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Next meeting:   August 19th, 2019

(NO JULY MEETING – We’re in the garden!)

Doors open at 6:30pm, Meeting at 7:15pm, Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay

  • GARDENS IN BLOOM: September 21st & 22nd, 2019 A two-day celebration of gardens in the Comox Valley. Treat yourself to this unique self-guided tour of some of the valley’s special private gardens. Find inspiration for your own property, or simply enjoy the sights and smells!

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August 19th, 2019 – Margot Moser: Hellebores

Margot has loved plants and gardening for as long as she can remember. One early memory
involved her bringing a small bouquet of bluebells to her grandmother. After exclaiming how beautiful they were, her Grammy asked if she had picked them from the neighbour’s garden. ‘Oh, no!’ Margot lied. And thus began her life of crime – and gardening.


Since then, Margot has developed a passion for growing plants and creating gardens, first as a child and then as a homeowner. Along the way, she absorbed garden knowledge from multiple sources – from expert gardeners, taking gardening courses and reading as well as learning from
her mistakes.


After taking the Master Gardener Course 25 years ago, Margot was inspired by the Master Gardener manual to design a perpetual garden journal called “My Growing Gardenbook” which sold over 8,000 copies across Canada and the US in garden centres and gift shops.


Her preference for a natural-looking landscape has led to special interests in BC native plants, rhododendrons, ferns and hellebores. Margot’s presentation, “Heavenly Hellebores” was developed as much from hands-on experience as extensive reading.

Heavenly Hellebores (PowerPoint presentation by Margot Moser)

The “Heavenly Hellebores!!!” presentation provides a broad overview of everything relating to hellebores:
– History – hellebores were known and grown in Greek and Roman days, often used for medicinal purposes.
– Species – there are about 20 species of Helleborus many of which will be shown in the presentation but the emphasis will be on hybrids of Helleborus niger and H. hybridus.
– Propagation – the intricacies of cross-pollination in seed selection and tissue culture will be discussed, featuring new introductions by many of the top propagation specialists.
– Culture – details of how to grow, where to grow, where to purchase; pest control, etc.

Dozens of slides illustrate the diversity of species and hybrids now available for sale.


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  2. May 27th, 2019 – Royann Petrell: Gardening for Birds Comments Off on May 27th, 2019 – Royann Petrell: Gardening for Birds
  3. April 15th, 2019 – Dr. Staffan Lindgren: “Pollinators in your Garden – Not just bees” Comments Off on April 15th, 2019 – Dr. Staffan Lindgren: “Pollinators in your Garden – Not just bees”
  4. March 18th, 2019 – Donna Balzar: Growing Under Cover Comments Off on March 18th, 2019 – Donna Balzar: Growing Under Cover
  5. February 25th, 2019 – Aaron Wurts: Tree Stewardship, maintenance strategies, spiral pruning and topping. Comments Off on February 25th, 2019 – Aaron Wurts: Tree Stewardship, maintenance strategies, spiral pruning and topping.
  6. January 21st, 2019: Laurene Ebbett ‘Gardens of the Lakes District, Wales and Ireland’ Comments Off on January 21st, 2019: Laurene Ebbett ‘Gardens of the Lakes District, Wales and Ireland’
  7. October 15, 2018: Fall Soil Social Event – Come soil yourself with the CVHS! Comments Off on October 15, 2018: Fall Soil Social Event – Come soil yourself with the CVHS!
  8. September 17th, 2018: Conway Lum – ‘Growing Fruit Trees Organically’ Comments Off on September 17th, 2018: Conway Lum – ‘Growing Fruit Trees Organically’
  9. August 20th: Peter B. Janes – “Unusual Edibles”, TreeEater Farm and Nursery Comments Off on August 20th: Peter B. Janes – “Unusual Edibles”, TreeEater Farm and Nursery