Cowichan Valley Garden Club President’s Report June 2019

The meeting is on June 12, 2019 at St John’s Anglican Church Hall 7 pm, doors open 6:30 pm.

I was so impressed with all the displays at the flower show.  It was spectacular with so many wonderful blooms and foliage.   Congratulations to everyone who entered in one or more categories. The judges were very impressed and the awards will be presented at the meeting next week.   Make sure you attend as you may win $25!   Thank you to all the volunteers who made this a successful show.   The set up and take down crew as well as the folks in the kitchen providing a tasty tea and the plant sale gang who froze in the inclement weather but who soldiered on and sold nearly all the donated plants and garden treasures.   I would especially like to thank Don Sinclair for his coordination of the show for the last number of years and Diane McAmmond for her continued work preparing everything for the judges and making sure all our equipment is ready for the show as well as being returned to storage for the next year. 
Don will be stepping down from his position of coordinator of the flower show and I would like to someone to take on this role. If you are interested and willing please let me know.

The garden club picnic will be held on July 28,2019 at Barb Parker’s house, 3-6 pm potluck. I will post a notice closer to the time with her address.

Our guest speaker for the June 12th meeting is Dr. Glen Jamieson
He will give two presentations.   The main talk is “Highlights of the Danish/Swedish/German 2018 American Rhododendron Society (ARS) Tours”.   This talk will cover interesting features (e.g. paths, walls, water features) of gardens on the tours.   The second is a short educational talk on the “Sex Lives of Plants”.   Glen routinely gives monthly educational talks to ARS chapter members on plant botanical features or plant physiology in an effort to demystify botanical terminology.
Dr. Glen Jamieson has a B.SC in Agriculture from McGill University and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Zoology from UBC.   He worked for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) as a research scientist for 31 years.  He became editor of the Journal of the American Rhododendron Society in 2009.   He has explored for plants in Yunnan, China; Borneo; Ecuador and Peru and in Sikkim, India (2015).  He has travelled extensively elsewhere as well, and with his wife Dorothy, lives and maintains a garden in Parksville.

June set up will be the Barb Parker Team #7, the Allison Albrecht Team #6 will provide the tea.
Mix and Mingle sit at any table you’d like.

 

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