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.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tonight's Meeting – Feb 9th – CANCELLED! ...

Due to the inclement weather, tonight's speaker — February 9th — Brad Jalbert, is unable to make it in from Langley. 
We'll try to get him to come speak to us next winter. His garden, Select Roses, opens up in March and he's too busy to do speaking engagements over the spring and summer and into the fall. See you all next month. Keep warm and cosy.
 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Our February meeting, Thursday, Feb 9th

For Our February Meeting...

Under our deep snow, roses! 

The speaker for our meeting this Thursday, February 9th, is rose expert Brad Jalbert, owner of Select Roses in Langley.

BIG IMPORTANT NOTICE: BRAD SAYS THAT IF THERE IS MORE SNOW AND FLOODING IN THE FRASER VALLEY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, HE WON'T BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO VANCOUVER FOR OUR MEETING! IF HE CAN'T COME AT THIS LAST MINUTE, WE'LL HAVE TO CANCEL THE MEETING. PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE ON THURSDAY BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT! 



Brad opened his rose nursery in 1990, featuring the best in garden roses, both old and new. His hybridizing program was started that first year and to date Brad has introduced more than a hundred roses, setting a Canadian record for the most rose introductions. In 2015, one of Brad’s new hybrids one two fragrance awards in Barcelona, Spain’s World Rose Trial competition. He is the first Canadian to ever win an international rose breeding award. His varieties are now in high demand worldwide and have been introduced on four continents making his rose breeding program the widest reaching in Canadian history. It should be noted that his Select Rose breeding program is funded 100% by the company he founded.

Brad has co-written two books on roses, Roses for British Columbia and Roses for Washington and Oregon. He has also written numerous articles for many Canadian garden magazines, and contributes articles to rose bulletins in Canada and USA. He has appeared as a guest on the Fanny Kiefer’s “Studio 4” cable show and David Tarrant’s “ Canadian Gardener” television series. He has worked extensively with BC Parks improving rose gardens and is passionate about seeing roses used in public “no-spray” parks.

His work in support of gardening merited him the BC Landscape & Nursery Association’s Garden Communicator of the Year Award in 2009. He is Past President and Life Member of the Vancouver Rose Society and past regional director of the Canadian Rose Society. Brad was extremely active in bringing the World Rose Convention and Festival to BC in 2009. Brad is a sought-after speaker, and his dedication, passion, and sense of humour have been enjoyed by audiences around the world.

Select Roses features a large display garden in Langley, British Columbia, attracting gardeners interested in high quality garden roses. The nursery is packed with thousands of potted roses starting spring of each year, closing in mid summer. The selection features roses hybridized by Brad as well as top roses from breeders around the world.


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.

Monday, January 9, 2017

FERTILIZER OFFER FOR GGC MEMBERS

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Our February speaker will be Brad Jalbert of Select Roses​, and he has offered to bring bags of his specially-formulated fertilizer for sale to members.

We will have a sign-up sheet at this Thursday's meeting (January 12th) for anyone who is interested.

Brad advises that "a 10 kg bag is ample fertilizer for a well-planted city lot garden." It is "natural-based" but not fully organic because of the trace elements in the mix. 

Christine
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Here is his description:

Select Rose Food (VRS Special Blend) (21-9-15) 10kg - $30.00​
( New improved blend)
·         A premium, natural-based fertilizer. 
·         Custom formulated to promote abundant blossoms and enrich the soil.
·         Naturally slow-releasing with added supplements.
·         Contains all the trace elements your roses need.

The days of feeding high "middle" number fertilizers are long gone. Studies and experience have proven that in areas of high rainfall what roses and many other plants need each spring is Nitrogen. After testing our soil again this year and seeing results of many other soil tests, it's become apparent that the vast majority of our garden soils are very high in Phosphorous (middle number on the bag) and low in N. I have tested this new blend over many seasons and am pleased with the results. The roses fed the high N had better foliage, stronger canes, more basal breaks and more flowers. Rich green healthy foliage is what makes pretty rose flowers, not excess amounts of P or an imbalance in soil fertility. Feeding the proper amount of N to your roses, higher than we have in the past, will help the roses flourish. It will NOT encourage blind shoots or any other old tale for that matter. If in doubt, test your soil. This custom blend for Select Roses and the VRS is  developed especially for us by the local company Terralink Horticulture. They are experts at custom blending fertilizer for the agriculture industry and have improved this latest blend once again. Use about one handful per plant, 2-3 times a season. I use this fertilizer on ALL my shrubs, perennials, and even the lawn!