Speakers/Meetings - 2021

February 11, 2021 – Garden Club Welcome Back
Zoom meeting for members only
This is our first meeting for 2021 and will give members the opportunity to familiarize themselves with attending a meeting online via Zoom. We will share plans for upcoming meetings and other business matters. Come join us and catch up with those gardening friends you’ve missed during the past year.

March 11, 2021 – Karin England – Grow Green
Zoom presentation for members only
Karin is a Park Planner with Metro Vancouver and she offers practical solutions and tools to create gardens which support regional sustainability initiatives such as reducing water use, providing wildlife habitat, controlling invasive species, increasing biodiversity, promoting the use of compost, improving food security, and facilitating storm water absorption.  She strives to provide people with engaging, sustainable outdoor spaces that enrich their lives. She holds Master of Teaching and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees, and is an experienced practitioner and educator. In addition to her work on Grow Green as a Park Planner with Metro Vancouver, she is a regular collaborator with the UBC Botanical Garden, and adjunct professor in the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.  For more information, please see the website http://www.growgreenguide.ca/

April 8, 2021 - Chris Jennings – Shade Gardening
Zoom presentation for members only
Chris founded the Vancouver Shade Garden Society in 2003 and has been its President for most of the time since then. The Society has focused on learning all about shade-loving plants and how to grow them well. On their journey, they have learned an enormous amount of interesting information. Chris is always happy to pass on knowledge of shade gardening to other interested clubs, by way of slide presentations and handouts. He gives a broad general presentation on shade gardening, while highlighting many common and unusual shade plants, as well as gives detailed presentations on specific families of shade plant.  For more information, see Vancouver Shade Garden Society on Facebook.com

May 13, 2021 - Kristin Crouch – Vegetable Gardening 101
Zoom presentation for members only
Kristin is passionate about growing & has been teaching sustainable garden classes for the Corporation of Delta for the last four years. She is a 27 year master gardener with the Vancouver Master Gardeners Association & has a diploma in Horticulture from the University of Guelph. She currently writes on her garden blog, That Bloomin’ Garden & for several newspapers & magazines.

Kristin lives on a ½ acre property in Delta with her husband, Jim. In 2015 they transformed their side garden into a kitchen garden where they were able to grow over 160 lbs of food. For Kristin, it’s all about learning & sharing her expertise.

September 9, 2021 at 7:30 PM - James Casey – Bringing Birds Into Your Backyard
Zoom presentation for members only
After earning a master’s degree in International Environmental Policy at the University of Northern British Columbia, James had the opportunity to work with WWF-Canada on topics ranging from eelgrass and marine planning to hydropower and the Water Sustainability Act. This experience established a base of knowledge he is now applying to the context of the Fraser Estuary Key Biodiversity Area. On behalf of Birds Canada, James is building support for the development of a Fraser River Estuary Management Plan for this KBA. James will share his tips for creating bird friendly gardens. More information can be found at https://birdgardens.ca/

October 14, 2021 at 7:30 PM - Gwen Odermatt   - Topic: Great Plant Picks – Choosing the Best Plants for Coastal Gardens
Zoom presentation for members only
Gwen is a life-long gardener who, as a young child, was fascinated with plants and bugs. She became a discerning observer of how plants grow in harmony with other plants, insects and the diversity of the natural world. For over 20 years she has operated Petals and Butterflies, a farm nursery that specializes in growing plants that attract butterflies and other beneficial wildlife to gardens. The nursery offers an always interesting collection of rare and unusual ornamental plants, and Gwen is on the Selection Committee for Great Plants Picks.  She teaches the Advanced Master Gardener Right Plant/Right Place course, is a member of the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, and is a long-time member of the South Surrey Garden Club.

Speakers/Meetings - 2022

January 13, 2022 at 7:30 PM – Chris Southwick : Gardening with Rhodos
Zoom or in-person meeting - to be determined at a later date

Chris Southwick is a rhododendron expert whose expertise is a legacy from her grandparents, Ted and Mary Greig, pioneering rhododendron and alpine plant enthusiasts on Vancouver Island. She became an active member of the Nanaimo Rhododendron Society (NRS) in 1994. After her retirement as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Nanaimo she was free to pursue her love of rhododendrons while she grew her garden of several hundred rhododendrons, many native flowering plants, ferns, Japanese maples, dogwoods, primulas, and vegetables.

Chris will give us an in-depth look into our native shrub while introducing us to its many varieties which have come into our gardens from all over the globe. She’ll teach us where rhodos fit into our garden designs. She will address the basic needs and care of the species as well as proper garden placement, planting and transplanting tips, and pest control.

February 10, 2022 at 7:30 PM - Randall Atkinson: Topic TBD
Zoom or in-person meeting - to be determined at a later date

Randal’s expertise has been influenced by a life-long passion for plants. He has studied design and plant selection in gardens and nurseries throughout Canada, Europe and the US. He has a particular fondness for perennials, especially ornamental grasses and hosta.
Even in winter, Randal knows that combining plats such as carex, ornamental grasses, heathers, pansies and heuchera with twigs, berries and light can make an exciting winter container garden.

March 10, 2022 at 7:30 PM  - Linda Gilkeson: Where have all the insects gone?
Zoom or in-person meeting - to be determined at a later date

Linda’s comprehensive gardening book, Backyard Bounty: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest, became a BC best seller and has just been republished in a new, considerably expanded edition. She continues to self-publish books for local gardeners, most recently Resilient Gardens: Pollinator Gardens, Garlic Diseases, Pest Update. In the past she has co-authored pest management training manuals for the provincial government and organic gardening books for Rodale Press.

Linda has served as President of the Entomological Society of Canada, the Professional Pest Management Association of BC, the Entomological Society of BC and the Salt Spring Island Garden Club. She was awarded a Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2003 and an outstanding achievement award from the Professional Pest Management Association of BC in 2005.

April 14, 2022 at 7:30 PM - Pam Erikson: Hostas & Daylilies
Zoom or in-person meeting - to be determined at a later date

Pam Erikson is an award-winning daylily hybridizer, photographer, instructor and lecturer from Langley. In 1991, she became the first American Hemerocallis Society judge in Canada. Also in 1991, Erikson started the first daylily club in Canada in affiliation with the AHS and is still its president. The one-acre display gardens at Erikson Daylily and Perennial Garden gardens now contain over 3,000 varieties of daylilies and other lilies, over 600 varieties of hostas and hundreds of other specimen trees and perennials. Pam will be talking about daylilies and hostas.

May 12, 2022 at 7:30 PM - Marilyn Holt: Fertilizers
Zoom or in-person meeting - to be determined at a later date

It is amazing what misconceptions are out there regarding fertilizing and organic fertilizers. A lot of people do the work, fertilize but the results aren’t what they expected. Taking the myths out of fertilizers and encouraging success is so important.

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece - Claude Monet