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 - Bob Wilmott and Hayne Wai: A Presentation on the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Zoom Meeting

This Ming Dynasty style classical Chinese garden opened in 1986 in Vancouver’s Chinatown and is the first full Chinese garden ever built outside of China. Both Bob and Hayne are past board members and current docents at the Dr. SYS Garden. Their presentation will showcase the essential elements of a classical Chinese Garden and will walk us through the halls, courtyards and corridors with particular reference to the appropriate maintenance of plants, shrubs and trees to reflect a classical Ming Dynasty elegance.

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 - Botanus: Create a Summer Bulb Spectacular
In-person meeting with the speaker presenting to us via Zoom

Elke Wehinger, Pam Dangelamier, Wendy Leroux started out 20 years ago as a small mail-order company with big dreams – dreams about making a difference in the Canadian gardening world with the goal of getting people excited about gardening by providing top notch plants and outstanding service.  Now after seeing so many wonderful seasons come and go they've achieved that goal and continue to grow along with the hundreds of thousands of plants they've sent out to happy gardeners across the country!  What they’ve accomplished, what they continue to do and what they strive to achieve in the future all comes down to three simple words: Care ~ Inspire ~ Grow. This is what they do, this is who they are and this is what they wish for their gardening friends and customers.

May 12, 2022 - Members Only Garden Tour 

June 9, 2022 at 7:30 PM - In-Person Meeting - Michael Weinmaster: Green Over Grey

Green over Grey - Living Walls & Design began their journey back in 2008. Since then they have created over 100 living walls from Victoria to St. John's and down into the States. Three of the largest living walls in North America are their design and installation, including the tallest interior vertical garden in the world (16 stories in Quebec).  Learn how living walls can add interesting vertical space to small yards and garden areas.

July 14, 2022 - Members Only Summer Picnic

September 8, 2022 at 7:30 PM - In Person Meeting - Pam Erikson: What Excites Me in 2022

Pam has a new presentation that focuses on hostas, lilies and some daylilies and alliums.  Hostas have so many newer varieties available and Erikson’s collection now exceeds 650 varieties.

October 13, 2022 at 7:30 PM - In Person Meeting - Conway Lum:  Plants to Create a Winter Garden

Discussion will focus on plants ranging from tree size to shrub down to perennials and minor bulbs. A plant list will be made available.

November 10, 2022 - Members Only Annual General Meeting and Winter Social

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece - Claude Monet