Garden Club meeting May 16, 2019

The Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club will meet on Thursday, May,16th, 2019
Time: Doors open 6:30pm. Meeting begins at 7pm.
Where: Lower Meeting Room G18 at the Ladysmith Community Health Centre,
1111 4th Ave, Ladysmith.
Enter through the main doors and use either the stairs or fully accessible elevator.

Following hot on the heels of a busy Plant Sale, this will be the last formal meeting of the 2018-2019 club year before we meet again on September 19th. Still to come is the June Pot Luck. A date will be decided upon and details sent out well before the party.

As a special treat we have, as our May speaker, Mike de Jong, a professional horticulturist. His experience, since graduating from Olds College in Landscape Management, is vast. Jeff teaches a wide variety of gardening classes and speaks to Garden Groups all over BC. Jeff is a tour leader for Worldwide Quest and will be leading his 6th tour to New Zealand in January 2020. He is presently a Faculty Staff person at the University of Victoria. For many years he was the site manager at the lovely Abkhazi Gardens. Jeff presented a lively talk to our garden club several years ago and it is with pleasure we welcome him back to speak on Gardening with Bulbs throughout the Year.

✰Immense gratitude to all who worked before, during and after the Plant Sale to ensure all the details were covered…the results of your labours were most appreciated and eagerly purchased. You have added to the pleasure of other gardeners and funded our bursary and food bank contributions.

Business items.
• Volunteer requested to accept an Invitation to attend Ladysmith SS Commencement Friday, June 7th, 2019 to present the Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club Bursary
• Appreciation Evening invitation from Nanaimo Ladysmith Schools Foundation
• Election of executive for 2019-2020
• Volunteer positions filled for 2019-2020
• Plant Sale feed back
☕️Refreshments of tea and decaf coffee will be available at the break. “Lug a mug” from home. Thanks to Bennye M and Jennifer F for providing the goodies.
Donations of non perishable goods for the Food Bank and items for our door prizes are gratefully received.
Membership is prorated at $10 for the remainder of the 2018-2019 year. $5 Drop in

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April 18 Meeting

The Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club wil meet on Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: Doors open 6:30pm. Meeting begins at 7pm.
Where: Lower Meeting Room G18 at the Ladysmith Community Health Centre,
1111 4th Ave, Ladysmith.
Enter through the main doors and use either the stairs or fully accessible elevator.

Our speaker will be Margot Moser on the topic of Native Plant Beauties.  Margot was born with a trowel in her hand and has no intention of ever putting it down. While taking Master Gardener courses 20 years ago she realized she should have pursued a career in horticulture rather than teaching! The Master Gardener manual inspired Margot to design a perpetual garden journal called ‘My Growing Gardenbook’ which sells widely in Canadian and US garden centres and gift shops. Her particular interest in native plants began early as she explored the woods near her home in (then rural) Burnaby and has contributed to her preference for natural-looking landscapes.
For a list of Margot’s recommended native plants, please click on this link: Native Plant List – Margot Moser June 2016
She is bringing some native plants for sale.

Everyone is encouraged to get digging, thinning, propagating and potting up to stock the tables for the May 11th Plant Sale
✒️Please label offerings clearly with plant name, habits, growing needs and flower colour etc.

Business items will include
• Further planning for the May 11th Plant Sale with sign up sheets and poster distribution. Check the sign-up PDF as a reminder to volunteers. Posters on PDF are for sharing on-line or for printing extras if desired.
• Raffle donations (see Joanne) or mailto:jarmstrongpg@shaw.ca
• the May 16th election for executive positions– PLEASE consider a role for yourself or nominate a willing candidate.
• Snacks -May and September
• June Pot Luck location?

Prorated 2019 membership until August: $10; and $5 drop-in.
********Bring a mug for the refreshment break offering tea and decaf coffee. Big thanks to Marianne and John for providing the goodies.
THANKS to everybody for the outstanding participation and contributions that make the club thrive.

Any donations for the door prize draw and the food bank are most welcome.

Meeting March 21st

The Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club will meet on Thursday, March 21st, 2019
Time: Doors open 6:30pm. Meeting begins at 7pm.

***********COME at 6:30pm for advance sales of the vegetable seedlings.
Where: Lower Meeting Room G18 at the Ladysmith Community Health Centre,
1111 4th Ave, Ladysmith.
Enter through the main doors and use either the stairs or fully accessible elevator.

With Spring having just arrived, we are delighted to have as our speaker, Dorothee Kieser addressing the topic of Healthy Edibles.
Dorothee is an enthusiastic veggie gardener and hence likes volunteering at the Beban Learning Gardens where veggies get started for the community. She is a certified Master Gardener, keen on outdoor education, and is a mentor for the school program at Milner Gardens and Woodlands. She has a huge veggie garden that keeps her family fed. Dorothee will bring veggie starts for sale as a fund raiser for Beban Learning Gardens.
Plant Starters are $2.25 for 4 inch pots and $5.00 for Gallon Pots
Beban Learning Gardens will begin selling starters plants on Wed., March 20, directly from their greenhouse in Beban Park, beside the golf course. Every Wednesday from 10 to noon, from now until June, you can come and buy vegie, herb, and beneficial and edible flower starter plants, grown as organically as we know how, right on our site. Lots of gardening advice is available, as well. You are welcome to browse around our garden and see what we are growing.Plants we will be selling for the rest of March and into early April include:Snap peas, broad beans, sweet peas, thyme, rosemary, mustard, mizuna, strawberries, and lots more
☛Notices:
🌺🌶Our PLANT SALE on the second Saturday in May (May 11th this year) is a very important fund raiser for the club. Please consider volunteering for the Plant Sale Committee and/or to help out with the sale when the sign-up sheet is circulated at the 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, culling houseplants, clearing out garden books or magazines and replacing usable garden equipment or garden related items. Prizes for the RAFFLE are also highly valued. THANKS in advance for the time, talent and effort that goes into this event.

✔︎Election of officers for the 2019-2020 will take place at the May meeting. Nominations or willingness to continue will be determined in the interim.

✲The Cowichan Valley Garden Club plant sale is on April 27, 2019 at St. John’s Church Hall 486 Jubilee St in Duncan. It runs from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The sale includes interesting, unusual and hard to find specimens which have been tested by local members in local gardens. Pollinator-bee friendly plants will be identified and a master gardener as well as knowledgeable and enthusiastic club members will be available to answer questions.
☕️Refreshments of tea and decaf coffee will be available at the break. “Lug a mug” from home. Thanks to Susan B and Joanne A for providing the goodies.
Donations of non perishable goods for the Food Bank and items for our door prizes are gratefully received.
Membership is prorated at $10 for the remainder of the 2018-2019 year. $5 Drop in

Meeting February 21, 2019

The Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club will meet on Thursday, February 21st, 2019
Time: Doors open 6:30pm. Meeting begins at 7pm.
Where: Lower Meeting Room G18 at the Ladysmith Community Health Centre,
1111 4th Ave, Ladysmith.
Enter through the main doors and use either the stairs or fully accessible elevator.

Program Notes:
With all the snow and wintery weather this month, it is a stretch of the imagination to envision new gardening season. Back by popular demand is our speaker,Tanya Pickrell, who inspired us in November 2017 with her decorating tips and her creation of a stunning entryway arrangement which Tanya donated as a door prize.Tanya’s Nitty Gritty Greenhouse has been renamed the Olde Thyme Food Garden. She will speak on the topic of Organic Gardening and Heritage Tomatoes, helping us grow great organic edibles in lovely food gardens, both pretty and practical. Tanya’s specialty is the growing of Heritage Tomatoes.
Business Items: Our March 21st meeting will include preparation points for our annual Plant Sale which will be May 11th this year. Sign Up sheets for set-up on May 10th and the on the day of the sale will be circulated at the March meeting at which time volunteers for a Plant Sale Committee will be appreciated. Keep the SALE in mind as you sow, divide, propagate or rescue plants from others.
☕️Refreshments of tea and decaf coffee will be available at the break. “Lug a mug” from home. Thanks to Rose and Donna for providing the goodies.
Donations of non perishable goods for the Food Bank and items for our door prizes are gratefully received.
Membership is prorated at $10 for the remainder of the 2018-2019 year. $5 Drop in