Gardens in Bloom 2016

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Gardens in Bloom

Gardens in Bloom is 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. Get inspiration for your own property, or simply enjoy the sights and smells.

The net proceeds from Gardens in Bloom are shared with other community groups in support of various horticultural pursuits. To date, donations from Gardens in Bloom have supported thirty-one projects in the Comox Valley.

Beachcomber garden & ocean

Dear Gardens in Bloom Committee,

I am pleased to tell you that the garden project was successfully completed and had wonderful results for students. I hope you enjoy the photos and report of the project. We are very grateful to Gardens in Bloom for this funding as it has made our gardening projects a reality for students. I believe that getting children into the garden has such a wonderful effect on them. It connects them to nature in a very special way, and helps them to understand their connection to food and the earth.

Thank you again for your support.

Zoe Lambert, President & Executive Coordinator
Beachcombers Academy & Little Oysters Preschool

Admiring the gardenWorking amongst the garden flowers

Open Garden Tour – April 17, 2016

Open Garden hosted by: Barbara Simonson
Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please note: This garden is only open to CVHS members and their guests. If you would like to become a member, please follow the link to our Membership Information page here.


Barbara Simonson Garden

Spring weather can be iffy, but rain or shine, you are sure to enjoy touring this expansive garden on a half-acre property.

Barbara began developing their treed lot about twenty-five years ago…starting with the removal of a few trees. About eighteen have been removed over the years, but several very tall ones (70 ft / 21 m!) remain.

Multiple deliveries of soil and mulch…about fifty cubic yards all told…and with help from her husband and son, Barbara’s grand design has taken shape. A pergola, three patios, and a lovely bridge crossing over interconnected water features are just some of the delights in this incredible garden. Oh, did we mention the numerous garden benches set strategically, inviting visitors to sit and enjoy for a bit?

Come out and enjoy touring this oasis filled with several magnificent large perennials and shrubs. The list includes: four magnolia trees, two cherry trees (an ornamental and a UBC hybridized Bing cross), two dogwood trees, a gingko tree, numerous rhodos (many of which are in bloom), roses (already in bud!), deciduous azalea, lilacs, and much more!

 

All CVHS Members should have received an email notice on April 13th, 2016, noting the address and directions to this Open Garden. If you need further information for this tour, please contact the Coordinator: gardentours@comoxvalleyhortsociety.ca on our Contact Us page.

Open Garden Tour – April 9th, 2016

Open Garden hosted by: Robert Argall
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Please note: This garden is only open to CVHS members and their guests. If you would like to become a member, please follow the link to our Membership Information page here.

 

Robert Argall Garden

Robert has extended another invitation to CVHS members to attend a guided tour of his garden again on Saturday, April 9th. It has only been a month since he opened the garden gates to us for the first tour, but…

The magnolias (five of the nine), the camellias (all eighteen of them), and the ornamental cherry trees (all but two) are all in bloom at the same time! Robert declares this incredible floral display on all of the shrubs noted has never, ever happened on this scale before in his garden.

Also…after waiting twenty-five years and pretty much giving up hope of ever seeing one of his species rhododendrons (Rex) bloom…Robert is excited to show it off to us. It is covered in buds which are just starting to open!

And finally…the daffodils, hyacinths, early tulips, and wood anemones are all behaving themselves. In fact, there are several thousand out on display now! A sight to behold.

Please take note this is a guided tour which will start at 1:00 p.m.

All CVHS Members should have received an email notice on April 3rd, 2016, noting the address and directions to this Open Garden. If you need further information for this tour, please contact the Coordinator: gardentours@comoxvalleyhortsociety.ca on our Contact Us page.

 

 

Posted on April 3, 2016

April 18, 2016: Members Plant Sale & Jennifer Lipka – “Native Pollinators: Mason Bees & Bumblebees”


6:30 p.m.    Meet ‘n’ Greet & Plant sale begin
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. Final minutes of plant sale.


Monday, April 18th is our Members Plant Sale! Several of our members will have tables loaded with some very special plants from their gardens. You are pretty assured of finding a treasure amongst so much greenery. Plant sale starts at 6:30 p.m.! Bring a box!

Native PollinatorsAlso on this night, we welcome the Comox Valley Horticultural Society’s guest speaker, Jennifer Lipka, to learn about the research on environmental conditions affecting pollinators. Her presentation, “Native Pollinators: Mason Bees and Bumblebees”, will highlight the different kinds of native bees, wasps, and other beneficial insects. Jennifer will share ideas on what to plant and how to help the pollinators thrive in our gardens. Rest assured, native pollinators and beneficial insects really do need our help!

Jennifer has worked and studied with Brian Campbell, of Blessed Bee Farm, to better the lives of bees around the lower mainland. She is currently attending school for Sustainable Geography at UBC. She was a West Coast Seeds organic garden advisor for almost two years and continues to share her passion for helping people grow gardens organically and to support bee-friendly environments.

Remember: the evening fun begins a little earlier this month! Plan to be at the Hall at 6:30 so you have time to browse the plant tables, the Information Table, Opportunity Table, the Grow ‘n’ Show display…and get your Raffle Tickets for some neat prizes. You will also want to have a few minutes to talk “gardening” to your friends before the speaker presentation!

 

Posted on April 3, 2016