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Next meeting:   May 27th, 2019

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

SPRING PLANT SALE – FREE ADMISSION!!

Saturday, May 4th, 2019 – 9:30am to 11:30am

Florence Filberg Center, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay, BC


This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and our members have been pinching, potting, pulling and pruning their favorite plants to donate to the plant sale. Savour the eclectic collections of rare varieties and mysterious wonders that have been hidden away all year for this moment! And please, bring your wallet. Debit, Visa, and Cash accepted. Doors open at 9:30am! (Volunteers, set up is 8am-12pm)

CVHS Memberships are available for 2019! A great gift idea for the gardening enthusiast in your life! 

Please check out our Workshops page for upcoming events. 

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May 27th, 2019 – Royann Petrell: Gardening for Birds

Rufous Hummingbird

Dr. Royann Petrell and her husband, Sylvain Alie, have organically gardened to produce most of the food they have eaten over the last 24 years. Gardening was a wonderful place to unwind from stressful jobs
and for these two birders to enjoy their hobby. To date, in and around their garden, they have recorded 81 species of birds. Several bird species nest there while dining on the garden pests. Today Royann, now professor emerita from Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC, is making plans to attract four new birds (the purple martin, tree swallow, bullock’s oriole and the marsh wren) to her garden. She employs her knowledge gained in biological science and through a long career as a research bioengineer in
habitat protection. Flower gardens can be wonderful habitat for birds. Small gardens are a challenge for nesting birds as their needs are many. Royann will describe what it takes for a bird to rear a successful brood in general, and then, show what a flower garden would look like for this to happen for three different type of bird species: a larvae eating warbler, a pesky-bug eating sparrow, and pollinating Rufous hummingbird.


The numbers of birds are declining rapidly around the world. Royann feels that making small changes to how one gardens would not only help restore bird populations and reduce pest numbers but would bring added joy to the gardening experience.

  1. 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”
  2. March 18th, 2019 – Donna Balzar: Growing Under Cover Comments Off on March 18th, 2019 – Donna Balzar: Growing Under Cover
  3. 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.
  4. 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’
  5. 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!
  6. September 17th, 2018: Conway Lum – ‘Growing Fruit Trees Organically’ Comments Off on September 17th, 2018: Conway Lum – ‘Growing Fruit Trees Organically’
  7. 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
  8. June 18th, 2018: Joan Wynden – ‘Practical Permaculture’ Comments Off on June 18th, 2018: Joan Wynden – ‘Practical Permaculture’
  9. May 28, 2018: Connie Kuramoto – “Plan your winter garden now!  Comments Off on May 28, 2018: Connie Kuramoto – “Plan your winter garden now!