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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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General Meeting Monday May 29
Rob MacKay of Kichler Lighting was again unable to attend due to flooding of his Okanagan property. However his topic "Landscape Lighting Technology" was presented by members of our own executive, since many have experience and/or expertise in the area. Once again this turned out to be a success, drawing an audience of over thirty to an excellent interactive meeting. Thank you to John Brimacombe, Charlie Warburton, and Ron Perozny for preparing a professional presentation on very short notice.
Pruning and Shaping Tour Sunday July 16th
A small but enthusiastic group assembled at John Brimacombe's garden on a perfect summer afternoon. John demonstrated how to shave the fibre from the trunk of a windmill palm and discussed various other difficult exotic prunings such as yuccas. Second stop was the stunning garden of Michael Bostock, where pruning and care of exotic fruit trees such as the hardy citrus Yuzu and Sudachi, rare fig varieties, and grapes were the topic of lively discussion. Last stop was the garden of Edith Camm, where, after viewing the garden, tour members assembled on a sunny deck overlooking the city for refreshments and a bird's eye view of Urve Kuusk and Edith pruning a Japanese maple into a suitable form.
Many thanks to tour coordinators Doug Knight and Edith Camm, and to John, Michael, Urve and Edith for providing the venues and talks.
2. Photography Tour Sunday August 13th
The smoke and heat of the previous week were washed away by overnight rains, and the clouds parted for another perfect summer afternoon. The tour group assembled first at the garden of Larry Wick, well known for its mixture of exotic plant specimens, bonsai and garden art, a photographer's dream. And indeed, tour members were quick to get snapping with the residual clouds presented varied interesting lighting. Next stop was nearby at the garden of Rudi Pinkowski, with its water features cascading downslope from his pool surrounded by exotics. Immaculately manicured, Rudi's garden proved to be another photographic bonanza with a complex interplay of light, foliage textures, and water features. Last stop was a bit of an adventure, the stunning mature exotic garden of Brian Bydwell. Located near the ocean on Indian Arm, access was by winding road with amusing blind hairpin turns. Brian's garden proved to be the highlight of the day with huge mature tree ferns, palms, gunnera, and bamboo greeting the visitor with an exotic subtropical welcome that begs it's remote North Vancouver location. After a frenzy of photo taking, participants enjoyed snacks on a sunny deck while viewing tour boats passing on their way up Indian Arm.
Many thanks to tour coordinators Brian Bydwell and John Brimacombe, and to Larry, Rudi, and Brian for providing the venues.
Upcoming Events 2017
Society Summer Social Sunday August 27th 3pm - 6pm
Formerly called the annual barbecue, this pot luck event for members and immediate family will be held in John Brimacombe's garden in Vancouver. Members wil have received an email with more details concerning this event.
Advance Notice Dates (More details and events will be posted when available)
General Meeting - Monday September 25
Annual General Meeting - Monday November 27
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