Monday, February 19, 2018

Seedy Saturday - February 24th, 10 -4, at VanDusen

This is the annual celebration featuring heritage seeds, fruit trees and organic gardening.

Vendors

Alpine Garden Club of BC

Buds 'n Petals

City Farmer

Derry's Orchard & Nursery

Edible Oasis

Gloucester Green

Kelpman

Nyala Catering

Planting Seeds Project

Salt Spring Seeds

Seeds of Diversity

Simply Neglectables

Urban Fruitery

Vancouver Master Gardeners

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Water Wikka

West Coast Seeds


Derry Walsh, who has spoken to our group on the subject of Fruit Trees, advises that there will be a good selection of apple trees (including cider apple trees and Perry pear trees) plus a big selection of Berries: blueberries including 3-in-one pot, blackberries, honeyberries, raspberries, strawberries, 2 colour-in-one pot strawberries, black currants, saskatoons, goji berries, gooseberries, rhubarb ('strawbery red'), red huckleberries, and Evergreen huckleberry (black berries).

Posted by Christine Allen

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Our March 8th meeting!

Our next garden club speaker is David Sellars, alpine gardener and photographer, who will show us patterns in the apparent randomness of natural landscapes and will describe how he redesigned his own rock garden following the principles of chaos theory.

This should be another super Garden Club event — David's a very entertaining and knowledgeable speaker.

As usual, we will meet in the "LRC" — the Britannia Learning Resources Centre, which is under the VPL library. As you're walking west toward the library, veer left, walk alongside the library, and you'll come to a ramp entry to the LRC on your right. We start at 7:00 and end before 9:00.

Bring your gardening questions and concerns ... and your ideas for topics or speakers for upcoming meetings. 
And, if you like, bring a sample of something seasonal that you love in your garden that looks fantastic on the day of our meeting.

We always have tea and goodies and a few door prizes. See you there!


Questions? Send us an e-mail at grandviewgardenclub@gmail.com.

NOW'S THE TIME TO PURCHASE
YOUR 2018 MEMBERSHIP!

Bring $20 to the meeting and renew your membership for 2018! If you don't want to join, but want to come to a meeting or two during the year, it's a $4 drop in.

By joining, however, you help us to stay solvent and to pay generous honoraria to our guest speakers.
Plus, with a membership, you get discounts at most garden shops including GardenWorks, Figaro's, and Magnet Hardware (for garden-related purchases but not counting "sea soil"). Show your membership card at any garden store; many of them give discounts to members of any garden club.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

FREE ITEMS

Large snowberry plant (Symphoricarpus albus) needs a home. Already dug up and waiting for you. This is a BC native plant.

Ames garden cart. Well-used, no back wheels, but still functional.



Contact Christine at 604-719-1464 if you would like either of these.

Friday, December 1, 2017

No December or January meetings! Next meeting Thurs Feb 8th!

We won't be having a regular GGC meeting in December or January.

Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday, February 8th. Write it in your 2018 calendar.

In the meantime, do have a lovely winter holiday, and I'll post a reminder with some details about our February meeting early in the new year.

Cheers,
Penny

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Our November Meeting — Thursday, November 9th, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Hello Garden Club folks,

Well, there's good news and bad news. First, the bad news: The speaker we had been expecting, Brad Jalbert, from Select Roses in Langley, has just let us know that he's unable to come and speak to us at our meeting on Thursday.
But now the good news: Christine Allen, our club leader, is also an expert on growing spectacular roses, and she has agreed to do a talk for us on Thursday. So... if you were looking forward to a talk on roses, your hopes will not be dashed. And Christine knows about roses. Her former garden in Langley contained over 150 rare and antique roses. She is a Life Member of the Master Gardeners' Asssociation of BC, a Past President of the Vancouver Rose Society, and author of the book Roses for the Pacific Northwest.

She will talk about:

  • The different types of roses
  • Choosing the right rose for your garden
  • Planting and maintenance
  • Pruning 
  • Pest identification and treatment
  • Environmental and other potential problems 
This should be another super Garden Club event — a delightful way to spend a wintry fall evening.

As usual, we will meet in the "LRC" — the Britannia Learning Resources Centre, which is under the VPL library. As you're walking west toward the library, veer left, walk alongside it, and you'll come to a ramp entry to the LRC on your right. We start at 7:00 and end before 9:00.

Bring your gardening questions and concerns ... and your ideas for topics or speakers for upcoming meetings.

We always have tea and goodies and a few door prizes. See you there!

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Grandview-Woodland Community Seed Library


If you have seeds to spare, consider donating some to the Grandview-Woodland Community Seed Library. Please package your seeds in a clean and dry container, glass or plastic, and label it clearly, including the following information:
  • Your name and contact information
  • Type of seed (e.g., tomato, pea, bean, basil, marigold)
  • Variety (e.g., Black Trim, Alderman, Scarlet Runner)
  • Genus and species (optional)
  • Year the seed was harvested
  • Seed source of parent plant
  • Other plants that the parent plant was grown near and risk of cross-pollination
  • Info on provenance, growing, flavour, etc. (e.g., tomato is determinate or indeterminate)
  • Results of germination testing (if performed; optional but recommended)
  • Other notes

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Meeting — Janis Matson

Our meeting on Thursday, October 12th, will feature Janis Matson speaking on "Designing with and Growing Herbs".

As Janis says, herbs have been used and enjoyed by people for centuries. They've been harvested for culinary, medicinal, scullery, and craft purposes. As well, they're a wonderful and beneficial part of the landscape. They can be part of your garden, integrated in with ornamentals and vegetables. They can be used as frames, hedges, topiaries, and borders. They can attract beneficial insect, including bees and other pollinators.
Come and learn more about herbs!

Janis is a delightful speaker. She enjoys the challenge of making garden spaces look good and feel good; she worked at Murray Nurseries in the Southlands from 1988–1993; she was owner and operator of Shoreline Landscape Design for over 20 years; she is a faculty instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley with the horticultural diploma and apprenticeship programs and a contract faculty instructor with Burnaby Community Education with the Horticultural Hardscape Program, and is an adult education instructor at VanDusen Gardens.

This should be a super event — a good way to spend a fall evening.

As usual, we will meet in the "LRC" — the Britannia Learning Resources Centre, which is under the VPL library. As you're walking west toward the library, veer left, walk alongside it, and you'll come to a ramp entry to the LRC on your right. We start at 7:00 and end before 9:00.

Bring your gardening questions and concerns ... and your ideas for topics or speakers for upcoming meetings.

We always have tea and goodies and a few door prizes. See you there!


Grandview Seed Library!

Christina Mak is a volunteer with the Grandview Woodland Food Connection and she's starting up a seed library. She'll come to give a brief announcement about it at our October meeting and she will be happy to take donations of seeds to get things started. Please, if you bring seeds, label them (what they are, when they were harvested, what sorts of conditions they prefer, etc.).

Xmas Garden Club Potluck?

We're thinking that for our December meeting we won't have a formal speaker, but we will have a potluck supper. Think about that and we'll talk about it at our meeting. We might need to change rooms for that evening so we have running water and a few kitchen amenities.

Membership!

In case you aren't a member of the Garden Club yet and would like to join, we're making a special offer. If you join at the October meeting, we'll give you the rest of 2017 and all of 2018 for $25. Regular membership is $20 for the year. If you're already a member, you're also welcome to renew now or soon for 2018, $20. Meeting drop-ins are still $4.