Speakers 2020

Dear Friends,
With great regret, your Executive has decided to cancel the March, April, May & June general meetings in the belief that we all must do our part to slow the progress of this virus. We have also cancelled the Spring & Summer Garden Show & the Russell Nurseries trip. We continue to watch developments on the Island to decide the fate of the August meeting and Fall Show.
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
March 17, 2020… updated April 14, & June 12, 2020

JANUARY 22, 2020
Plants are fascinating. Fungi are fascinating. But for sheer entertainment value, it’s difficult to beat plants plus fungi. Fungi have been associated with plants since plants first colonized the land, and are requisite partners of almost all of our familiar Pacific Northwest plants.
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast 

bio –  Andy MacKinnon (MSc, DSc), whose graduate research was in mycology, is the co-author of six guidebooks to BC plants. Through his 30-year career with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, Andy was involved in defining and implementing ecosystem-based management in Haida Gwaii and the Great Bear Rainforest. He has co-taught rainforest ecology field courses in Bamfield (for UVic) and Haida Gwaii (for UBC). He’s an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, and a Professional Forester and Professional Biologist in BC. Andy was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Simon Fraser University in 2013.  Since 2014, he’s been a councillor in the district of Metchosin.

FEBRUARY 26, 2020
Calling all nature lovers and gardeners! Learn about BEEing a good neighbour to nature. Join Paige as she talks about how to get rid of invasive species in your yard once and for all with some easy-to-do techniques. Discuss how to support nature in our backyards with native plants.
Bio: Paige Erickson-McGee
is Stewardship Coordinator for Habitat Acquisition Trust. She grew up on Shawnigan Lake, exploring nature with her dogs and has been enthralled by the natural world from a young age. After studying geography and botany at UVic and working with HAT, Paige is now the Pollinator Steward for the Haliburton Farm Urban Biodiversity Enhancement and Restoration Project. She is co-chair of the Native Plant Study Group.

MARCH 25, 2020
CHANGING THE CLIMATE WITH THE SEEDS WE SOW – with Dan Jason of Salt Spring Island Seeds
“Seed expert Dan Jason profiles twenty-one nutritious, energizing, time-tested, earth-friendly and beautiful plants to challenge a chemical-industrial farming system reliant on fossil fuel inputs. These often-overlooked, easy-to-grow, and soil-enhancing plants are small powerhouses with huge potential to add nutrient value to home food gardens and help to create secure local food systems.” Watershed Sentinel
Bio: Dan Jason, started Salt Spring Island Seeds in 1986 (33 years ago). He’s also President of the non-profit charity The Salt Spring Sanctuary Society. Dan has authored over a dozen books on organic gardening & agriculture. Included are the recent bestseller, The Power of Pulses, and the award-winning Awesome Ancient Grains and Seeds.

APRIL 22, 2020
With club members Bonnie Bacica & Maureen Thompson
A slideshow by 2 longterm club members.

MAY 2, 2020
To Be Announced

JUNE 24, 2020
To Be Announced

JULY – Enjoy your summer garden 🙂
no meeting in July

AUGUST 26, 2020
To Be Announced

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
To Be Announced

OCTOBER 228, 2020
To Be Announced

NOVEMBER 27, 2018
Enjoy the annual Mini-Show Awards Celebration
Holiday Party, & pot-luck dinner.
(It does not include a speaker presentation nor a mini show.)

DECEMBER – Enjoy the Holiday Season  🙂
no meeting in December.


Maureen Thompson
President– 2010, 2011
Vice President and Membership– 2008, 2009
Past President– 2012
Sales Table and Garden Tour Coordinator — 2013 to present
Newsletter columnist of Ask the Experts
Maureen can also be counted on to volunteer as Show Chair, Show and Tell presenter, etc.

updated February 23, 2020

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