Spring 2017 Plant Sale

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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!

Gardens in Bloom 2016: Select Photographs

The CVHS is pleased to present select photographs of nine of the ten gardens on the Gardens in Bloom 2016 Tour (the green link below each will open the pictures in a new window).

Garden One

This large rural garden frames a stunning view of Georgia Strait and the Coastal Mountains. An amazing variety of evergreen trees and shrubs was selected to meet the challenges of coastal exposure to weather and the daily presence of deer. A lovely variegated holly at the entrance hints at the clever combinations of textures, shapes and tones of colour seen throughout the garden in a predominantly green setting. Pieris varieties, perennials and flowering shrubs add colour and contrast. Sloping beds are supported by large rocks complementing the scale of this garden.

Garden One

Garden Two

This diverse and established garden has a unique variety of trees, shrubs and perennials. It is a great garden in which to wander. Pause to enjoy a waterfall and pond with fish, water plants and a real dock. Stroll past the multiple raised vegetable beds and fruit trees. Don’t miss the abundance of interesting plants from creepers to climbers along the paths towards the house. Once in the backyard, enjoy the woodland garden with a view of the distant mountains and the recently transplanted climbing roses and clematis on the fence below.

Garden Two

Garden Three

This garden was professionally designed and planted to replace a lawn and to create a wheelchair accessible, low maintenance front yard. Ground covers, grasses, variegated yuccas and small evergreen shrubs, such as boxwood, intermingle with rocks and dry riverbeds. The center of the garden features a beautiful witch hazel and a handsome specimen of sequoia. A nicely sculpted California lilac defines the property’s edge, while a rose covered trellis borders the path to the front door.

Garden Three

Garden Four

This large oceanfront property is like a private park. Extensive lawns flow down toward the house bordered by large mixed beds. Closer to the house an impressive waterfall cascades over rocks and through an Asian-inspired garden area. On the ocean/pool side of the house additional beds are filled with mass plantings of shrubs, annuals and perennials. Of particular botanical interest in this garden is the diverse and extensive use of deciduous trees, which provide shade, privacy and beauty in this lovely setting.

Garden Four

Garden Five

The owner of this unique city garden describes herself as “a girl on a small lot with the heart of a farmer.” This hidden gem provides food all year. Every inch is filled with vegetables, perennials, climbers, fruit, and especially an amazing variety of owner-grafted apples; don’t miss the Belgian fence. Room was even made for a greenhouse to complement the continuous food production. This gardener’s passion carries well beyond the bounds of her fence with a variety of shrubs, trees and native plants on the street side.

Garden Five

Garden Seven

This lush, densely-planted garden is small in size, but large in impact. It’s a plant lover’s garden full of unusual varieties, displayed in well-balanced garden beds. While walking through this garden you will be surrounded by trees, shrubs, climbers and woodland plants crowding to the very edge of the path. The crevice garden is an amazing part of this horticultural gem created with great knowledge and care. Whimsical pottery characters hide among the plants. Tread very carefully among the delicate plants popping up along the garden paths and enjoy the journey.

Garden Seven

Garden Eight

This charming small city garden offers lawn-free beds in the front and an intimate outdoor living space in the back. The shady canopy of a large cedar tree under-planted with shrubs, perennials and grasses invites you in from the street. Plantings in the sunny backyard surround a unique patio imprinted with fern leaves and cedar. Clematis varieties creep up the fence. Pots with shrubs and annuals add interest and colour. Don’t miss the back lane garden, a surprising use of an often overlooked space featuring a pretty weeping maple and a tiny path.

Garden Eight

Garden Nine

If you have ever wondered how much food it is possible to grow in a city garden while including beautiful trees, shrubs and perennials, this is a garden you will want to see. Raised beds packed with amazing varieties of vegetables and tomatoes abound. Here you can learn all about seed saving, companion planting, the art of food production and efficient use of garden space. Flower beds full of perennials, flowering shrubs and small trees complement the raised beds both in the front and the back yards.

Garden Nine

Garden Ten

A labor of love, this front garden is one of a kind. Roses, roses, roses! Here you can admire over 100 roses, including ramblers and climbers. Also of interest is the amazing structure of owner-designed stone walls used to create walk ways and garden beds. Don’t miss the large sculpted smoke tree bordering the driveway.

Garden Ten



June 5, 2015 – Gardens of the Cowichan Valley

A wonderful day spent touring lovely gardens and a couple of nurseries. Many thanks to our two wonderful CVHS volunteers who organized this trip.

Destination: Gardens of the Cowichan Valley
Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Time: TBA
Cost: $65.00

Oops! The bus is not quite full yet! Don’t delay! This is a day-long tour of private gardens in the Cowichan Valley. There are still a few seats left on the bus for this fun trip to the picturesque Cowichan Valley. (You must be a CVHS member.)

For more information and to book a seat on this tour, please refer to Page 6 in the April 2015 edition of the CVHS Newsletter.

Oct. 16, 2016 – Mushroom ID Walk

Mushroom ID Walk / Workshop with Kem Luther,
in conjunction with local expert, Alison Maingnon

Date:  Sunday October 16, 2016
Time: 2:00 to 4:30 pm
Cost: $15 per person

Enjoy a 1 ½ hour walk with Kem Luther and Alison Maingnon, searching for mushrooms along a local trail. After, we will regroup at an indoor central Courtenay location to warm up, examine any specimens we have collected, and ask Kem and/or Alison any questions.

Minimum number of participants: 10    Maximum: 15

To register, contact Joan Wynden, Program Chair at program@comoxvalleyhortsociety.ca

** Payment must be made to complete your registration  **

 Once you have paid for your participation, your fee is non-refundable. However, if you cannot make the Mushroom ID Walk, you can transfer it to another current CVHS member.

Payment can be made in one of two ways:

1) Drop off cash or a cheque at 55 Rod & Gun Road, Courtenay, BC (Joan’s home)
2) Send an eTransfer to program@comoxvalleyhortsociety.ca

You will receive an email confirmation your payment has been received and you are registered. This will also include details (including instructions/maps) of where we will meet at the trailhead and the indoor location we will gather after the walk.

Workshop will run rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

For insurance reasons, this workshop is open to current CVHS members ONLY.


Uploaded on October 12, 2016

Fall Plant Sale 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended our plant sale!
And many, many thanks to our wonderful CVHS volunteers
who made our sale possible!

Saturday, September 10, 2016
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Conference Hall, upstairs in the Florence Filberg Centre at 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay.

With summer waning into fall, it is one of the very best times to make any necessary changes in your landscape design…and to add new plants! The days are cooling down little by little from the torrid heat we have experienced through the summer. Nights are cooler too. And hopefully, fall will bring some blessed rain. Assuredly winter can be counted on to provide enough rain to keep new plantings well hydrated as they establish themselves in their new environment.

So…with all this renewed growing energy just waiting to be utilized…be sure to attend the CVHS Fall Plant Sale to peruse the wide variety of plants available for sale. There will be a wide assortment of perennials, shrubs and some specialty plants available…and all at very, very reasonable prices.

Master Gardeners will be in attendance at our plant sale…ready and willing to answer any questions you may have about the plants, or gardening in general.

Be forewarned! Come early for the best selection. Our plant sales are very popular events. Bring a box!

Gardens in Bloom 2016 – Information

Gardens in Bloom Logo Text

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.

Gardens in Bloom Logo Flower

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

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: gardentours@comoxvalleyhortsociety.ca on our Contact Us page.


Gardens in Bloom 2016 – Ticket Information

Web posterGardens in Bloom 2016

Date: June 18 & 19
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days

Gardens in Bloom is a two-day, self-guided tour celebrating ten beautiful gardens in the Comox Valley.


Tickets are available at these local businesses:

  • Anderton Nursery – 2012 Anderton Rd, Comox
  • Art Knapp Plantland – 2855 Wentworth Rd, Courtenay
  • Blue Heron Books – 1775 Comox Ave, Comox
  • Home & Garden Gate – 319 5th St, Courtenay
  • Outback Nursery – 6016 Headquarters Rd, Courtenay
  • Paradise Plants Garden Centre – 2440 Hardy Rd, Courtenay

Open Garden Tour – May 15, 2016

Open Garden hosted by: Robert Argall
Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 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’s rhodos are out in full bloom and he has invited us to come out and view the spectacular display. There are several rhodos…some as big as trees at 25 ft tall. The scented rhodos are almost over, but you never know what you will find in this extensive garden as you stroll through the many beautiful pathways!

Also in bloom are plenty of azaleas, and of course there are the usual delights such as the secret garden and the peaceful pond area. You will most likely be treated to a guided tour by the host. See you there!

All CVHS members should have received an email notice on May 6th, 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.