Author Archives: Wendy Smith

Tod Inlet; a healing place The Chrysanthemum Year

Presentation: Tod Inlet; a healing place Gwen Curry, local author, will give a presentation based on her book Tod Inlet;  A Healing Place   Gwen will talk about the history of Tod Inlet, the park as it is and as it … Continue reading

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England’s Malvern Autumn Show

Summer Joy and Jim Webb escorted the audience around the Royal Horticultural Society Malvern Autumn Show in England.  Vast displays of fruit, vegetables and flowers of the autumn, fantastic displays, competitions, numerous vendors, handmade tools, garden ornaments and handicrafts, fabulous … Continue reading

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Climate Change; and Patio Pots for Fall and Winter

Presentation: Andrew Weaver on CLIMATE CHANGE As experienced long-term gardeners know, climate change is real. Local conditions are becoming drier and windier. Do not miss Dr. Andrew Weaver’s expert analysis of this Earth-altering phenomenon. Learn about climate change’s impact on … Continue reading

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Climate Change; Patio Pots for Fall and Winter

Andrew Weaver on CLIMATE CHANGE As experienced long-term gardeners know, climate change is real. Local conditions are becoming drier and windier. Dr. Andrew Weaver’s expert analysis of this Earth-altering phenomenon. Learn about climate change’s impact on our daily lives (and … Continue reading

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Gardens of South Africa; and Parlour Show Tips

Presentation:  Secret Gardens of South Africa.   Eryl Morton presents a photographic travelog of South Africa. In Fall 2015, Eryl & husband/tour organizer Lynn Morton led a group including VHS members to 20 private & 6 botanic gardens, plus wineries. … Continue reading

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Growing Roses; Boulevard Gardening

Presentation:  Roses Dr. Patrick White has hundreds of roses in his two acre Saanich seaside garden.  The talk will focus on achieving a rose garden with a minimum of work and no chemicals. Workshop:  Boulevard Gardening Lawyer and green advocate … Continue reading

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Resilient Gardens for a Changing Climate; workshop: Pest Control

Presentation: Resilient Gardens for a Changing Climate “The new normal is no normal!” Last summer was the driest on record. Well respected,  year round Saltspring organic food gardener, Linda Gilkeson (lindagilkeson.ca) spoke about present gardening challenges and coping strategies. – Mulch, … Continue reading

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Let Nature Play Her Part in the Garden

Presentation: Let Nature Play Her Part in the Garden Bill Terry may be best known for his Himalayan Blue Poppies (Meconopsis grandis, and many of us likely have a copy of Blue Heaven on our gardening book shelves.  Bill has … Continue reading

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Dinter Nursery – 40 Years; and Urban Food Gardening

Presentation: 40 Years as a Nurseryman Bernie Dinter (www.dinternursery.ca ) reviewed local Garden Centres over the past 55 years, and the changes that influenced them. * In the 1960’s numerous small, family owned and operated garden centers such as Layritz … Continue reading

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Saving Farmland: Madrona Farm — Worm Farming

Presentation: Saving Farmland: Madrona Farm (For workshop on Worm Farming scroll down.) Saving Farmland: The Fight for Real Food a book by Robyn Alys Roberts, Nathalie Chambers and Sophie Wooding. Presentation by Robyn Alys Roberts. Madrona Farm in the Blenkinsop … Continue reading

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