Growing Friendships…

Dear Friends,

We continue to feel our way through the challenges this pandemic presents. Our club’s executive supports the belief that we all must do our part to slow the progress of this virus. In 2020 the spring meetings were cancelled, as well as the Spring & Summer Garden Shows. By August we resumed our general meetings.  Rather than congregating in person, we’re gathering via Zoom, where we safely meet virtually.

 We also modified the Fall Garden Show & hosted a socially-distant Fall Plant Sale.  The learning curve might be challenging but it’s rewarding to find safe ways to connect, learn and share with like-minded people.

We encourage members to participate in our Monthly General Meeting on Zoom. Each month a speaker shares with us their expertise on a variety of gardening subjects. Reviews say it’s nice not to be driving in the darkness of winter.  Folks with hearing aids have also mentioned that it’s much easier to hear speakers via this zoom format than it was in the Hall.  Hope to see you there.

A 2021 mini show schedule has been prepared but until we’re able to gather in person, we’re holding virtual mini-shows during our monthly Zoom meetings.  We’re asking you to select ONE item you’ve grown. Send a photo of it to our Zoom Host a day in advance of the meeting.  The host will ‘screen share’ the entries & then a poll. Members can vote online just like in People’s Choice. As the main focus is for fun and to show what you have grown, points will not be awarded. You’re also invited to display ONE decorative exhibit that will be a People’s Choice online vote.  (January’s decorative title is “Winter Treasures”).  The host will then later reveal the polls’ results. 

As we did last fall, we’d planned another modified Garden Show in the spring but it is not safe at this time.  Fingers are crossed for a modified Summer Show. There will be no public viewing, no tea, and no trophies. The show will be photographed and results will be presented as a slideshow at the next garden club meeting. More information to come…

A Plant Sale is in the works tentatively for May 8.

We hope that everyone will do their part by limiting social contact and observing all instructions from our public health authorities.

The best news is that being out in the garden is safe! 🙂

Wishing you all good health and hoping to see you soon,
Carole Carver,
President, View Royal Garden Club
(January 2021)

The View Royal Garden Club is a vibrant & dynamic group.

Members enjoy several benefits:

Visitors are welcome at our meetings.

There is a $5 Drop-In fee for non-members,
but we hope you enjoy the meeting and will consider becoming a member.
Individuals: $15/yr.; Families $20/yr
2020 Memberships will be automatically renewed for 2021, but as a form of pandemic relief, no fees will be charged. New 2021 cards will be sent to you via email.

Our main goal is:

.. to encourage & stimulate the love of gardening and kindred subjects by mutual assistance in the collection & distribution of all information relating to the care & culture of fruits, flowers & vegetables …”
(The club’s 1st constitution, Mar.15, 1950)

Contact us at 250-727-6159

Wheeley Hall entrance
on Lyall St at Admirals Rd

Fun Fact:

Duncan McTavish was the President of our club for many of the early years.  He was the grandson of Dr. Helmcken & great-grandson of Sir James Douglas.  Dr. Helmcken owned much of what is now View Royal.

updated Feb. 8, 2021