Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Japanese Beetle invades Vancouver!

From an e-mal 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

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Garden Club, Thursday, May 11th

For Our May Meeting... THURSDAY, May 11, 2017

Douglas Justice
HIKING THE HOANG LIEN SON MOUNTAINS: A BOTANICAL EXPLORATION OF NORTHERN VIETNAM


What is it like to go plant hunting in wild and mountainous terrain?  Douglas Justice, Associate Director and Curator of Collections at UBC Botanical Garden, will take us on an incredible and sometimes harrowing journey through remote stretches of Northern Vietnam in search of rare and wonderful plant specimens.

The Hoang Lien Son Mountains are known for their great beauty and high diversity of flowering plants, including magnolias, maples, and rhododendrons, but, as in many such places, the rich diversity of native flora is under threat from forest clearing, farming and increased tourist traffic. In the spring of 2016, an intrepid group of botanists set out to catalogue and preserve as many specimens as they could from this endangered habitat. We will enjoy the thrills — without the discomfort and risks — at our meeting on May 11.



As usual, we will meet in the "LRC" — the Britannia Learning Resources Centre, which is under the VPL library. As you're walking 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, May 3, 2017

Garden Club Plant Sale June 17th

We'll have a Grandview Garden Club Plant Sale on June 17th. It's also the day of the Great Grandview Garage Sale that covers the whole neighbourhood. And our plant sale will be right in the middle of the sale neighbourhood, on Rose Street (between Napier and William).

If you have plants to contribute to the sale, please e-mail grandviewgardenclub@gmail.com and we'll let you know the details!

At the Grandview Garden Club Plant Sale, we'll also be selling tickets to the East Vancouver Garden Tour, which happens the very next day, on Father's Day, June 18th.



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

For Our April Meeting, Thursday, April 13, 2017, Egan Davis!

We are so lucky that the entertaining and passionate Egan Davis has agreed to come back to speak at the Grandview Garden Club. This month's talk is about how to recognize what is eating your plants and what you can do about it.


Egan is a leader in the professional horticulture industry, a qualified Red Seal Horticulturalist. He is the chief instructor for the Horticulture Training Program at the University of British Columbia and is a delightful and knowledgeable speaker.

With past experience at VanDusen Botanical Garden, Park & Tilford Gardens, and the Mendel Floral conservatory in Saskatoon, Egan has a unique background focused on public and on botanical gardens. For his entire career, Egan has also run a residential garden consultation, design, and build company. As a board member of HortEdBC, Egan has contributed to the industry and has a keen interest in promoting the Red Seal certificate in BC.

As usual, we will meet in the "LRC" — the Britannia Learning Resources Centre, which is under the VPL library. As you're walking 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.


Do bring your friends, 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.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Upcoming Events - March & April 2017



UBC HORTICULTURE TRAINING PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSIONS
Everything you wanted to know about the 
2017–2018 Horticulture Training Program
When: March 15 and April 12, 6:30–7:30 pm
Where: Campbell Building, UBC Botanical Garden
More information at
http://botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/learn/educational-programs/horticulture-training-program/ 
or call 604-822-3928

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VANCOUVER ORCHID SOCIETY SHOW & SALE
Where: Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden
When: March 25, 9 am–5 pm
& March 26, 10 am–4 pm  
Admission: $7 adults; $6 students and seniors.
Contact Wayne Riggs for more information at 604-761-5709 or email wayne.riggs@ubc.ca

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ALPINE GARDEN CLUB SPRING SHOW AND SALE
WhenApril 1, 2017, 12:00–4:00 pm
Where: Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden

Not good at starting plants from seed? Let experts do it for you. Lots of unusual and interesting plants at great prices. 

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VANCOUVER DAHLIA SOCIETY
SALE OF TUBERS
When: April 8, 2017, 10 am–4 pm
Where: Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden

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And: Save the Date for our April Meeting
Thursday, April 13th, 2017

"IDENTIFYING INSECTS BY THEIR DAMAGE"
The always-popular Egan Davis, Chief Instructor in the UBC Horticulture Training Program,
will return to GGC to give us a presentation on 
how to recognize what is eating your plants and what to do about it.

Excellent March Meeting!

We did have a splendid March meeting.... I'm sorry I didn't post to the website about the meeting, but I did send an e-mail to everyone on our mailing list — members and past members, etc. — so I hope everyone who might have attended did know about it. I blame this dang winter flu! My apologies.

Do renew your membership!

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This is what I sent out in the e-mail:

For Our March Meeting... THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017
There's a tiny whiff of Spring in the air... and at our meeting this Thursday, two of our members will share their expertise:
  • Osteo-Arthritis and Ergonomic Aids for Gardeners  — Valerie Gray will talk to us about strategies to reduce pain and remain active while gardening if you have OA ... and generally for all gardeners. Topics include issues with knees, back and hands; joint-protection principles; pacing; equipment; garden set-up and assistive devices.
  • Michael Kluckner will assess  The Vegetable Garden in Early Spring. What has overwintered, what to sow now, strategies for best results.
As usual, we will meet in the "LRC" — the Britannia Learning Resources Centre, which is under the VPL library. As you're walking 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.
Questions? Visit our website at http://grandviewgardenclub.blogspot.ca.
PLANTS AND SEEDS SWAP!
If you have plants or seeds that need new homes, bring your extras to the meeting to share or trade with other folks in the gardening community.
Bring what you have and take what you can use. It's all free, of course.


PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2017!

If you haven't yet done so, bring $20 to the meeting and renew your membership! If you don't renew, but want to come to a meeting, it's a $4 drop in.


By joining, 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.

 

WHAT'S BEAUTIFUL IN YOUR GARDEN THIS MONTH?

Bring a sample of something from your garden that looks just fantastic on the day of our meeting.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

ALL ABOUT ROSES


Although the weather prevented us from hearing Brad Jalbert talk about roses at our February meeting, here's an opportunity to learn from Egan Davis on that subject:


All About Roses

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10 am - 12:30 pm
Location: VanDusen Guides Classroom

Instructor: Egan Davis

Price: Member: $35 / Non-member: $42

Increase your enjoyment and decrease the challenges of growing roses successfully in your garden. Understand the different types of roses and which are formal, informal, shrub, species, Hybrid tea, Floribunda, Old Garden roses, and more. Learn how to select proper roses for your home, including disease resistance, size and nutritional value of hips, and fragrance. Learn through demonstration how to prune different types of roses, disinfect tools, and the correct timing of pruning.

Register here: http://vandusengarden.org/courses/all-about-roses/

Friday, February 10, 2017

Upcoming Events!



Unfortunately, we had to cancel our February meeting, due to the inclement weather. There are, however, several garden-related events to keep you busy until our March meeting.


February 8–15 

UBC SHOP IN THE GARDEN WINTER SALE
30–70% off selected items, including giftware, dishes, decorative items and gardening tools. More information: http://botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/events/event/shop-in-the-garden-winter-sale/  

Saturday, February 18, 10 am–3:30 pm

VANCOUVER HARDY PLANT GROUP: SPRING STUDY DAY 

Speakers: 
Anna Pavord, English author and gardening correspondent for The Independent newspaper, on "Bulbs for All Seasons" and "The Curious Gardener"

Linda Beutler, Portland, Oregon, author and President of the International Clematis Society, on "All the Best Plants are Buttercups" and "Vertical Gardening: the Veritable Vastness of Vines"

Cost: $45 (bring your own lunch)
Venue: Vancouver Museum and Planetarium, 1100 Chestnut Street

February 22–26
BC HOME AND GARDEN SHOW

Mainly about home improvements, but a few garden-related talks. More information about those at http://www.bchomeandgardenshow.com/show-features/garden-stage-schedule  

February 22–26
SEATTLE FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW

The
 big spring event for Northwest gardeners. Display gardens, great list of speakers, plant sales (and free phytosanitary certification for Canadians to ensure you can get your purchases back across the border.) 

Worth a weekend visit to Seattle if you've never been. More information at : http://www.gardenshow.com/

February 25, 10 am–3 pm

SEEDY SATURDAY AT VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN

Every possible seed you've ever wanted to grow from a variety of vendors, plus some unusual plants for sale. Admission by donation.


NEXT GRANDVIEW GARDEN CLUB MEETING : THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

Two of our members will share their expertise:

Valerie Gray will talk to us about Osteo-Arthritis and Ergonomic Aids for Gardeners 
Strategies to reduce pain and remain active
while gardening if you have OA... and generally for all gardeners.

She'll talk about knees, back,
hands. Joint-protection principles,
pacing, equipment, garden set-up, and assistive devices.

Michael Kluckner will address The Vegetable Garden in Early Spring
Assessing winter damage, recovery measures, best varieties for early sowing.