Gardens in Bloom 2016 – Information

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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.

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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 among the garden flowers

Oct. 17, 2016: AGM & Kem Luther – “What does it MEAN? mycorrhizas, mushrooms, and plants”

6:45 p.m.    Meet ‘n’ Greet
7:15 p.m.    Announcements, Business, Election of Officers – starting 15 min. early!
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 guest speaker Kem Luther to their October 17 Annual General meeting. The guest presentation will follow the AGM.

Kem Luther

In his recent book, Boundary Layer (Oregon State University Press, 2016), Kem Luther focuses on regions that lie between large, stable systems, showing how they develop their own rules and practice a logic that belongs to neither of the bounding systems. One of the in-between systems discussed in his book is the strange world of plant/fungal symbionts.

In this slide talk, Kem overviews the science of mycorrhizal mushrooms and explores how research on mycorrhizas could shift our understanding species and ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest.

Kem Luther grew up in the Nebraska Sandhills, studied at Cornell, the University of Chicago (PhD) and University of Toronto (MSc). He taught at Eastern Mennonite University; Sheridan College where he was dean of a joint program in Communication, Culture, and Information Technology with the University of Toronto; at York University; and the University of Toronto.

After living for several years on Ontario’s Grand River, the naturalist/writer moved to the southern tip of Vancouver Island in 2004. For the last two decades, Kem has focused on writing interpretive articles and books. He is the author of Cottonwood Roots, The Next Generation Gap, and Boundary Layer. (For more information about Kem Luther and his latest book, check out his website at

Copies of his books will be available for sale at the meeting.

The CVHS welcomes all those who are interested in gardening and the natural world, from beginners to master gardeners. Non-member fee is $5.

Boundary Layer - Kem Luther

Sept. 26, 2016: Gwen Odermatt – “The Secret Life of my Garden: Gardening to build habitat for beneficial wildlife”

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 is pleased to welcome guest speaker Gwen Odermatt of Langley at their September 26 meeting. She will be speaking about attracting beneficial wildlife to the garden.

Gwen OdermattGwen is a passionate life-long gardener. Her keen interest in the harmony between plants, insects and the diversity of the natural world led her to obtain a degree in science at the University of Alberta. For the past twenty years she has operated “Petals and Butterflies”, a farm nursery that specializes in growing plants which attract butterflies and other wildlife into the garden.

Gwen is on the Selection Committee for Great Plant Picks and teaches the Advanced Master Gardener Right Plant/Right Place course. She is a member of the Vancouver’s Hardy Plant Group and a long-term member of the South Surrey Garden Club. Her own garden has been open to local, national and international tours.

Everyone who is interested in growing plants which will attract beneficial wildlife to their gardens are welcome to join the CVHS meeting on September 26.  Non-member fee is $5.

August 15, 2016: Karen Myskiw – “Elements of Xeriscape Gardening”

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

Join the Comox Valley Horticultural Society on Monday, August 15 to learn about the elements and principles of Xeriscape Gardening with speaker Karen Myskiw.

Though we live in an area which is often plentiful with water, we do experience periods of water restrictions. Karen promises to demonstrate different water-saving techniques for gardening, including selecting native and well-adapted plant species, and planting methods that will reduce the need to use copious amounts of water in the garden.

Karen Myskiw, (BHE, BLarch, BEd) is a designer and educator whose passions integrate practices of ecological gardening, preparing local foods, art-making, global travel and writing. JardinsDesigns is her consulting practice with a focus on the seamless integration of indoor and outdoor living rooms to create an atmosphere of wellness.


Updated on August 8, 2016

Open Garden Tour – June 4, 2016

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.

Open Garden hosted by: Wolfgang & Wilma Hoefgen
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come out and see this well-established garden boasting over 400 plants, as well as over one hundred conifers of all sizes and shapes! Wolfgang, a retired nursery manager, and his wife Wilma have been developing this garden for the past fourteen years. They also propagate and sell a wide variety of plants, so you are sure to learn something new. See you there!

All CVHS members should have received an email notice on May 28th, 2016, noting the address and directions to this Open Garden. If you need further information for this tour, please contact the Coordinator: on our Contact Us page.