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Note: All 2018 general meetings in Vancouver are held in the Cedar Room at VanDusen Gardens, 37th Avenue at Oak St., starting at 7:30 pm. There is no admission and all are welcome.
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Annual Plant Sale Saturday May 19
Thank you to all the volunteers and particularly event coordinator Edith Camm. The large gravel pile in our usual location actually became a terraced "desert island" display for many of our palm specimens. Despite excellent organization and offerings sales were slower than previous years, possibly due to the diffident weather, or more likely the royal wedding. Many of the unsold plants will be available at the May 28th meeting as raffle items.
The meeting, attended by over 30 members, began with a short business section followed by the usual social break. After the break Ron Long was our guest speaker. Well known to Society members for his exquisite photos of plants in various regions of the world, his topic on this occasion was Native Flora of Southwest Australia. Ron writes: "Western Australia is an enormous and diverse area with a diverse flora to match. The ancient soils and millennia of stable climate have allowed evolution to run wild. Today many genera of plants contain hundreds of species. Orchids in their thousands of species are, perhaps, the best known of the plants but other groups that are less familiar are equally of great interest. In addition to photographs of the plants this talk contains details of pollination strategies that are well documented but nevertheless remain hard to believe." The audience was enchanted by photos that matched his description. Although orchid pollination strategies (such as those of the aptly named Donkey orchid genus Diuris) were at the fore, the strange carnivorous plants spawned by poor soils such as climbing sundews (Drosera macrantha and others) made for a fascinating and enjoyable evening.
Spring 2018 HPI
After a series of delays related to adjusting to the new pdf format, the Spring 2018 HPI was distributed to members by email on June 20th. The Fall 2018 issue should be easier! If you are a member and did not receive the email with the Spring 2018 HPI link, please contact Charlie.
Note that the pdf format page size is twice that of the printed journal, so the content in the 26 page pdf issue is actually greater than the previous 40 pages.
Summer Social Sunday August 26
Pamela Murphy will once again host our potluck social event in her exotic East Vancouver garden. Members will receive more details by email in the near future.
Targeted Summer Garden Tours
Although we hoped to have two small tours, one with a pond theme and the other a container theme, there have been unexpected issues with venues and hosting. These are still possible. Members will receive emails if/when plans can be finalized.
Advance Notice Dates (More details and events will be posted when available)
General Meeting Monday September 24
Annual General Meeting Monday November 26
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