Monday, February 23, 2015

Christine's Recommended Sources for Climbing Plants

Here are the nurseries where you can obtain most of the climbers I spoke about in my talk at the February meeting:
Clearview Horticultural Products
Free Spirit Nursery

Brentwood Bay Nurseries
Select Roses

Posted by Christine Allen

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February Meeting, this Thursday (February 12th), 7:00 p.m.

Hello Grandview Gardeners, 

Please join us this Thursday (February 12th) at the Hall at 1739 Venables (formerly known as Astorino's).

The speaker for this month's meeting will be Christine Allen on Growing Up: Climbing Plants for Every Garden, a look at the wide variety of climbers that can grace your garden month by month throughout the year, their advantages and drawbacks, and some of the creative ways to use them. Christine is a Master Gardener and author of several books, including A Year at Killara Farm, Roses for the Pacific Northwest, and Growing Up: Climbing Plants for the Pacific Northwest. Bring your questions about climbers!

We'd also love you to bring a sample of whatever is looking particularly good in your garden right now. Please name each sample (botanical name or common name, preferably both).

And, if possible, bring your own mug for tea. (Unlike our last meeting, there will be ample CHAIRS at this one!)


Upcoming Events

Feb 28, 10:00–4:00 Seedy Saturday at VanDusen Floral Hall.  Specialty seed and plant sale. Admission by donation.
Derry Walsh, who spoke to us last year about fruit trees, will be there selling her young apple trees.
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Also Feb 28, 10:00–3:00 Soil and Manure Sale in VanDusen's parking lot, 37th and Oak.  You can pre-order for pick-up on Feb 25, 26, or 27.
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Our next GGC meeting: March 12, 7:00 p.m. Mike Nassichuk will be speaking on Growing Vegetables
Mike is a UBC graduate in Biology and a Master Gardener. He has grown vegetables for over 20 years and has given numerous presentations, seminars, and clinics on growing vegetables and on other gardening topics to garden clubs and other groups. He also teaches the “Growing Vegetables” course within the Master Gardener program. He received the VanDusen Garden "Award of Distinction" in 2001. Mike recently retired from the federal government where he was the Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Branch at Environment Canada.