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Local Garden Events

The BC Council of Garden Clubs represents 200 garden clubs, allotment and community gardens in BC.  The Council hosts an Annual General Meeting in the Spring and a General Meeting in the Fall. This provides an opportunity for member clubs to meet and exchange information, renew acquaintances and listen to great speakers on a number of topics relating to horticulture. 

Here is a listing of local garden club and community events:

Alpine Gardeners of Central Vancouver Island
February 24, 2020 at 1:00pm (doors open at 12:30pm)
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach
Guest fee of $5 includes entry in the plant draw and refreshments. 
All are welcome.
Speaker: Zac Kregosky - Xeriscaping.

Eaglecrest Garden Club
February 16, 2020 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach
Guests $3.
Speaker: Connie Kuramoto - "The World Beneath Our Feet."
How best to take care of the "creatures" in your soil to reduce the need for fertilizer and water, providing your garden with a vibrancy you will notice.

Mid Island Floral Art Club
February 13, 2020 at 2:00pm
St. Stephen's Church Hall, 150 Village Way, Qualicum Beach
"Midolino Magic." 

Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society (MARS)
February 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach
Visitors welcome.
Pruning: Horticultural expert Rose Prufer will demonstrate pruning techniques on real plants at the meeting, showing us how to prune rhododendrons, azaleas, and other types of plants for the best results.  Tough love really does work, transforming awkward gangling plants into beautifully balanced showpieces.  Don’t miss this fascinating and informative session!

Nanaimo Horticultural Society (NHS)
February 8, 2020 at 1:00pm
First Unitarian Fellowship Church of Nanaimo, 595 Townsite Rd, Nanaimo
Speaker:  Connie Kuramoto - Easy Vegetables for Small Spaces.  

Nanaimo Rhododendron Society
February 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Beban Park, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo
Guests welcome.
Speaker: Sean Rafferty - My Favourite Himalayan Plants.

Nanoose Garden Club
February 7, 2020 at 1:15pm
Nanoose Library Event Hall (corner of Northwest Bay Rd & Nanoose Rd)
Guest Fee: $3.
Guest Speaker:  Bianca van der Stoel (Horticuture Therapist for Eden Gardens Nanaimo) - Therapeutic Gardening.

North Island Rhododendron Society
February 11, 2020 at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm)
Comox United Church, 250 Beach Ave, Comox
Members and guests welcome.
Movie Night: The Gardener.  This movie showcases the 20-acre English style garden and summer estate of gardener & horticulturalist Frank Cabot.  Nestled in the rolling hills of Charlevoix County in Quebec, this estate garden was developed over 75 years and three generations. It is an enchanting place of beauty and surprise that has become one of the world’s foremost private gardens.

Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society

Qualicum Beach Garden Club
February 11, 2020 at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm)
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach
Guest fee: $3.
Speaker:  Lynda Smith - Sow, Grow, Eat, Repeat: Succession planting in the vegetable garden. 
Lynda Smith is passionate about helping people transform their lawn to food production. She lives in Comox, where she and her husband Dave grow food on their ¼ acre lot. Their excess bounty is shared with the neighborhood at her Lawn to Food urban farmstand. Interest in the farmstand really took off in 2016 after Lynda competed on the Food Network’s Chopped Canada where she was excited to share her ‘grow food!’ message with a national audience. Come and hear Lynda’s thoughts and ideas about succession planting in the home garden.

Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday
February 1, 2020 from 10:00am - 3:30pm
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach
For event details, go to:  qbseedysaturday.ca

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