Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Couple of Interesting Events

1. TreeKeepers is offering 16 different types of young fruit and ornamental trees to Vancouver residents for the modest price of $10 -15. You can see what is available and, if you wish, place an advance order for pick-up at a local community centre. Or just go there on the day and take your chances. Highly desirable offerings include Magnolia 'Leonard Messel', Cotinus (smokebush) 'Grace', and 'Honeycrisp' apple trees.

For more information, including pick-up locations and dates, go to

2. Egan Davis, who will be our April speaker, is not only a knowledgeable gardener, but also a kite-flying enthusiast. In the latter role, he is choreographing a kite dance of dozens of pink kites at Vanier Park on Sunday, April 4 to celebrate Vancouver's Cherry Blossom Festival. More information in this Vancouver Sun article.

Posted by Christine Allen

Friday, March 13, 2015

Egan Davis coming back to speak at our 1st Anniversary meeting! April 9th!

Our April meeting will be our one-year anniversary, and we'll be celebrating by welcoming back our first Garden Club speaker, Egan Davis. This time, he'll be talking to us about soils.

Please join us for the monthly meeting of our
Grandview Garden Club
(northwest corner Commercial Drive and Venables)
on Thursday, April 9th
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Britannia’s Hall at 1739 Venables

Egan Davis is a brilliant, entertaining, award-winning gardener and UBC horticulture instructor whose diverse background includes garden design, landscape construction, botanical garden operations, and greenhouse and nursery production.
Questions & Answers!

Bring samples of plants that are particularly beautiful in your garden ... or of plants you have questions or concerns about or would like to identify. Our Master Gardeners will be there to advise you!

Excellent meeting with Mike Nassichuk on Vegetables

We had a big crowd out for our March meeting last night. Mike's presentation on growing vegetables was terrific and we all came away inspired and ready to prepare our garden beds, amend our soil with compost, organic blend fertilizer, and lime, and get our seeds started.

  • March 14, 2:00–4:00 p.m.:  Cherry Tree Walk, Downtown to Stanley Park (Free)
  • March 15, 1:30–3:00 p.m.: Cherry Tree Walk, VanDusen Garden, 3750 Oak St (garden admission fees apply). 
More information on Tree Talks and Walks at 
  • April 4, 12:00–4:00 p.m.: Alpine Garden Club Show and Sale, Floral Hall at VanDusen Garden, Free admission. Great plants to see and buy.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Thursday, March 12th! GGC Meeting! Mike Nassichuk on Growing Vegetables!


Just a reminder that the Grandview Garden Club meets this Thursday, March 12th, in the hall at 1739 Venables (formerly known as Astorino's), 7:00 p.m.

The topic for this month is GROWING VEGETABLES. How timely! 

Our speaker is Mike Nassichuk, a biologist and  Master Gardener who has been growing vegetables for over twenty years and has given many presentations, seminars, and clinics about growing vegetables and on other gardening topics. 
Mike teaches the “Growing Vegetables” course in the Master Gardeners program. He received the Van Dusen Garden’s Award of Distinction in 2001.
He recently retired from the federal government, where he was the regional Director of the Environmental Protection Branch at Environment Canada.

Bring your friends … and all of your questions about starting and growing your vegetable garden.
Win the door prize! Enjoy tea and cookies! Chat with your gardening neighbours!

Membership in the Grandview Garden Club is $20 per year. You may also drop in to any individual meeting that appeals to you for a $4 drop-in fee. (If you choose to be a member, you receive discounts on gardening goods at garden shops including Figaro’s, Magnet, and Gardenworks.)

Happy gardening!