Monthly President's Emailers & Official Newsletters

2017 Monthly EMailer and Newsletters

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The weather forecast is predicting rain on Friday. We can only hope.

Our regular meeting is is on Sept. 12 at 7:30pm. The In-House Plant Sale will continue. Donations are most welcome. The guest speaker is Dianne Gaines of Van Noort Bulbs. She will be speaking about the latest information on bulbs, the Florissa offerings and layering bulbs for spring. She will have bulbs for sale.

Christmas dinner tickets will be going on sale at the October and November meetings. The price remains the same at $20 for members and $25 for guests. There are 100 tickets available. Buy as soon as they go on sale, as we sell out quickly.

We are running short of volunteers to assist the Tea /Refreshments Committee. We are looking at 4 to 6 members to share in this task. If we do not get sufficient members to volunteer we may no longer be able to serve tea. If we have sufficient volunteers, they will not be required to serve at each of the club’s meetings. Please see Diane Perry in order to offer your services.

We are coming to the time when many of us will be splitting up our perennials. If you have some plant material left over, you might pot up excess for the In-House Plant Sale or thinking ahead for the Annual May Plant Sale. If members have excess 1 gallon pots you want to get rid of, please bring them into the Sept. meeting for members who could use them when potting up donations to the club.

The BC Council of Garden Clubs Fall Meeting is on Oct. 14. The doors open at 8:15am. The meeting takes place at the Firefighters’ Conference Centre on Bonsor Ave. The cost to members is $35 (the NWHS subsidizes the entrance fee by $5, so the cost to you is $30 which includes an excellent buffet lunch, plus 2 refreshment breaks. There are 2 guest speakers: Linda Gilkenson, an expert on climate change, organic gardening and garden pest control and Deborah Jones, an expert on rain gardens. Ellen will be accepting the entrance fee at the Sept. meeting. Please have the exact change or a cheque made out to the NWHS. All money for the entrance fee must be paid by Sept. 26..

The September meeting is also a Bring to Share meeting, so check out your garden and bring in something to share. Do you have a question that needs answering bring that along. Three participation prizes will be awarded. There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit. Come in to the meeting a bit early to register.

The Florissa Bulb sale is back again this year. The order brochures, both for the fall and the Christmas offerings, will be available at our Sept. meeting. See Audrey at her table to place your order. The deadline for ordering is the Oct. regular meeting.

The October regular meeting is Silent Auction night. This is your opportunity to downsize some of your excess stuff to a good cause. The Silent Auction is one of our major fundraiser events. Audrey is accepting donations on her back porch (the under cover part). Please nothing with scent or that has glitter. The deadline for dropping off items is the Sunday (Oct. 8) before the regular meeting. Please drop off items before 8pm. Audrey needs helpers for the Silent Auction. She needs volunteers to help sort, label and price items. Also, we need volunteers who can help to transport items to the Centennial Lodge the afternoon of the meeting. As well there is a need for volunteers to help set up the room and to help clean up and pack up the items that are unsold. We will, also, need a number of volunteers to help to tally up the purchases. Audrey will have sign-up sheets at her table for all these tasks, so please sign-up for one or more of these areas. Refreshments will be served in the kitchen area throughout the evening.

Thank you to all members who have donated or intend to donate seeds to our free seed exchange. This is the time of the year for collecting seed. Please bring your donations to the Sept. or Oct. meeting. Include the following information: Name of the plant, colour of the flower, height, width and growing conditions, so Richard can label the seeds correctly. Packaged seeds are available on the table in the front foyer. They are free and you are welcome to take them.

It is not too early to go through your Xmas decorations you no longer want ot need and donate them to be used in the Xmas craft workshops. Audrey will be accepting these donations after the Silent Auction date (Oct. 10). Same rules apply: no scent and no glitter.

Our Annual General Meeting precedes our Regular Meeting on Nov. 14 at 7:30pm. The Executive Committee have gone through our Constitution ad By-Laws with the goal of making it reflect current practices. The following list the changes to the Constitution and By-Laws as recommended by the Executive Committee will be voted on at our AGM.

Changes to the NWHS Constitution and By-Laws, 2017

Part 2 - Membership

7b - (Omit) Anyone joining during the year shall pay on a pro rata basis.

Rationale: We no longer charge a pro rata fee. We offer a $15 membership or a $2 drop in fee.

Part 5 :

19 - The executive of the society shall be the president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer plus up to six (6) members at large.

Rationale: This reflects current practise.

Part 8 : Duties of Officers

36. The Treasurer shall:

a) Collect all monies due to the society and deposit same in a chartered bank in Canada or in a credit union covered by the Credit Union Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. (add in)

Rationale: Currently the Society is allowed to only use a chartered bank. This addition will allow the society to use an accredited credit union to administer its funds.

40: (Omit) The show chairperson shall be in charge of all in-club activities in which members show or exhibit display.

Rationale: We no longer elect a show chairperson. The duties surrounding “in-club activities in which members show or exhibit display” are assigned to one of the elected members at large on an annual basis.

All these changes to the Constitution and By-Laws require 2/3 majority to pass.

As well as voting on the changes listed above, the membership will vote to elect its 2018 Executive Committee. The following positions are open for election:

President - 2 year term
Vice-President - 1 year term
Members-at-large - 3 for 2 year terms each
Member-at-large - 1 for a 1 year term

There are nominees for most positions. Currently there are no nominees for the Member-at large position for one year. I have spoken often that our club is only as strong as its volunteer base. I am asking you to consider running for any of the above Executive Committee positions. Please see myself, Lorna Cloutier or Anna Camporese if you are interested in serving on your 2018 Executive Committee.

I received an email from a gardener who has a 4-5 ft. tall plumeria plant he is wanting to give away. It has 5 young branches. It flowered this year for the first time and was the Singapore type (white with yellow throat) and fragrant. Please let me know if you are interested in acquiring this plant and I will get you in touch with the owner.

Some interesting things to do or see:

  • 1. Tree care workshop.. Wed. Sept.6, 5pm to 7pm at the Poplar Island Room, Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Ave. Free.
  • 2. Public Presentation and Open House, New Westminster’s Tree Protection and Regulation By-Law. Come with questions. Thur., Sept. 14 from 6pm to 8:30pm Century House, 620 8th St.

Click Here for the Official August Newsletter

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Happy BC Day to everyone. Although with all the smoke and the steamy temperatures, celebrations may be limited.

Our next meeting is this coming Tuesday, August 8 at 7:30pm. Our guest speaker is Kirsten Crouch who will be speaking on Winter Vegetable Gardening.

The In-House Plant Sale continues. Thank you to all who support this fundraising activity.

A big thank you to Audrey who arranged for us to visit some spectacular gardens. Rediscovering some hidden areas of New Westminster was a treat. Thank you to the members who were so kind to open their gardens to our visit. And, another big thank you to Audrey for hosting our fabulous annual potluck picnic. The day was perfect, the food was most varied and very delicious. The Stump Trophy Quiz lived up to its reputation as being very challenging. Congratulations to Lesia Gojda for being the grand winner this year.

September meeting is a Bring to Share month. If nothing else we should have a bumper crop of lovely tomatoes to bring in.

Silent Auction items can be dropped off at Audrey’s house ( 117 7th Ave.) before 8pm. Items can left undercover on the back porch if Audrey is not at home. Please nothing that is scented or contains glitter.

Audrey is arranging for another Florissa Bulb sale this fall. Details will be at the September meeting.

Many plants are going to seed. Please remember that the club is collecting seed for our free Seed Exchange. There is a donation box at the table in front of the fireplace. Packaged up seed will be available on the Free Table in the foyer.

The Annual New Westminster Cultural Crawl is being held on Sat., Aug. 12 and Sun., Aug.13. Go on line ( NewWestCulturalCrawl.com) for a map and the times each location will be open. The Garden Gals as a group will not be exhibiting this year, but some of the members will have their own showing. Silvana McNulty and Heather MacKenzie will a showing of their art at 736 5th St.(a few doors down from where we have our annual boulevard plant sale. They are listed as #15 in the Cultural Crawl brochure. As well Marya McLellan is exhibiting and selling her pottery both days at Working Silver, 102 - 131 East Columbia St.. Along with jewelry and pottery there will be paintings and other art pieces for sale. There are many other art studios open to the public in all areas of the city.

PARGAR is in full swing. If you have excess fruit or vegetables, donations are being accepted at St. Thomas More Collegiate, Kingsway and 12th Ave. in Burnaby (at the front entrance). Donations are accepted every Sunday from 8:30am to 9:15am. Store bought donations are gratefully accepted.

Some Interesting Upcoming Events:

  • 1. Royal City Farmers’ Market is held every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm at Tipperary Park (parking lot) . Check www.rcfm.ca for more information.
  • 2. Fridays on Front Street. A summer market is held each Friday night until August 25 in the 600 block of Front Street from 5pm to 8pm. This event is open to all ages.
  • 3. Quayside garage sale day, Aug. 19. Each strata along the boardwalk is being encouraged to hold their own strata garage sale. Due to ongoing construction the the large Quayside Festival is being postponed for another year. If nothing else a walk along the boardwalk is a pleasant way to spend some time on a summer Saturday.

Click Here for the Official July Newsletter

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Summer has finally arrived. Hurrah!

For those of you who are receiving this monthly emailer and who have not renewed their membership this year I am sad to say this will be your final NWHS emailer. We hope you will again join up. The annual membership fee continues to be $15. You can rejoin at our regular Tuesday night meeting or by mailing a cheque to our mailbox at:

NWHS
Box 392 - #104 - 1015 Columbia St.
New Westminster, V3M 6V3.

By joining this month you can enjoy the annual garden tour and fabulous potluck picnic held the same day, the fun-filled Silent Auction in October and the holiday dinner party in December. We’d love to see you come back.

Our next regular meeting is on July 11 at 7:30pm. Our guest is Conway Lum who will be hosting a question and answer session.

Our July meeting is also our In-House Show meeting. Please look around your garden and bring in your best specimens. Please look carefully at the Show Schedule to see the list of the different categories. You can enter up to 2 exhibits in each class. If you haven’t a show schedule, one is listed on our website: (www.newwesthortsociety.org)

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The In-House Plant Sale will continue. Items will be sold at the front table.

Audrey has been hard at work lining up the Annual Garden Tour Schedule. The Garden Tour is on July 22. Maps, sequence of visits and directions will be available at Tuesday’s meeting. You must attend Tuesday’s meeting for a print copy, none will be available the day of the tour. If it is a hot day, please remember to bring a hat. This year we will not be providing the single use, disposable water bottles. Please remember to bring your own water.

Following the garden tour, our annual fabulous Potluck Picnic starts at 4:30pm in Audrey’s back garden. At our meeting this coming Tuesday there will be a sign-up sheet to let us know what potluck donation you will be bringing. Also, if you are bringing someone, please indicate that on the sign-up sheet. Although children are welcome, it is a more adult oriented event. Please no pets. Normally approximately 60 people attend the picnic; your potluck contribution should serve 10 people. The club provides beverages, including wine and non-alcoholic choices. Please remember to bring your own plate, mug and cutlery. Also, if you plan to drink wine from a stemmed glass, you need to bring your own. We will provide jam jars for beverages. One of the highlights of the picnic is entering to win the coveted Stump Trophy. Audrey has been working on the Stump Garden Quiz. Good luck to all who enter.

It has been brought to my attention that members are not signing up in sufficient numbers to bring tea treats for the regular Tuesday meetings. Since we all enjoy a cup of tea and a sweet treat during our tea break, please remember to sign up for one of the months listed on the sign up sheet which is conveniently located on the tea treat table. Normally you only need to do this once per year. Although a home baked treat is always appreciated, if you are not a baker or just don’t have the time, a store bought item is equally welcome.

Just a reminder that Plant A Row, Grow A Row is in full swing . Donations are collected at the front door entrance to St. Thomas More Collegiate (7450 12th Ave., Bby) every Sunday from 8:30am to 9:15am. Garden grown as well as store bought produce is gladly accepted. All donations are distributed to those in need through the New Westminster Food Bank.

NWHS has a free seed exchange. If you have seeds to share, just wait for the seed heads to fully mature, then cut the heads off and place them in a paper envelope. List the type of plant and any necessary characteristics such as plant name, colour, growing conditions needed, height, etc. List the date seeds were collected. The sealed envelopes can be placed in the seed exchange box located at Tuesday’s meeting. Richard will repackage the seed and make the packets available on the free table in the front foyer at a future meeting.

Some interesting events you might be interested in checking out:

  • 1. Royal City Famers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm in Tipperary Park. Besides fresh produce and other edible goodies, there are food trucks. Bring along a blanket and picnic on the grass. Check out www.rcfm.ca for a list of vendors and entertainment which can change from week to week. While there make time to stroll in the lovely Friendship Gardens.
  • 2. Friday’s on Front Street. Every Friday at 5pm Front Street is open for an afternoon stroll. Crossing over the railway tracks, you can enjoy a stroll by the Fraser River in Pier Park. There is a food concession at the park.
  • 3. Every Friday during the summer there are free movies at Queen’s Park Stadium, starting at 7pm. The movies are family friendly. On July 7 Goonies is playing and on July 14, you can enjoy Footloose. Watch the local paper for future listings.
  • 4. Shade Garden Society Annual Show, Sunday, July 16 from 10am to 4pm in the Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver. Plants for sale, Free admission. For more information www.facebook.com/vancouvershadegardensociety.ca.

Click Here for the Official June Newsletter

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Apparently we are getting some rain tomorrow. The garden could use a good soak.

Our next regular meeting is on Tue., June 13 at 7:30pm. Our guest speaker is Willoughby Arevalo, who will be speaking on “The Sex Life of Mushrooms”. Please remember to sign in; name tags are in a box next to the sign in sheets. Please remember to bring your mug .

The June 13 Regular Meeting is the last chance to bid on the silent auction of the Lee Valley garden wagon. I believe the last bid was for $65. This wagon retails at Lee Valley for over $200. The bidding will close at the end of the tea break and the winner will be announced at the meeting.

A motion will be presented by the Executive Committee at our regular meeting:" That the NWHS membership approve spending approximately $800 for the purchase of an easy-up tent canopy for club use. " Since the club exceeded its fundraising target at the Annual Plant Sale by approximately $1000, the expenditure for the easy-up tent canopy would be beneficial for club events, such as the plant sale or the club picnic, etc. Currently we are always scrambling to borrow canopies.

Our July meeting will feature Conway Lum who will be answering gardening questions from members. Please submit your questions to Diane Perry at dperry2@telus.net.

The In-House Plant Sale continues. We welcome plant donations and other items of interest to our membership.

The NWHS Garden Tour is on Saturday, July 15. Audrey is still looking for gardens to include on the tour. If you have a suggestion give Audrey a call (604-526-8284). The annual club picnic happens on the same day after the garden tour. There will be a sign-up sheet at Audrey’s table indicating what you intend to bring to share at the potluck picnic.

Audrey is accepting items for the October Silent Auction. This is your chance to do some late spring cleaning. Your giveaway will become someone’s treasure. Please leave donated items on the back porch, under cover before 8pm. Also, please leave a note with your name so Audrey knows who left the donation. Most important: please do not donate anything that has a fragrance of has glitter.

This is a reminder that Diane and Anna have arranged a tour of the many succulent offerings at WIG Nursery for Sun. ., June 18 starting at 10:30am. The address of the nursery is 6151 Thorne Ave., Burnaby. Everyone is welcome to participate on the tour, but you must sign up at the regular meeting if you intend to attend. The nursery needs to know how many will attend.

PAR GAR is starting up this month. The collection time for donations is Sunday, from 8:30am to 9:15am at the 12th Ave. entrance of St. Thomas More Collegiate.

Some Interesting Things To Do Or See”:

  • 1. New Westminster residents are needed for an Urban Forestry Survey This is an online survey. It is anonymous and takes approx. 15 min. To take part in the survey go to: https://urbanforestrysurvey.wordpress.com/
  • 2. Celebrate National Garden Days at UBC Botanical Garden, June 16-18, 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver. . Admission is on a 2 for 1 basis and admission to the Greenheart TreeWalk is half-price all weekend long. For details go to: botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/garden-days or call 604-822-4208 for more information.
  • 3. Shade Garden Society Annual Show, Sun., July 16 from 10am to 4pm at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Free admission; plants for sale, shade plant displays. For more information contact Chris at 604-838-9504. or check the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/vancouvershadegardensociety.ca.

Click Here for the Official May Newsletter

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My opening line in the May, 2016 Emailer was “I can’t believe these hot days. I’m spending a lot of time watering.” What a difference a year makes!

Our next regular meeting is at 7:30pm on Tue., May 16. We have cancelled our regular meeting date, May 9, because it is Election Day. Our guest speaker is Michael Lascelle from Amsterdam Nursery, speaking on the Rare Fruit Revolution. Just a reminder: it is important for our records that you sign in when you come in to the meeting. If there are any plants left over from our plant sale we will bring them in for the In-House Plant Sale Table. Also, the July show schedule will be available at the May meeting.

Our Annual Plant Sale is on Saturday, May 13. The location is 720 5th Street on the boulevard. Please tell friends and family about the sale. Thank you to all those members who have signed up to help withe the running of the sale. And, a big thank you to all our members who are generously donating their plants for the sale. Your donations can be delivered to the back of the driveway at 720 5th St. on Friday evening, May 12, between 5:00pm and 7:00 pm. Or, the donations can be delivered on the morning of the sale between 8:00am and 9:30am. Please make sure that each of your plant pots has a tag (tags are available at Audrey’s home, 117 7th Ave., 604-526-8284). The tag should list the relevant information, name, colour of the flower, height, width and condition it best needs for growing i.e. sun, shade, etc. The price goes on the opposite side. If you don’t know what price you should list, this can be done on site on the morning of the sale. Dollar signs are not necessary nor zeros. For example a $2 plant would be listed as 2—. the lowest priced plant is .50. For the members working at the sale, if it is a sunny day, bring a hat, bring water and wear your NWHS t-shirt if you still have one. Coffee and tea will be provided. We will be announcing the results of the plant sale at our meeting on May 16. If you know what you are donating, let Audrey know as she might find a photo showing your plant in full bloom.

The In-House Plant Sale will continue. Annual Plant Sale leftovers will be offered and new donations are always welcome. In 2016 we sold all the plants at the Annual Sale. We are keeping our fingers crossed we will do the same this year. Also, we are going to put one of our Lee Valley garden wagons up for silent auction bids at our May meeting. The starting bid will be $40 and the bidding will go up by increments of $2 or more in the bidding. This wagon is in mint condition and currently retails for over $200 in the recent Lee Valley catalogue.

The renewing of your annual membership has passed with the April regular meeting, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking out a new membership at the May meeting. The cost is still $15. I will continue to send out my monthly emailer for another month for those members who haven’t as of yet renewed their memberships, but after that only paid up members will receive the monthly NWHS Emailer.

Volunteers needed! The In-House Tea Committee could use one more member. Please consider volunteering for this committee. The commitment is for one year (of course, if you want to stay on for a longer period of time that would be most welcome. Talk to Diane Perry at the upcoming meeting or give her a call to let her know you are willing to serve ( 604-341-1239) Also, the Fundraising Committee is still needing another member. Again, it is a one year commitment, unless you are interested in staying longer. Talk to Janet Butts at the meeting or give her a phone call, 604-435-3008.

The NWHS Garden Tour and Annual Potluck Picnic is on Saturday, July 15. So, mark your calendars for a fun time during the day and into the early evening. If you know of a garden that might be appropriate for our garden tour, please let Audrey know.

We are offering up a succulent workshop on Saturday, June 10. The workshop is being led by Joan Miller. The time will be announced later. The location of the workshop will be held in Audrey’s open air covered garage. You will make and take home a planter of succulents as well as tips on propagating and maintaining them through the winter. We will provide the container, special soil for succulents and decorations for your container. The number of participants is 10. The cost to the member is $30. Sign up sheet at the May meeting.

If you couldn’t attend Joan’s succulent workshop, or you did and still want more succulents, join us for a guided tour of WIG greenhouses led by Alfred , the succulent expert. The tour is on Sunday, June 18 at 10:30am at WIG. The address and time will be available at our regular May meeting.

Ron Senko has agreed to lead our group on the old Burnaby Lake Interurban Trail Bed Path. This walk is called “Jane’s Walk”. There is a movement to designate this area as a new Burnaby Park on the south side of the Trans Canada Highway. All those who are intending to join this walk, the date and time to meet: Saturday, May 6 at 11:30am at 7200 Cariboo Road (Christian Fellowship Church parking lot). The walk starts at noon. Please wear appropriate footwear i.e. running type shoes. For any more information give Ron a call at 604-420-5241.

As you might be aware, plants can be an important line of defence against would-be burglars. To help with this, you might be interested to check out this website which tells you how plants can protect your home: www.protectamerica.com/plants-that-protect

Some Events That May Interest You:
1. Burnaby Rhododendron Festival, Sunday, May 7, 10am to 3pm, Shadbolt Centre, Deer Lake Park, Burnaby. The Shade Garden Society will have plants for sale.
2. South Delta Garden Club Garden Tour : June 25 from 10am - 4pm.10 Gardens in Ladner and Tsawwassen. Tickets available May 12 Advance purchase $15 or $20 on the day of the tour. For more information: www.southdeltagardenclub.com
3. Shade Garden Society Annual Show, Sunday, July 16 from 10am to 4pm in the Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver. For more information phone 604-838-9504

Click Here for the Official March Newsletter

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I spent all day Sunday and a good part of Monday finally getting to all the garden clean-up, emptying my compost and preparing my vegetable patch. Usually I spread all these chores over the months of February and March, but this year there have been so few days that haven’t been either snowy or rainy, I grab what days there are that are dry and maybe even sunny to get the work done. Besides growing some tomato seedlings for the club sale in May, I hope to get out this coming weekend to split up some plants and pot them up for the May Sale. I hope that many of our members are also checking over their garden to see what they are planning to donate. It has been a challenge this year. There will be pots and tags available at the April meeting for you to use in potting up plants for our fundraiser. Our goal this year is to raise $2000 at our May Sale.

Our next meeting is on Tue., April 11 at 7:30pm. The guest speaker is Egan Davis, speaking on “New Gardening Ideas Out of Europe”. Also April is the last meeting to renew your longstanding membership. Egan Davis is an excellent speaker. We are asking members to help the club grow its membership. Bring a guest: the drop-in fee is $2 and can be applied to a new membership if the guest wishes to become a full member.

The executive members (Anna and Diane) in charge of seeking out our monthly speakers are asking for your help in identifying topics and the names of speakers who can speak on those topics. There will be a sheet available at the upcoming meeting to list your suggestions.

April is the Spring Bring to Share month. More and more plants are poking their heads out and even blooming, so look at your garden and bring in something to share. Not only plants are included in Bring to Share. If you have a question you would like answered or a plant you can’t identify, bring it along and maybe someone can help. There will be prizes. All members who participates will be included in the drawing of participation prizes.

Our Annual Plant Sale is on Saturday, May 13 this year, the day before Mother’s Day. The sale is on from 10am to 3pm, rain or shine. We are keeping our fingers crossed that it will be a dry day. As I mentioned there will be pots available to help with your potting up. If you have some extra 4” , and up to the 2 litre size pots you could donate to the cause, please bring them in to the next meeting. There will be a sign-up sheet available to list the plants you think you will be donating. Audrey will try to find photos of your plant donations to help buyers to see the plant when in full bloom. Also, there will be sign-up sheets to help staff the day of the sale. We need people to help with the set-up and breakdown of the sale. Also, we need people to staff the tables throughout the day. Sign-up sheets will be available at the table next to the fireplace wall.

Potted plant donations for the May 13 sale can be delivered on the Friday late afternoon or early evening ( 5pm to 7pm ). Donations can be left at the back of the driveway next to the house at 720 5th St. Or, the plants can be delivered on the morning of the sale between 8am and 9:30am. Each plant must be identified by name, colour of flower, height, width, light condition (sun, shade, or sun/part shade) and any other pertinent information. If you know the price the plant should be sold for, please include that at the back of the tag.

The In-House Plant Sale continues for the April meeting. All donations are welcome. Thank you to all those members donating items for this sale and thank you to all who buy offerings from the table.

The Fundraising Committee is still in need of 1 or 2 members to volunteer to sit on the committee which meets 5 or 6 times a year. Please think about offering your services for this committee.

Some Interesting Things To Do:

  • 1. UNIBUG 2017 Forum, Saturday, April8, 11am to 2pm, Room 2201, New Westminster Campus, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave. For more information, iue@douglascollege.ca Admission Free.
  • 2. Easter in Queen’s Park, Sunday, April 16 from 11am to 2pm. Music, petting zoo, face painting, photo with the Easter Bunny (suggested $2 Donation) For more information: call 604-777-5121
  • 3. Burnaby Rhododendron Festival, Sunday, May 7 from 10am to 3pm, Shadbolt Centre, Deer Lake Park, Burnaby. For more information: Facebook: www.facebook.com/vancouvershadegardensociety.

This is a reminder that our regular NWHS meeting in May has been moved from May 9 (Election Day) to Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30pm. You’ll probably hear this message a couple more times as we don’t want anyone to arrive on the wrong day. Thanks for your patience.

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Last year at this time I wrote “There are so many spring flowers in bloom. This is such a wonderful time of the year.” Yesterday I was enjoying a beautiful sunny day in the garden. It truly felt like spring as I sat on my back stairs enjoying a cup of time warming myself in the sun.

What a shock this morning when I woke up to 6” of snow. Hopefully it will be short lived.

Our next regular NWHS meeting is on Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30pm. Our guest speaker is Wilhelm Bischof speaking on Orchids.

This is a reminder that our annual membership fee is due and remains at $15. Ellen will be at her table at the entry way. Please have the correct amount of money or a cheque made out to NWHS. If you will not be attending the March meeting you can mail in a cheque sent to: NWHS

#392, 104 - 1015 Columbia St.
New Westminster,
V3M 6V3.

The April meeting is “Bring to Share”. I encourage members to bring something to share with the rest of us. There will be participation prizes.

Our Fundraising Committee is busy planning for our Annual Boulevard Plant Sale which this year will be held on Saturday, May 13 on the boulevard in front of 720 5th Street. The committee is still looking to have an additional member on the committee. Please think about offering your services to this committee. We are only as strong as the member volunteers who make our club work.

If you have any spare 4” square or round pots and the 1 gallon pots that you could donate, please bring them to the the March meeting. Donated pots will be available to help members with their potting up for the May 13 plant sale. I will be bringing in some of the 1 gal. pots.

As well as pots, we are going to need plant donations. I know everything is a bit slow in getting started this year, but when the snow disappears please look around your garden and see what you would like to donate to the plant sale. Plant tags will be available at the March meeting to use with your donated plants. The necessary information that should be included on the tag is the name of the plant, the colour of the flower, the height and width of the plant, and the growing conditions (sun, pt. shade, shade, etc.)

The In-House Plant Sale Table is well under way. We made $50 from the table in Feb. Thank you to everyone who contributed and thank you to those members who purchased what was being offered. I’m hoping to bring in pots of snowdrops for the sale.

The Florissa Spring Bulb Sale deadline to order is this upcoming meeting. You do not need to be a member to order these bulbs. You can view the bulb flyer on the Florissa website ( www.florissa.com) and copies will be available at the March meeting. There was a detailed description of the bulbs being offered in the February Newsletter (a copy is available to view on our club website (www.newwesthortsociety.org).

The Seed Exchange is up and running. If you have seeds you would like to donate, there is a box at Audrey’s table where they can be deposited. Also, if you have seed packets you no longer need that are still viable, they can be deposited in the box.

The popular and fun filled evening at the PAR GAR Spring Gardeners’ Party is happening this coming Wed., Mar. 8 from 6pm to 9pm. The location remains the same, St. Thomas More Collegiate, 7450 12th Ave., Burnaby. Admission is free, but please remember to bring non-perishable food items as a donation. The PAR GAR Program encourages people to share their harvest with those in need by planting an extra row and sharing the extra produce. Donations including store bought fresh fruit and vegetables will be collected each Sunday morning from June to October at St. Thomas More and taken to the New Westminster Food Bank where the food will be distributed to local families.

Just a reminder to those members who have signed up to attend the BC Council of Garden Clubs AGM and Spring Meeting, the date is Saturday, Mar. 25 from 8:30am to 4pm, held at the Firefighters’ Banquet and Conference Centre, 6515 Bonsar St., Burnaby. Parking passes are available at the registration desk.

There is a special request from the Royal Columbian Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary. They are looking for a volunteer or two who will help to maintain the small Serenity Garden that is funded by the RCH Auxiliary. It is a small outdoor area designed for patients and families to use. The job can be as much or as little as desired. Please contact Kathy Corbeil, Manager, Volunteer Resources at 604-520-4482 or by email at Kathy.Corbeil@fraserhealth.ca.

Things You Might Be Interested In:

  • 1. Century House Annual Thrift Sale, Moody Park, Saturday, April 8 from 10am to 2pm.
  • 2. 89th Annual Bradner Flower Show, April 7, 8 and 9 daily from 10am to 5pm at Bradner Hall and School, 5305 Bradner Rd., Abbotsford. Amission $2. Fun for all ages. All proceeds from cut flowers donated to Abbotsfors Regional Hospital. For more info. go to: aFcebook.com/BradnerHall, bradnerhall.ca or bradnerflowershow@gmail.com.
  • 3. Park and Tilford Gardens 19th Annual Friends of the Garden Plant Sale, 333 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver, April 29 from 10am to 1pm. Cash only. Funds raised go to enhancing the garden.

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Wishing everyone a belated Happy New Year and Happy Chinese New Year. At this time last year I reported in the February, 2016 Emailer the following observation, “We continue to have a mild winter. I’m thankful I haven’t had to shovel snow. I’ve been out in my garden on four occasions in January.” WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES!

Our first meeting of 2017 is on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7:30pm. Our guest speaker is Alanna Chaffey, the New westminster City Arborist. This will be the members’ opportunity to ask the city arborist information about the city’s plan to maintain the city’s tree canopy. The NWHS Executive Committee will be presenting the 2017 NWHS Proposed Annual Budget for approval by the membership. The Proposed Budget will be printed and available at the Feb. 14 meeting.

Our annual membership fee is due at this meeting. The Executive Committee is recommending to keep the fee at $15. Ellen will be accepting membership renewals at the front table. Please be prepared to pay by the exact change or by cheque made out to the NWHS. If you are not attending next Tuesday’s meeting you can mail a cheque to:

New Westminster Horticultural Society
Box 392, 104 - 1015 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC, V3M 6V3.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Since the BC Provincial Election is on May 9, the Executive Committee has moved our regular May meeting to Tuesday, May 16. We did not want to interfere with the election date, allowing members to vote and work for the election. An added benefit to the date change is that unsold plants from our Annual Boulevard Plant Sale can be put on sale at the May 16 meeting.

The From Our Gardens Plant Sale table continues. This monthly (except Oct., Dec. and Jan. ) in-house plant sale is a major fundraiser for our club. Last year we raised $675, thanks to all who contributed donations and thanks to all who purchased what was on offer. I encourage members to continue to donate and, of course, encourage everyone to check out the table and make a purchase. I will be bringing in for sale five varieties of garlic seedlings. The sale table is open for business at 7pm to 7:30pm and during the tea break.

The Fundraising Committee is preparing for our Annual Boulevard Plant Sale which will be held this year on Saturday, May 13. We will need plant donations, volunteers to help with the setup and breakdown, as well as members who are willing to staff the tables throughout the day. I will be starting tomato seedlings shortly for the sale and encourage other gardeners who grow their own seedlings to plant a few for the club sale. Our goal this year is to raise $ 2200 for the club.

The Fundraising Committee is looking to fill one vacancy on the committee. The Committee meets about five or six times a year. It is responsible for planning and overseeing the club’s fundraising plan. The minimum term is for one year. Our club runs on the generous contributions of volunteer time and donations. Please consider donating your time to this committee.

The Florissa Spring Bulb Fundraiser is happening again this year. Audrey will have available at next Tuesday’s meeting the colourful order form listing all the offerings. You do not need to be a club member to order. Our club retains 50% of the proceeds of the sale.

A reminder to those members who entered the Photo and Container Contests in 2016, please pick up your entries at the fireplace table. Also, the detailed rules for the 2017 contests will be available at the Feb. meeting.

The BC Council of Garden Clubs AGM and Spring Meeting will be held on Mar. 25 from 8:30am to 3:30pm at the Firefighters” Banquet and Conference Centre, 6515 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby. There is free parking on the upper level of the Metrotown parkade; a parking pass is available upon registration. The Early Bird registration is $35; our club will subsidize the cost by $5, so the cost to you is $30. This includes an excellent buffet lunch and two coffee breaks. There are two guest speakers: Julia Common from Hives for Humanity and Tasha Murray from the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver, speaking on Aliens Among Us. Audrey will be accepting the registration fee at her table in front of the fireplace. The NWHS deadline for early bird registration is Feb. 28.

The Plant a Row, Grow a Row Gardeners’ Party will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 8 at 6pm. . The location is the same as last year, St. Thomas More Collegiate on Kingsway at 12th Ave. in Burnaby.

Some Interesting Upcoming Events:

1. Free Concerts at Douglas College. The Arts at One concert series happen on most Thursdays at 1pm at Douglas College in the Laura Muir Performing Arts Theatre: Feb. 23 features Love Through the Ages; on Mar. 2 features the Douglas College Night Band; on Mar. 23, Green, Spring Awakening concert; student performances on Mar. 30 and Apr. 6 and April 13. For information, call 604-527-5723 or see www.douglascollege.ca/artsevents.

2. 89th Annual Bradner Flower Show, April 7, 8 and 9 daily from 10am to 5pm at Bradner Hall and School, 5305 Bradner Road, Abbotsford. Fun for all ages. Admission: $2.00, All proceeds from cut flowers donated to Abbotsford Regional Hospital. For more info: Facebook.com/BradnerHall, bradnerhall.ca or bradnerflowershow@gmail.com.

3. Maple Ridge Garden Club, Country Garden Tour, June 11 from 9am to 4pm. Cost: $20 For Tickets or more information phone Gayle 604-467-2956 or Marg 604-467-1885.

4. Victoria Hardy Plant Group is hosting the Hardy Plant Study Weekend in Sidney at the Mary Winspear Centre, June 23-25/17, called Flourish: Celebrating People, Plants and Progress. Hear national and international guest speakers, tour local gardens, shop for plants, etc. For more information: www.vistoriahardyplantstudyweekend2017.org.

Monthly EMailer and Newsletters

One week before each meeting, the club president sends a friendly email to all members alerting them to special features of the upcoming meeting plus other events they might want to attend. At each meeting, the official newsletter is distributed to all in attendance. It is then posted on this site. If you would like to get the newsletter electronically sent to you please fill out the form below.

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Our annual holiday dinner and party is on Tuesday, December 13. The doors open at 6pm, with the buffet dinner starting at 6:30pm. All the tickets to the event have been sold.

A special thank you to Audrey for organizing and hosting the many workshops that have produced the beautiful holiday themed centre pieces and wreaths. And, thank you to all the members who have made the time to create the approximately 80 items that will be raffled off during the party. The workshops are still continuing. Because of the snow yesterday a number of workshops were cancelled. Workshops are happening from 9am to 9pm. Please call Audrey at 604-526-8284 or email her at sgbarnes@telus.net to arrange a time. Fresh material crafting will happen on the weekend during the daylight hours. We are , also, accepting holiday home baking or preserves in the raffle. Let Audrey know if you will be bringing these items from home so room can be made at the display tables. If you have made a Christmas wreath or decoration at home and would like to donate it please let Audrey know. If you have fresh greenery to donate, please leave the greenery in Audrey's carport.

For those who will be attending the Dec. 13 party, please remember to bring non-perishable food items. We will have bins in the foyer in which to place your donations. The Food Bank is in need of all non-perishable items, including food, toilet paper, baby formula, shampoo, etc. All these donations are most welcome.

Half the proceeds of the Christmas raffle draw is donated to a local charity. This year the members voted to choose the Lookout Society. This charity is a social safety net that provides housing and a range of support services to adults with low or no income who have few, if any, housing or support options. Minimal barriers are placed between the people it serves and the offer of assistance. Securing appropriate housing is the first and most important step in achieving responsible independence for individuals.

The NWHS Fundraising Committee is in need of one more member to serve on the committee. The term is for one year, but, of course, if you wish to extend your volunteer help on the committee, it would be most welcome. Please speak to me, Janet Butts or Lorna Cloutier is you are interested in helping out.

And, finally, the Executive Committee wishes to thank all our members who helped to make the NWHS such a vibrant and wonderful garden club. To all our members and their families we want to wish you a perfect holiday season and an excellent New Year. We take a break in January. Our next regular meeting is on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30pm. The From Our Gardens Plant and Garden Sale Table will be up and running. Our February guest speaker will be announced in the January Emailer.

Some Activities you might be interested in:

1. NW Public Library, main branch, Dec. 8 at 7pm, a musical performance will feature popular holiday songs and choral music, with a sing along. Free. No registration required.

2. Gardenworks at Mandeville, 4746 Marine drive, Burnaby, Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1pm. The topic is Grinch Tree Fairy Garden “Whoville” Please reister at 604-434-4111. Some cost for materials may apply.

3. NW Public Library, Main branch Saturday, Dec. 17 from 2pm-4pm “Holiday Crafternoon for Adults” with Denise Corcoran, author of Raw Crafts and the blog “Thrifty By Design” (thriftybydesign.ca) Free. Registration required by phoning 604-527-4660.

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For the second year in a row I am reporting that the rains have arrived with the fall. October broke the previous 1965 record for the most rainy days. Fortunately I missed most of the rain, having just come back from my trip to Eastern Europe. It is always good to be back home.

Our next meeting is on November 8. The meeting starts at 7:30pm with our Annual General Meeting, followed by our regular meeting. The AGM Agenda consists of the presentation of the following motion:

"That the Executive Committee update the NWHS Constitution and By-Laws to make the language more gender inclusive.” (a 50% majority vote is needed to pass)
followed by the 2017 Executive Committee Election for the following positions:
Vice-President - 2 yr. term
Secretary - 2 yr. term
3 Members-at-Large positions - all 2 yr. terms
1 Member-at-Large position - 1 yr. term
If you are interested in running for any of these positions please let Audrey (604-526-8284) know of your intention.

The guest speaker for the regular part of the meeting is Emma Holmes speaking on Composting. Please remember to bring your cup or mug for the tea break.

This is the last tea break being organized by Paul LaRose and Dawn Dutrizac-LaRose. They will finally be able to sit down during the meeting and enjoy having tea served to them for a change. Thank you so very much for 15 years of volunteer service to the club.

The Christmas Dinner tickets will be on sale at the November meeting. Ellen will be selling tickets at her table. The price is the same as last year - $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

The October Silent Auction was a great success. Ellen will announce how much money was raised. Thank you to all those members who generously donated the many items and thank you to the members who helped to set up, highlight and tabulate the purchased items and finally helped to pack away the unsold items. And, a special thank you to all the members who came to the Silent Auction Night and purchased the many treasures. And, a very special thank you to Audrey Barnes who puts so much into making the Silent Auction such a resounding success. This fundraiser contributes to the overall health of our club.

This will be the last In-House Plant Sale for 2016. If you have any donations please bring them in. The Executive Committee and the Fundraising Committee wants to thank all the members who generously donated items for the In-House Sale. Also, thank you to those volunteers who helped to staff the sale table. And, a very large thank-you to the members of the Fundraising Committee who take responsibility for the running of the In-House Plant Sale table. This fairly new club fundraising effort has been very successful.

The Executive Committee wants to thank the members of the Fundraising Committee for all the work they do to ensure our club’s balance sheet stays in the black.

Thank you to all who purchased bulbs through the Florissa Bulb Sale. And, thank you Audrey for continuing to organize this fundraiser.

Audrey is accepting Christmas craft donations. They can be left undercover on the back porch if Audrey is not at home. All donations are welcome except for anything that is scented or contains glitter. The workshop schedule will be available for sign-up at Audrey’s table at the November meeting.

This Emailer has been full of thank yous to the many members who volunteer their time and effort to make the club a success. I have often spoken on the topic of volunteerism. We have such a wonderful garden club. We are only as wonderful as the effort we put into making it so. Thanks to all!

Some events that may be of interest to you:

1.Royal City Gogos Artisan Crafts for Africa - 5th Annual Sale, a charity that raises money to support grandmothers in Africa raising orphan children whose parents have died of AIDS
Friday, Nov.4, 4pm-8pm; Saturday, Nov. 5 - 10am-4pm
Held at the Unifor Building, 326 12th St., New Westminster
Admission free. Free parking available. For more information go to royalcitygogos.org

2. Century House Annual Craft Sale and Tea
Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10am-2pm
Held at Century House at Moody Park

3. Pt. Grey Chrysanthemum Association, Late Chrysanthemum Show
Sat. Nov. 5 from noon to 4pm
Sun. Nov.6 from 10am to 4pm
Gardenworks Mandeville, 4746 SE Marine Drive, Burnaby
Admission Free.

Click Here for the Official October Newsletter

Sorry about sending this off a week early this month. I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful fall weather. My garlic crop is in and the last of the tomatoes have been harvested. I love this time of the year.

Our next meeting is the Annual Silent Auction Night., Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30pm. There is no guest speaker, no free table, no in-house plant sale, no raffle, no library and no new memberships will be sold. This is a fun night finding wonderful bargain treasures. Refreshments will be set up in the kitchen area on a help yourself basis. Please remember to bring your own mug. A green waste container will be set up in the kitchen. The items you purchase can be paid for by cash (exact change preferred) or by cheque made out to NWHS.

Audrey is still accepting donations for the Silent Auction. The donations can be left under the covered area of the back porch (if Audrey is not home), or at the basement back door if she is at home. The last day for donation giving is Sunday, Oct. 9 until 5:00pm. Silent auction volunteers are still needed. If you can help with transporting auction items, setting up tables, highlighting winning bids, tallying bids and doing the final breakdown and clean up, please contact Audrey (604-526-8284).

Audrey will still take your order for the Florissa Fall Bulb Sale at the October 11 meeting. Also, available is a selection of Christmas season bulbs. The brochures showing what is for sale are available at the meeting. Your filled order will be ready for pick up later in the month. The date will be announced at the October meeting. Payment can be made by cash (exact amount is preferred) or by cheque made out to NWHS.

For members who are planning to enter the photo and container contests this is a reminder that your photos need to be submitted to Audrey at the October meeting. If you are unable to attend the Oct. 11 meeting, please contact Audrey (604-526-8284) to arrange for a tme to drop off your photos.

Ellen will be selling Xmas dinner tickets before the business part of the meeting and for 15 minutes after the business portion of the meeting. The cost remains the same ($20 for members and $25 for guests). Only 113 tickets will be sold. Tickets will also be sold at the November meeting or until all the tickets are sold. The dinner menu will be posted at the Oct. and Nov. meetings.

Traditionally the NWHS gives a charitable donation to a local charity at the end of the year. Last year a $400 donation was given to the Group of Five. The money was allocated to the emergency department of the Royal Columbian Hospital. Please think about the name of a local charity you would like to see receive this year’s donation. Names can be submitted at the October meeting and voting on the members’ choice will be made at the Nov. 8 meeting. A container to submit your suggestion will be placed in the kitchen area.

This is a reminder that the Nov.8 regular meeting is also the Annual General Meeting date. We will be voting on the following motion:

“That the Executive Committee update the NWHS Constitution and By-Laws to make the language more gender inclusive.” A simple 50% majority is required, to pass this motion.

As well there will be an election for half of the positions on the 2017 Executive Committee.

The following positions are up for election:

Vice-President - 2 yr. term

Secretary - 2 yr. term

3 Members-at-Large positions - all 2 yr. terms

1 Member-at-Large position - 1 yr. term

There are nominees for most of the positions. Currently there are no firm nominees for one of the 2 year Member-at-Large positions and no nominee for the one year Member-at-Large position.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions and in particular the two Member-at-Large positions please indicate your decision to either Ellen or Audrey.

There is also a vacancy on the Fundraising Committee. Please consider joining this committee. The commitment is for a minimum of one year. Fundraising is what makes all that we do possible. Please talk to Janet Butts or Lorna Cloutier to volunteer.

Audrey is accepting any Xmas decorations (please nothing with perfume or scent or glitter) you no longer need or want. These decorations will be used at the upcoming Xmas Decoration Workshops.

A reminder to those members planning to attend the BC Council of Garden Clubs Fall Meeting. It takes place on Sat., Oct.15 from 8:30am to 4pm at the Firefighters’ Banquet and Conference Centre, 6515 Bonsor Ave., Bby.

I’ve often spoken about volunteerism and NWHS affairs. Dawn a nd Paul are retiring after 15 years of providing our members with a wonderful tea break service. We can’t thank them enough. Unfortunately this leaves us without anyone to do this service. The Executive Committee has discussed how we can fill the void. The plan we are presenting to the membership is to strike a refreshment committee consisting of 5 or 6 members who will ensure that we can continue with the tea service. This committee will ensure that members continue to donate treats, phone to remind who has committed to provide a treat for that month, make the tea and coffee and do the final clean-up. The Executive Committee will see to bringing the necessary equipment and provisions to each meeting. In rotation 2 members of the Refreshments Committee will have to come in at 6:30pm before each meeting to put on the coffee, make the tea, set up the treats table and do a final clean-up.

There will be s sign-up sheet for volunteers at the October meeting. The Executive Committee is not expecting a 15 year commitment from anyone, but must be part of the refreshments team for one year, longer if you are so inclined. Please commit to a year of service to the club. It would be a great loss if we had to discontinue the tea service because of a lack of staffing.

Some interesting things to do or see:

1. Gardenworks at Mandeville Gardens is offering a number of free workshops:
a)Dividing Perennials with Owen on Sat. Oct.1 at 11am
b) Bulbs with Owne on Sat. Oct.1 at 1pm
c)Covering Up Banana Trees and Palms for Fall on Oct. 15 at 10am
d) Putting Your Pond to Bed for the Winter held on Oct. 15 at 1pm

2. Apple Festival at UBC Botanical Garden - 25 th Anniversary - 60 varieties of apple trees and even pears for sale. Tasting tent, children’s area, music and more. This is a fundraiser for the Garden Date: October 15-16, 11am-4pm at UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive Admission: $5 cash (children 12 and under free)

3. Pt. Grey Chrysanthemum Assoc. presents the Late Chrysanthemum Show, Sat.Nov.5, Noon - 4pm Sunday, Nov.6 from 10am to 4pm Location: Gardenworks Mandeville, 4746 SEMarine Dr. Burnaby Free admission

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Sorry about sending this emailer out a bit early, but my next opportunity would be too close to our regular meeting.

The rain is certainly welcome for our parched gardens.

Our Sept. regular meeting is on Sept. 13 at 7:30pm. The plant sale table will be open at 7:00pm. The guest speaker is Marilyn Holt speaking on “How to Attract Beneficial Insects”. This is also a Bring to Share meeting, so search your gardens for that special something and bring it in. Almost anything goes with the “Bring to Share”. If you have a question, write it down and another member may have your answer. Don’t know what it is, bring it in and someone may have the answer. Three participation prizes will be awarded. There is no limit to the number of entries you can bring in. Come to the meeting a bit early to register.

Also, Ellen will be accepting money at the Sept.13 meeting for those members who plan to attend the Oct. 16 BC Council of Garden Clubs Fall meeting. The deadline to secure your early bird price is Sept. 21. Early Bird tickets sell for $35. Our club subsidizes this price by $5.00, so the price to you would be $30. This includes your entrance fee, a lovely buffet lunch, plus two coffee/tea breaks. A number of vendors are making their wares available for sale; these include plants, vegetables, eggs, amongst others. Please make your payment by cheque or exact change. Egan Davis and Ryan Foster are the guest speakers. I heard Egan Davis speak; he is both entertaining and informative.

The Bulb Sale deadline for ordering your bulbs is the Oct. 11 meeting. Audrey is accepting orders. The order forms will be at the Sept. and Oct. meetings.

This a reminder that on Sunday, Sept. 18 there is a tool sharpening workshop at 1:00pm in Audrey’s backyard. If there are sufficient members signing up a second workshop can be held the same day at 3:00pm. There will be s sign-up sheet at the Sept. meeting. The cost to members is $5.00. You can bring two items to have sharpened. Tool sharpening implements will be on sale. Ellen is accepting your sign-up fee.

The In-House Plant Sale Table is in full swing. If you are splitting up your perennials and have some left over please bring them to our sale table. Also, we are requesting members who have excess 1 gallon pots to donate them to the club at the next meeting. Members who are in the throes of splitting up their plants and plan to donate some to the club sale or to the sale in May can take what they need of any of the pots that other members have donated. We sell other items besides plants at the monthly sale. This month I’m bringing in some excellent cook books, as well as some seed garlic.

The October meeting is our Silent Auction night. There is still time to donate your no longer needed items. Please bring them to Audrey’s backyard. If Audrey is home they can be left at the basement door. If she isn’t please leave them under cover on the back porch. Remember no perfumed items or anything that sheds glitter.The deadline for dropping off items is the Sunday before the Oct. 11 meeting. Please drop off items before 8:00pm. Audrey needs helpers for the Silent Auction. She needs volunteers to help sort, label and price items in her basement. Also, we need help transporting items to the Centennial Lodge, as well as volunteers to set up the tables and items at the lodge . There will be a need for volunteers to help tally purchases at the end and volunteers to stay behind at the end of the Silent Auction and help pack up items that did not sell. There will be sign-up sheets at the Sept. 13 meeting Also, you can phone Audrey (604-526-8284).

The Executive Committee is recommending something new this year at the Silent Auction. On a one year experimental basis we are allowing members to bring a guest. We are limiting the number of guests to 25 as we are limited by fire regulations. If you are planning to bring a guest please let me know by answering this email or let Ellen know at the Sept. meeting as she will be keeping a tally. You and your guest must arrive at the same time to register for a bidding number at the October meeting.

Thank you to all members who have donated seeds. This is the time of the year for seed collecting. Please bring your donations to the Oct. meeting. There is a collection box available. Your donation should include relevant iformation as to name, colour, height, width and growing conditions, so Richard can label the plants correctly. Packaged seeds are also available in the front foyer. They are free and you are welcome to take them.

It is not too early to set aside no longer needed Xmas decorative items. Audrey will be accepting these items after the Oct. 11 Silent Auction date. Same rules apply: no scented or perfumed items and nothing that sheds glitter.

Our Annual General Meeting is held on Nov. 8 at 7:30pm. The AGM is short and will be followed by our regular meeting. You will be home in time to see who will become the next president of the United States.

Your Executive Committee will be presenting one motion to be voted upon. The motion is as follows: "That the Executive Committee update the NWHS Constitution and By-Laws to make the language more gender inclusive.” As this motion does not change the intent of the Constitution and By-Laws only a 50% majority is required to pass this motion. As well there will be an election for half of the positions on the Executive Committee.

The following positions are up for election:

Vice-President - 2 yr. term

Secretary- 2 yr. term

3 Members-at-Large positions - all 2 yr. terms

1 Member-at-Large position - 1 yr. term

There are nominees for most of the positions. There are currently no nominees for one of the 2 year Member-at-Large positions and no nominee for the one year Member-at-Large position.

I have spoken often that our club is only as strong as its volunteer base. I am asking you to consider running for any of these Executive Committee positions, but especially for those two Member-at-Large positions were there are no nominees at this time.

Some interesting things to do or see:

1. Gardenworks at Mandeville Gardens is offering a number of free workshops:
a. Fall Pruning with Conway Sept. 24 at 11am.
b) Fall Lawn Care with Conway on Sept.24 at 1pm
c) Dividing Perennials with Owen on Sat. Oct. 1 at 11am.
d) Bulbs with Owen on at Sat., Oct. 1 at 1pm
e) Covering Up Palm and Banana Trees for Fall held on Oct. 15 at 10am
f) Putting your Pond to Bed for Winter held on Oct. 15 at 1pm.

2. The 23rd annual Treefest is being held on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 11am to 4pm on the Riverview Hospital Grounds, 2601 Lougheed Highway at Colony Farm Road in Coquitlam. Festival site is outside the Henry Esson Young Building. There are tours and live entertainment and a food concession. Admission is free. More info at www.coquitlam.ca/Treefest Maps at: www.rhes.org.

3. Annual Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival on Sept. 16. This is the “Year of the Pumpkin”. There will be farm fresh products, a midway and events you don’t see every day ie. goat milking, tractor pull, corn husking, etc.

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I hope everyone is enjoying our lovely summer weather.

Our next regular meeting is on Tuesday, August 9 at 7:30pm. The guest speaker has changed. Karen Myskiw will be speaking on “Extending the Growing Season”.

We want to thank Audrey for arranging a wonderful and varied garden tour this year. I especially appreciated visiting the two community gardens, BARAGA and St. Mary’s. I couldn’t believe the beautiful vegetables the gardeners were growing. Also, an additional big thank you to Audrey for hosting our Annual Potluck Picnic. The weather was perfect, the food offerings were delicious and the event was full of fun and good times.

The Silent Auction is coming up fast. This is your opportunity to donate those items you no longer need or want. Audrey is accepting items at her back porch before 8pm any day ( 117 7th Ave.). Please no items with glitter or exuding any fragrance. If you have a large item you would like to donate please take a photo of the item and we will have it posted the night of the auction.

Volunteerism is the heart and backbone of clubs such as ours. The Executive Committee wants to thank all our members who step up and volunteer their time and effort to make our club work and flourish. Volunteer opportunities are ongoing: bringing in treats for the tea break, donating items for the Plant Sale table, staffing the monthly plant sale table, donating items for and helping to set up the Silent Auction, signing-up to create the wonderful wreaths and table centre pieces for the December party, growing plants and potting up plants for the Annual Plant Sale in May, etc.

Serving on the Executive Committee is one of those important volunteer opportunities. There will be at least one vacancy on the Executive Committee this year, a Member-at-Large position will be coming vacant. Please consider running for the Executive Committee when elections are held at our Annual General Meeting in Nov.

The In-House Plant Sale Table is on again this month. If you have anything to donate, please bring your item(s) in before the meeting starts. All plant items must be potted up. Bulbs, rhizomes, etc. must be labeled and identified.

Trudy has arranged to have the tool sharpening workshop back again this year. The date is Sunday, Sept. 18. the times will be announced later. The workshops will be held in Audrey’s yard. A sign-up sheet will be available at the Aug. and Sept. meetings. If there are sufficient members interested in signing up there could be two workshops running back to back. The fee is $5.

The BC Council of Garden Clubs will be holding its fall meeting in Oct. The date has not been announced at this point. Usually the club would have received a regular BC Council Bulletin, but, I think, there has been a problem finding an editor for the Bulletin, so the information has been late in coming. We’ll let you know as soon as we find out more information.

Just a reminder that PARGAR is in full swing. If you have excess fruit or vegetables, you can donate these items every Sunday between 8:30-9:15am at the 12th Ave. entrance to St. Thomas More Collegiate.

Please remember to bring your own mug to the August meeting.

Some Things of Interest:

1. New Westminster Cultural Crawl, Aug. 13 and 14, 11am-5pm. The Garden Gals will be exhibiting at 1013 Cornwall St., New Westminster (Brenda Fairfax’s Garden)

2. Indoor Garden Expo, Sunday, Aug 14, Vancouver Convention Centre. A free event that connects indoor growers both commercial and home scale. Visit www.indoorgardenexpo.com to download free tickets to this event.

3. Branching Out: Plants in New Westminster’s History, Until Nov. 13, daily 10am-5pm, Thur. 10am-8pm, 3rd floor, New Westminster Museum, Anvil Centre

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I am hoping for some rain this week. I’m a little weary of watering my garden.

For those of you who are receiving this emailer and who have not renewed your membership this year, I’m sorry to say that this will be last NWHS Emailer you will receive. We hope you will reconsider and renew your membership. The membership fee is still $15. You can renew at the regular meeting or send a cheque to our mailbox at:

NWHS
Box 392. #104 - 1015 Columbia Street
New Westminster, V3M 6V3.

By joining this month you can enjoy the annual garden tour, the fabulous potluck picnic, the fun-filled Silent Auction in October as well as the regular meetings in July, August, September and November. We’d love to see you come back.

Our next regular meeting is on Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30pm. Our guest speaker is Barry Roberts who will be speaking on Hydrangeas.

The July 12th meeting is also our annual In-House Show meeting. Look around your gardens and bring in your best specimens. Please note there is a correction in the Show Schedule. Under Floral Art, Class 35 Botanical Bling, the first bullet should read “Use fresh cut and/or dried vegetative materials. No artificial flowers, foliage or twigs allowed”. Please remember to look carefully at the Show Schedule to see the list of different categories. You can enter up to 2 exhibits in each class. If you haven’t a show schedule, one is listed on our website.
(www.newwesthortsociety.org).

The In-House Plant Sale will continue. Items will be sold at the front table.

Audrey has been working hard lining up our itinerary for the Annual Garden Tour. It looks like a very interesting line-up, lots of emphasis on vegetable gardening. The garden tour is on July 23. Maps, sequence of visits and directions will be available at Tuesday’s meeting. You must attend Tuesday’s meeting for a print copy, none will be available on the day of the tour. If it is a hot, sunny day, remember to wear a hat. The club will provide bottled water, if you don’t bring your own.

Following the garden tour, our annual fabulous Potluck Picnic starts at 4:30pm in Audrey’s garden. At our meeting on Tue. there will be a sign-up sheet to let us know what potluck donation you will be bringing. Also, if you are bringing someone, please indicate that on the sign-up sheet. Although children are welcome, it is more of an adult-oriented event. Please no pets. Normally 60 people attend the picnic; your potluck contributions should serve 10 people. The club provides beverages including wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Please remember to bring your own plate, glass, mug and cutlery. One of the highlights of the picnic is entering to win the Stump Trophy. Audrey has been working on the Stump Garden Quiz. Good luck to all who enter.

Just a reminder that Plant a Row, Grow a Row is in full swing. Support the New West Food Bank with your donations of fresh fruits and vegetables.The drop off is at the front entrance of St. Thomas More Collegiate, 7450 12th St., Burnaby every Sunday from 8:30am to 9:15am. Your support is greatly appreciated.

As your plants enter the seed stage, please remember that the NWHS has a free seed exchange. If you have seeds to share, wait for the seed heads to fully mature, then cut the heads off and place them in a paper envelope. List the type of plant and any necessary characteristics such as name of plant, colour, growing conditions needed, height, etc. List the date you collected the seed. Your sealed envelopes can be placed in the seed exchange box located at Tue.’s meeting. Richard will repackage the seed and make the packets available at a future meeting on the free table in the front foyer.

Some interesting events you might be interested in checking out:

1. Royal City Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm in Tipperary Park. Besides fresh produce and prepared foods and goodies, there are food trucks. Bring along your blanket and picnic on the grass. Check out www.rcfm.ca for a list of vendors and entertainment which can change from week to week. While there make time for a stroll into the peaceful Friendship Gardens.

2. Branching Out, From Stump City to Green City, an exhibition tracing the ways plants have affected local citizens. This exhibition is at the New Westminster Museum, Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, 3rd floor and is on until November 13.

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At this time last year we were hoping it would rain as the ground was very dry. Yes, rain would be welcome this year, also.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30pm. Our guest speaker is Julia Common of “Hives for Humanity” who will be "speaking on Bee Keeping”. She will bring honey and bee products for sale.

Please remember to sign in when attending our regular meetings. There are name tags next to the sign-up sheet.

Also, please remember to bring your mug to regular meetings. You will receive a free draw ticket upon presentation of your mug when you purchase a draw ticket.

The In-House Plant Sale continues and welcomes your donations of plant materials and other items that you think would sell.

The NWHS Garden Tour is on Saturday, July 23. Audrey is still looking for gardens to include in the tour. There is a possibility that our tour will start in Burnaby and working its way into New Westminster. If you know of a garden, including your own, that may become part of our tour this year please let Audrey know ( 604-526-8284). The Annual Potluck Picnic follows the garden tour. There will be a sign-up sheet at the June meeting at Audrey’s table indicating what you will be contributing to the potluck dinner.

Audrey is accepting items for the October Silent Auction. I finally got around to cleaning up my garage and found an assortment of interesting items for the sale. This is your chance to tidy up the basement or attic and make a contribution to a fun night of finding treasures. Items can be left at the undercover part of Audrey’s back porch. Please leave a note telling Audrey who has left the donation. Please, please nothing with a fragrance.

Trudy Findlay has been looking at a tour of Heritage Hydrangeas Garden for Monday, July 4. There will be a sign-up sheet at the June meeting. She is also looking to arrange a tool sharpening workshop for September; details will be announced when the date is finalized. Monica Mowat and Trudy are working on the possibility of a three nursery tour at some point in the summer. Again, details will follow when they come available.

Some interesting things to do or see:

1. Branching Out from Stump City to green city, this exhibition traces the ways plants have affected local citizens. The exhibit is located at The New Westminster Museum, Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. from June 2 to November 13, 2016.

2. The Vancouver Rose Society’s 64th Rose Show and Sale, Sunday, June 26 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm at Van Dusen Botanical Garden, Floral Hall. There will be guest speakers. Free admission.

3. Celebrate UBC Botanical Garden’s 100th Birthday at Garden Days, June 17, 18 and 19. Bring the family. Enjoy 2 for 1 admissions all weekend long. Free tours (11am and 1pm daily).Birthday cake daily at 12pm daily. Bring a lunch or family picnic on the Contemporary Lawn. Learn about birds, bees and butterflies (11am- 2pm daily). Located at 6804 SW Marine Drive. (604-822-4208)

4. Botanical Painting with Watercolour Workshop on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 from 10am to 4pm at the UBC Botanical Garden. Join botanical painter, Alison Watt for a two-day introduction to watercolour painting of plants from the Garden located at 6804 SW Marine Drive,

5. Celebrate the Summer Solstice, join the Institute of Urban Ecology for the grand opening of the Sustainability, Outreach and Learning Garden (SOL). Monday, June 20 from 4-6pm at the south side of Douglas College, Coquitlam Campus, 1250 Pine Tree Way. There will be a tour of the garden and hands on activities for children. (604-527-5522).

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I can’t believe these hot days. I’m spending a lot of time watering.

Our next regular meeting is on Tue., May 10. Our guest speaker is Kathy Friesen of Bloomsbury Designer Gardens. She will be speaking on Patio and Balcony Design.

Our Annual Plant Sale is on this Saturday, May 9. The location is 720 5th Street on the boulevard. Please tell friends and family to visit our plant tables. Thank you to all who have signed up to help with the set-up, the sale and the takedown. And, a big thank you to all those members who will be donating plants. Your donations can be delivered between 5:00pm and 7:30pm on Friday, May 6. Please leave your plants at the back of the driveway at 720 5th St. Alternatively you can bring your plants on the day of the sale, between 8am and 9:30am. Please make sure each plant has an identification tag listing the name of the plant, colour of the flower, size both in height and width if it is a spreading plant. Also, include growing conditions (sun, shade, sun/part shade). Any other information that you can fit in on the front of the tag. The price goes on the opposite side, at the top of the tag. If you know what the plant should sell for please include the price. For example a $2 plant should be marked 2—. Dollar signs are not necessary, nor zeros. The lowest priced plant is 50 cents, mark those .50. Most plants will be marked in dollars. If you don’t have a price on your donations, there will be members who will price your plants. Saturday will probably be a hot, sunny day, so bring a hat. If you are selling and still own a NWHS t-shirt, put it on for the sale. We will be providing water, coffee and tea. Some members might bring treats. be announcing the results of our plant sale at our May 10 meeting.

Our In-House Plant Sale continues to do well. Thank you to all who donate and to all who buy. If we have plants left over from the annual sale we will bring them to the In-House sale. Last year we sold every last plant; we may do the same this year.

The deadline for renewing your annual membership has passed at the April regular meeting., but that shouldn’t stop you from taking out a new membership at the May meeting. The cost is still $15.00. I will continue to send out my emailer for another month to those who haven’t signed up for the 2016 membership year, but after that only paid up members will receive the monthly NWHS Emailer.

The NWHS Garden Tour and Annual Potluck Picnic is on Saturday, July 23. So, mark your calendars for a fun time during the day and into the early evening. If you know of a garden that might be appropriate for our garden tour, please let Audrey know.

A Mother’s Day Event: Edible Oasis, the Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale and Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 8. This garden and plant sale is located at 415 Garrett Street, near the Royal Columbian Hospital (look for the plant sale signs). See the Urban Bees, Chickens, Green Roof and Living Wall. Check the website www.edibleoasis.ca for more information.

Just a note to say that Elsie Ansdell is home from the hospital and doing well. We hope to see her at a meeting real soon.

  • 1. Heritage Vancouver Society, Self-guided Garden Tour Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, 10am to 4pm. Visit www.heritagevancouver.org for more information.
  • 2. The Vancouver Rose Society invites you to the 64th Rose Show and Sale on Sunday, June 26 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm at the Van Dusen Botanical Garden, Floral Hall, 5251 Oak St. You can purchase roses and bouquets. There will be guest speakers. Free admission

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What glorious weather! This is such a busy time in the garden: mowing the lawn, turning over the vegetable patch, splitting up perennials, transplanting seedlings, etc. Hopefully you have selected the plants you will be donating to our Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 19. If not, there is still time to pot up what you intend to donate. This year we are hoping to make available a variety of drought resistant plants and also a variety of different ground cover plants. We are keeping our fingers crossed that Saturday, May 9 will be a sunny day. The location is the same as last year at 720 5th Street on the boulevard. Our sale times are between 10am and 3pm. If we get set up before 10am, we might start the sale a bit early.

Our next regular meeting is on April 12 at 7:30. Our guest speaker is Mike Campbell of Edible Oasis speaking on “Natural Garden Spaces”. Mike will be bringing plants to sell.

April is “Bring To Share” month. Due to the warm weather, there are many plants blooming in the garden. We would like to see some of these beautiful blooms. “Bring To Share” is open to all entries. Do you have a question you need answered, bring it along. Need to have a mystery plant identified, bring a specimen in and someone may be able to help. There will be prizes. Every participant will have a chance to win.

Our In-House Plant Sale continues. Thank you to all who bring items to donate and thank you to those members who buy these items.

The Fundraising Committee is busy finalizing all that needs to be done to make for a successful plant sale. There is still a need for some 4 inch round or square pots. If you have some pots of this size, please bring them along to our April 12 meeting. As well as the 4” pots, the Fundraising Committee is planning to pot up about a dozen Mother’s Day baskets for sale. If you have a basket in good shape about 6” deep and about 8 to 10 inches in diameter that you no longer need, please bring it in as a donation. Also, if possible we would like to know what plants you will be donating. Again this coming meeting, sign up sheets will be available so you can list the names of the plants you intend to donate. For the flowering plants Audrey will try to find a picture of the plant in bloom.

For the May 7 Sale, as well as plant donations, we are also in need of volunteers to help set up in the morning, help to sell during the day and finally help to break down and cleanup at the end of the day. Sign up for a shift or for the entire day. Sign up sheets will be available at the table next to the fireplace. Our club is only as strong as the volunteers who make things happen.

Potted plant donations for the May 7 sale can be delivered on the morning of the sale, between 8am and 9:30am. Or, plants can be delivered the night before on Friday, May 6 between 5pm and 7pm. and should be placed at the back of the driveway at 720 5th St.

The Fundraising Committee is still in need of 2 more committee members. The term is for one year. Please consider to offer your services to sit on this committee. The Executive Committee wishes to thank all those members who volunteer their services. In particular we wish to thank all who volunteer to staff the In-House Plant Sale table.

Gillian Escalente continues to update our website (www.newwesthortsociety.org). Thank you, Gillian. I encourage members to go to the website; there is a wealth of information posted there.

I want to alert members to an excellent talk and slide show at the New Westminster Public Library on Wednesday, April 13 at 7pm. Egan Davis will speaking and presenting his slideshow, “Gardening Without Water”. Egan was a speaker at the Plant a Row, Grow a Row launch party. I found him a very entertaining and informative speaker. I encourage you to attend.

Some interesting things to do or see:

  • 1. Open house on Friday, April 22 from 8am to 4:30pm at the Pro-Source Irrigation Supply at 2345 Douglas Road, Burnaby. There will be information on water conservation, all drip and micro-spray components, landscape lighting, pond supplies, etc.
  • 2. Sunday, April 24 from 10am to 4pm, Van Dusen Botanical Garden Annual Plant Sale, 5251 Oak St. Vancouver. Admission is free for this one day only. For more information visit wwwvandusengarden.org.
  • 3. Burnaby Rhododendron & Garden Society Plant Sale, Silent Auction and Spring Bouquet Contest, Sunday, May 1, 10am-3pm at the Shadbolt Centre, Deer Lake Park, Burnaby. More info at www.brags.ca.

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On this day in 2014 it snowed, so I guess we can’t complain about the rain. There are so many spring flowers in bloom. This is such a wonderful time of the year.

Our regular NWHS meeting is on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30pm. Our guest speaker is Allan Ladha, manager of Norburn Lighting, who will be speaking on Garden Lighting.

This is another reminder that the NWHS annual membership fee ($15) is now due. Ellen will be taking in the money at her table near the entrance. Make your cheque payable to NWHS or please have the correct change if paying in cash. If you are not going to attend the March meeting, you can mail your cheque to:

NWHS
#392, 104 - 1015 Columbia Street
New Westminster V3M 6V3.

Next month is a Bring to Share month. I encourage members to bring something to share with the rest of us. There will be prizes.

Our Fundraising Committee has been busy planning for our Annual Boulevard Plant Sale being held on May 7 this year. There is still a need for 2 to 3 new members for the committee. The term is for 1 year. There are 5 to 6 meetings a year. Please think about volunteering for this committee. We are only as good as our volunteers.

If you have some spare 4” square or round pots or any pots up to the black 1 gallon size please bring them to the meeting on Tue. They will be used to plant up offerings for the May 7 plant sale. As well as pots, we need plants. The Fundraising Committee will be sending around a couple of clip boards to encourage you to list the plants you are planning to donate. This year we are hoping to feature drought tolerant plants.

Our In-House Plant Sale table is well under way. We made $50 last month. Thank you to everyone who contributed. I’ll be bringing in garlic seedlings, 5 varieties. They were planted in the last week of January, so the seedlings are well established and ready to plant outside.

The Seed Exchange is up and running. If you have any partial packages of seeds that are still within the viable range and you are not planning to use, please bring them in as a donation to the seed exchange.

Just a reminder to those members who signed up to attend the BC Council of Garden Clubs Spring Meeting and AGM, the date is Mar. 12, 8:30am-3:30pm, taking place at the Burnaby Firefighters” Conference Centre, 6515 Bonsor Ave., Bby.

The popular Plant a Row, Grow a Row Spring Gardeners’ Party is on Thursday, March 10, 6-9pm, held in the cafeteria at Saint Thomas More Collegiate. Come and help support our local Food Bank with nutritious, fresh fruit and vegetables. Admission is free, but please remember to bring your non-perishable food items as a donation to the Food Bank.

Audrey is still taking orders for the Florissa Spring Bulb Club Fundraiser. The colourful flyer will be available at the meeting. You do not need to be a member to order these bulbs. Our club retains 50% of the proceeds of the sale.

Additional Events:

  • 1. The Garden Gals arts group has a new show at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., on until Aoril 1.
  • 2. Bradner Flower Show. Apr. 8, 9 and 10, 10am - 5pm. Bradner Hall, 5305 Bradner Road, Abbotsford 100’s of daffodils on display. Admission: $2
  • 3. Vancouver Orchid Society, Annual Show and Sale Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden 37th and Oak St., Vancouver

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Happy New Year and Happy Chinese New Year to all. Welcome back after a fairly long break. We continue to have a mild winter. I’m thankful I haven’t had to shovel snow. I’ve been out in my garden on four occasions during January.

On a sad note, I am saddened to tell you that in recent months we lost three of our members. Clarice White and Joyce Goodman were long term members who have not attended meetings in recent years due to poor health. The third member was Erika d’Esterre who was an active member. This is indeed sad news; they are not forgotten by us.

Our first meeting of 2016 is on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7:30pm . Our guest speaker is Gwen Odermatt, the owner of Petals and Butterflies Nursery; she will be speaking on “Great Plant Picks”. The Executive Committee will be presenting the 2016 NWHS Proposed Annual Budget for approval by the membership. The Proposed Budget will be printed in the Feb. Newsletter.

Our annual membership fee is due at this meeting. We are keeping the fee at $15. Please try to bring the exact amount of money, either in a cheque made out to NWHS or in cash. Ellen will be accepting membership renewals at the front table. If you are not attending next Tuesday’s meeting you can mail a cheque to:

New Westminster Horticultural Society
Box 392, 104 - 1015 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC, V3M 6V3.

The From Our Gardens Plant Sale table continues. This monthly (except in Oct., Dec. and Jan.) in-house plant sale has become a major fundraiser for our club. Last year we raised over $900, thanks to all who contributed donations and thanks to all who purchased what was on offer. I encourage members to continue to donate and, of course, encourage everyone to check out the table and make a purchase.

The Fundraising Committee is preparing for our Annual Boulevard Plant Sale which will be held this year on Saturday, May 9. We will need plant donations, volunteers to help with the setup and breakdown, as well as members who are willing to staff the tables throughout the day. I will be starting tomato seedlings shortly for the sale and encourage any other gardeners who grow their own seedlings to plant a few for the club sale, Our goal this year is to raise $1800 for the club.

Still on the topic of the Fundraising Committee, there are two vacancies on the committee. We are looking for two members to volunteer to sit on this committee. The committee meets about five or six times a year. It is responsible for planning and overseeing the club’s fundraising plan. The minimum term is for one year. Our club runs on the generous contributions of volunteer time and donations. Please consider donating your time to this committee.

The Florissa Spring Bulb Club Fundraiser is happening again this year. Audrey will have available at Tuesday’s meeting the colourful order form listing the offerings. You do not need to be a club member to order. Our club retains 50% of the proceeds of the sale.

A reminder for those members who entered the Photo and Container Contests in 2015, please pick up your entries at the fireplace table. Also, the detailed rules for the 2016 contests will be available at the Feb. meeting.

The BC Council of Garden Clubs Spring meeting, including the AGM will be held on Mar. 12 from 8:30am to 3:30pm at the Firefighters’ Banquet and Conference Centre, 6515 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby. There is free parking on the upper level of the Metrotown parkade; a parking pass for the day is available upon registration. The Early Bird registration fee is $35; our club will subsidize the cost by $5, so the cost to you is $30. This includes an excellent buffet lunch and two coffee breaks. There are two guest speakers: David Tracey, speaking on urban agriculture, food security, organic vegetable gardening, etc. The second speaker is Dr. Rob Higgins, speaking on the European Fire Ant. Audrey will be accepting the registration fee at her table in front of the fireplace. The NWHS deadline for registration is Feb. 23.

Bert Garbuio has organized again this year a bus to go to the Seattle Flower and Garden Show on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The $110 Canadian covers the cost of transportation, admission and a buffet dinner. The last I heard there were a couple of seats still available on the bus. If you are interested call Bert at 604-299-6876. Show info: www.gardenshow.com.

If you know of someone who would be interested in hosting two beehives in their backyard, preferably someone who would benefit from the pollination services of the bees, contact Christina at crina@shaw.ca.

The Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine on Columbia Street is seeking volunteers to join with the Institute in planning and planting a medicinal herb garden in Pier Park on the Fraser River. The teaching garden will present an opportunity for students to see their medicines growing and understand them. The students will do the weeding, watering and maintenance. If there are any members interested in helping in this venture or have a special interest in medicinal herbs please contact Chanchal Cabrera at chanchal@chanchalcabrera.com.

Our very own Garden Gals Art Group is offering a new show, "Boulevard Gardens of New Westminster”, from Feb.1 to April 1. An opening reception is on Feb. 12 from 5pm-7pm at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. Call 604-527-4640 or visit www.anvilcentre.ca for more details.

A Couple of Events to alert you to:

  • 1. Ladner Community Garden Society presents Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2016, Feb. 14, 10am to 4pm at the Harris Barn, 4140 Arthur Drive Beach, Delta. For more info blogspot.ca.
  • 2. Bradner Flower Show, April 8, 9 and 10 at the Bradner Hall, 5305 Bradner Road, Abbotsford. Open daily from 10am to 5pm. 100’s of daffodils on display, also, art, crafts, music, local chefs, wineries and gardening experts. Admission $2.

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Our annual holiday dinner and party is on this Tuesday, Dec. 8. The doors open at 6:00pm, with the buffet dinner starting at 6:30pm. There are still 4 tickets left to sell. If you are thinking you are interested in attending, please call Ellen Berg (604-525-7827). The cost is $20 for a member and $25 for a guest.

Thank you to Audrey for organizing and hosting the many workshops that have produced the beautiful holiday themed centre pieces and wreaths. And, thank you to all the members who have worked on the 80 plus items that will be raffled off during the party. The workshops are still continuing. There is still room for participants during the day today to turn their creative inspirations into reality. Also, there is room tomorrow from 9am to 9pm. The live material wreaths will be made during the weekend. Audrey is still looking for fresh greenery, so if you have some greenery you can donate, the items can be left in her carport. The weekend live material items will be made from 9am to 4pm.Please call Audrey (604-526-8284) for available times to join the Christmas crafters.

Also, this is a reminder to those attending the party on Tuesday. Our club has traditionally donated non-perishable food items to the New Westminster Food Bank at this time of the year. So, please remember to bring your non-perishable food items to the party. There will be donation bins in the foyer. <

At the November NWHS regular meeting the members voted for the organization to receive our $400 annual charitable donation. The members chose The Group of Five plus Friends Benevolent Fund. This group raises funds to purchase necessary equipment and supplies for the Royal Columbian Hospital.

I want to thank Dan Tessaro and Silina Nakatsu for their participation on our Fundraising Committee. There now are two vacancies on the committee. We need two members to step up and replace Silina and Dan. The Fundraising Committee has done stellar work this year ensuring that our club is financially stable. The term for the committee position is minimum of one year. There are about 6 meetings per year to help coordinate the fundraising activities for the club. The NWHS cannot function without the volunteer help from our members. Please step up and donate some time to make our club the vibrant club that it is.

And, finally, the Executive Committee wants to thank all our members who helped to make our NWHS the best of garden clubs. To one and all we want to wish you a wonderful holiday season and an excellent new year. We take a break in January. Our next regular meeting is at 7:30pm on February 9, 2016.

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Fall has arrived and also the rains. If you haven’t planted your garlic, there is still time.

Our next meeting is on Nov. 10 at 7:30pm. The Annual General Meeting will be held before the regular meeting. You will be voting on the proposed By-Law changes to the Constitution. Copies of the proposed changes will be available at the meeting. Following the vote on the changes to the Constitution, the membership will vote for the 2016 Executive Committee. At the adjournment of the AGM the regular meeting will follow. Our guest speaker is Radina Jevdevic who will be speaking on “Herbs for Healthy Living”.

The October Silent Auction was a great success. Ellen will announce how much money was raised. Thank you to all those members who donated the many items and thank you to all those members who came to help set up, highlight the final bids and breakdown and pack away all the items that didn’t sell. And, a very large thank you to Audrey Barnes for all she does to make this fundraiser possible.

This will be the last In-House Plant Sale for the year. If you have any donations please bring them in. The Executive Committee wishes to thank all those members who generously donated items for the sale and also, thank all those members who bought those items. This has been an important fundraiser that contributes to the health of the club.

The Christmas dinner tickets will continue to be on sale at the Nov. meeting. This year we are selling 113 tickets (7 fewer than last year). I believe that over 80 tickets have already been sold. The cost remains the same as previous years - $20 for members and $25 for guests.

Audrey is organizing the Christmas craft workshops. The dates for these workshops will be announced at the Nov. 10 meeting. If you have any Christmas decorations you no longer want, please donate them to the club. Audrey is now accepting donations. They can be left undercover on her back porch up until 8:00pm. Please we are not accepting anything that is scented or is covered in glitter.

Lorna Cloutier, your vice-president, will be chairing the November meetings and Anna Camporese will be in charge of the Executive Committee election. I will be holidaying in southern Italy and Sicily. I hope to see many of you at the Christmas dinner. For those members who will not be attending the dinner on Dec. 8, our first regular meeting in 2016 will be held on February 9.

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Fall is upon us and the clean-up begins. I’ve just prepared my vegetable garden for planting the garlic crop. The hard work is made easier with these lovely warm summer-like days.

Our next meeting is the annual Silent Auction Night, Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30pm. There is no guest speaker, no free table, no in-house plant sale, no raffle, no library and no new memberships will be sold. It is a members only night filled with fun and bargain hunting. Refreshments will be set up in the kitchen area. Please be careful not to spill. Remember to bring your own mug. A green waste container will be set up in the kitchen. The items you purchase can be paid by cash (exact change preferred) or by cheque made out to the NWHS.

Audrey is still accepting donations for the silent auction. The donations can be left under the covered area of her back porch. The last day for donations is on Sunday, Oct. 11 until 5:00pm. Silent auction volunteers are still needed. If you can help with transporting auction items, setting up tables, highlighting winning bids, tallying bids and doing the final teardown and clean up please contact Audrey (604-526-8284).

Audrey will still take your order for the Forissa Fall Bulb Fundraising Sale at the October 13 meeting. Also, available is a selection of Christmas season bulbs. The brochures showing what is for sale are available at the meeting. Your filled order will be ready for pick-up later in the month. The date will be announced at the October meeting. Payment can be made by cash (exact amount is preferred) or by cheque made out to NWHS.

For members who are planning to enter the photo and container contests this is a reminder that your photos need to be submitted to Audrey at the October meeting. If you are not able to attend on Oct. 13, please contact Audrey at (604-526-8284) to arrange for a time to drop off your photos.

Ellen will be selling Xmas dinner tickets before the beginning of the business part of the meeting and for 15 minutes after the business portion of the meeting.. The cost remains the same: $20 for members and $25 for guests. Because we have eliminated 7 window seats, there will be only 113 tickets sold. Tickets will also be sold at the November meeting or until all the tickets are sold. The dinner menu will be posted at the Oct. 13 meeting.

Traditionally the NWHS gives a charitable donation to a local charity at the end of the year. Last year a $400 donation was given to Aunt Leah’s Place. Think about the name of a local charity that you would like to see receive this year’s donation. Names can be submitted at the October meeting and voting on the members’ choice will be made at the Nov. 10 meeting. A box to submit your suggestion will be placed in the kitchen area.

This is a reminder that the Nov. 10 regular meeting is also the Annual General Meeting date. We will be voting on by-law changes (exact wording listed in the October Newsletter). As well, the AGM is when the club elects members to the 2016 Executive Committee. All positions will be open for election.

Audrey is accepting any Xmas decorations (please nothing with perfume or scent and nothing with glitter) you no longer need or want. These decorations will be used at the upcoming Xmas Decoration Workshops.

You’ve probably heard that Canada is having a federal election on Oct. 19. You should have received your voter’s information card in the mail listing your polling station both for election day and for the advance voting days. If you have not received this card I urge you to visit #200-620 Royal Ave. or phone 1-866-545-0625, Mon.-Fri. - 9am to 9pm, Sat. - 9am - 6pm or Sun.- Noon-4pm. to register to vote.

A reminder to those members who signed up to attend the BC Council of Garden Clubs’ Fall Meeting. It takes place on Oct. 24 from 9am to 4pm at the Firefighters’ Banquet and Conference Centre, 6515 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby.

Some upcoming events:

1. UBC Botanical Garden Apple Festival, Sat., Oct. 24, 11am-4pm. For more information: applefestival.ca or phone 604-822-4529.

2. Point Grey Chrysanthemum Assoc. ’s Late Chrysanthemum Show, Sat. Nov. 7 (11am to 4pm) and Sun. Nov. 8 (11am to 4pm) at Gardenworks Mandeville , 4746 SE Marine Drive, Burnaby

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Well finally the garden is getting a good drink. I can almost see my poor, parched lawn greening up.

Our next regular meeting is on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Our guest speaker is Margaret Cadwaladr who will be speaking on “Our Patio Garden, A Case Study”. The speaker will be bringing her book, Veronica’s Garden: A Social History of Milner Gardens and Woodland; the cost is $25.

Sept.8 is a “Bring to Share “ meeting. Three participation prizes will be awarded. There is no limit as to how many exhibits you can bring in. Please participate.

Trudy Findlay has arranged for our members to attend a Southlands (6550 Balaclava St., Vancouver) shopping trip on Sat., Sept. 19 (11am). There is a sign up sheet at the Sept. meeting if you are interested in attending. Thomas Hobbs has agreed to give our members a 20% discount on all regular priced items.

Our October meeting will be our much loved “Silent Auction”. I’m now in the process of looking in all those nooks and crannies searching for those items that need to be passed along. Audrey is now accepting, starting this Sunday, auction donations, address 117 7th Ave.. They can be placed on her back porch (under cover) before 8:00pm. Please leave a note as to the identity of the donor.

Thank you to all who have donated seeds. This is the time of the year to start collecting seeds. Donations should be placed in a sealed envelope. Details about the plant seed should be written on the envelope, also include your own name and phone number as Richard may have a question for you. The donation box is at each meeting. Free labelled seed envelopes are available on the table in the front foyer.

It’s not too early to set aside donations of Xmas items that you no longer use. The Christmas Craft workshops will start in November. Christmas craft items can be donated after the October Silent Auction meeting. Donations can be left at Audrey’s back porch before 8:00pm. Please no items with glitter and no items that are scented.

The BC Council of Garden Clubs fall meeting is on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Firefighters’ Conference Centre (6515 Bonsor Ave.). Registration starts at 8:30am. The meeting ends at a little after 3pm. There is free parking on the upper level of the Metrotown Parkade, outside the parkade entrance to the Conference Centre. If you are planning to attend you need to get a parking pass provided at the BC Council registration desk. Early bird tickets for the day (including a buffet lunch) are $35 to members. The NWHS provides a $5 subsidy to members, so your cost will be $30. The deadline to purchase the Early Bird ticket is Tue. Sept. 15. Ellen will be accepting money at the Sept. meeting (please bring the exact amount or a cheque made out to NWHS). The featured speaker will be Steve Whysall.

Our Annual General Meeting is immediately prior to our regular meeting on Nov. 10. I will be sending you a separate email outlining the changes to our Constitution and By-laws as proposed by your Executive Committee. These proposed changes will be voted on at the Nov. Annual General Meeting. A two-thirds (2/3) majority of those present at the Nov. AGM is required for the by-law changes to pass.

Cudos to the South Burnaby Garden Club for sponsoring the Fall Fair. The times are: Saturday from 1pm to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. The location is the Bonsor Complex, 6550 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby. Flowers, plants, vegetables, fruits, crafts, baking and canning categories. The public is welcome to enter. there is no entry fee. Admission is free. For more information: www.southburnabygardenclub.org. The Fall Fair wil be held on Sat. Sept. 12 from noon to 4pm and on Sun., Sept. 13 from 10am to 4pm.

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Happy BC Day to everyone. I hope you have been enjoying this long weekend.

Our next meeting is on August 11 at 7:30pm. The guest speaker is Karen Myskiw who will be speaking on Kitchen Garden Design. Please remember to sign in on the sign up sheet in the main foyer.

Thank you to all who contributed to our In-House Plant Sale. It was lovely to see so many donations. The monthly plant sale will continue for the August meeting.

Thank you Audrey for arranging the gardens on our annual July Garden Tour. And, thank you to those members who offered their garden for the garden tour. Following the garden tour many of us enjoyed a lovely time at the picnic. Again, thank you, Audrey, for all the work in setting up the picnic and for thinking up that awfully difficult Stump Quiz. The food was delicious and abundant; thank you to all who contributed to the potluck feast. It was a perfect day!

Audrey is going to see about the club offering up another Florissa bulb sale opportunity. She’ll report on that at next Tuesday’s meeting.

Many plants are going to seed. Please remember that the club is collecting seed for our free Seed Exchange. There is a donation box at the table in front of the fireplace. Packaged up seeds will be available at the Free Table in the foyer.

The Garden Gals want to thank all the members who offered up garden supplies for the Eco Art Project. The NWHS Garden Gals in conjunction with the New Westminster Parks, Culture and Recreation are involved in the Eco Art in Moody Park Project.. The opening is on Saturday, August 8 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Moody Park located at, 8th St. and 6th Ave. It is a free event. The art project celebrates the beauty of natural materials, simple processes and organic forms. For anyone who is able to stop by Moody Park at 11am on installation day, Friday, August 7th, the Garden Gals would appreciate any donations of flowers of any kind, even ones that are drooping can be used. The location for drop-offs is the area between the children’s playground and the dog park, the corner of 6th Ave. and 8th St.

The 12th Annual Cultural Crawl is happening on Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9 from 11a,-5pm. Everyone should have received a brochure in the mail, but if not all the details of the event can be found at NewWestCulturalCrawl.com. There are artists’ studios open to the public in all areas of the city.

The BC Council of Garden Clubs is holding its fall meeting on Oct.24 at the Firefighters Banquet and Conference Centre in Burnaby. I believe that Steve Whysall is one of the guest speakers. There is always an excellent buffet lunch included with your admission. The NWHS will subsidize the entrance fee by $5.00 per member. More details will follow next month.

PARGAR is in full swing. If you have excess vegetables or fruit. Donations are being accepted every Sunday until October 4 from 8:30 to 9:15am. Donations are dropped of at the entrance of St. Thomas More Collegiate on 12th Ave. and Kingsway. Store bought donations are also being accepted.

Interesting Upcoming Events:

1. Port Royal Community Garden Society and Artists in the ‘Boro is sponsoring its Annual Art in Bloom and English Tea Party, Sunday, Aug. 9. Art Display: 11:00am-5:00pm. Tea and goodies: Noon to 3:00pm. Located at 83 Star Crescent, Queensborough. There will be live music. Admission is free.

2. Royal City Farmers’ Market is held every Thursday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at Tipperary Park. Check www.rcfm.ca for more details.

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I hope everyone is holding out OK. The smoke is supposed to clear by Wednesday. Unfortunately there is no rain in sight, but at least cooler daytime temperatures are being predicted.

For those of you receiving this emailer and who haven’t renewed your annual NWHS membership, this unfortunately will be your last club emailer. We hope you will consider rejoining. The annual membership is still $15. By joining this month you can enjoy the garden tour, the annual potluck picnic, the silent auction in October, the annual holiday dinner in December as well as our regular meetings in July, August, September and November. We’d love to see you come back.

Our next regular meeting is next Tue., July 14 at 7:30pm. Our guest speaker is Claude LeDoux. He will be answering your questions. Thank you to all who sent in very interesting questions.

The July 14th meeting is also our annual In-House Show meeting. I thought I was going to be bringing in my peas, but they are all done with. Look around your gardens and bring in your best specimens. Please remember to look at the Show Schedule to see the list of different categories. You can enter up to 2 exhibits in each class. If you haven’t a schedule, one is listed on our website (www.newwesthortsociety.org).

The In-House Plant Sale will continue. I’ll be bringing in fall asters, the tall (up to 5 feet) variety.

Audrey has been working hard to line up gardens for us to visit on July 18. I believe she has 5 lined up. Maps, sequence of visits and directions will be available at Tuesday’s meeting. You must attend Tuesday’s meeting for the print copy, none will be available on the day of the tour. Remember to wear a hat as it will probably be quite warm. The club will provide bottled water.if you don’t bring your own.

Following the Garden Tour our annual fun packed potluck picnic starts at 4:30pm at Audrey’s. On Tue. night there is a sign-up sheet on a table in front of the fireplace. You need to tell us if you are attending, whether you are bringing someone and what you are planning to contribute. Although children are welcome, it is an adult-oriented event. Please no pets. Normally around 60 people attend; your potluck contribution should serve 10 people. The club provides beverages including wine and non-alcoholic choices. Be prepared to enter the Garden Stumps quiz.

The Executive Committee continues to encourage all of us to recycle. A recycling container will be placed to the side of the tea window. Leftover food and used napkins can be recycled. Also, remember to bring our own mugs. When you buy your raffle tickets and show your own mug, you receive a free draw ticket.

There was an excellent turnout for the tool sharpening workshop. Henk Suijs worked tirelessly sharpening tools and teaching us how to sharpen our garden tools.

Many plants are going to seed early. Remember we have a free seed exchange. If you have seeds to share, wait for the seed heads to fully mature, then cut the heads off and place them in a paper envelope. List the type of plant and any necessary characteristics such as name of plant, colour, growing conditions needed, height, etc. List the date you collected the seed. Sealed envelopes can be placed in the seed exchange box which is located on the table in front of the fireplace. Richard will repackage the seed and make the packets available at a future meeting on the free table in the front foyer.

The City of New Westminster’s watering regulations are changing. Please check the city website or the local newspaper for the latest watering restrictions.

Here are a few interesting events you might be interested in checking out.

1. Sat., July 25( 10a,-5pm) and Sun., July 26 (10am-4pm) the BC Fuchsia and Begonia Society will hold its annual judged show and competition at VanDusen Garden Floral Hall, 37th and Oak St., Vancouver. Admission is $3.00.

2. Mon., July 27, Darts Hill Summer Concert from 6:30pm to 8pm. The garden opens at 5pm. 16th Ave. and 170th St., South Surrey. A concert of Celtic music. Bring something to sit on and a picnic dinner. (www.surrey.ca/culturerecreation/13488.aspx)

3. Port Royal Community Garden Society and Artists in the ‘Boro are co-hosting the annual Art in Bloom and English Tea Party on August 9 from 11am to 5pm for the art display and noon to 3pm for traditional tea and goodies. there will be live music. Free admission. All this happening at the Port Royal Community Garden at 83 Star Crescent, Queensborough.

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That little bit of rain was certainly welcome. We could still use a bit more as the ground is very dry.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:30pm. Our guest speaker is Chris Jenks who will be speaking on “Carnivorous Plants- Tropical and Hardy”. Chris will have plants for sale.

Please remember to sign in when attending our regular meetings. Name tags are also available to wear.

The In-House Plant Sale continues. I will be bringing various tomato plants, cherry and larger. Yes, there is still time to plant tomatoes. All signs are pointing to a long, hot and dry summer. If you have any leftover plants, please bring them in for the sale table.

Claude LeDoux will be offering a Q and A opportunity at our July 14 regular meeting. I asked for your questions to be sent to me, so I can pass them onto Claude. Not a one came in! If you have a question please pass it onto me so I can pass it onto Claude.

The NWHS Garden Tour and Annual Potluck Picnic is on Saturday, July 18 remember to mark your calendar. There will be a sign-up sheet at Audrey’s table so you can let us know what you are planning to bring to the picnic. Audrey has lined up at least 5 gardens for our tour. If you know of a garden that might be considered for the tour please let Audrey know.

There is still time to sign up for the Tool Sharpening Workshop being held on Sunday afternoon on June 28. The exact time to be announced. The cost is $5.00. Bring one tool that you want to have sharpened professionally. You can bring in other tools to practice on. See Audrey at her table on Tue. to sign-up.

The Vancouver Ecovillage is offering free vegetable and flowering plant seedlings. They have many vegetable and herb seedlings and many flower types. If you are interested in receiving seedlings contact Ecovillage at vanvillage@gmail.com. The seedlings are at 6239 Canada Way. This group is still looking for volunteers to help with watering.

The New Westminster Farmer’s Market is up and running every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm, on the roadway between Tipperary Park and the Japanese Gardens (New Westminster City Hall). You need to use street parking as there is no Farmer’s Market parking at the City Hall parking lot.

Some interesting gardening opportunities:

  1. Garden Days, June 19-21, Vancouver Gardens celebrate with Vancouver Gardens Pass. You can visit 5 gardens (VanDusen Botanical Garden, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, UBC Botanical Garden, Bloedel Conservatory and Nitobe Memorial Garden). The cost is as low as $25.00. For tickets visit, https://vangardendays.eventbrite.ca.
  2. Open House, July 5 from 10am-4:30pm at Heritage Hydrangeas, 13970 34th Ave., Surrey. This is a private garden with 15 species and over 120 varieties of hydrangeas.
  3. Erikson’s Daylily Gardens Annual Open House, July 11 and 12 from 10am to 4pm at 24642 51 Ave., Langley. 3000 varieties of daylily and 500 varieties of hostas and hundreds of other perennials and specimen trees. www.eriksondaylilygardens.com for details; phone 604-856-5758.

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Everything is busy growing. I still am not seeing many bees.

Our next regular meeting is on May 12 at 7:30pm. Our guest speaker will be Amanda Jarrett who will be speaking on “Common Mistakes Gardener’s Make”.

Our Annual Plant Sale held last Sat., May 2 was a spectacular success. For only the second time in our plant sale history we sold every plant that was donated. Thank you to the Fundraising Committee and the Executive Committee for all their planning and to the volunteers who came out to set-up, staff and breakdown the sale. Thank you to all who generously donated and potted up the many plants we offered to the public. And, a special thanks to Monica Mowat, her husband and their next door neighbour for letting us use their front driveways for the sale. And, thank you to all the members who came out to cheer us on and to buy the plants. We are also very thankful that we were blessed with a lovely sunny day which certainly helped in bringing out the public. Our final proceeds of the sale will be announced at our meeting next Tuesday.

The In-House Plant Sale continues. We were planning to bring some excess plants not sold at the annual sale, but there are none to bring. If you have anything that you might have planned to donate on May 2, but just didn’t get around to it, bring them along on Tuesday, they will be gratefully accepted

The deadline to renew your annual membership has passed at the April meeting, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking out a new membership at the May meeting. The cost is still $15.00. I will continue to send you a monthly NWHS Emailer for another month, but after that only paid up members will receive them.

Claude LeDoux will be offering a Question and Answer opportunity at our July 14 regular meeting. If you have a question which is wanting an answer please let me know and I will pass it along to Claude.

The NWHS Garden Tour and Annual Potluck Picnic is on Saturday, July 18, so mark your calendar as you don’t want to miss these fun events. Currently Audrey has lined up 2 gardens for the tour. We are looking for other gardens to add to the tour, so if you know of a garden to add to the tour let Audrey know.

Also, at the May meeting you will have another opportunity to sign-up for the Tool Sharpening Workshop being offered by Henk Suijs. This workshop will be held during the afternoon on June 28. The fee is $5.00. Each participant can bring one tool to be sharpened. More details at the May meeting.

Gillian Escalante has done a stellar job in setting up our revamped website. Check out www.newwesthortsociety.org. We, also, have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NewWestminsterHorticulturalSociety.

The NWHS Sketch Group and the Garden Gals extend a welcome to members interested in art and sketching to join the group at 1pm every Tuesday by the entrance of Century House at Moody Park and/or every third Wednesday at the Centennial Lodge in Queens Park between 7pm and 9pm.

Richard Harrison is coordinating the NWHS Seed Exchange. Seed donations can be dropped off at the table in front of the fireplace at the beginning of our regular meetings. Seeds repackaged for pick-up are available at the Free Table in the foyer.

A Mother’s Day Event: Edible Oasis, the Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale and Garden Tour will be held on Sat. and Sun., May 9 and 10 from 9am to 3pm.This garden and plant sale is located next to the Royal Columbian Hospital on Garrett St., look for the plant sale signs or check the website www.edibleoasis.ca for more information. Gourmet vegetables, urban chickens and honey bees on site, as well as many native, edible, culinary and medicinal plants will be featured.

The Vancouver Ecovillage is looking for volunteers to help with their Permaculture project, located at 6239 Canada Way. For more information on this project visit www.vanecovillage.com or phone 778-288-0824.

Some interesting gardening opportunities:

  • 1. Saturday Strolls at Darts Hill Garden, on Saturday, May 16, 30, June 6, 13, 27 from 11am to 3pm. 16th Ave. at 170th St., South Surrey. Admission by donation. For more information: www.dartshill.ca.
  • 2. “A Rose Fair”, the largest annual rose show in BC, on Sat., July 4 from 11am to 5pm and Sun., July 5 from 9am to 3pm. Admission: $3.50, children free with an adult. 1000 manicured roses in the 21 yr. old Centennial Rose Garden. Location: Dogwood Pavilion, 624 Poirier St., Coquitlam.
  • 3. Erikson’s Daylily Gardens Annual Open House Event, July 11 and 12 from 10am to 4pm. Over 3000 daylily varieties, 500 hosta varieties and hundreds of other perennials and specimen trees. 24642 51 Ave., Langley. For more information: www.eriksonsdaylilygardens.com or phone: 604-856-5758.

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What glorious weather! I even saw a few bees today; hopefully they saw my blueberry plants.

Our next regular meeting is on April 14 at 7:30pm. The guest speaker is Beverly Welsh speaking on Roses. She will be bringing roses for sale. The roses are selling for $12.00 each. She is bringing mainly Kordes roses in the Vigorosa series, namely Innocentia Vigorosa (white) and Sweet Vigorosa (pink). Both are hardy to -35, are disease resistant and are ADR certified in the German Trial gardens. They are 3 ft. high and 3 ft. wide, suitable for the front of a garden bed or in a large pot on a balcony or patio. They need at least 6 hr. of sunlight /day.

Our April meeting is a Bring to Share month. Since the weather has been so mild there are many beautiful blooms in the garden. Take a look around and bring something in to share with the club. Almost anything goes with Bring to Share. So, if you have something you want some help in identifying or you have a garden question that needs answering, bring it in and someone in the club may be able to help.

The In-House Plant Sale table is looking for donations. If you have some plants potted up or a garden related item you no longer need bring it along for the sale table. I’ll be bringing some Spanish Roja garlic seedlings and also 3 kinds of kale seedlings.

As well we are gearing up for our annual NWHS Plant Sale which will be happening, rain or shine, from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, May 2 in front of 720 5th Street, on the boulevard, the same place as last year. There will be a sign-up sheet for volunteers needed for the day of the sale. The clip board will be sent around during the business part of the meeting. At the tea break the sheets will be on the side table near the fireplace. We need members to volunteer for setting up at the beginning and breaking down at the end of the sale. We, also, need sales people and talliers. Please sign up for a shift or to help for the entire day.
Also, we need plants. If you already know what you will be donating for the sale, there will be a sign-up sheet which will be passed around at the business part of the meeting and at the tea break it will be at the side table for you to indicate what you will be bringing. The reason for us knowing ahead of time what will be donated is to help us to research information about the plants and to look for photos so customers can see what a plant or flower will look like when mature.
Tags will be available at the Apr. 14 meeting. The minimum information on the tag should include the name of the plant, the colour of the flower and its height and width when fully grown. As well, include where it is best planted i.e. sun, shade, part shade.
As well, we are asking members to bring along any excess planting pots they no longer need to the April 14 meeting, so people who may need some pots for their donated plants could take what they need. The pot sizes that are most useful are those that are 4” and up to the 1 gal. black pot.
The set-up will start at 7:30am. Plants can be delivered to 720 5th Street the night before (Friday, May 1) from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and should be placed at the back of the driveway. Or, you can bring your potted plants to the sale location in the morning from 8:00am to 9:30am. All plants must have an identification tag.

The Seed Exchange is up and running. Richard Harrison has taken on the job. Thank you, Richard. He has some seed packets which will be made available at the April meeting. To kick start the seed exchange we ask any members who have purchased more seed than needed to bring them to the April meeting. Please donate seeds at the table in front of the fireplace. Richard will add them to the “seeds available for pick-up” which will be set up on the free table. Please donate seeds no older than 3 years. Anything older should not be donated as their germination viability is very poor. A list of the available seeds in our Seed Bank will posted at the free table.

Gillian Escalante has volunteered to set-up our new website.Thank you, Gillian. The Executive Committee wishes to thank Karen Low for being our webmaster for these many years. When it is up and running we will be asking for your feedback.

Trudy Findlay has set-up a private guided tour of Dart’s Hill Garden for Sunday, April 19 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. The entrance fee cost is $5.00. There will be a sign-up sheet for those who are interested in attending. You should indicate on the sign-up sheet if you can offer a ride or if you need a ride .

Also, a tool sharpening workshop will be offered to members on June 28 at Audrey’s house (117 7th Ave.). There is a limit of 15 participants. If more than 15 members are interested in attending, it is possible that Hank Suijs can offer a second workshop on the same day. Each participants can bring one tool to sharpen. More details will be available at our April or May meetings. There is a participant charge of $5.00 for this workshop.

For those interested in floral arts, The Western Association of Floral Art Clubs (www.wafac.weebly.com) was formed in 2014. There is a member group in New Westminster. They meet on the second Monday of each month from 10am to 1pm. Check out the website www.facebook.com/bcfloralartsociety.
There is,also, a Vancouver Ikebana society that meets in Burnaby, quarterly. Their website is www.vancouver-ikebana.ca.

Some interesting things to do or see:

  1. The New Westminster Queen’s Park Green House is offering workshops on creating hanging baskets. The workshops are being offered on Apr. 27, May 2, May 7 and May 16. The cost for a 14’ basket is $64.00 and for an 18” basket is $74.00. to register or for more information call 604-777-5111 or visit the website www.newwestcity.ca
  2. The Vancouver Dahlia Society is holding its annual tuber sale on Apr. 11 in the Van Dusen Botanical Garden Floral Hall (37th and Oak St. Vancouver). Information at: www.vancouverdahliasociety.com.
  3. Annual Plant Sale at Van Dusen Botanical Garden, April 26, 10am to 4pm. 40,000 plants will be on sale. Admission free for this day only.. Contact information: www.vandusengarden.org.
  4. 4.Exploring nature: Tree, an exhibition of work by Ximeng Guo, opens at the Arts Council Gallery at the Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park on March 31 and continues to April 26. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. See: www.artscouncilnewwest.org.
  5. Open Garden and Rhododendron Sale, Sunday, April 26 from 10am to 4pm at Fearing’s Farm Rhododendrons, 5376 Ross Road, Abbotsford. This is a private garden, rarely open to the public. There are over 1500 Rhododendrons, 1100 of which are species, distributed in an informal way around a patch of woodland. See: www.fearing.ca. The nursery will be open for sales.

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The fine weather continues. I've been potting up plants for the May 2 NWHS Annual Plant Sale. Also, I have planted up at least 5 different varieties of garlic. By our Mar. 10 meeting they will be 6 week old seedlings, ready to go into the ground for a harvest at the beginning of August. They will be on sale at our In-House Plant Sale.

Our next meeting is on March 10 at 7:30pm. The guest speaker will be Barry Belec who will be speaking on Garden Design.

Thank you to the members who paid their annual membership dues ($15) at the February meeting. Ellen is taking fees again this month. Please have the exact change or a cheque made out to NWHS. If you are unable to attend, you can mail a cheque to:
New Westminster Horticultural Society
Box 392, 104 - 1015 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC, V3M 6V3

The From Our Gardens Plant Sale table continues. I encourage members to donate to the table. Our goal again this year is to raise $600.

We are preparing for our annual plant sale which will be held on May 2, 2015. It will be located on the boulevard in front of 720 5th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Help us reach our funraising goal -- We will need plant donations, volunteers to help with the set-up and breakdown,and to staff the tables throughout the day. I have started some tomato seeds for the sale and I encourage any other gardeners who grow their own seedlings to plant a few for the club sale. Blank plant tags will be available at the Mar. 10 meeting.

Audrey will continue to take orders for the Florissa Spring Bulb Club Fundraiser. View the flyer online (copies also available at the meeting). You do not need to be a club member to order these bulbs. Our club retains 50% of the proceeds of the sale.

The popular Plant a Row, Grow a Row Gardeners' Party will be held on Thur., March 12, from 6pm to 9pm at St. Thomas More Collegiate, located on the corner of 12th Ave. and Kingsway in Burnaby. It's a fun time. There are speakers, prizes and goodies.

A reminder ot those registered for the BC Council of Garden Clubs AGM, the meeting is on Mar. 14 from 8:30am to 3pm. at the Firefighters' Banquet and Conference Centre, 6515 Bonsor St., Burnaby.

A couple of events that may be of interest:

  • In celebration of the 2015 UN International year of Soils: Sustainability, Climate Change and Society, there is a FREE event at the UBC Botanical Garden on Thur., Mar. 5 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Register at http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/learn. Advanced registration is required. There are 5 speakers. Refreshments will be served.
  • Gardenworks at Mandeville Gardens is offering a Chafer Beetle and Lawn Care Seminar on Sat. and Sun., Mar. 7 and 8 at 1:00pm.

- Julia

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Happy New Year and Happy Chinese New Year to all and welcome back to the New Westminster garden club after a fairly long break. The weather was so mild in January I was lured out into my garden on five occasions; I can’t remember when I started gardening so early.

Our first meeting of the year is on Feb. 10 at 7:30pm. Our guest speaker will be Grant Watson who will be speaking on Organic Edible Landscaping. Annual membership fees are also due. We are keeping the fee at $15.00. Ellen Berg will be accepting money at her table. Please have either the exact amount or a cheque made out to NWHS for the $15.00.

Please remember that are club is trying to go Green. Please bring your own mug and deposit any recyclable waste in the bucket provided. If you bring your own mug and buy a ticket in our monthly draw you will receive a free ticket.

The NWHS Executive Committee will be presenting its Draft 2015 Budget for approval by the membership.

The In-House From Our Gardens Plant Sale Table will be available at the Feb. meeting. This sale will be held each meeting except for the Oct. Silent Auction and the Dec. Xmas Party. We are asking members to contribute any plants and garden related items such as unwanted tools, ornaments, books, etc. The In-House Plant Sale is a major contributor to the club’s fundraising plan. So, when you are out in the garden breaking up your perennials pot up some excess for the club. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

Our annual public Plant Sale will be held on the first Saturday of May ( May 2 this year). This is our major fundraising event of the year. We will be needing and selling plants of every variety. Also, if you are a gardener who starts vegetables and other plants from seed, please think about seeding a few extra for sale at the May 2 Plant Sale. Let us know ahead of time if you will be needing extra pots. We will provide plant tags at our regular meetings in March and April.

Audrey has requested that the photo and container contest participants please pick up their entries at her table in front of the fireplace.

The BC Council of Garden Clubs Spring meeting will be held on Mar. 14 from 8:30am to 3:00pm at the Firefighters’ Banquet and Conference Centre, 6515 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby. The early bird registration fee is $35.00 ( the NWHS subsidizes this fee by $5.00, so the cost to you will be $30.00). Audrey will be accepting the registration fee at her table in front of the fireplace. Please pay with the exact amount or a cheque made out to NWHS. Separate cheques will be necessary if you paying your membership fee and the BC Council meeting fee at the Feb. meeting. The registration fee includes a buffet lunch and coffee breaks with muffins and cookies. There will be two guests speakers - Tom Baumann and Lynne White. Free parking is available at the Metrotown Parkade closest to the upstairs entrance to the Firefighters’ Hall. If you are planning to attend, the NWHS deadline for registration is Feb. 20.

Bert Garbuio has organized a bus to go to the Seattle Flower and Garden Show on Feb. 11. The chartered bus will leave at 7:00am and return from Seattle at 4:00pm. There will be a stop at a buffet restaurant. The cost for the bus and the entry fee to the show is $95.00. For more information call Bert at 604-299-6876.

There are two Seedy Saturdays I want to alert you to -
1. Seedy Saturday at Van Dusen Garden, 5251 Oak St. at 37th Ave., Vancouver on Feb. 28 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. There is a large organic, heirloom seeds sale and other related garden items on sale, as well as interesting speakers.
2. Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo at the Harris Barn at Kirkland House, 4140 Arthur Drive, Ladner on Feb. 21 and 22 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Brian Minter and Thomas Hobbs will be speaking on Saturday. Admission is by donation.

Newsletter Archive 2014

Official December Newsletter

I apologize for sending this club emailer out at this late date. I just got back from a lovely trip to Northern Italy, just in time for our club’s annual holiday party and Christmas dinner which will be happening tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec.. 9. The doors will open at 6:00pm and the turkey buffet dinner will start at 6:30pm. There are still 6 unsold tickets for tomorrow night’s event, so if you have been thinking that you might want to attend there’s still time to get one of these tickets, contact Ellen Berg (604-525-27–7827). The price is still the same as last year: $20 for members and $25 for guests.
Also, I just want to remind those members attending the dinner that the famous draw for member-made holiday wreathes, table centre pieces, swags and other treats will be raffled off during the evening.
We will also place some empty hampers at the door for any Food Bank donations. This is the time of the year when the food bank relies on the public to give generously.

There is no club meeting in January. Our first meeting in 2015 will take place on Tuesday, February 10 at 7:30pm. Membership fees will be due at the February meeting. We will continue to charge $15.00 for an annual membership.

On behalf of your 2014/15 NWHS Executive Committee we are wishing you and your families a very happy holiday season. We extend best wishes for a fruitful and productive new year bringing us many moments of happy gardening.

Our next meeting is on Nov. 11/14 at 7:30pm. We will hold our annual general meeting at 7:30pm. There are two items of business. The membership will be asked to vote on a By-Law change (printed in the newsletter). The vote to alter our by-laws requires a two-thirds majority vote to pass. The second item of business is the election of the 2015 Executive Committee members. The President and Vice-President each have one year remaining in their term. All the other positions on the Executive Committee are up for election. The current Executive members prepared to stand for another one year term are as follows:
Treasurer: Ellen Berg
Secretary: Mary Barnard
Show Chair: Lea McDonald
Members-at-Large: Deirdre Antonelli
Trudy Findlay
Monica Mowat
There are two Member-at-Large positions that are seeking nominees. If any member is interested in putting his/her name forward for any of the positions up for election please let the Vice-President, Lorna Cloutier know (email address: lorna_cloutier@telus.net or by phoning 604-524-1942).
After the end of the AGM the regular monthly meeting will commence. The guest speaker is Emma Holmes speaking on Soil. There will be an In-House Plant Sale table, so we are accepting gardening related donations.

The November meeting is when members decide which charity will receive our Xmas donation. One-half of the proceeds of the Xmas decor draw will be donated to a charity voted upon by the members attending the meeting. Last year we donated $400 to St. Barnabas Church to help fund their outreach program. So, think of a charity, preferably a local charity, you would like to see be the recipient of our donation.

Xmas dinner tickets will be on sale before the meeting and during the tea break. I believe there are approximately 30 tickets left. The price is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Just a reminder no outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. Everyone attending the dinner receives two tickets which can be claimed for glasses of wine.

The Xmas crafts workshops will be in full swing during November and the early part of December. There is a sign-up sheet at the meeting. Audrey will provide details relating to the sign-up. If you have any Xmas decorations you no longer want please donate them to the club so they can be used in making the wreaths and table decorations. Audrey is accepting donations at her back porch until 8:00pm. Please place your donations under the covered part of the back porch. We are not accepting anything scented or anything with glitter. Closer to December Audrey is accepting fresh cut greenery.

Silina Nakatsu’s Fun With Chocolate class is being offered on Nov. 21 from 6pm to 8pm. The cost is $33.00 for members and $38.00 for non-members. There is a sign-up sheet and Audrey is collecting money for the course.

The club t-shirts will be available for pick-up at the upcoming meeting.

Upcoming Events:

Late Chrysanthemum Show, Saturday, Nov. 8 from noon to 4pm and Sunday, Nov.9 from 10am to 4pm
Location: Gardenworks at Mandeville Garden, 7746 SE Marine Drive, Burnaby

It’s About Thyme Nursery (itsaboutthyme@telus.net) has received a gorgeous shipment of feature Conifers, Hamamelis and Hollies. You might want to check out their website.

Official October Newsletter

Fall has arrived, but the warm weather continues. I’ve just prepared my vegetable garden for planting my garlic crop. I’m hoping I have to cut the grass one last time before putting the lawnmower to bed until spring.

Our next meeting is our annual Silent Auction night Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7:30pm. There is no guest speaker, no free table, no in-house plant sale, no raffle, no library and no new memberships will be sold. It is a members only night of fun and bargain hunting. Refreshments will be set up in the kitchen area. Please be careful not to spill. A recycling container will be set up in the kitchen. The items you purchase can be paid by cash (exact change preferred) or by cheque made out to NWHS.

This is a reminder that the Nov. 11 regular meeting is also the Annual General Meeting date. We will be voting on a by-law change (exact wording listed in the Oct. Newsletter). As well, this is the meeting when the club elects the 2015 Executive Committee. The President and Vice-President are elected for two years and still have another year left in their mandate. All other positions are for one year and will be open for election at the Nov. 11 AGM.

Audrey is still accepting donations for the silent auction. These donations can be left under the covered part of the back porch. The last day donations will be accepted is Sunday, Oct. 12 up until 8:00pm. Silent Auction volunteers are still needed. If you can help with transferring items to the lodge, setting-up tables, highlighting winning bids, tallying bids and doing the final teardown and clean-up please contact Audrey (604-526-8284).

Audrey is also accepting Xmas decorations you no longer want or need. These can be left on the back porch up until 8:00pm any day. The Xmas workshop schedule will be announced as soon as Audrey has a moment to make one up. Please no donations with sparkles or scented.

Xmas dinner tickets will go on sale at the upcoming meeting. Tickets will be sold before the meeting and for 15 minutes after the business portion of the meeting. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for guests. Please pay with either the exact amount or with a cheque made out to NWHS. The dinner is for 120 people. Tickets will also be sold at the November regular meeting or until all the tickets are sold. The Xmas dinner menu will be posted at the Oct. 14 meeting.

Silina Nakatsu will be offering one of her wonderful cooking classes on Friday, Nov. 21 from 6-8pm. The topic will be Fun With Chocolate. The class fee is $33.00 for members and $38.00 for non-members. The fee includes a chocolate comb scraper, a triangular metal spatula and other chocolate making supplies and ingredients. More information will be provided at the Oct. 14 meeting.

For those members who are planning to enter the NWHS Photo Contest this is a reminder that the photos are to be submitted at the Oct. 14 meeting. Audrey will be available to take your entries at the beginning of the meeting.

Audrey is taking orders for our Florissa Fall Bulb. fundraising sale The emphasis is on the spring bulb selections, but also available is a selection of Christmas season bulbs. The deadline for placing orders is at the upcoming meeting. Your filled order will be ready for pickup by Oct. 18. Again payment can be made by cash (exact amount preferred) or by cheque made out to NWHS.

The new club t-shirt order has been placed. Information as to delivery will be announced at the Oct. 14 meeting.

Turtle Island is offering online courses in organic gardening and horticulture. The courses offered include “Growing Your Own Food Naturally”, “Propagation” and “Pruning and Training”. The cost is $50 per course. For more information contact edu@turtleislands.ca or call
1-250-927-3511.

Some upcoming events:
1. Saturday, Oct. 18 from 11am to 3pm Dart’s Hill Open House, 16th Ave. and 170th St., South Surrey. www.dartshill.ca

2.Late Chrysanthemum Show, Saturday, Nov. 8, noon to 4pm and Sunday, Nov. 9, 10am to 4pm, at Gardenworks Mandeville Garden, 7746 SE Marine Drive, Burnaby - Admission Free.

Official September Newsletter

The rain storm we had on Tuesday was certainly a relief for the garden. I was getting pretty weary of the near constant watering.
And, of course, the warm, sunny days are a welcome return.

Our next meeting is on Sept. 9 at 7:30pm. Marilyn Holt will be speaking on Fertilizers - What and When? This is our Bring to Share meeting. Please let us make a good showing. Look at your gardens and choose something to bring in to share with the rest of the club. Also, don’t forget to enter the Edible/Ornamental Photo contest. Show us how you integrated edible plants into your ornamental garden. There is a $10 prize for the best entry.

We will continue to have our From Our Garden Plant Sale Table. Donations are very welcome. Just a reminder: if your plant(s) contribution doesn’t sell, we would appreciate it if you could take it home with you at the end of the evening, especially if it is a big plant. Leftovers are often having to be taken home by myself for composting. We will have 2 and 3 lb. bags of wild bird seed for sale at a very reasonable price.

The October 14 regular meeting will be our annual Silent Auction night. This is your chance to clean out the basement or attic and donate to the running of our club.There is a need for volunteers to make donations of items they no longer use or want. Please nothing with fragrance. The donations can be left at Audrey’s back door before 8:00pm up until Oct. 12, the Sunday before our regular meeting. If you would like to donate a large item, it would be best to take a photo of the item for display at the meeting as there is limited space to display such large items. Please leave your name with your donations. There is also a need for volunteers on the day of our meeting to help transport items and to set up tables. There will be a sign-up sheet asking for volunteers. Just a reminder there is no raffle, plant sale or library table at this meeting. Of course there will be books for sale.

There will be a bulb sale fundraiser again this fall. Audrey will have the catalog offerings available at the meeting.

Silina Nakatsu is offering a pastry class on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 1pm to 4pm. Signup at the Sept. regular meeting. The cost is $32 for members and $37 for non-members. Silina will give more details at the Sept. meeting.

Audrey is also accepting Xmas craft items. These can also be left at Audrey’s back door before 8:00pm. Again, nothing with fragrance and nothing with glitter.

Audrey still has a left-over green garden chair from our picnic in July. Someone brought 2 chairs and took only 1 back. If you are missing your lawn chair, see Audrey.

We have orders for 27 t-shirts. The supplier would like to have 35 to place an order. If you haven’t ordered your t-shirt, you will have one more chance at the Sept. meeting. The cost is $20 and $22 for the XXL size. There is a sign-up sheet at the front table.

There is a proposed club outing to the Ferncliff Dahlia Nursery near Mission. There are two proposed dates, Sept. 13 and Sept. 20. There will be a sign-up sheet and more details at the Sept. meeting. Dahlia tubers can be ordered at the time of the visit and will be ready for delivery next year in time for planting. I went on this outing last year and found the dahlia display garden spectacular.

This is a reminder to members who would like to attend the BC Council of Garden Clubs Oct. 18 meeting, you can sign up at our Sept. meeting (see Ellen). The meeting is at the Firefighters’Meeting and Conference Centre on Bonsor Ave., Burnaby from 8:30pm to 3:00pm. Des Kennedy is the guest speaker. A buffet lunch is provided with the cost of your ticket. The cost for NWHS members is $35 (NWHS provides a subsidy of $5.00, making the cost to you $30). The cost to non-NWHS members is $35 (no subsidy). The ticket price rises after Oct. 1 to $40. This event will likely sell out so buy your ticket early.

Our annual general meeting is held on Nov.11 this year, just before the regular meeting. The AGM is the time we elect our executive committee for 2015. Also, this is the time we vote on any by-law changes to our constitution. We will be voting on one by-law change printed as follows: (The change to the By-law is in bold.)

By-Law Change :Part 13 Expenses

48(Current Wording) Any member incurring an expense while engaged in the authorized affairs of the society shall be reimbursed upon presentation of receipts.

48(Proposed Wording) Any member incurring an expense while engaged in the authorized affairs of the society shall be reimbursed upon presentation of receipts. Expenses should be submitted as soon as possible after incurring the expense and within the claendar year.

Several events worth noting, also listed in the Sept. Newsletter:

1. Dart’s Hill Saturday Strolls throughout Sept., 11am to 3pm. For more information: www.dartshill.ca

2. Treefest, Saturday, Sept. 13, 11am to 4pm, Riverview Hospital Grounds, 2601 Lougheed Hwy at Colony Farm Rd.
Free. For more information: www.coquitlam.ca/treefest

3.Anvil Centre Grand Opening, Sept.14, noon to 6pm. Ribbon cutting at 1:30pm. 777 Columbia St.

4. New Westminster Seniors’ Festival and IMBY Fair, Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10am to 3pm, at the new Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St.
Free underground parking.

I think that’s it. Looking forward to seeing everybody at our meeting.

Official August Newsletter

Loving this weather! I’m surprised we haven’t had further water restrictions by now.

Our next regular meeting is on Tuesday, August 12 at 7:30pm. The guest speaker is Barry Roberts who will be speaking on Hydrangeas.

We want to thank Audrey Barnes for arranging a wonderful garden tour this year. Also, thank you to all those members who offered up their gardens for us to visit on the tour. Those members who came to Audrey and Steves’ garden for our annual picnic had a wonderful time. Thank you Audrey and Steve for making us welcome again this year.

It’s not too early for setting aside items for the Silent Auction held at our October meeting. Audrey is accepting items which can be left on her back porch (117 7th Ave.) before 8:00pm any day. If you have a large item to donate, please take a picture of the item rather than bringing the actual item to the silent auction.

So far we have orders for 26 t-shirts. We need a commitment for 35 before we can place the order. The cost is $22.00 and $25.00 for the XXL size. The sample t-shirts will be at the next meeting along with a sign-up sheet. If you would like one of these t-shirts and you will not be at our August meeting, please phone Trudy at 604-522-2665.

We are still looking for volunteers to staff the From Our Gardens Plant Sale table There will be a sign-up sheet at the plant sale table. Currently the same members have been staffing this table. One or two additional volunteers would be most helpful.
It you have any plants or other items you would like to donate for the plant sale table, please bring them in.

We will be sending around a clip board asking for any suggestions for speakers or speaking topics. We are in the midst of compiling the 2015 speaker’s list. As well the Executive Committee is looking for a volunteer who will work with Ellen Berg in lining up speakers for the 2015 list. Please speak to myself or Ellen Berg if you would be interested in volunteering for this task.

The Executive Committee passed a motion for a mid-year membership fee adjustment. A $10.00 fee will be charged to new members at the Sept. meeting.

The BC Council of Garden Clubs is holding it next meeting on Oct. 18. Des Kennedy will be the guest speaker. The Early Bird (by Oct. 1) charge is $35.00; after Oct. 1 the charge rises to $40.00. The NWHS subsidizes your cost by $5.00, so you can pay Ellen $30.00 before Oct.1 or $35.00 after Oct. 1. Please see Ellen at her table if you are interested in attending. The meeting will be held at the Firefighters Hall on Bonsor Ave. at Metrotown. An excellent buffet lunch is included in the price of your admission.

Just a reminder that PARGAR is in full swing. If you have excess fruit or vegetables, you can donate these items between 8:30am and 9:15 am at the 12th Ave. entrance to St. Thomas More Collegiate.

Please remember to bring your own mug to the meeting. Also, we will be providing a receptacle to deposit your napkin and any other edible leftovers. Bit by bit we are trying to go green.

The New Westminster Cultural Crawl is on Aug. 9 and 10 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Century House in Moody Park is hosting “Arts in Action” on both of these days. You will be able to engage with 30 Century House artists displaying their work.

I was given a recipe for an organic weed killer. 1 gallon white vinegar, 1 cup table salt and 1 tbsp. dish soap. Spraying this concoction on those pesky weeds between paving stones seems to do the trick.

Looking forward to seeing everybody on Aug. 12.

Official July Newsletter

Wishing all our members a very wonderful Canada Day. There are many celebrations happening here in New Westminster and throughout the Greater Vancouver area. I hope you take some time to enjoy the day.

Our next regular meeting is on July 8 at 7:30pm. The NWHS Annual In-Club Show is featured. Check your garden and bring in your best.
The guest speakers are Edith Scherk and Lorna Herchenson. They will be speaking on Begonias.

The In-House Plant Sale will be on. If you have plants that you will not be using in your own garden, please bring them in for the sale table.

The T-shirt sign-up sheet will be at the front table. We need to sell a minimum of 35 t-shirts in order to fill the order. Currently we have 21 members who have indicated they want our new t-shirt. If you haven’t ordered a t-shirt at the last club meeting, you have an opportunity to order on July 8. The cost is $22.00, a bit more for the XXL size.

The Executive Committee continues to encourage recycling. Currently we are asking members to bring their own mugs to each meeting as we are no longer purchasing styrofoam cups. We are, also, going to put in place a method to recycle our green waste.

Audrey has lined up 6 or 7 gardens for our Annual NWHS Garden Tour. They are fairly close together, so there won’t be a lot of driving. Details will be available at the July 8 meeting. Following the garden tour is our wonderful club potluck picnic. It will be held at Audrey and Steves’ house. There will be a sign-up sheet at the July meeting so you can indicate what you will be bringing to contribute to the potluck. The club will provide wine, a non-alcoholic punch, coffee and tea. We ask everyone who comes to bring their own cutlery and plate. We are providing mugs and jam jars for drinks. As there is a limited number of chairs, those of you who have a convenient folding chair please bring it along.

This is a reminder that PARGAR is in full swing, so if you have some spare produce to donate, your offerings are being accepted at St. Thomas More Collegiate entrance on 12th Ave. on each Sunday from 8:30am to 9:15am.

Here are a few interesting events you might be interested in checking out.

1. The Plants Only Garden Centre in Abbotsford is opening its Bradner area nursery to the public. For more information go to www.plantsonly.biz or phone the office at 604-625-8448.

2. The 13th Annual Open House at Erikson’s Daylily Gardens at 24642 - 51 Ave., Langley (Phone- 604-856-5758) is open on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This nursery offers not only daylilies, but also, hostas, ferns, and other perennials.

3. The 11th Annual New Westminster Cultural Crawl is being held on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. For more information go to www.nwculturalcrawl.com.

Official June Newsletter

So much to do, so little time. This beautiful weather is a boon for the garden. Where to find the time to weed, cut the grass, plant the annuals, get the vegetables in, etc. I’m not complaining; I love being out there.

Time to take a break and come to the June meeting and celebrate the 80th anniversary of our wonderful garden club. There will be special treats and a trip back in time in the history of our horticultural society. The meeting is on June 10 at 7:30pm. Our guest speaker is Kevin Hudkins who will be speaking on Thoughts on Composition in Photography. Kevin is the judge for our photo contests. Bring your questions on how to get that perfect picture.

Audrey has two gardens lined up for our annual garden tour happening on Saturday, July 12. She is looking for at least four more gardens preferably in New Westminster to complete the tour. So, is there anyone out there who would be willing to volunteer their garden for the tour or do you know of a garden that should be considered for the tour,please let Audrey know.

Following the garden tour the club’s annual potluck picnic will take place in the Barnes’ back garden. There will be a sign-up sheet at the head table asking members to list the food offering they will be bringing. The club provides assorted beverages, the members provide the food.

Don’t forget the Edible/Ornamental Challenge. The club is urging members to interplant vegetables within their ornamental gardens. Take a photo of your effort and bring a print to display in a special section of the September Bring to Share.

The Beginners’ Dim Sum cooking class was a great success. Thank you, Silina, for planning and putting on this wonderful cooking class as a fundraiser for the club.

The Executive Committee feels it is time for a new t-shirt offering to club members. At the June meeting there will be a sample of the t-shirt we have chosen. There will be a sign-up sheet for those members who are interested in buying one of these t-shirts. The cost is $.22, a bit more for the XXL sizes.

The In-house From Our Gardens Plant Sale table continues. If you have any left over seedlings or plants from your garden that you will not be using please consider bringing them in for the in-house plant sale. Members have been very generous in bringing in plants. Other unwanted or unneeded garden related items can also be donated to the sale.

There are several community garden tours I would like to bring to your attention:

1. The Heritage Vancouver Garden Tour is being held on June 21 & 22 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. It is a self-guided tour of Vancouver gardens. Tickets are $35 online at www.heritagevancouver.org.

2. The Country Garden Tour on June 22 from 9am to 4pm is a fundraiser for the Sunshine Foundation “Dream for Kids” put on by the Maple Ridge Garden Club. Contact Gayle (604-467-2956) or Margaret (604-467-1885) for more information. Ticket cost: $20.

3. The Point Roberts Garden Tour, July 20. This is a self-guided tour of 7 private gardens in Point Roberts. For more information go to www.pointrobertsgardenclub.org.

Official May Newsletter

I’m sending this emailer out a bit early as I want to remind you of our garden club’s annual plant sale. Again this year we are on the boulevard in front of 720 5th St. which is between 7th Ave. and 8th Ave. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather holds and we have little or no rain. We are setting up between 8am and 9:30 am. The sale starts at 10:00am. Come out and visit and see what we have for sale.

Our next regular meeting is on May 9 at 7:30pm. Our guest speaker will be Senga Lindsay whose topic will be, Growing the Edible Landscape.

For those of you who have not renewed your club membership, this emailer may be your last. Your membership fee came due at our April meeting. If you still intend to be a member you can pay the annual membership fee of $15 at the May meeting or you can mail in your cheque to our postal address: NWHS, Box 392, #104 - 1015 Columbia St., New Westminster, V3M 6V3. Or, if you come to the plant sale tomorrow, Ellen Berg will take a cheque for $15.00.

We are hoping to sell all our plants tomorrow, but if some are left over we will be bringing them to sell at our in-house “From our Gardens Plant Sale on May 9.

This is a reminder that the day trip to Rose’s Rhododendron Garden is happening next Saturday, May 10. Members will meet at the garden, 13895 Harris Road in Pitt Meadows at 11:00am. As there is no eating facility nearby, pack some food and a drink. The tour is on rain or shine. Wear walking shoes, bring a hat, and don’t forget your camera. Remember your membership card, as you will get 10% off any purchases you make.

There is still some room in the Beginner’s Dim Sum cooking class offered by Silina Nakatsu. The class is scheduled on Friday, May 23 from 6pm to 8pm. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Bring an apron, rolling pin and containers to take home what you make.
You can register upon payment at the May 13 meeting.

Hope to see you at the plant sale tomorrow.

Sorry about sending out this addendum to the May NWHS Emailer. I try to only send the one email per month.

Our guest speaker for the June meeting is Senga Lindsay, speaking on Edible Landscape Design. I failed to mention that she will bring copies of her book, Edible Landscaping, to sell. The cost is $22.00.

There are two garden related sales I wanted to mention:

1. Tracey Loslo of i-Dig Gardening will be selling 20 litre bags of super nutrient rich organic veggie soil for $6.50/bag as a fundraiser for Animal Aware, an NGO which rescues malnourished dogs and cats. Her sale is in the back alley at 323 Queens Ave. on May 10, during the Queens Park Garage Sale.

2. Plant, Harvest, Eat is holding a 2 day plant sale Sat. and Sun. May 10 and 11 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at 415 Garrett Street in Sapperton, located between the Royal Columbian Hospital and the Skytrain Station.

Official April Newsletter

Finally a string of warm, sunny days to get out into our gardens and begin to start on the many tasks that lie ahead. Today I’m planting the beautiful Oriental Lilies I bought a couple of weeks ago. I, also, hope to get around to dig under my vegetable garden and plant the onion sets and maybe even the first planting of peas. The excitement mounts!

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30pm. Tom Baumann will be speaking on Growing Raspberries. Many members will remember the last time Tom came to speak to us on the topic of Growing Blueberries.

Our April meeting is a “Bring to Share” meeting. Showing off our plants, trying to find the answer to a gardening question you may have or sharing a gardening tip, all of these entries are included in the Bring to Share. The categories are: Garden Glory, Photos, Great Tips and Other. Those members who enter will have a chance of winning one of 3 draw prizes of $5.00 each.

Our April meeting will be your last chance to order from the Florissa Spring Campaign. Audrey will have the order forms at her table.

The From Our Garden in-house plant sale continues. I want to thank all members who have been contributing to this fundraiser and, also, thank all the members who have made purchases. Last month the club raised $120.00. If you have anything to contribute for this coming meeting, all contributions will be welcomed.

Our Side of the Road Plant Sale is happening on May 3, on the boulevard in front of 720 5th St., between 7th Ave. and 8th Ave. We need plants. I’ll be sending around a couple of clip boards asking members to indicate which plants they are planning to donate. Ideally we would like to have the names of the plants that will be available for sale as Audrey will look for the photos of your offerings when they are in bloom. A picture always helps to sell the plant. If you have grown any seedlings that you plan to donate please indicate that on the clip board sheet as well. There will be tags available at the Apr.8 meeting. The basic information needed on the tag is the name of the plant (Latin name not essential), the colour of the flower if applicable, the height of the plant, and the growing condition needed (sun, pt. shade, shade, etc.). We are assuming most members have pots hanging around, but if you need some pots, please email me before the next meeting and I’ll try to round up what you need and bring them to Apr.8 meeting. When potting up your plants please try to finish the task 2 weeks before the May 3 plant sale. The plants will need this 2 week period to establish their roots. The potted up plants can be dropped off the day before the sale, between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, on the driveway beside 720 5th St. or you can bring your plants the day of the sale between 8:00am and 9:30am. The sale starts at 10:00am and ends at 3:00pm. The Fundraising Committee will be looking for some volunteers to make this club fundraiser a success. Our goal is to raise $1000.

Just a reminder Rose’s Rhododendron Garden Tour is on May 10. There is a sign-up sheet available at our next meeting. Details as to time will be announced at the meeting.

The Seed Exchange is in full swing. Heather Best is looking after this area. If you have collected seed or have purchased seeds that you don’t want, please bring them to the meeting, so Heather can include them in the seed exchange. The collection box will be at the Bring to Share table.

The Beginner’s Sushi Class was held last Sat. I attended and want to say it was a great success. Those who attended had a fun time, learned to make, under Silina Nakatsu excellent guidance, a number of different sushi, including the very beautiful flower sushi. We got to bring home all that we made. I want to thank Silina for generously offering this course. Silina will be holding a second course, Beginner’s Dim Sum. The cost for this course is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. The class size has a maximum limit of 15., with a minimum number of 8 for the course to run. An “Are You Interested?" sign-up sheet will be available at the Bring to Share table.

Finally, a few gardening announcements:
1. Treekeepers is a project offering $10 fruit trees (apple, pear, fig) for more information contact www.treekeepers.ca.
2. New Westminster Parks Hanging Baskets workshops are being held on Apr. 28, May 3, 8 and 17. Contact Queen’s Park Arena 604-777-5111 to register. Classes fill fast.
3. Maple Ridge Country Garden Tour held on June 22 from 9:00am to 4:00pm, cost $20.00. All proceeds will go to the Sunshine Foundation “Dreams For Kids”.
4. The Vancouver Rose Society’s 61st Rose Show, June 22 from 1:00pm to 4:30pm at VanDusen Garden Floral Hall, 37th and Oak, Vancouver. Free.
5. Open Garden and Rhododendron Sale, Sunday, Apr.27th, 10:00am to 4:00pm at Fearing’s Farm Rhododendrons, 5376 Ross Rd., Abbotsford, 1100 rhodo species. Pictures on www.fearing.ca.

And, here I thought we were in for an early spring. Hopefully we have seen the last of the snow and we can get on with gardening.

Our regular NWHS meeting is on Mar. 11, starting at 7:30pm. Our guest speakers are Art Baker and Bryn Jones who will be speaking on Honey Bees in New Westminster Gardens.

Our newly established Fundraising Committee is busy planning for our On the Side of the Road Plant Sale which will be held on May 3 on the boulevard in front of 720 5th St. between 7th and 8th Avenues. I've started some tomato seeds and have decided on the perennials I'm going to break up to pot up for the sale. I'm encouraging members to do the same if possible. Our goal is to earn approximately $1000 to be used for club activities.

Our in-house From Our Gardens Plant Sale is well under way. Thank you to all who contributed in the February sale. We are accepting not only plants, but items that can be useful to gardeners. Our goal this year is to raise $500 through these in-house sales.

A reminder that the popular, Plant a Row, Grow a Row Spring Gardeners' Party is on Mar. 13, 6:00pm-9:00pm, held at St. Thomas More Collegiate. This is a fun event. There are prizes to be won and gardening information to be learned. Please bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the New Westminster Food Bank.

Audrey will be taking orders for the Florissa Spring Bulb Club Fundraiser. The colourful flyer will be available at the meeting. You do not need to be a member to order these bulbs. Our club retains 50% of the proceeds of the sale.

The NWHS will be celebrating its 80th Anniversary this year. The club will mark the occasion at our regular meeting on June 10 with special sweet treats. Highlights from our long history will also be on display. Mark your calendars and come and celebrate our proud history.

Since we had no one signing up for the proposed Outing and Workshop Committee, the Executive Committee is rethinking its approach. Two club members have stated they would be willing to organize an outing in May to a garden in Maple Ridge; there will be more information on this event at the Mar. regular meeting. The Executive Committee is hoping that a couple of other club members would step up to organize an outing in the fall. I will make the request at the Mar. meeting, so please think about whether this is something you would be willing to do for the club.

Just a reminder, membership fees are now due ($15.00). Ellen and her helpers will be accepting money or a cheque made out to the NWHS. Exact amount of money is helpful.

Happy Chinese New Year to all. Weatherwise January and now February is off to a good start. I spent part of January cleaning up my garden and yesterday putting back the leaf blanket on those plants that might be damaged by this week's cold weather. I guess winter is not over.

Our newly founded Fundraising Committee will have its first meeting this coming Wednesday. Our regular NWHS meeting on Feb. 11 will see the first in-house plant sale meeting of the year. If anyone has been out in the garden breaking up perennials, please think about donating a pot or more to this fundraising effort. We will have this in-house plant sale each meeting, except for the months of Oct., Dec. and Jan. So think of the club when you are thinning out your gardens or grow a few seedlings for us.

We will be having a public plant sale on Saturday, May 3 in the same location as last year ( 5th St. between 8th Ave. and 7th Ave.). The club has purchased 7 packages of tomato seeds and 4 packages of sunflower seeds. I will be asking for volunteers to plant these seeds and grow the plants for sale at the plant sale. So please think about whether you can take one of these packs to grow for the May 3 sale.

The Feb. 11 meeting starts at our regular time of 7:30pm. Our guest speaker will be Senga Lindsay who will speak on Edible Landscaping. Please remember to bring your mug to the meeting. As well Catherina Pan will speak briefly on the Green Your City Mentorship Program.

February is NWHS membership renewal month. We are continuing to keep our annual membership fee at $15.00. Ellen Berg is accepting payment ; please ensure you have the exact change or pay by cheque.

The Executive Committee will by presenting its 2014 Draft Budget for scrutiny and approval by the membership at our Feb. 11 meeting.

The Spring meeting of the BC Council of Garden Clubs is holding its meeting and AGM on Saturday, March 22 from 8:30am to 3:00pm at the Firefighters' Banquet and Conference Centre, 6515 Bonsar Street, Burnaby. The registration fee has been raised to $30.00 (the NWHS subsidizes each registration by $5.00, so the cost to you is $25.00). Audrey will be accepting registration fees at the Feb. meeting. This includes the entry fee and a buffet lunch. Parking is available in the Metrotown parkade. Thomas Hobbs will be speaking and the second speaker is yet to be announced. The deadline for payment is Feb. 18.

The Executive Committee approved a motion to form a small (4 to 5 member) committee which will take on the task of organizing a minimum of 2 club outings for 2014. An Executive Committee member will also sit on this committee. Please consider volunteering for this committee.

One of our members, Pauline Baldoumis, is looking for volunteer seniors or retired persons for a Vaudevillian group to sing and/or dance. This non-profit group raises money toward supporting bursaries for performing arts students at Douglas College. Please contact Pauline at 604-451-5548 or pauline_bshaw.ca for more information.

One last item: Seedy Saturday is on Feb. 23 from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the Floral Hall at the Van Dusen Gardens, 5251 Oak St., @ 37th Ave., Vancouver . There is a large organic heirloom seeds sale, other garden related items on sale, as well, there are a number of interesting speakers. As I recall the admission when last I went is either by donation or by a modest fee.

ADDENDUM

I'm sorry for this late notice. Senga Lindsay who was to speak on Edible Landscaping is unable to give her talk due to illness. Bill Bischoff has agreed on very short notice to give a talk on Growing Cyclamens. He will also have both cyclamen and fern plants for sale. We will try to schedule Senga Lindsay at a later date.

Also, there is a correction for the Seedy Saturday notice in my emailer. Seedy Saturday will be held at Van Dusen Garden on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Newsletter Archive 2005 - 2013

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA

7:30 pm Meeting begins - Club business
7:45 pm Tea/Refreshments
8:00 pm Draw
8:15 pm GUEST SPEAKER
9:30 pm Meeting ends

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EVENTS

Our other events include the spring plant sale, the parlour show, a summer garden tour and picnic, bring-and-share, silent auction and year-end dinner.

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Plant Sale TABLE

We will have an in-club Plant Sale Table with plants & garden related items every month with exception of October & December.

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Meetings

No meeting in January; Members-only Silent Auction in October, Christmas Party in December. Regular meetings with a Speaker all other months.

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