October Speaker:Our speaker for the November 8th. meeting is Barrie Agar, who titles her talk "Gardening for your site”. Barrie says: "Evaluating your garden site is one of the most important activities you can do before implementing your plans for your dream garden. Working with your soil, aspect, and micro climate will lead to less work and a more spectacular garden! Otherwise known as the art of Laissez Faire Gardening. Or I how I learned to work with my site and became a better person." Of herself, Barrie says: "Trained in Ireland, started my horticultural career on a big estate and market garden. Worked in a series of specialty nurseries upon my return to Canada, taught in the Horticultural technician program at VIU, and am currently Head Gardener at Royal Roads University and Hatley Park National Historic Site. There- 35 years in two sentences."
PREVIOUS GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING:
- October 11, 2017 Lorraine Locherty. "Shrubs that Shine in the Winter Garden"
- September 13, 2017 Lynda Smith presented “Lawns to Food.”
- June 14, 2017 Bill Dumont spoke on his tour of the Gardens of New Zealand.
- May 10, 2017 Malcolm Ho-You spoke on Shrub and Tree Peonies.
- April 12, 2017 Diane Pierce spoke on Spring Colour in the Garden. Notes on her talk can be found on our Blog via the Articles of Interest page.
- March 8, 2017 Tracy Ferreira spoke on Integrated Pest Management
- January 11, 2017 Niki Strutynski spoke on the principles of organic agriculture
- December 14, 2016 Members Karen Wade, Susan Scott, Wilma Harvie, Jean Addison and Judith Henderson each presented us with interesting gardening information, or beautiful images.
- November 9, 2016 Ted Leischner. The Importance of Pollinator Friendly Landscapes
- October 12, 2016 Eryl Morton spoke on Gardens of South Africa
- September 14, 2016 Bernie Dinter spoke on Gardening: Its changing focus
- June 8, 2016 Tony Irwin spoke on Keyhole Gardening.
- May 11, 2016 Mary Sanh spoke on “Succulents – The Ultimate Easy Care Plant”.
- April 13, 2016 Gordon Murray spoke on Trilliums.
- March 9, 2016 Linda Gilkeson spoke on “Resilient Food Gardens for a Changing Climate”
- February 10, 2016 Jeff de Jong spoke on ‘Plants to Love’.
- January 13, 2016 Bill Dumont, organizer and tour leader of the Cowichan Valley Rhododendron Society 2015 tour of gardens of SW England.
- November 11, 2015 Michael Langkammer. His topic was ‘Creative Uses of Natural Materials in Making Christmas Wreaths and Table Decorations’.
- October 14, 2015 Ann Nightingale. Her slide illustrated presentation was “Birds in Your Backyard: Attracting Birds to Your Garden Throughout the Year”.
When Available: Member Powerpoints will be featured when time is available at meetings. Create your own from your digital photos, or contact a member of the Speaker committee to connect you with someone who can help.