Speakers for the next few months include:
|February||Kailli from Dancing
Dandelion Farms, Duncan
|Top Flowers for a Cutting Garden|
|March||Richard Hebda from University of Victoria||Creating Climate Change Gardens and the Special Role of Irises|
Our speaker for the February 12 meeting is Kailli Pigott, co-owner with partner Zach, of Dancing Dandelion Farms. Her topic is Top Flowers for a Cutting Garden.
Kailli will discuss how to grow her favorite cut flowers, focusing on flowers with long vase lives and strong sturdy stems. She’ll cover well-known cut flowers, but will also dive into some more obscure yet still easy to grow varieties. Her focus will be on flowers with high yields and easy care. She’ll also touch on floral design and the basic composition and principles of creating a bouquet.
Kailli started her career as a vegetation ecologist, working as an environmental consultant. While quite fond of this line of work, she often found herself craving more of a hands-on experience. After extensive study about herbal medicines, sustainable agriculture, organic growing, floral design and much more, she felt prepared for a new goal of growing food and flowers for herself and her community. The result is Dancing Dandelion Farms, hosting fields of flourishing flowers and an abundance of vegetables, selling fresh flowers, and designing and providing flowers for weddings.
Previous guest speakers have included the following:
- January 8, 2020 Ken Nentwig presented on “Rainwater Harvesting in a Nutshell.” Ken talked about best practice HOW TOs for developing a workable and sustainable home harvesting system, including for irrigation, other outdoor uses, indoor uses and proper design and installation techniques.
- November 13, 2019 Christina Nikolic spoke about the Seasons of the Soil and the best ways to make our soil spring back to life in the spring for a new season of healthy growth.
- October 9, 2019 Bernie Dinter gave a very informative presentation about Small Fruits – The Underutilized Edible.
- September 11, 2019 Scott Stevenson spoke about Garden Water Features: The Basics for water gardens, Koi ponds, pondless waterfalls, hardscape features and reflecting and lily ponds.
- June 12, 2019 Dr. Glen Jamieson, Highlights of the Danish/Swedish/German 2018 American Rhododendron Society (ARS) Tours followed by a brief talk on the Sex Lives of Plants.
- May 8, 2019 Zac Kregosky, Xeriscape Gardening
- April 10, 2019 Lynda Smith, Succession Planting in the Vegetable Garden
- March 13, 2019 Anna Colangeli, Exploring the Role of Genetic Research in the Garden
- January 9, 2019 Bill Jones. Edible Wild Foods
- November 14, 2018 Jay Rostogi, Invasive Plants
- October 10, 2018 Jeff de Jong, Getting Ready for Winter Gardening.
- 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 theArticles 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.