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WELCOME TO THE COWICHAN VALLEY GARDEN CLUB
Founded in 1953 under the name Valley Garden Club
Welcome to the Cowichan Valley Garden Club. We are a large group of diverse and interesting people sharing a common interest - the love of gardening.
Monthly Meeting - Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, September through June, at St. John’s Church Hall, 486 Jubilee Street, Duncan, B.C.
Our meetings feature a business meeting, guest speakers on a variety of topics, gardening tips and discussions, a parlour show and a fabulous tea with time to exchange ideas with fellow gardeners.
Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. but most people arrive early to shop at the plant sale table, buy raffle tickets, borrow library books from an extensive club library, and socialize.
Guest Speakers - Each monthly meeting begins with a guest speaker, often with a visual presentation. These speakers share their garden expertise and techniques, hints and experiences, and travels to other parts of the plant world.
Parlour Shows - A mini flower show is held each month as part of regular meetings of the CVGC. All members are encouraged to participate. Classes range from floral arrangements showcasing flowers in season, cut branches of ornamental shrubs, flowers, and leaves (e.g. hostas). There is also a photography section. These classes are an excellent way to display the products of our gardens. Have you grown something especially lovely, unusual or unknown? Enter it in the ‘Anything Goes’ class.
Judges are chosen from the members present. Points are awarded for entries in the Parlour Show with prizes awarded in December of each year.
Library - The club library is excellent and improves monthly as our librarian invests in books to educate and tempt every gardener. Members may borrow books for one month. There is a late charge of $1.00 per month for each book overdue.
Plant Table - Plants and related garden items donated by club members can be bought for a good
price on our Plant Table. All proceeds go to the Club to be used towards Club interests, such as bus tours, workshops and guest speakers.
Raffle Table - There is a monthly raffle table of garden related prizes. All proceeds go to Speakers, or other causes that benefit our community.
Open Gardens and Garden Tours - Members open their gardens for viewing by other members, and the Club arranges tours to interesting gardens in other areas.
Workshops - Our Club offers workshops of interest to members. There is normally just a minimal charge for these. Past workshops have included pruning, making hypertufa pots, flower arranging and pest control.
Spring Flower Show & Tea - The Club holds a Spring Flower Show and Tea in either May or June each year. This is open to the public to enter and attend. The Show often includes excellent workshops and/or speakers, as well as door prizes donated by our generous local sponsors.
Spring Plant Sale - The Spring Plant Sale is held in March and is the Club's major fund raiser each year.
Cowichan Exhibition - The Convenor, Committee and helpers for the Cowichan Exhibition’s Flower Show in September are volunteers from the Club. Many members enter classes.
Teams - The members of the Cowichan Valley Garden Club are divided into 10 teams, each with a Team Leader. With the continued cooperation of all team members we have managed to operate a large club very effectively.
Team Duties - Each month the Team Leaders will contact the members of their respective teams by either email or telephone to remind them about meetings, pass on relevant information, and inform them of who the speaker will be.
Once a year, each team has duties for two consecutive monthly meetings. Team leaders notify their members about their upcoming duties.
First month of duties: This is also known as the 'set-up month'. The set-up team is responsible for bringing plants and running the plant table, setting up the card tables (after the business meeting and before tea) for our Mix & Mingle time, and sweeping and tidying the church hall after the meeting is over. The set-up team may also choose to assist the committee that runs the monthly raffle. In the event that our hired set-up people cannot attend, the set-up team will also be required to set up and take-down the tables and chairs before and after the meeting.
Second month of duties: Be responsible for the tea. Make sandwiches and sweets. Make and serve tea and clean up the kitchen after the meeting.
Membership Application - Interested in joining a diverse and interesting group? Membership application forms can be found HERE
Annual Dues - $20.00 per person. A membership gives you discounts at local garden and flower shops.
Name Tags - Name tags showing membership with the Cowichan Valley Garden Club can be purchased at the time of membership application. Members are requested to wear their name tag to all of the Club's events.
Website - The Cowichan Valley Garden Club has a very informative website www.cowichanvalleygardenclub.com which is continually updated. Check here for garden tips and hints, notice of monthly meetings, upcoming events, photographs of members’ gardens, membership application form and Club history. The website includes a secure Members Only section to protect members’ addresses, phone numbers, etc. from the general public. Here you can find Minutes of monthly Club meetings, a list of Open Gardens and upcoming Club workshops, team contact information and duty months. The Members Only section is password protected and to avoid missing out on anything, new members are strongly encouraged to request a user name and password to access this section by emailing email@example.com.