Speakers 2021

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.  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.

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)
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JANUARY 27, 2021 – via Zoom
SMALL FRUITS, THE UNDER-UTILIZED EDIBLE PLANTS – with Bernie Dinter,
Bernie will be speaking on small fruits that grow on shrubs, canes and vines that produce delicious fruit from June to frost, depending on the variety. They can be part of your garden in any sunny location. An overview of their cultural requirements will be given of the major types and some lesser-known ones. Consider adding an edible dimension to your landscape.
Dinter Nursery

Bio – Bernie Dinter is the owner of Dinter Nursery located 5 km south of Duncan on Hwy. #1. It’s a full-service nursery with growing facilities that his family started in 1973. It’s grown to serve customers from all over southern Vancouver Island with its extensive selection of plant material. Bernie is a member of the ‘Cowichan Valley  Rhododendron Society’ and ‘BC Institute of  Agrologists’. In January 2014 Bernie was a finalist in the  Vancouver Island Business Excellence  Awards in the Agriculture category.
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FEBRUARY 24, 2021 – via Zoom
SOIL TIPS FOR SPRING with Leslie Cox, the Duchess of Dirt
The health and beauty of your garden begins underground. In this slide presentation, you will learn about soil composition, soil pH and what you should be doing to build a healthy soil environment for your plants.
The Duchess of Dirt (website)
Complete Organic Soil Recipe
Soil Blend Recipes
pH Preferences of Plants
Bio – Leslie & her husband John (the Duke of Compost) operate their nursery in Black Creek. Leslie expands her chores by garden writing, teaching, speaking, consulting and helping folks with designs.
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MARCH 24, 2021 – via Zoom
THE EUROPEAN FIRE ANT with Dr. Robert Higgins
The European fire ant is an invasive species that was introduced around 1900 into the Boston area. It did not spread extensively for several decades, although it was reported in Quebec back in 1915. Perhaps about 30-40 years ago it began to significantly expand its range. The European Fire Ant has found its way into British Columbia. Dr. Higgins will be discussing how to identify them, the areas where they inhabit, their characteristics and effects on the natural ecosystem.
Dr. Robert Higgins
Bio – Dr. Robert Higgins works at the Dept. of Biological Sciences at Thompson Rivers University.
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APRIL 28, 2021 – via Zoom
HOW THE MOST IMPORTANT GARDENING TOOL IS YOUR PRUNING SHEARS with Bernie Dinter
Introduction to the principles of pruning. This is an activity that is carried on year round in the garden as plants have different pruning requirements.
Dinter Nursery 
Bio – Bernie Dinter is the owner of Dinter Nursery located 5 km south of Duncan on Hwy. #1. It’s a full-service nursery with growing facilities that his family started in 1973. It’s grown to serve customers from all over southern Vancouver Island with its extensive selection of plant material. Bernie is a member of the ‘Cowichan Valley  Rhododendron Society’ and ‘BC Institute of  Agrologists’. In January 2014 Bernie was a finalist in the  Vancouver Island Business Excellence  Awards in the Agriculture category.

MAY 26, 2021  – via Zoom
to be announced

JUNE 23, 2021  – via Zoom
to be announced

JULY – Enjoy your summer garden 🙂
no meeting in July

AUGUST 25, 2021 – via Zoom
to be announced

SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 – via Zoom
 to be announced

OCTOBER 27, 2021 – via Zoom
to be announced

NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – via Zoom
Enjoy the annual Mini-Show Awards Celebration
November will be a poignant time for those of us who have enjoyed the Christmas Potluck over the years. No Pickled Pineapple this year! But we are making plans for a great virtual party, with door prizes and a lovely video. We recommend that you plan to have your dessert and favourite beverage ready to enjoy during the meeting. And don’t forget your Santa hat or Christmas sweater!
(It does not include a speaker presentation nor a mini show.)

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

Archives

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 Feb.9, 2021

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