Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Our September Speaker! Casey Werfl "Planting for Successful Growth"

Our first meeting of the school year — doesn't September always feels like a new beginning? — is Thursday, September 14th. 

Our speaker is Casey Werfl, a head gardener at VanDusen Botanical Garden. 

His topic is "Planting For Successful Growth" and he'll tell us how to give plants the best possible start in your garden, and how to set them up for years of healthy growth. 

Casey will explore best practices to encourage strong root growth, help plants get through summer drought, and more.

We'll learn why it may not be optimal to overly enrich the soil prior to planting, how to wean plants off water, and the best time of year for specific plantings.

He'll also give us a great overview on how to plan your fall plantings, with specifics like perennial division and mulching, as well as which garden preparations are best done before winter arrives. 
 
Casey has worked in private and public gardens all over Vancouver and has over 15 years of experience in the industry. He holds a Horticulture Certificate from Capilano College and is a certified Journeyman Landscape Horticulturalist. He enjoys teaching foundational methods in an interactive workshop setting, aiming to inspire those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the gardening world.




This should be a super evening — a good way to start off the fall season.


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!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Safers Japanese beetle traps

Susan Lockhart sent this message:


Attached is a photo of a Safers Japanese beetle trap.  We got the message from the Grandview Gardening club about watching out for Japanese beetle infestations.  These kits are regular $10 but the Rona store on Grandview Highway has lots and they are clearing them out at 50 cents each!  Can we get a message out to the gardening club?





Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Japanese Beetle invades Vancouver!

From an e-mail advisory from Phoenix Perennials: 

It is important that we spread the word so gardeners can be on the look out for the presence of Japanese beetle in their gardens. Japanese beetle is an invasive species that can do considerable harm to a wide range of garden plants. My horticultural colleagues in eastern North America speak of gardens ravaged by this hungry pest. Japanese beetle is about the size of the nail on your index finger and can be shiny green or shiny black. It has invaded eastern North America but is not yet on the West Coast. Until now. Japanese beetle has recently been detected by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in the False Creek area of Vancouver. It is not known how Japanese beetle arrived in Vancouver. It could have come in on infected nursery stock or soil or adults could have hitched a ride on trains or cars traveling from the east.
If you live in Vancouver, please be on the lookout.
There’s more information on the Phoenix Perennials website.
If infested debris or soil is transported out of False Creek, Japanese beetle could pop up in other neighbourhoods.
I think it also wise for gardeners elsewhere in the Lower Mainland and BC to be aware of Japanese beetle so please have a look and also forward to your gardening friends and neighbours so you can be on the look out.
We do not want this pest in BC! On the off chance that you were ever to discover a beetle that looks like Japanese beetle in your garden or in a park, please contact CFIA immediately!




Monday, July 10, 2017

Our July Meeting

For Our July Meeting... THURSDAY, July 13th, 2017, 7:00 p.m.


Hello!
Our final meeting before a short summer break will review the East Van Garden Tour with photos taken by our two official photographers.  Commentary will be provided by you, the participants, and we also hope to have several of the gardeners whose gardens were on the tour present to answer your questions. If you missed the tour, this is your chance to enjoy a wide variety of clever ideas, intriguing plants and inspired combinations.

There will also be brief reports on the tufa trough workshop and our successful plant sale.


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.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Grandview Garden Club Plant Sale!

The weather promises to be absolutely perfect this weekend.

And it's a good thing, because:

Saturday is our Grandview Garden Club Plant Sale, a fundraiser for the Grandview Garden Club, on Rose Street. (Rose Street is only a block long, and our sale will be in the middle of the block. If you can find Rose, you won't miss the sale!) It's part of the Great Grandview Garage Sale, which runs from 10:00–2:00 all over the neighbourhood, and we'll have a huge assortment of terrific plants for sale at very reasonable prices ...

And Sunday is the East Vancouver Garden Tour ...
The tour is on Father's Day, Sunday, June 18th. Like other years, this year's tour will be comfortably walkable for most people, and we have already lined up about a dozen delightful gardens for your horticultural pleasure!
If you haven't already gotten your tickets for the tour, now would be a good time! Tickets are only $15 per person. For details and a link to the eventbrite site, where you can buy tickets online, check the East Vancouver Garden Tour website.





Thursday, June 1, 2017

Our June 8th meeting: Bees!

Please join us on June 8th, 7:00, in the Britannia LRC.
Allen Garr has been a beekeeper in Vancouver for more than 20 years. He currently keeps bees at VanDusen and UBC Botanical Gardens, on the roof of the BC Convention Center and at his home in Kitsilano. He holds a Beemasters Certificate from SFU and the Provincial Ministry of Agriculture. In 2015 he was awarded the city of Vancouver’s Greenest City Leadership award of excellence for his years of work as an advocate for urban beekeeping leading to bylaw changes that now allow the activity in Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver City and Richmond. He is also allergic to bee stings.
Allen will be speaking about the life of the Honey bee and its relationship to man as well as the role of native bees including mason bees and bumble bees. Weather permitting he will bring some bees  to the meeting.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Maples on sale

UBC Botanical Garden sends the following:

"During this coming holiday weekend, May 20, 21 and 22, all Japanese maples will be on sale at 25% off regular price.  We have a selection of trees in 1 gallon, 3 gallon and 5 gallon containers ranging in regular prices from $35.00 to $59.00.  Some examples of available maples are
 
                    Acer palmatum Amber Ghost
                    Acer palmatum Ara kawa
                    Acer palmatum Calico
                    Acer palmatum dissectum Berrima Bridge
                    Acer palmatum dissectum Dr. Brown
                    Acer palmatum Red Autumn Lace
                    Acer palmatum Katsura
                    Acer palmatum Peaches and Cream"


Posted by Christine Allen