Thursday, March 24, 2016

Vancouver Tree Week Film Screening "The Man Who Planted Trees" Monday, April 4th, 7:00 pm

FREE Vancouver Tree Week Film Screening
"The Man Who Planted Trees"
Monday, April 4th, 7:00 pm
Britannia Community Centre, Canucks Family Education Centre (CFEC), 1655 William (Above the Eastside Family Place)


Watch the beautiful 1987 Oscar-winning animated short film, “The Man Who Planted Trees,” written by Jean Giono after WWII, tells story of one shepherd's long and successful singlehanded effort to re-forest a desolate valley, presented by Vancouver Film School classical animation instructor Keith Blackmore.

Keith Blackmore, Vancouver Film School instructor & film historian will present the film and discuss how it relates to our own neighbourhood and personal initiatives. Since 1995 Keith Blackmore has been an instructor of Classical Animation, 3D Animation & VFX at the Vancouver Film School.  As a member of the SPARK CG Society and the Vancouver SIGGRAPH chapter he has been the Conference Chairman for several animation and VFX festivals in Vancouver. As an animation historian Keith has also been a guest lecturer at ECUAD, Science World, and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.

Hear arborist David Tracey, executive director of Tree City, talk about our human relationship with trees. Our primate ancestors knew trees intimately as their homes, protectors, and providers. We climbed down to evolve as humans but in many ways we never left. Trees are still found at the heart of religion, myth, science, and story.

The Grandview Garden Club is sponsoring this screening in partnership with the Grandview Woodland Food Connection! It's part of Vancouver Tree Week. Please do come; it will be a really inspiring evening. The film itself is just over 30 minutes long.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Upcoming Events (March and early April 2016)

March 26–27, 10 am–4 pm
Vancouver Orchid Society Show and Sale
Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden
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April 2, 12–4 pm.
Alpine Garden Club Spring Show and Sale
Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden
Uncommon plants and seeds at amazing prices
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April 9, 10 am–4:30 pm
Vancouver Dahlia Society Tuber Sale
Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden
Admission by donation
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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Next Meeting Thurs March 10th – Growing Plants from Seed!

Our next Grandview Garden Club meeting is Thursday, March 10th, 7:00 (in the Learning Resources Centre, under the Britannia Library).

Our special speaker this month is Grandview Garden Club member, Mark Demers, a lifelong inspired amateur gardener. He considers himself more of a "plantsman" than a landscaper, and his particular passion is the soil. He will speak on growing plants from seed ... and he intends to talk about many different kinds of seeds and plants.

Mark's intention is to involve the whole group in the discussion about growing from seed so please bring questions and ideas to the meeting.

Hope to see you there!!

Three Other Very Important Things!


If you haven't done so yet, now's the time to renew your membership! Bring your $20 and renew! If you don't renew, but want to come to a few meetings, you'll need to pay a $4 drop in each time. If you come to more than five meetings over the year, the $20 membership is well worth the cost! Don't forget, with a membership, you also get discounts at garden shops, including GardenWorks and Figaro's, and for garden-related purchases at Magnet Hardware. Plus you help us to stay solvent and to pay honoraria to our guest speakers.


If you'd like to go on a special guided tour of the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden, Janet will also have a sheet for people to sign up at the meeting and then she will let Bob and Hayne at Dr. SYS know how many are coming.

Tour of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Sunday, April 3, 10:00-11:30 a.m. — Please join Hayne Wai and Bob Wilmott who will provide us with an in-depth tour of the Dr. SYS Garden. They presented their PowerPoint on the Garden to our Grandview Garden Club last June, and we are pleased to follow up with a personal tour with them.

Regular tours at the Garden are about 45 minutes long but Hayne and Bob will spend extra time to introduce the Garden and discuss its maintenance and pruning to showcase its Ming Dynasty classical elegance. An optional dim sum lunch in Chinatown can be arranged afterwards for those who are interested.

We have been offered a special group rate of $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors (regular admission is $12 and $10) with a minimum of 10 participants. Please also have a look at the Garden website for membership fees, benefits, programs and activities.


Bring a sample of something from your garden that looks just fabulous right now (in March!).

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


At our February meeting, our entertaining and knowledgeable speaker Claude LeDoux mentioned the hanging basket workshops he will be giving in New Westminster this spring. He has now sent us the details (see below.) This looks like a great opportunity to learn from an expert at a very reasonable price, considering you walk away with a completed basket of your own.

Posted by Christine Allen