Presidents Report May 2018

What a wonderful week to enjoy gardening…lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. I expect everyone is busy planting their vegetables and enjoying the wonderful blossoms on the trees and the spring flowers.

Darlene Veicht did a stellar job of organizing the plant show once again. Her report is as follows.

“Once again we had a huge response to our annual plant sale.  Our start time was 10 am and we were cleaned up and going home before noon.  Since we did not charge admission we had a volunteer at the door with a clicker counter and the number showed that we had 2 fewer people attend this year than last year.  As well we believe we didn’t have as many plants donated for sale this year but this is just from a visual evaluation. If we account for not charging admission we made $118.00 less this year than last.  The total was approximately $2335.85.”

The Flower Show date May 26th is creeping up and I wondered if our new members understand what the flower show is all about so asked Don to provide an explanation.

Why a Flower Show? It is an opportunity to celebrate and show the Cowichan Valley Community many of the varieties of plants and flowers that can be grown in our region of BC. It also gives our club and other community members a venue to display their creative talent in decorative displays that can be produced using various plants and flowers. Do not be afraid to enter something in the show. Here is a chance for many of you to try something new. There will be many club members there on Friday afternoon and early evening to help you display your plants and flowers in the best possible light. Remember too, that the CVGC is celebrating its’ 65th year as a garden club. Let’s make this event the biggest and best Flower Show to date. It’s only with your participation that this show can be successful. Now is the time to look around your garden and to look at the show schedule to see what could be entered in our show. The Flower Show schedule will be handed out at our monthly meeting on May 9 or you can view the schedule now on our website.  There will also be a mini plant sale so if you have any vegetable starts left over or other plants please bring them for the sale.

Remember to buy your tickets for the 65th Anniversary party. They will be available at the meeting on Wednesday and are $5.00 a ticket. The caterer needs to know how many people will be attending by July 1st.

As part of our 65th Anniversary celebration at the June meeting we will draw one name from the CVGC membership to win a season’s pass to Butchart Gardens. So plan to attend!

Cheryl, Diane and Cherry have been busy organizing the Bus Tour and are excited to report it’s all arranged for us to visit Royal Roads and other gardens. Cheryl will tell us all about it on Wednesday so bring your money/ cheque book and secure your seat. The tickets are $ 37.00 and will be available at the meeting on Wednesday. The date is July 4/18, 8:30-5-30. We need to fill the bus!!

Our speaker for the May 9 meeting is Solara Goldwynn. Her topic is ‘Urban Food Production – Year-Round Abundance at the Nourish Kitchen Garden’.  Growing food in an urban context can be challenging, and yet the rewards go far beyond bringing food into the kitchen. This talk will explore how year-round food production at the Victoria BC restaurant Nourish, is a model for small-scale food growing on urban and suburban properties. Solara and her husband Tayler Krawczyk own Hatchet & Seed, an edible landscaping and regenerative land design business in Victoria BC. She teaches permaculture design at several post-secondary institutions and is the Garden Curator at Nourish Kitchen and Café.

The Parlour Show for May 9th

  1. Blue Horizons: A landscape design.
  2. Spring Zip: A vertical design incorporating rhubarb.
  3. Victoria Day Celebration: A symmetrical triangle design, historical style, incorporating lace and roses.
  1. Bearded Iris: one cut, any variety.
  2. Rhododendron/Azalea: one cut (truss), any variety.
  3. Flowering shrub: one cut, any variety.
  4. Delphinium: one cut, any variety.
  5. Blue Coloured Flower: one cut.
  6. Tulip: three cut, one or more varieties, one container.
  7. Collection of 5 spring flowers: Herbaceous Perennials, 5 cuts, 5 varieties (no bulbs), one container.
  8. Spring green, edible: 7 cuts, one or more varieties, maximum 3 containers.
  9. Surprise Us: something edible out of your garden: one specimen, own container (plate, bowl, and vase).
  10. Anything Goes – Open, non-competitive category. Enter anything you want!

So I have a BIG Whine!!

I have asked each month for 2 volunteers to be team leaders of Team 7 and Team 4 with no avail. This is not a huge time consuming job to organize your team twice a year to provide set up and tea. The duties are listed on the website so I implore you to read them and volunteer for these 2 positions.

Mix and Mingle. Please note the number of the Row where you are sitting and choose a table with that number.

Set up team is Sylvia Scott Team #5 and Tea is Stephanie Walter Team #4

Because the Church office was badly damaged by fire the office has relocated to the area where we usually set up our tea. The tea tables will be set up in the area outside the kitchen at this time.

Happy Gardening and see you all on Wednesday May 9/18 at 7pm St John’s Church Hall.

Jean Haley

 

 

 

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