Wednesday, 24 April 2019


Salt Spring and Gulf Island Schools

The speakers at our April meeting, Robin Jenkinson and Toby Carson, will be presenting the work they are doing with our “tiny gardeners” in Salt Spring and Gulf Island Schools. They take pride in the fact that every school on Salt Spring has a garden where students get hands-on horticultural experience.

Robin is an ecologist and avid gardener who has been the catalyst for the construction of the gardens at her children ́s school, Early Learning Center and Salt Spring Elementary. With a team of enthusiastic teachers and volunteers she is also developing a website where teachers can share resources and ideas for gardening activities.

Toby has a background in environmental planning, participatory learning processes, habitat conservation and community-based resource management. He is passionate about organic gardening, outdoor nature education and working with kids of all ages. He has contributed to the development of the garden at Salt Spring Elementary School and is helping to develop the Gulf Islands School Gardens Activity Guide.

Royal Canadian Legion, 120 Blain Road
6:45 pmParlour Show Entries (until 7:00)
Membership and Name Tags
Mentor Gardeners’ Table
Plant Sale and Seed Exchange
7:15 pmBusiness Meeting
8:00 pmProgram Speaker

General Information

Meetings are held at Meaden Hall (on Blain Road, across from Greenwoods) the fourth Wednesday of each month (except for December, January, July and August), starting at 6:45 pm, and ending by 9 pm.  In November, we hold our AGM.

  • Every meeting features a speaker. Many are local, but in the past, speakers have come from as far as Australia. Recent speakers have included Brian Minter, Carolyn Herriot, Linda Gilkeson and Bill Terry (the rare Blue Poppy man).
  • A Parlour Show is always held to test our skills in growing local treasures. An annual prize is awarded for highest aggregate points over the year.
  • The Library table is available with an excellent selection of books. Other books are available from the archive and can be retrieved on request.
  • Mentor Gardeners are always present to provide solutions
    for your gardening challenges.
  • Refreshments are available for a dollar (coffee or tea, and a tasty treat).

IMG_0363_2Come speak with our Mentor Gardeners to get all your toughest gardening questions answered!

2018/2019 Talks

Oct 24: Kristen Miskelly spoke on ‘Native Plant Gardening for Biodiversity’

2017/2018 Talks

June 27: Mitchell Sherrin spoke to us about “Fire-smart Landscaping”.

May 23:  Connie Kuramoto will joined us to talk about “The Lazy Gardener”.

April 25:  Julia Common brought a talk about Bees, called “Hives for Humanity”.

March 28:  To be confirmed

February 28:   Brian Minter joined us in February for a talk entitled “Dramatic Changes in the World of Gardening”.