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. As a travel consultant in Edgemont Village, Julia’s interest turned to garden tours which she has designed for more than 30 years. Julia loves to talk about and share photos of the gardens she, and many tour participants across Canada, have enjoyed. Classical Chinese gardens have unique qualities that will be explored and - gardens in India…Who knew? To find out more about the many tours that Julia 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

Speakers - 2020

January 9th – Anastasiia Dushyna - The World of Herbal Gardens & Design. Anastasiia is a botanical pharmacology specialist with more than 10 years of experience in pharmaceuticals & knowledge of European medicinal plants. Anastasiia works with Park and Tilford on an Apothecary Garden project.  See her instagram page at :  https://www.instagram.com/a_designflora

February 13th - Edible Garden Project -North Vancouver - Topic to be determined.  Please see their website at www.ediblegardenproject.com

March 12, 2020 - Ralph Nevill – Arborist with the District of North Vancouver  - Pruning on the North Shore

April 9, 2020 - Ron Knight - Dazzling Dwarf Rhododendrons - a comprehensive overview of rhododendron selection, culture, and care, using dwarfs as the examples. Ron is a retired biology teacher and West Vancouver school administrator. He is a confirmed rhodoholic, who has served as president of the Vancouver Rhododendron Society and as a director for the American Rhododendron Society’s BC Division.  Please see the website for Caron Gardens at www3.telus.net/rcknight

May 14, 2020 - Karin England - Grow Green: 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. Karin holds Master of Teaching & Master of Landscape Architecture degrees. She works on Grow Green as a Park Planner with Metro Vancouver & is a regular collaborator with the UBC Botanical Garden.  Please see the website at http://www.growgreenguide.ca/

June 11, 2020 - Members only garden tour

July 9, 2020 - Members only summer social

September 10, 2020 - Richard Hallman of Fruit Tree Magic will speak on espalier fruit trees, their history, how they fit into modern urban and suburban gardens and modern commercial orchards around the world. He will also discuss his top pick for eating and cooking apples for the North Shore and how to determine when an apple is mature. Richard has extensive experience in the field including a degree in Plant Sciences, 32 years working in the private sector and for the Ministry of Agriculture as a professional advisor to the commercial fruit tree industry, Espalier Master, retired arborist, past UBC Botanical Garden Pomologist in Residence and past Tree Fruit and Plant Health Advisor to Art’s Nursery in North Surrey. For more information, please go to his website at https://richardhallman.ca/

October 8, 2020 - Speaker to be Announced - suggestions from Members are welcome

November 12, 2020 - Members only AGM and Christmas social

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece - Claude Monet