March 21, 2016: Joan Carrigan – “Making Basketry with Materials from the Garden”


6:45 p.m.   Meet ‘n’ Greet
7:30 p.m.   Announcements and Business
8:00 p.m.   Guest Speaker presentation
9:00 p.m.   Meeting wraps up after Guest Speaker question period


The Comox Valley Horticultural Society welcomes Joan Carrigan as guest speaker to the March 21 meeting.

Joan is a basket-maker with a focus on exploring ways of weaving with plant materials. Her presentation will cover how cultures throughout the world for millennia have used available vegetation such as barks, vines, roots, and grasses to make baskets. She will highlight how she sustainably harvests and prepares local plant materials on Salt Spring Island to make both functional and sculptural baskets.

For the past 25 years, Joan Carrigan has been making, studying, and teaching basketry. Her passion for baskets has led her to explore many different techniques and materials, both traditional and sculptural. Her inspiration comes from the plant materials she respectfully harvests from nature. Joan’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

For more information on Joan and her basketry skills, visit her website at: www.joancarrigan.com.

Also this month, the Comox Valley Horticultural Society is celebrating the arrival of spring with our new “Spring a Friend” event! Bring a friend as your guest to our meeting this month at no cost! (There will be a little gift for your friend as our welcome.)

 

Notice: The basketry workshop scheduled for Sunday, March 20th, has been cancelled.

 

 

Updated on March 13, 2016

May 25, 2015: Krista Kaptein – “Plants of Paradise Meadows”

Krista KapteinOur speaker will be Krista Kaptein, Co-ordinator of Programs and Volunteers at the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre, which is operated by Strathcona Wilderness Institute Society.

She will present “Plants of Paradise Meadows.”

In our own backyard, we have this unique area of subalpine fens and meadows with rare and unusual flora.

Krista will also offer us some history of Strathcona Park and background on the Strathcona Wilderness Institute.

 

 

June 15, 2015: Rhona McAdam – “Nutitrional Gardening: How to Get the Most from the Food You Grow & Buy”

Rhona McAdam, poet, holistic nutritionist and gardener, author of Digging the City: An Urban Agriculture Manifesto”, will be our guest speaker.

She will speak on the decline in nutritional values of fruits and vegetables and the farming practices which are contributing to this, including the toxins which are finding their way into our food through the agricultural system. She will also speak about growing, preserving and storage methods that can boost nutritional values.

Her books will be available for sale at the meeting.

Webmaster

Duties include:

  • Updates club information on the CVHS website in a timely fashion;
  • Maintains privacy code towards all CVHS members;
  • Ensures there is no trespassing of copyright laws for any material published on the CVHS website without the consent of the writer;
  • Ensures all security measures regarding the website are maintained;
  • Installs updates for all components of the website as necessary;
  • Works with a technical support personnel if problems occur;
  • Submits receipts for webhosting services to the Treasurer;
  • Submits monthly newsletter articles regarding changes to the website to the Newsletter Editor (deadline is the first Friday of every month, except July and December);
  • Submits a monthly report to a Director before Executive meetings, or attends Executive meetings (first Wednesday of every month, except July and December).

Members Plant Sale Chair

Duties include:

  • Starts to solicit at the February General meeting for members who wish to participate in the Members Plant Sale, which is recommended to be held at the April General meeting;
  • Submits articles for the newsletter, starting in the February edition, to the Newsletter Editor promoting the event. (Deadline is the first Friday of every month, except July and December);
  • Uses a sign-up sheet to collect names of members who wish to participate, including a wait list, if applicable;
  • Creates a floor plan, accounting for space for the members who are selling their plants, Master Gardeners table, Social Tables, Membership tables, Library drop-off table, and Guest Speaker table, if needed;
  • Sends the floor plan to the set-up crew before the April General meeting;
  • Sends the floor plan to all of the member vendors, as well as noting they should have a tablecloth for their table and be prepared to clean up after the sale;
  • Attends the General meeting to give updates and answer questions from members and member vendors;
  • Submits a monthly report to a Director before Executive meetings, or attends Executive meetings (first Wednesday of every month, except July and December).

Bus Tour Chair

Duties include:

  • Finds a collection of gardens and/or nurseries that would be of interest to Comox Valley Horticultural Society (CVHS) members;
  • Secures a bus (with a washroom);
  • Determines the budget for the Bus Tour. This includes the cost of the bus, gratuity to the driver ($150.00 in 2015), snacks, bottled water, entrance fees to gardens, and any other gratuities (e.g. garden societies). Bus Tours are run on at least a “net zero” basis – all costs to be covered by the fees paid by the participants;
  • Advertises at least two (2) months in advance of the bus tour in the CVHS Newsletter outlining date, destination, bag lunch/dinner stop (if applicable), and the price per participant. (Deadline for newsletter submissions is the first Friday of every month, except July and December.);
  • Establishes the pickup location in Comox/Courtenay. It should have enough parking space for participants’ cars. Venues such as the Florence Filberg Centre and the Driftwood Mall have been used in the past;
  • Ensures, with collaboration with the Membership Committee, all tour participants are CVHS members in good standing;
  • Advises participants that once paid, there is a no refund policy in effect. If someone who has paid cannot go, the paid seat can be transferred to another CVHS member;
  • Ensures that payment in full is made by each participant two months before the departure date;
  • Conducts a trial run of the Bus Tour before the date of the tour to ensure scheduled timings for each proposed tour stop are adequate, keeping track of mileage for reimbursement from the Treasurer;
  • Arranges for payment to the bus company at least one month before the date of the tour;
  • Purchases a gift for each gardener who has opened his/her garden to CVHS members;
  • Submits a monthly report to a Director before Executive meetings, or attends Executive meetings (first Wednesday of every month, except July and December).

Gardens in Bloom Chair

Duties include:

  • Canvasses the CVHS for Committee members;
  • Acts as Chair at all Gardens in Bloom Committee meetings;
  • Receives reports from the Committee members;
  • Coordinates and collaborates committees that complete the following tasks:
    • Finds a collection of gardens. This may involve:
      • driving through neighborhoods throughout the Comox Valley
      • petitioning CVHS members at meetings
      • advertising in the CVHS newsletter
      • advertising in the local newspapers;
    • Prepares the tickets which includes:
      • meeting with the printer by the deadline
      • uses the existing Gardens in Bloom branding/logo
      • doing the summaries of the gardens
      • preparing the map;
    • Meets deadlines for advertisements and announcements in a variety of media;
    • Prepares articles for local newspapers, Shaw TV, Kijiji, Craigslist;
    • Puts up posters for the event;
    • Sets up table tents;
    • Supports owners in their preparation for the event;
    • Organizes gate sitters;
    • Distributes garden signs and picks them up at the end of the event;
    • Provides community groups with applications for funds distributed;
    • Determines how funds are allocated;
  • Submits articles for the newsletter to the Newsletter Editor (deadline is the first Friday of every month, except July and December) promoting the event and asking for volunteers;
  • Submits a year-end report for the October newsletter to the Newsletter Editor (deadline is the first Friday in October);
  • Submits a monthly report to a Director before an Executive meeting, or attends Executive meetings (first Wednesday of every month, except July and December).