The planning committee for our 50th anniversary has planned a lovely event but one thing is still missing....
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Our Master Gardeners Sharon and Shirley were at the Vancouver Master Gardeners Spring Affair, March 12, 2017, in Burnaby BC. They would like to share the information they received in a number of the presentations. To start, we have a list of flowers that Ciscoe Morris recommends for attracting hummingbirds. If you are dreaming of gardening and sunny days, perhaps you can check out the local nurseries for some of these to add to your garden.
● Ribes sanguineum ‘King Edward VII’ - Flowering currant
● Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ - Bleeding heart
Posted by Christine at 12:56:00 PM
Friday, April 7, 2017
The Powell River Public Library is having a photography competition focused on local gardens. There are prizes for the winning photo and the top twelve submissions will be featured in a 2018 Calendar. The deadline is noon on Monday, June 5, 2017.
Posted by Christine at 11:30:00 AM
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Our annual Plant Sale is coming up. It is on Sunday, May 7th. 1-3 pm at the Cranberry Curling Club. Laura, our plant sale coordinator has a message for club members:
The Plant Sale is our only fundraiser, which pays for the hall rental as well as the amazing guest speakers (where does our committee find them!). I need to encourage each of you to donate plants for the sale. If each of our 160+ members gives 2 or 3 plants we will continue as we have in the past, with a healthy financial balance.
Posted by Christine at 11:12:00 AM
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys'
At our last meeting, we were invited to bring in a sample of a bloom, branch, or plant from our gardens. Michael brought a number of specimens blooming in her garden, including black pussy willow. She invited us to take a twig to propagate for our own gardens. There was a lot of interest in this uncommon shrub and she may bring more to the next meeting and also to the plant sale on Sunday, May 7, at the Cranberry Curling Club. Here’s some information about the black pussy willow.
Posted by Christine at 1:39:00 PM
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Not good news, but there are some new invasive species that are slowly making their way to us. Rachelle McElroy from the Costal Invasive Species Committee mentioned them at our last meeting. If you see one of these, report it.
Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) looks like a fern or like parsnips, carrots, and parsley. It is present on south Vancouver Island now. It can be found in poorly drained soils, especially near streams and ditches. You may also find it on roadsides and the edge of cultivated fields.
In ancient Greece, it was used to poison condemned prisoners. In 399 BC, Socrates was given it after being condemned to death for impiety and corrupting the young men of Athens.
Posted by Christine at 12:54:00 PM
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
At our meeting this week, Shirley spoke about Fraser’s Thimble Farm on Salt Spring Island and the challenges they face due to water restrictions imposed there.
Fraser’s Thimble Farm is a mail order and retail nursery specializing in rare, unusual and native plants. An article in a local newspaper shows what they have done to conserve water over the years and the problems with permitting by the North Salt Spring Waterworks District. They have started a petition.
Posted by Christine at 5:23:00 PM