As our summers get hotter and water resources lessen, it will be even more important that we make the right decisions in our gardens. A garden should provide as much enjoyment as possible, while impacting our environment as little as possible. A great garden starts in the soil, and if done right, it should require little care.
Attendees will learn about plant physiology and how it relates to making waterwise choices. The next important consideration is site exposure; choosing the right plant for the right location is key to creating a thriving garden. We will examine types of plants and specific plants ideal for xeriscape gardening. I firmly believe in and practice being a lazy gardener.
My passion for plants started while pursuing a degree in Biology with a focus on plant sciences. A horticulture program at Malaspina solidified my desire to work with plants. I started my career at the Art Knapp location in Vernon, becoming the nursery manager. I continued this vocation at the local Art Knapp. For the last 3.5 years I have been running my own gardening business.
Carolyn Herriot – Natural Pest & Disease Control in the garden.
- Getting your garden into balance with nature means you spend more time enjoying the garden and less time fighting problems. In this talk Carolyn looks at the role of soil, insects and wildlife in maintaining a healthy garden.
Carolyn Herriot ran The Garden Path Centre in Victoria for 25 years. She is a passionate gardener and cook, who encourages others to grow food and save seeds. She is a well known lecturer, and the author of ‘A Year on the Garden Path- A 52 week Organic Gardening Guide’ and ‘The Zero-Mile Diet’(Harbour Publishing)
Thank you to the members who have stepped forward to volunteer in the following positions! Volunteers are what makes our organization function and flourish!
- Gordon Stewart is our new President
- Christi York is our new Program Chair and Director at Large
- Nancy Milliken is a new Director at Large
- Norma Chambers is our new Secretary
- Sylvia Stone is our new Treasurer, and Past-President.
On Monday, September 18 we welcome Zac Kregosky of Plants I Dig Landscaping and Consulting. Zac will talk about xeriscaping, the art of creating gardens and landscaping to minimize water use and maximize water efficiency. Xeri is the Greek word for dry. It’s many benefits include reduced water use-by over 50%, depending on the design and plants used; saving time- less watering, trimming, weeding and mowing; saving money- less chemicals, fertilizer and replacement of dead plants. Plants whose natural requirements are appropriate to the local climate are emphasized, and care is taken to avoid losing water to evaporation and run-off.
If you want your garden to give you maximum enjoyment and value for your expenditure of time and money, xeriscaping is the answer! Garden with the natural environmental conditions we live in rather than fighting against them. What a timely topic for the Comox Valley!
At our May meeting we welcome Peggy Carswell and Kel Kelly with their presentation “Back from the Brink.” A trip to explore the northeast corner of India almost 20 years ago led these two Comox Valley residents on an amazing and challenging journey into the world of tea.
They will present images and stories about their work with farmers and small-scale tea growers in villages in rural Assam, and share some interesting and not well-known facts about tea. They will also have a selection of teas for purchase, as well as some textiles from the region.
Meet ‘n’ Greet begins at 6:45 p.m., unless otherwise noted due to a special event planned for a meeting. Announcements and Club business starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. The Guest Speaker presentation follows. The meeting wraps up at about 9:00 p.m. after the Guest Speaker question period.
The Comox Valley Horticultural Society welcomes Lynda Smith who has transformed her quarter acre suburban lot at 1483 Hillside Avenue in Comox into year round food production. She helps people take responsibility for their own health and food security by planting vegetable gardens, fruit shrubs and trees.
Lynda competed on Chopped Canada last year, spreading her passionate “transform lawn to food production” message. She owns Urban Farm Stand which is stocked daily with seasonal produce from their organic gardens, baked goods, local free range eggs, bedding plants and artwork. She also builds new gardens and provides seasonal maintenance for vegetable plots in Comox and Courtenay. If you aspire to have a few veggie pots on the patio, or grow a self-sufficient food supply, she can help you reach your goals through inspiration and/or perspiration. You too can live in a vibrant environment with nutritious food a few steps from your door. Her website at www.lawntofood.com is filled with food adventures, recipes and enthusiasm.
This April 24 meeting is also our very popular Members Plant Sale, so don’t miss this opportunity to find some new plant treasures at very reasonable prices. Membership offers many benefits for only $20 (family couple $30). Further details can be found under the Membership tab above. Doors at the Courtenay Filberg open early at 6:30 pm for this meeting only. The meeting starts promptly at 7:30 pm.
Speaker Change for the CVHS General Meeting – Monday, March 20, 2017
Unfortunately, our scheduled Guest Speaker, Chanchal Cabrera has become ill after a very long trip back from the UK. Therefore, she will be unable to speak on the topic of Shinrin Yoku as planned. Chanchal has provided us with a recorded talk on Shinrin Yoku that she did a few weeks ago (alas, without the pictures). You can find that talk (and other topics that may be of interest) that presented at The Plant Medicine Summit at https://shiftnetwork.infusionsoft.com/go/pmd17a16677/a16677
Using her magical powers, our Program Chair has waved her wand and has already scheduled another Guest Speaker for Monday night. Lynda Smith will be speaking about “Gardening with Kids.” For those of you that have children or grandchildren that you would like to get involved the garden and the hobby of gardening, this topic is going to be of great interest to you.
We start at the usual time on Monday night – doors open at 6:45pm. And don’t forget it is our “Spring a Friend” meeting where all guests get into the meeting for free and are eligible to win a free 2017 CVHS membership (up to a $30 value)!
Mark your calendars!
Comox Valley Horticultural Society
Spring 2017 Plant Sale
Florence Filberg Center
411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay, BC
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:30am to 11:30am
It is finally time for our fabulous Spring Plant Sale! 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 you wallet. Cash only. Doors open at 9:30am!