Wednesday, August 4, 2021

July Tree Walk

Did you go on the tree walk that replaced our regular July meeting? Would you like a neighbourhood walk to be a regular summer event? If there's enough interest, there are many more trees, as well as some interesting shrubs, that we could highlight in future years. 

I know there are some people who couldn't do the walk on Sunday, but were able to do it later in the week. For them and others who may have missed it, here's a photo of the excellent conifer identification panel that Sandy and Janet created, which was on display on Semlin Street outside Sandy's house. The text is easy to read if you enlarge the image.

Thanks to Chris Wasylishyn for sharing it with us.

Posted by Christine Allen

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Peonies to give away

I've just dug up a large red peony that is now in four pieces, all needing new homes.

If you are interested, please let me know today. I have nowhere to keep them and green bin pick-up is tomorrow


Monday, March 15, 2021


Hello Garden Club member,

At our Zoom meeting last Thursday, I mentioned these two Zoom events. They are are both offered by Master Gardener organizations, one in the Okanagan and one in Vancouver, but they are open to anyone who is interested.

The Okanagan one is free. Linda Gilkeson is an excellent and knowledgeable speaker on a variety of sustainable gardening topics, but she is particularly good on vegetable growing. She lives on Salt Spring Island, so her information is relevant to Vancouver conditions.

The Vancouver one is a fundraiser for the Vancouver Master Gardeners and costs $50 for 8 hours x 7 speakers, which is very reasonable price wise. There is a good range of speakers on a diversity of subjects.

Posted by Christine Allen

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Bird feeder danger

Warnings are going out among bird and garden groups about salmonella contamination in bird feeders. The risk is particularly great to pine siskins, which have been dying in considerable numbers, but other birds are also becoming infected. As a result wildlife  organizations are asking everyone who has backyard bird feeders to please remove them for a 14-day period. 
Here is more information about the virus:

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Membership for 2021 & Our January Zoom Meeting, Thursday, 14 January 2021, 7:00 p.m.


We've been meeting via Zoom for most of 2020, sending the meeting link to the people who had renewed their membership for 2020. 

We're going to continue meeting on Zoom in 2021 (for at least the foreseeable future). 

We invite and encourage you to join or renew your membership in the Grandview Garden Club! 

As usual, $20 gets you membership and invitations to our meetings and activities for the entire year.

e-mail us at and we'll give you easy instructions on how to quickly get your dues to our treasurer, Jill Kelly, so you don't miss a single meeting.

To encourage you to join, we already have a couple of great speakers lined up for the coming months:

In February, we will welcome back Douglas Justice, the Associate Director of UBC Botanical Garden. Douglas last spoke to us in 2017 about his plant-hunting expeditions in Vietnam. This time, his subject will be how to use shrubs as small trees in the garden.

In March, Richie Steffen, Director of the E. C. Miller Garden in Seattle, will join us through the miracle of Zoom. Richie is well-known south of the border as a knowledgeable and highly entertaining speaker. His subject is one that is dear to his heart: Ferns. If you’ve never paid much attention to these stalwarts of the shade garden, Richie will change your mind! 

We don’t usually have a January meeting, but following the enthusiasm for December's Zoom get-together and photo-sharing session, we are planning another winter celebration at 7:00 pm on January 14th to keep us all engaged and entertained through this long and challenging winter. This time, since we’re all confined to home, we’d like to go on a virtual holiday so we’re asking for your photos of gardens, or anything plant-related, that you’ve encountered on your travels in earlier years. Send two or three of your favourite images to Christine at and be prepared to add a little information about them during the showing. Please make sure your images are at least 1 MB so that they will show up sharply on the screen. Deadline for submitting photos to Christine is Monday, January 11th!!

Monday, November 23, 2020

Wreath Sale at UBC

Hello garden club member,

In upcoming events, UBC Botanical Garden is having a Christmas wreath sale starting tomorrow, November 25. If you are interested in buying one or perhaps just browsing for gifts in their shop, it's necessary to book an appointment which you can do at

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

PLANT SALE for GGC members, Saturday, June 27th

There will be a small plant sale at Janet’s for Grandview Garden Club Members, this coming Saturday, June 27th, from noon–2:00 p.m.

It's in the lane at 2061 East 3rd Ave (between 2nd and 3rd), near Lakewood. It says “2061” on the gate.

Payment — cash or cheque — is by donation and proceeds go to Grandview Garden Club.

Suggested donations depends on the size of pot: $2.00, $4.00, $7.00 (about).

Some examples of plants are:

Mukdenia rossii, Hardy Geranium psilostemon (magenta), Hardy Geranium (purply blue), Deciduous azalea (apricot flowers), Pulmonaria (Lungwort), Orange Asiatic lily, Lovage, Eryngium (Sea Holly), Pink Dianthus, Salix ‘Yezo-alpina’ (shrub), Salix ‘Melanostachys’ (shrub), Monarda (red Bee Balm), Eucomis (Pineapple Lily), Rose 'Rosa Mundi' (Pink and white flower), Stachys byzantina ‘Big Ears’(Lambs Ears), Sarcococca (Sweet Box, slow growing), Stylophorum diphyllum (yellow Celandine poppy, Woods poppy), Hebe Veronica ‘Blue Mist’, Campanula glomerata (Clustered bellflower), Tiarella (Foamflower, native plant), Ajuga reptans (Bugleweed), Helleborus argutifolius (Corsican Helebore), Podophyllum peltatum (Mayapple), Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

There’s lots of information about all of these on Google.

See you on Saturday!