Speakers - 2019

January 10th – Fascinating Native Plants of Western Australia
Western Australia is an enormous and diverse area with a diverse flora to match. The ancient soils and millennia of stable climate have allowed evolution to run wild. Today many genera of plants contain hundreds of species. Orchids in their hundreds of species are, perhaps, the best known of the plants but other groups that are less familiar are equally of great interest. In addition to photographs of the plants this talk contains details of pollination strategies that are well documented but nevertheless remain hard to believe. Ron Long worked as a professional photographer at Simon Fraser University for 36 years. For fifteen years he photographed exclusively for the Biological Sciences Department and so has a great deal of biology in his background. Ron is now retired from the University but certainly not from photography. He travels almost constantly to botanical hotspots around the world.

February 14th - Movie Night featuring The Gardener, a documentary film which reflects on the meaning of gardening. Influential gardener Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at his twenty-acre English style garden in the Charlevoix County in Quebec. Here is a link to trailers and reviews:

March 14th - Kirsten Ridd will be sharing her insights on Learning from My Mistakes - Key Garden Design Lessons I've Learned after 18 Years in the Business

April 11th - Janis Matson - a continuation of Janis' 2018 presentation on the Art & Science of Landscape Design plus a discussion of problem solving from selected challenges pre-submitted by members.
Janis is a nature and plant lover, amateur photographer and sport enthusiast who enjoys the challenge of making garden spaces look good and feel good. She has worked in various capacities in the horticultural industry for almost 30 years and is the owner and operator of Shoreline Landscape Design Ltd and an instructor at Kwantlen College.

May 9th - Cliff Thorbes  - NATURE IS MY NATURE. In my presentation I will share with you my deep connection to nature and how, with conscious intention, I use nature, plants, and horticultural-inspired activities to promote my own well-being and the well-being of others.
Cliff is a Mental Health Instructor, Career Management Professional, Therapeutic Horticulturist, Coach and Artist. His training is diverse and includes Critical Incident Stress Management, Mindfulness, Horticultural and Art Therapy to name a few. He lives in the community of Eagle Harbour in West Vancouver. His passions include taking in the forest atmosphere as often as possible, playing in his whimsical herb garden and creating ways to use plants and plan-related activities to promote well-being for himself and others.  https://cliffthorbes.com/therapeutic-horticulture-2/

June 13th - Members only garden tour

July 11th - Members only summer social

September 12th - Annie Johannessen - Farm coordinator at West Coast Seeds will speak on Bumble Bee Conservation. Annie graduated in 2017 from the Horticulture Training Program at the UBC Botanical Garden, and her focus is on developing sustainable farming & gardening practices to promote ecological health.  https://www.westcoastseeds.com/pages/bumblebee-conservation

October 10th - Julia Guest - Gardens in China with a Touch of India. To find out more about the many tours that Julia's has and can arrange, please see her websites at http://www.womenwithwings.ca/ or http://www.trvlconcepts.com/julia-guest-ctc.html

November 14th - Members only AGM and Christmas social

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece - Claude Monet