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!

Zoom Meetings for the rest of 2020...

For the last three months we have held successful and well-attended Grandview Garden Club meetings on Zoom, but they have been by invitation only to people who had paid their 2020 dues.
Looking ahead, we expect to be meeting and listening to speakers online for the remainder of this year. In view of this, we have decided to open the meetings to our wider list of occasional visitors who are invited to join now at a reduced rate.
For $10 — half our annual membership rate — you can sign up for the remainder of this year. In return, you will receive an e-mail invitation to our next four Zoom meetings in July, September, October, and November, as well as to our December potluck Christmas event if we are able to have one by then. This will be a one-time offer because of the unusual circumstances we are facing.
Among the speakers you will be able to hear will be Christine Allen on botanical gardens of Australia; Laura Caddy from UBC Botanical Garden on alpine plants; and Casey Werfl, Vancouver Park Board horticulturalist, on winterizing your garden.
If you wish to join us on Zoom, please send us an e-mail at and we'll make arrangements.
We hope to see you online at our next meeting.
If you are already a member for 2020, you do not have to do anything. You are already on our list and will receive the invitation to all meetings this year.
Happy Gardening from your friends at the Grandview Garden Club!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Fwd: Tree Peonies


My friend Chris Donovan has about 40 tree peonies that were meant to go to the VanDusen Plant Sale until it was cancelled. She is selling them for $30 each - an incredible price if you look at what nurseries charge for these. I don't think they'll last long so contact her quickly if you're interested. Google has lots of images.

If you call her, please mention my name or Grandview Garden Club so that she knows where you got the information.

Price: $30.00 each, 1 gallon pots
Available: almost anytime
Where: at Chris Donovan's house - 865 W. 49th Ave, Vancouver. (1 block east of Oak St.)
Phone: 604-264-8746 landline
Payment: Cash or Cheque


Please call before you come and let her know which cultivar you're interested in so she can put it away for you.


Here's the list of Tree Peonies - Paeonia suffruticosa available:


Stock Avail
Ruffled double
High Noon


Posted by Christine Allen