February has arrived with an arctic front bringing temperatures in the minus range and snow. Those early iris reticulata and snow drops are now well hidden but hopefully will survive beneath their white blanket as I hope will all the plants I potted up and buried in the ground in November ready for the plant sale on April 27th. This is a great time to make new labels for them in preparation for the sale.
Our club is well served and managed by the many members who volunteer in the numerous positions required to make the club run successfully. This month Pyra Draculea has volunteered to be the publicity member for the club. Thank you Pyra. However we still need a Team Leader for team #4. If a team member would assume this role all the club positions would be filled. The sign up sheets for volunteers to help with the plant sale will be circulated at the meeting next week.
On a sad note a long time club member Beth Russell passed away in January at age 104. She attended garden club until she was 102 and lived alone in her own home. She was still gardening when she had her 100th birthday.
Our speaker for February 13 is Bernie Dinter. His topic is Small Fruits – The Under-utilized Edible. A wide range of hardy and attractive shrubs and vines is available for creating a permanent, edible landscape. These plants will supply tasty berries from June to October and are easily incorporated into landscape planting. All the major types and a few unique ones will be discussed, including best varieties for our area, growing requirements, care and pruning. Bernie is owner of Dinter Nursery, a full-service nursery with growing facilities, that serves customers from all over southern Vancouver Island with its extensive selection of plant material. Bernie grew up on the campus of Shawnigan Lake School, where his father was gardener. His father began ‘Dinter’s Nursery’ in 1973 and Bernie joined it full time after graduation from UBC with a degree in Plant Science.
Don’t forget to enter something in the Parlor Show. This is your chance to show off what you have in your garden. You’ll find the information for February on the website at www.cowichanvalleygardenclub.com click on the Parlor Show page.
Set up is team #3 Jan Dwyer and Tea will be provided by Sally Smith