Wednesday, 23 October 2019



We are pleased to have Bernie Dinter as the speaker for our October meeting.

He was a featured speaker at the American Rhododendron’s Society Fall Conference that was held in September in Parksville and we are lucky that he will duplicate that sold-out presentation for us:

“Bulbs herald the arrival of spring and complement the blooming season of rhododendrons. They naturalize easily, are deer resistant, and tolerate dry summers. They fit into any size garden from small rockeries to large drifts in meadows. Once planted, most will multiply, giving larger shows of colour as the years pass by.” (from the Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society website.

Bernie Dinter grew up on the campus of Shawnigan Lake School on Vancouver Island where his father was gardener from 1952 to 1972. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1976 with a degree in Plant Science. His father began Dinter’s Nursery in 1973 and Bernie joined it full time after graduation. Dinter’s Nursery has been supporting gardeners in the Cowichan Valley for over forty-five years and has customers from all over Vancouver Island. Bernie is a member of the BC Institute of Agrologists and a member of the Cowichan Valley Rhododendron Society.

He will be bringing a selection of bulbs for sale. We look forward to hearing from such an experienced horticulturist.

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


You can put two entries in each class but they must be different cultivars/varieties. Also, if you know the name of the variety of the vegetable or flower please write it on the entry form as this can be useful information for members.

Class 1. Three Pears

Class 2. Three Potatoes

Class 3. One Winter Squash or Pumpkin

Class 4. The Last Rose of Summer/Fall. Can be any type of rose.

Class 5. A Collection of Root Vegetables including not more than two potatoes on a plate or platter.

Class 6. A Collection of Fall-blooming Perennials

Class 7. Arrangement, ‘Trick or Treat’. May use any combination of fruits, flowers and or vegetables, accessories permitted.

Class 8. For display and education. Not judged.

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

26 June: Linda Gilkeson on ‘Gardening and Climate Change’

22 May: Jeff de Jong ‘Garden Jewels for Landscaping’

24 April: Robin Jenkins and Robias Carson talked about ‘Tiny Gardeners: Salt Spring and Gulf Island Schools’

27 March: Moe Wendt presented ‘Permaculture: Principles and Practice’

27 February: Donna Balzer ‘Vegetable Gardening: Tips and Tricks for Growing Great Grub’

24 October: 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”.