Presidents Report June 2018

This month we have been experiencing spring weather such as we used to have before climate change gave us hot weather in the spring! However the open gardens have been lovely and interesting. Thank you to everyone who opened their gardens this year it has been a wonderful response and kept Ellen on her toes!

The flower show was a great success with lots of entries, and impressed judges. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out. A special thanks to the organizers, especially Don, Diane, Esther, Sylvia for the plant sale, and Stephanie for organizing the tea.

Items that were left behind can be picked up on Wednesday.  2 cookie tins and a beer glass

Don and Diane will be presenting the awards at Wednesday’s meeting.

The Fall Fair is our final event of the year in September.  Garden club members volunteer to monitor both the flower and vegetable division.

This is not an onerous task, making sure the vases are filled with water and nothing is touched or taken from the tables. We also assist with receiving entries and clearing up at the end of the show. Esther and Rose have been the organizers of this club event for quite a few years and would like 2 people to take on their roles. They will develop a ‘how to’ list describing their duties as well as be on hand to answer questions. The sign- up sheets will be distributed on Wednesday and if you are interested in shadowing Esther and Rose this year, please let them know by the end of the meeting. This will be the last meeting before the Fair.

I sometimes feel as though I am constantly asking for members to volunteer for various roles. Our club has numerous positions that ensure it runs efficiently and meets the needs of most of the members. One way of understanding how the club functions is to become a member of the Executive Committee or volunteer to assist with workshops or speakers committee to mention just three options. Don’t be afraid to take on a role as there are always seasoned members who will assist you. This fall there will be a number of openings as members who have served their terms will be stepping down. Perhaps you could all spend some time this summer thinking about taking on a job that is of interest to you.

Darlene has sent this information about the 65th party.

Plans for the 65th celebration are coming along nicely.  We have musicians lined up – thank you Richard Cypher for being instrumental in making this possible! Just a reminder that if you would like an alcoholic beverage, you are responsible for providing your own.  Please label your beverage with your first and last name.  We will provide a table and wine glasses. We have 62 people attending so far. Please remember tickets must be purchased no later than July 1.  They will be for sale at the June meeting;  after that please contact Darlene Veitch directly to purchase tickets.  You won’t want to miss out on this wonderful celebration so make sure you get your tickets right away!

As well as party tickets for sale there will also be tickets for the Bus Trip. There are only 5 seats left so hurry if you want one. They are $37.

Our speaker for June 13th will be:

Dr. Glen Jamieson obtained his B.Sc. (Agr.) at McGill (Montreal), and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is presently an emeritus Fisheries and Oceans Canada research scientist, having worked in the Maritimes (Halifax and St. Andrews) and in British Columbia at the Pacific Biological Station (Nanaimo). He has travelled extensively to over 60 countries, and since retiring, has walked the 850 km Camino in Spain; explored for rhodos in the Himalayas in both Yunnan, China, and Sikkim, India; has led five trips to the Ecuadoran Amazon, high Andes, and Galapagos; has cruised in French Polynesia, from Buenos Aires via the Falklands to Valparaiso, and from Hong Kong to Mumbai; has travelled through both North and South Islands, New Zealand; and has regularly holidayed in either the Yucatan or Hawaii. He is the editor of the Journal of the American Rhododendron Society and has just created a new online journal called Rhododendrons International.

His Power point presentation will be on his three-week, 2015 exploration for rhododendrons and other plants in the State of Sikkim, India, which will illustrate Indian culture, regional biodiversity and the challenges of travelling in this remote mountainous land sandwiched between Nepal, China, and Bhutan.

June 2018 Parlour Show

  1. Rosie Glow: Roses in a bowl, not over 10 inches.
  2. Design with a bite: A circular design incorporating radishes.
  3. Wedding Posey: A small Posey suitable for a flower girl. (Tie and lay on table)
  4. Tea Rose: one cut, any variety.
  5. Rose Coloured Flower: one cut, any flower except a rose.
  6. Rose, Fragrant: in a bowl.
  7. Rose, Floribunda: one cut, (one cluster), any variety.
  8. Peony: one cut, and variety.
  9. Insect Marked Peony: one cut, any variety, 3 or more insect marks.
  10. Alliums: one cut, any variety.
  11. Lupines: one cut, any variety.
  12. Head of Lettuce: one cut, any variety, may be in bowl (container) of water.
  13. Early cucumber: one, plate provided.
  14. Surprise us: something edible out of your garden: one specimen, own container (plate, bowl, vase).
  15. Anything Goes – Open, non-competitive category. Enter anything you want!

Don’t forget the draw for a year’s membership to Butchart’s Gardens will happen on Wednesday

 Set up will be the Allison Albrecht Team #6, Sylvia Scott Team #5 will provide the tea.

 

President Jean Haley

 

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