March 19th, 2018 – Zac Kregosky: ‘Xeriscape’

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.

Bio:
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.

February 19th, 2018 – Chanchal Cabrera: “Ethnobotany of Tribal People in Southern India”

At the southern tip of the Nilgiri Mountain range in Southern western India, where the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka meet, where the misty mountains run down to the steamy jungle, there is a rich abundance of flora and fauna. Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Preserve, this area is home to numerous distinct tribal groups who still harvest wild herbs for medicine and who still practice some of the old ways of healing. 

 In 2011 Chanchal spent a month acting as staff botanist for a documentary film crew as they recorded these ancient ways and vanishing medicines. This illustrated talk will discuss 5 different tribal groups, their clothes, and customs, their traditional medicines and healing ways, and the challenges these people face in the modern world. Showcasing the beauty and the magic of India, temples and palaces, mountains and valleys, and highlighting unusual or useful plants, many of them unknown in western herbal medicinal practice. 

Biographical Information:

Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) since 1987. Awarded Fellowship 2009
MSc in herbal medicine at the University of Wales in 2003
Faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster  2004 – 2016
Diplomas in Botanic Garden Management and in Botanic Garden Education from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 
Certified Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) practitioner
Certified Master Gardener 
Certified Horticulture Therapist
 
Chanchal lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband run Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden, a 7 acre registered botanic garden specializing in food and medicine plants, and run apprenticeschips in organic gardening and herbal medicine. They also host Gardens without Borders, a federally registered not-for-profit society established to run therapy garden programs for people with disabilities.

January 15, 2018: Carolyn Herriot “Natural Pest & Disease Control in the garden”

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) 

New Volunteers at CVHS!

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. 

Zac Kregosky – Xeriscaping

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!

June 19th, 2017: Lynda Smith ‘Preserving the Harvest’

On Monday June 19, CV Horticultural Society presents “Preserving the Harvest”.  In this colourful presentation, Lynda Smith from Lawn to Food, will share new ideas on how to use our garden bounty daily and food saving methods for future consumption. She thinks about the word preserving in a waste-not context. “We all spend time and money growing food, lets make sure that most of it ends up in our bellies not the compost pile”. Eating, freezing, canning, dehydrating, pickling and fermentation are some of the topics that will be covered. Including tips on how to NOT get overwhelmed with garden produce abundance during the busy summer months.

Come join us at the Courtenay Filberg. Doors open at 6:45 pm.  Annual memberships are still available for $20 ($30 family couple), but guests are welcomed for only $5.  Membership brings many, many benefits and more details can be found at:www.comoxvalleyhortsociety.ca

 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.
 

May15th, 2017: Peggy Carswell & Kel Kelly “Back from the Brink”

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.

 

April 24, 2017: Lynda Smith “Lawn to Food”

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.

March 20, 2017: Lynda Smith “Gardening with Kids”

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)!

Spring 2017 Plant Sale

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!