Speakers/Meetings - 2022

January 13, 2022 at 7:30 PM – Chris Southwick : Gardening with Rhodos
Zoom meeting

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 meeting

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