The Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club will hold its first meeting of 2014 on Thursday, January 16th, in the United Church Hall, 232 High St.
Doors will be opened at 6: 30 pm to allow for set up and membership renewals.

Annual membership is now $15.
To make the registration process more efficient, we will have two line-ups:
1.for returning 2013 members for whom there is no contact information change.
2. for new members or those needing to update information from previous years
More time to get your membership will be available at the coffee break.

Our presenter will be Shelley Rattink who will speak on Orchids and provide a potting demonstration.

Remember to bring a mug for the break, a non perishable contribution to the food bank, membership$, library returns.
We are looking forward to another year of sharing and growth. See you on the 16th.

Please click on the link to the November Garden Club Minutes to open a PDF file in your browser. Thanks.

GC minutes November 2013

Please click on the link to the Garden Club Minutes to open a PDF file in your browser. Thanks.

Oct 2013 Garden Club Minutes

The Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club will meet on Thursday, November 21st at the United Church Hall, 232 High Street.

At 7pm, a representative of the Ladysmith Community Gardens will have 15 tickets for their 2014 speaker series made available at the special price of $15 only to Garden Club members.(cash or cheque only)
Our speaker at 7:30pm is Jim Turley of Turley’s Florist in Nanaimo. Jim will demonstrate three seasonal designs in addition to giving floral design tips and providing information on care and handling of floral products. Thanks in advance to Jim who will donate his creations to the club for a draw or raffle.
Upcoming new business includes:
  • vote on continuing the academic award
  • arranging the Christmas Party for Dec. 5th
  • ELECTION OF NEW EXECUTIVE  (consider a nomination or an offer to run for President, VP, Secretary or Treasurer)
Friendly reminder to bring any of the following:
  • a mug for the break
  • a food bank donation
  • borrowed library books
  • $15 for tickets to Community Gardens Speaker Series
  • a guest*:) happy
See you on Thursday, November 21st.


Please click on the link to the Garden Club Minutes to open a PDF file in your browser. Thanks.

Garden Club Minutes Sept 2013


Please click on the link to the Garden Club Minutes to open a PDF file in your browser. Thanks.

Garden Club Minutes May 2013

The Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club will meet in the United Church Hall, 232 High St., on Thursday, May 16th at 7:30 pm.
Our Speaker will be Dr.Ian Efford, president of the Cowichan Rhododendron Club. Ian will speak on cultivars, cultivation and species of rhododendrons. He is also an iris expert!
This will be our last business meeting before the summer break, during which we will have our June potluck and garden visits in July and August. Please bring $40 to the meeting if you plan to join the June 15th bus trip to Denman Island.
Also needed:

  • library book returns
  • a mug for the break
  • food bank donations
  • YOU and any guests

A separate notice will be sent out for the potluck which will be on June 20th.
Big thanks in advance to Deb Zellermeyer for offering her garden space.


The April meeting of the Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club will begin at 7:30pm on Thursday the 18th in the United Church Hall, 232 High Street. Get ready to enjoy a presentation entitled Colour Throughout the Year given by our speaker, Bernie Dinter of Dinter’s Nursery.

Plant Sale
While making room for new plants or having been inspired by Bernie to rearrange garden beds, please pot up extra plants and divisions for our May, 11th. Plant Sale. Seedlings, houseplants, bulbs,tubers etc are also wanted.

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.

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 10th, 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 11th, 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

For the April 18th meeting, please remember to bring your mug for the break, return library books, and, if you can, donate to the Food Bank box.

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


The Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club will meet at in United Church Hall, 232  HighSt, on March 21st at 7:30pm.

Our speaker will be Rachelle McElroy, Executive Director of the Coastal Invasive Plant Council. Rachelle will discuss options to the most common invasive plants in our area in her “Plant Me Instead” presentation. Find out what can become a garden menace before you give away, accept, plant or make a purchase.

Our business meeting will include discussion about our May 11th Plant Sale.  Mark the date on your calendar and sow some extra seedlings for the sale tables. Thanks to David Mitchell for offering to coordinate this major club event.

Thanks to everyone who kept things going at the February meeting.

Lug a mug for break, donate to the food bank box if you wish, return library books, contribute small items as door prizes if you can, but most importantly, bring your self and other interested gardeners.


The Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club will meet at the United Church Hall, 232 High St.,  at 7:30pm on Thursday, February 21st., 2013

The speaker will be Donna Notte who will share her pictures of, and commentary on, her Favourite Famous English Gardens. Thanks to Tony Fletcher for all his technical assistance.

  • Memberships for 2013 at $10 will be available from Mi Neufeld
  • Bring a mug for the break.
  • Donations of nonperishable food items for the Food Bank are welcomed.
  • Small, garden related items that could be used as door prizes are always gratefully accepted.

Spring should be working its magic here by the time the March meeting is underway. Before then, think about starting seeds and cuttings for the May 11th Plant Sale.

Enjoy the lengthening hours of daylight and the new shoots.


The Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club will meet on January 17th, 2013 in the United Church Hall, 232 High Street, at 7:30 pm.

Doors will be open for business shortly after 7pm to allow extra time for processing the 2013 membership fees. There will be an express line for returning members whose contact information has not changed.

Come out to hear our speaker, the owner of Sandpiper Garden Centre in Chemainus, who will share some of her gardening interests and know- how with us.

We will also hear from a Community Gardens representative who will describe their speaker series available in February and March. The 5 sessions total $25. Tickets will be available at our January 17th meeting. See the previous email or the Town of Ladysmith’s Winter Activity Guide for details.

Also of interest is an invitation to attend the popular Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday on Saturday, February 2nd. Go to for details.

Things to bring to the meeting:

  • $10 for membership
  • $25 for Community Gardens speaker series (if interested)
  • overdue library books
  • mug for the break
  • new members or guests
  • Look forward to sharing another great gardening year ahead.

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3 thoughts on “Meetings

  1. Hello,

    Just checking to find out if the next meeting will be held on Nov 15? I am relatively new to Ladysmith and am interested in learning more about the garden club.

    Thank you,


  2. Granted I’m slow BUT could we have a brighter green for the minutes link as I find it too close to the black text. This is a great idea, thanks.

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