Wednesday, 26 June 2019



This month we welcome Salt Spring Island’s very own ‘garden guru’ to help us navigate the changes in our climate and its effects on our gardens. Linda is well known to us all as the lady who gives the “Bug Bites” during our monthly meetings and who sends out “Linda’s List”, a monthly email full of timely gardening advice. She also heads up the Incredible Edibles group in our club and teaches the Year Round Harvest Course. Last November she was awarded a Life Membership in the SSI Garden Club.

What you may not know about Linda is that she has a PhD in Entomology from McGill University. She first worked in BC with a company that produced biological controls then worked with the BC Government promoting programs to reduce and eliminate pesticide use. She was head of the provincial State of the Environment Reporting Unit for 6 years and then became the Executive Director of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy until the end of 2011.

Linda’s knowledge and experience are in high demand and she is kept busy with private consultation, instructing in the BC Master Gardener Programs and giving workshops year-round in pest management and organic gardening. Her book “Backyard Bounty” became a BC best seller and has recently been re-published in an expanded edition. Other books she has written include the most recent and important book, “Resilient Gardens”.
Linda has served as President of the Entomological Society of Canada, the Professional Pest Management Association of BC, the Entomological Society of BC and our Salt Spring Island Garden Club. She was awarded a Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2003 and an outstanding achievement award from the Professional Pest Management Association of BC in 2005.

We are fortunate and proud to have Linda as a member and mentor of our Garden Club!

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

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’

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”.