Please note that in-person meetings are cancelled due to COVID-10 Pandemic.  
All meetings are being held via Zoom, and registered members will receive email-invitations to the meetings.

Club meeting, 24 Mar 2021 @ 7:15 pm
(via Zoom)

Douglas Justice


Come and join in via Zoom to hear Douglas Justice give a personal and selective examination of the intrinsic, ecological, and cultural importance of trees.

Douglas had his initial exposure to horticulture in his parents’ garden in Vancouver and at the family farm in Duncan. His passion for plants eventually led him into nursery work, then to degrees in horticulture and botany, which spurred him to pursue a career in teaching and public garden management. Since 2000, Douglas has been Curator of Collections at UBC Botanical Garden. He teaches in UBC’s Landscape Architecture program and in the garden’s horticulture training program. He is presently working on a manual of Vancouver’s cultivated woody plants.

The presentation will last about an hour and a half with time allotted for questions from participants. An invitation to the Zoom meeting will be sent out to all members prior to our meeting date.

Douglas has been kind enough to grant us permission to record this presentation for members that were unable to attend.

General Information

Due to COVID-19, all in-person meetings and events have been put on hold.  However, we have moved our monthly meetings to online via Zoom.  At these meetings, our club president will provide some opening remarks, after which we will have a speaker make a presentation on a pertinent topic.

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).
  • 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).

2021 Talks

27 November: Brian Russell and Faye Ford: ‘Four Seasons in a Greenhouse’

23 October: Bernie Dinter on ‘Flowering Bulbs: Natures Gift that Keeps on Giving’

2020 Talks

27 November: Jeff de Jong ‘In the Eye of the Storm’

23 October: Bernie Dinter on ‘Flowering Bulbs: Natures Gift that Keeps on Giving’

26 June: Gary Lewis of Phoenix Perennials on ‘Hellebores : Jewels of the Winter and Spring Garden’

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’

2019 Talks

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

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”.