding and active Mill Bay Garden Club has many events, features, guest speakers and programs throughout the year, the annual Flower Show has been the peak point of skills learned and practiced. The “Strawberry Tea”, prepared and served by the South Cowichan Healthcare Auxiliary, is a favourite. The most popular aspect, besides the competition itself, which features over 80 competition classes open to the public, are the gardening workshops offered.

This year, Margaret Walker is giving a workshop on Hardy Ferns at 9:30am and the Victoria Compost Education Centre is conducting a “Composting Basics” workshop beginning at 10:30am.

Don’t miss the Silent Auction in the hall which showcases many garden related as well as handmade items, bids accepted until 1:00pm. Also be sure to visit the Master Gardeners, who will answer any gardening questions, or problems you may have as well as the plant and garden vendors located on the grounds of Cobble Hill Hall.

If you wish to enter the competition, be sure to pick up a program with a list of competition classes and rules at Buckerfield’s, Thrifty Foods, Country Grocer, Valley Vines to Wines, and Dinter Nursery or download from our website, or email You may also call Janet Abbott at 250-743-9875 for more information.

Community Flower & Garden Show Saturday May 27th, 9am – 2pm Cobble Hill Community Hall 3550 Watson Avenue Cobble Hill

Linda Gilkeson books

Linda Gilkeson has provided the following information for those interested in purchasing any of her books which will be available at our April 20th meeting:

The books I will bring along with their prices, which includes GST, follow. Payment can be either cash or cheque.

  • Backyard Bounty $25  My BC Best Seller on food gardening in this climate.
  • Natural Insect, Weed & Disease Control $25 My “big bug book”, which covered pests of ornamentals and food gardens, fruit trees as well as weeds in lawns, etc.
  • Resilient Gardens 2016: Climate Change, Stress Disorders, Pest Update $15  This one has expanded information that will be covered in the talk that night.
  • Resilient Gardens 2017: Pollinator Gardens, Garlic Diseases, Pest Update $15    My newest, with details on what to plant and how to grow it feed pollinators.

Monthly Meeting Thursday April 20th

👍Please share this news with any gardening friends or groups:
The Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club has arranged to hold the Thursday, April 20th meeting at
Oceanview Community Church
381 Davis Rd, Ladysmith        (opposite Coronation Mall)

Meeting starts 7pm. Doors open 6:30pm.
There is ample parking at south end of the church.
Please use the double doors that face Coronation Mall.

We are so pleased to have as our speaker, the renowned author and instructor,
Linda Gilkeson.
Her topic will be Resilient Gardens for a Changing Climate.
Our regional climate is changing as the global climate changes–but what does this mean for our gardens and landscapes? Learn how to design resilient food and ornamental gardens, choose suitable varieties, help your plants survive ‘weird weather’, and get other management tips that will help you become an adaptable gardener.”

Linda will have copies of her books for sale at the meeting.

Entry is $5 for non-members. Annual Membership $15

Thanks to all who have signed up to help at our Plant Sale, to be held at Aggie Hall on Saturday, May 6th with set up on May 5th.
The sign up list will be available again at our April meeting.

  • Gentle REMINDERS
    -Lug a mug for the tea/coffee break. Thank you to Sue M and Seika P for signing up for snack goodies.
    -If you can, donate a non perishable food item for the Food Bank
    -Any offerings for Door Prizes are always welcome