Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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




CBC gardener Donna Balzer brings garden inspiration and practical insider information to get you growing better vegetables this season. You will learn the basics of garden design plus growing systems like Hugelkultur and fabric pots that might work best for you. Donna’s secret to growing pest-free cauliflower will be revealed. Learn tips and tricks to grow great vegetables in 2019.

When Donna Balzer arrived in Qualicum Beach seven years ago, her first vegetable crop on her “Beach Road” pure sand garden plot was a dismal failure. Now Donna has two greenhouses and harvests vegetables year-round from her outdoor garden. An award-winning media personality and garden consultant with a personal passion for food growing in northern regions, Donna is an enthusiastic and successful gardener.

Horticulturist, speaker, and author, Donna has a degree in Agriculture with a specialty in Horticulture. She has a YouTube channel, 3 seasons as host of the Internationally broadcast Bugs & Blooms on HGTV, and appears frequently on CBC radio in Canada.

Her recent book ‘No Guff Vegetable Gardening’ is a Canadian best seller perfect for beginners and her newest book ‘The Three Year Gardener’s Gratitude Journal’ is ideal for skilled gardeners who learn from their own experiences (

Balzer loves to garden and investigate natural connections. For additional information about Donna see her web page at

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”.