Guest Speakers


 
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Our speaker for October 10th is Jeff de Jong. His topic is Getting Ready for Winter Gardening.  He will give us advice about preparing the garden to be healthy, productive and attractive throughout the Winter. He will cover Autumn pruning; perennial care; planting, including winter veggies; caring for the soil; and weather. This presentation will be of particular interest to Club members who are new to the area and to the idea of Winter gardening, and also a great review for all our members as we adapt to shorter days and cooler temperatures.  Jeff is a horticulturist who lives in Victoria. He has taught gardening and horticulture for over 20 years in Canada and abroad, and writes for numerous gardening magazines and leads garden tours throughout the world. He hosts Victoria’s weekly gardening radio program on CFAX, Gardening 101, which reaches a wide audience across Canada and abroad. Jeff is an entertaining and informative speaker who has done several presentations and workshops for our Club, always to great reviews.

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 PREVIOUS GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING:
  • September 12, 2018 Pip Woodcock spoke on Greenhouses, Garden Rooms and Other Gems.
  • June 13, 2018 Dr. Glen Jamieson spoke on his three-week Sikkim, India Rhododendron Tour.
  • May 9, 2018  Solara Goldwynn.  ‘Urban Food Production – Year-Round Abundance at the Nourish Kitchen Garden’  As promised, HERE is the link to Tayler’s YouTube video on creating a wicking bed.
  • April 11, 2018 Lynda Dowling.  “Patio Passion”  Lynda’s “recipes” for fertilizers & luscious lavender treats, as well as her Edible Flower List, can be accessed from our Articles of Interest page.
  • March 14, 2018  Sara Wickham. “A Guide to the Ecology, Identification, and Food Preparation of Local Seaweeds”
  • February 21, 2018  Dan Jason from Saltspring Seed Co.  Growing More Food in Uncertain Times.
  • January 10, 2018  Sandra Stevenson presented Northern France: A Well-kept Secret!  You can view a summary and some of her images in our Photo Gallery.
  • November 8, 2017  Barrie Agar spoke on “Gardening for your site”.
  • 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”.

 


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