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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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General Meeting Monday September 24
The meeting began with the usual business section and announcements. Among them were reminders about submission of entries for the photo contest/calendar, and the intention to make available all former HPI's that are in pdf format to the membership upon request.
After the break, Egan Davis spoke on his recent driving trip through Armenia with its diverse topographic and biotic zones. Located east of the Black Sea at mid-latitudes, this ancient land has flora and fauna which bear witness to its proximity to hot deserts as well as alpine territory. A former Soviet SSR and now with a small isolated population, his presentation showed how a location that has been occupied for millenia can still have a large fraction as wilderness, with wild plants dominating among ruins from various more populous eras.
VanDusen Gardens Water Feature Tour Sunday October 14th
The fine weather and peak of autumn leaf colours combined with the variety of activities and venues made this tour into an exceptional event. Beginning at the VanDusen entrance pavilion, tour participants followed a meandering path past most of the Garden's water features which include lakes, ponds, streams and waterfalls, all specifically designed to enhance the garden experience. Although John B was the nominal tour guide it was participants themselves, many with personal water feature experience, who made this into a pleasant and relaxed information exchange in the warm fall sunshine.
Following the VanDusen walk tour members proceeded to John B's place, located nearby, for snacks and socializing. Finally, participants crowded into John's funky 1950's rec room, with it's big screen TV, to view informal presentations by members on their own water features. This proved to be a lively information exchange about design elements and plant selection, but the recurring theme was how to control those pesky raccoons. Some members offered solutions which were ... shocking.
Many thanks to tour coordinator John B for setting up the event and hosting the social, to Edith C for helping with snacks, and to the tour members themselves for their information and enthusiasm.
Calendar and Photo Contest Reminder - deadline extended to October 22nd
Members have received an email with more details on the submission process. Please contact Charlie if you have photos to submit and did not receive this email.
Advance Notice Dates (More details and events will be posted when available)
Annual General Meeting Monday November 26
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