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Note: All 2017 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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Important Results from Recent Executive Meetings

The discussions have been wide ranging, focusing on new initiatives to deal with changing demographics, create interest, and improve active participation by the members.  Some of these new initiatives we think are very exciting; a change in emphasis at meetings from guest speakers to workshops, garden tours with specific aims, and more emphasis on patio container gardening for apartment dwellers. Members have received emails with more details.

A proposal to include 1 wall calendar with every membership passed unanimously, so every member will now receive 2 HPIs and 1 wall calendar as part of their membership, with no increase in dues. Recent reductions in printing costs have made this feasible. There will still be a charge for extra calendars.

We are pleased to welcome 3 new members to our executive - Brian Steven, Doug Knight, and Brian Bydwell. They are currently acting as "Members at Large" until they decide what roles best fit their interests and/or skills. If you are a member and would like to join the Society executive, please contact John for details. More help is always welcome.

General Meeting Monday March 27

The last minute cancellation by our original speaker proved to work to our benefit. Victoria's palm guru (and our vice president) Jeff St Gelais stepped in as our speaker, with his all new and exciting presentation entitled "Palm Care". In addition there were presentation tables set up by Charlie Warburton and Rudi Pinkowski on caring for your winter damaged palms, and foolproof protection of Cordylines.
The high concentration of experts made for an outstanding interactive meeting, much appreciated by the 30 members in attendance.

Upcoming Events 2017

Annual Plant Sale Saturday May 20 9am-3pm

Located at the Phoenix Perennials site in Richmond (as in previous years), the sale will have a wide range of hard to find palms and exotic plants available at reasonable prices. Thank you to the many Society volunteers who will be assisting with the sale and/or who have donated unusual plants. If you are a Society member and wish to volunteer/donate plants but have yet to let us know, please contact Edith as soon as possible.

Carl S English Jr. Botanical Garden (Hiram Chittenden Locks) Display Sunday May 21, noon - 4 pm

Our Society has been invited to set up a display at this exotic Seattle Garden's centennial. Several members from both the US and Canada have already volunteered to run the display but more are welcome. Contact John Brimacombe if interested.

Plant order via Phoenix Perennials from Cistus Nurseries in Oregon

Cistus has an extensive catalogue of rare species, cultivars, and hardy selections of just about any plant of interest to our members. This catalogue may be perused online.  Because of complex shipping and border issues, the Society is unable to import them directly.  However Phoenix Perennials in Richmond BC can do so and their excellent web site has all the ordering information you need. To place an order from Cistus via Phoenix, please click on this link and follow the directions.  You may do so right away.  Although this link has been posted very recently we hear that some rare items are already sold out, so it is important that you do not delay by placing your request close to the deadline of June 4th.

General Meeting Monday May 29th, 7:30pm,  Cedar room VanDusen Gardens

We are pleased to report that Rob MacKay of Kichler Lighting has re-booked and now will be our May presenter, and his topic "Landscape Lighting Technology" includes an update on low voltage LED systems. Landscape lighting is an often neglected but crucial aspect of any exotic garden, since the form and foliage interest of specimens and gardens can be dramatically accentuated with proper illumination. Rob will be discussing a variety of lighting topics including accent lighting of specimens, hardscape lighting, pathway illumination, shadow lighting, and water accent lighting. The new LED technology with its reduced power requirements and simplified installation make this a whole new topic, suitable for gardens large and small. Don't miss it!

Art in the Garden Tour North and West Vancouver May 27th and 28th

This popular tour features art in a variety of North Shore gardens including that of society patriarch Larry Wick. Click on this link for tour details.

Advance Notice Dates (More details and events will be posted when available)

Garden Tours - July

Annual Barbecue - August

General Meeting - Monday September 25

Annual General Meeting - Monday November 27




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