B.C. Council of Garden Clubs – Sept./Oct. Issue of ‘The Bulletin’

2013 09 10 COLOUR

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Book: Kids that Grow Their Own Food

 

Kids growing food for the family?  What a wonderful idea.  Ann Alma, best-selling author of seven books has just released a colourful book full of helpful text, photos, charts, bulletins, even some garden-related jokes.  Master gardener Brian Minter’s review starts with “I love this book…it’s fun, easy to read and entertaining. I particularly like the personal touch…it makes the reader feel connected….”

This is a book for the whole family.  For more go to http://www.annalma.ca 

Ann Alma
 
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UBC Botanical Gardens August Newsletter

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Public Drop-In Tours
A great introduction to what you can see here at UBC Botanical Garden, all visitors are welcome to join a free (with paid admission) guided tour that gives a general overview of the Garden, such as our Alpine, Native, and Physics gardens.
Tours are approximately 60 minutes, and are held at 1:00 pm every day in August.
For more information, please visit our website.
Friends of the Garden (FOGs)
Recruiting Volunteers
We are looking for individuals who love nature and would like to become a Friends of the Garden volunteer!
We are a group of dedicated individuals who support UBC Botanical Garden in many ways and enjoy:
  • Gardening
  • Talking and learning about plants
  • Propagating plants
  • Arranging flowers
  • Working in the Shop in the Garden
  • Organizing community events
We offer new volunteers a 14-week orientation program. The next session will start on September 18, 2013.
Applications are in the Shop in the Garden and online.
For more information on how to become a FOGs volunteer, please contact Susan Bridgeman by email or at 604.224.3014.
About the Garden

Established in 1916, UBC Botanical Garden curates a collection of ca. 12,000 plants, representing approximately 8,000 taxa from temperate regions around the world. The Greenheart Canopy Walkway offers an umparalleled aerial view of the west coast forest canopy ecosystem 15 metres above ground.
Spend a Saturday morning exploring and taking part in creative hands-on learning with our family program leaders. Designed for families with children aged 5-11, these fun sessions offer an opportunity to discover UBC Botanical Garden. Cost includes garden admission so that families can stay and discover the garden at their own pace after the program. Why not pack a lunch and have an adventurous Saturday with us!

Dates: Saturday, August 10 and/or 24, 2013

Time: 10:00 am to 11:45 am
Location: Meet at UBC Botanical Garden Reception Center
Cost/Session: $25 per family*, $15 per family* for garden members and UBC students. Applicable taxes and fees included.

Register online or in person at the gatehouse during regular hours.

Please note: Advance registration required. All children must be accompanied by their parent(s) for the entire session. Most activities take place outside; dress for the weather.

* Cost covers a family up to 2 adults and 4 children, and includes general garden admission.
Program Details
August 10, 2013: Animal Neighbours
How well do you know your neighbours? No, not the people next door, the wildlife kind! Come learn about our animal friends who live so close to us in forests and parks around Vancouver. Venture into the Garden and find habitats frequently used by our animal neighbours. Learn to recognize their tracks and take home some tracks you will make yourself.
August 24, 2013: Plant Explorers (Rescheduled from July)
UBC Botanical Garden is filled with fascinating plants of all shapes and colours! Become a plant explorer for the day – hunt for flowers of different types and leaves of various shapes, then create your own plant press to preserve the treasures you have found. Take home the skills and supplies you need to create your very own pressed plant collection.
All of this summer sunshine is a perfect contrast to the dreary weather we endure in winter. But in the garden, non-stop sunshine can be too much of a good thing, and barring August rain, the remedy is shade. In the Botanical Garden, the David C. Lam Asian Garden with its tall coniferous cover and maturing under-storey naturally comes to mind. This is a cool place to walk and enjoy the amazing diversity of Asian plants. Hornbeams, persimmons, mountain ash and styrax relatives vie for space in the understorey with the maples and magnolias. Even at the entrance to the garden visitors can enjoy arboreal delights, such as the recently planted, summer-flowering chitalpa (xChitalpa tashkentensis ‘Pink Dawn’) and down the boardwalk, the magnificent false pistachio (Tapiscia sinensis) and truly August-flowering Yakushima crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia fauriei).

The Carolinian Forest Garden, though less than ten years old, is beginning to show some structure and provide considerable shade, as well.  Liriodendrons, planted in the hundreds as a nurse crop, will eventually be removed when the oaks, ashes, buckeyes and other sun-lovers are large enough to themselves shelter the more shade-loving trees and shrubs. Look for the chalky-white striped stems of the moosewood (Acer pensylvanicum) and the gigantic white-backed, paddle-like leaves of  bigleaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla), two classic eastern understorey trees. Like the Asian Garden, the BC Rainforest Garden (a.k.a. the BC Native Garden) has its share of lofty conifers and understorey plantings, but here, all of the plants are native to our local region. The Rainforest Garden also has a sizeable pond, around which are benches tucked into leafy bowers. These are perfect for whiling away the time listening to birds and watching dragonflies.
Finally, the Main Lawn area and adjacent Winter Garden are both well endowed with a variety of trees, large and small. Many are strategically located close to the E.H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden, where sunshine is the needed tonic for that garden’s amazing non-stop floral diversity. Within the Alpine Garden itself are several interesting small trees, including a Mt. Wellington peppermint (Eucalyptus coccifera), Antarctic beech (Nothofagus antarctica) and canyon maple (Acer grandidentatum). Near the western end of the Main Lawn is a small grove of young oriental plane (Platanus orientalis) trees. It is said that Hippocrates, the “father” of western medicine, lectured to his students under the broad crown of an ancient oriental plane on the Greek island of Kos. Take a moment to relax under these still young trees and consider their history and the inspiration that nature brings us, and enjoy the shade.
The Garden Centre continues to offer a diverse selection of seasonal perennials, flowering shrubs, uncommon trees and native plants; many are propagated on site at UBC Botanical Garden.

We also have a great selection of pots in various shapes and sizes that fit your every need. Check out some statuary that will add a spark of interest to any garden: “Professor Toad”, birdbaths, the “Three Graces”, and even a stylish “Mother Nature” face to adorn a lovely fence or patio wall!

This summer, block out the sun in style with a colourful sunhat from our Shop in the Garden. Our wide selection also includes cute children’s hats that are reversible and have UPF 50+.

All proceeds from the Shop in the Garden and Garden Centre support the research, conservation, education, and community outreach of UBC Botanical Garden. Thank you for your support!

Summer Reading Recommendations

 
While enjoying our refreshing, cool summers, the garden literature section of the Shop can transport you to the steamy heat of many exotic places.
Scent of Scandal moves from a hillside in Northern Peru where a little slipper orchid of exquisite beauty is discovered, to Sarasota, Florida, where the orchid illegally ends up, at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. This is a real case of orchid smuggling that took place in 2003, and the book’s subject is the maniacal obsession to possess and name this orchid.
In Oaxaca Journal Oliver Sacks, in his inimitable relaxed but informative style, takes us on a tour with the New York Botanical Garden to southern Mexico in search of ferns. We learn that he has been fascinated with these primitive plants since childhood and he takes part in the tour as a member of the American Fern Society. The account is packed with interesting tidbits not only on ferns but also on the history, anthropology and cuisine of this area and on his travel companions as well.
Waking up in Eden is a journalist’s account of her move to the Hawaiian island of Kauai  to work at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, and her discovery that all is not well in this paradise. Invasive species (plants, animals and humans) are causing the rapid disappearance of native plants.
Workshops 
Fall Pruning Workshop

Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
$45 public, $35 garden members & UBC students
A blend of classroom and field discussion with hands on learning of the basics of pruning.
Sunday, October 6, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
UBC Botanical Garden Garden Pavilion
$80 public, $70 garden members & UBC students
Join Dana Cromie, UBC Botanical Garden’s Artist in Residence, for this one-day workshop and get inspiration to draw your favourite botanical subject.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
$40 public, $30 garden members & UBC students
Learn to grow your own sprouts and enjoy fresh and local vegetables all winter. Take home the skills and supplies you need to start growing your own sprouts right away.
Saturday, November 30, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
$65 public, $60 garden members & UBC students
Learn tips and techniques for making your very own natural holiday creation. Participants will leave with their own beautiful and hand-made wreath to decorate their door or to gift to a friend.

For more information and to register for our courses and lectures, please click here

 
As humans, we are drawn to the extreme – the gigantic, exciting, adorable, implausible and incredible. Though peaceful and tranquil on the surface, gardens are a place of mystery, intrigue, exploitation, and tremendous extremes. Discover how plants around the world have adapted to climb, defend themselves, attract animals for pollination, and survive extreme weather conditions.
From extreme climbers to extremely strange flowers, our new drop-in guided tour is a great way to discover the different gardens while learning about the extremely interesting plants growing at UBC Botanical Garden.
Tours are offered daily at 1:00 p.m. in August.
Join a tour for a thrilling journey through the world of extreme plants! Click here to see the latest updates on our tour schedule, or call our Gatehouse at 604.822.4208 to confirm tour availability.
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Urban Horticulture Courses this Fall at Guelph

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Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Horticulture Certificates
July 9, 2013
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Johnston Hall Room 160
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
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Sustainable, Productive, Community

 

Whether planning for your backyard or your community, minimize the ecological footprint and maximize the relevance of gardens and green spaces to promote natural biodiversity.
Register now for Fall courses starting on September 9, 2013. Register before August 9, 2013 at the early bird registration fee.

Courses
Nappa Cabbage ready for harvest
Nappa cabbage ready for harvest
Theory and Principles of Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Horticulture
Identify the potentials and constraints for urban gardens in the urban environment, including low input production, certified organic and restorative horticulture and agriculture.

 

Course Details: Visit the course description

Dates: Monday September 9 to Friday, November 29, 2013
Naturalizing and Restoring Urban Gardens
Convert degraded urban greenspace into ecologically functional areas, especially using native plant species and ecological principles. Learn the processes involved to design and plan naturalized areas, soil preparation, plant selection and maintenance.
Dates: Monday September 9 to Friday, November 29, 2013
Sustainable Urban Crop Production

Learn best management practices and techniques to grow food productively and sustainably in a variety of urban environments. Examine the growth and development of plants used for food as well as the factors that affect productivity.

Dates: Monday September 9 to Friday, November 29, 2013
Human Well-Being and the Urban Garden Environment

Survey contemporary thought and explore case studies that bring specific aspects of well-being and the landscape together. Explore a variety of gardens forms, as well as different aspects of human well-being, including physical as well as psychological health, and how both gardens and the act of gardening contribute to both.

Dates: Monday September 9 to Friday, November 29, 2013

Meet the Instructor
Photo: Belinda Gallagher
Belinda Gallagher

Belinda Gallagher is the sole owner (and sole employee) of Hooked on Horticulture Consulting, a business that encompasses the activities of speaking, writing, teaching and advising about the serious business of plants.  Formerly, Belinda was the Head of Horticulture at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington/Hamilton, one of the largest botanical gardens in North America.  In that role she was responsible for the management of 250 acres of cultivated gardens, horticultural displays and events, along with horticultural outreach and horticultural education.

 

Belinda’s interest in the world of plants spans three decades of growing rare, unusual, native and the more common perennial plants, as well as vines, grasses, shrubs, trees and fungus.

Belinda is passionate about plants, horticulture and those who choose the field for their life’s work.

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Spend quality family time at UBC Botanical Garden with our new programs

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Public Drop-In Tours
A great introduction to what you can see here at UBC Botanical Garden, all visitors are welcome to participate in a free (with paid admission) guided tour that gives a general overview of the Garden, such as our Alpine, Native, and Physics gardens.
Tours are approximately 60 minutes, and are held at 1:00 pm every day in July and August.
For more information, please visit our website.
About the Garden

Established in 1916, UBC Botanical Garden curates a collection of ca. 12,000 plants, representing approximately 8,000 taxa from temperate regions around the world. The Greenheart Canopy Walkway offers an umparalleled aerial view of the west coast forest canopy ecosystem 15 metres above ground.
A message from our friends at Wesbrook Village:
Visit us at DiscoverWesbrook.com for the latest information on everything happening in Wesbrook Village this summer including our Wesbrook Festival, Outdoor Movie, and more!
Spend a Saturday morning exploring and taking part in creative hands-on learning with our family program leaders. Designed for families with children aged 5-11, these fun sessions offer an opportunity to discover UBC Botanical Garden. Cost includes garden admission so that families can stay and discover the garden at their own pace after the program. Why not pack a lunch and have an adventurous Saturday with us!

Dates: Saturday, July 13, July 27 and/or August 10, 2013

Time: 10:00 am to 11:45 am
Location: Meet at UBC Botanical Garden Reception Center
Cost/Session: $25 per family*, $15 per family* for garden members and UBC students. Applicable taxes and fees included.

Register here or in person at the gatehouse during regular hours.

Please note: Advance registration required. All children must be accompanied by their parent(s) for the entire session. Most activities take place outside; dress for the weather.

* Cost covers a family up to 2 adults and 4 children, and includes general garden admission.
Program Details
July 13, 2013: Plant Explorers
UBC Botanical Garden is filled with fascinating plants of all shapes and colours! Become a plant explorer for the day – hunt for flowers of different types and leaves of various shapes, then create your own plant press to preserve the treasures you have found. Take home the skills and supplies you need to create your very own pressed plant collection.

July 27, 2013: Precious Water
Water is so precious, for us and for many other creatures. Dive in for an adventure as we discover aquatic organisms by carefully catching and identifying amazing pond inhabitants. We will also create a miniature wetland to test the natural filtration capacity of these habitats.

August 10, 2013: Animal Neighbours
How well do you know your neighbours? No, not the people next door, the wildlife kind! Come learn about our animal friends who live so close to us in forests and parks around Vancouver. Venture into the Garden and find habitats frequently used by our animal neighbours. Learn to recognize their tracks and take home some tracks you will make yourself.

 Apply now! Space is limited.
Upcoming Information Session
Date: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: UBC Botanical Garden
About the Horticulture Training Program
Running from September to May, the full­time Horticulture Training Program is designed to give students the skills and experience necessary for entering the field of horticulture. Completion of 1100 hours of classroom and hands-on practical instruction and supervised practical work will lead to Levels I & II Apprenticeship technical training credit.
Students will be introduced to principles and techniques of landscape construction and design, garden ecology, plant biology and plant health, the nature and role of soil in natural and constructed landscapes, aspects of ornamental and food crop management, as well as practical, hands-on landscape and garden management.
Horticulture instruction will be undertaken using the facilities of the Botanical Garden, Botanical Garden Nursery, Nitobe Memorial Garden, Totem Research Fields, and the UBC landscape at large. Instruction will include a variety of off-site fieldtrips to various horticultural organizations and operations.
For more information on the Horticulture Training Program and to register, click here.
Splash a shade of greenery in your garden to complement the summer weather with native and berry plants from our Garden Centre. Our selection is at its peak now!
Native Perennials
  • Yellow Monkey Flower (Mimulus guttatus) – spectacular bright yellow flower, for moist soils with full sun or light shade, a member of Garry Oak ecosystem
  • Western Meadow Rue (Thalictrum occidentale) – attractive blue columbine-like foliage and white to purplish flowers; this tall plant looks good at the back of perennial border, for sun or partial shade
  • Cascade Penstemon (Penstemon serrulatus) – attractive purple flower adapted to moist sites with sun or partial shade
Native Ground Covers
  • Kinnickinnick (Arctostaphylos uvi-ursi) – popular and widely adapted with creeping habit
  • Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis) – ideal for well drained sunny sites, shiny green leaves
  • Deer Fern (Blechnum spicant) and Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum) – both good for moist and shady site
  • Vanilla Leaf (Achyls triphylla) – attractive three-lobed leaf, adapted to shade
Native trees and shrubs
  • Garry Oak (Quercus garryana) – vigorous one year old seedlings, adapted to sunny, dry sites
  • Vine Maple (Acer circinatum) – small tree with good fall colour, widely adapted to moist, partially shady sites
  • Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana) – spectacular pink flower. widely adapted
Berry Plants
  • Strawberry Stolo – high quality Totem-like fruit, good choice for “June-bearer”
  • Albion Srawberry – day neutral produces fruit throughout summer into fall, good quality, good choice for pots
  • Raspberry – Tulameen – top quality for fresh eating, ripens midseason – Malahat – early ripening with good quality.
Do you love lavender? The Workshop at the Garden is harvesting lavender and other flowers from our nursery. Dried lavender, as well as lavender arrangements, bouquets, and gifts handmade by our Friends of the Garden volunteers, will be available for sale at Shop in the Garden soon. Early varieties are expected to be ready in two to three weeks, while later varieties, by the end of July.
Master Gardeners are back to help answer your gardening questions! Check the sidebar for details.

Summer Reading Recommendations

 

Mysteries with a gardening theme are a perfect read on a warm summer afternoon. Anthony Eglin is one of the best authors of this genre, and the Shop has two of his recent books: The Blue Rose and Garden of Secrets Past. The author, himself a passionate gardener, combines a wealth of horticultural detail with well-constructed plots, interesting characters (his reluctant sleuth is a retired botany professor) and the charming setting of the English countryside.

Courses
Saturday AND Sunday, July 20 & 21, 2013, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
UBC Botanical Garden Garden Pavilion
$150 public, $140 garden members & UBC students
This two-day introduction to plein air painting will give you the tools to paint your favourite spots at home or abroad.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
UBC Botanical Garden Reception Center
$40 public, $30 garden members & UBC students
This short course will help you plan your winter vegetable garden to make sure you can eat fresh carrots, leeks and broccolis all winter long.
For more information and to register for our courses and lectures, please click here.
 
As humans, we are drawn to the extreme – the gigantic, exciting, adorable, implausible and incredible. Though peaceful and tranquil on the surface, gardens are a place of mystery, intrigue, exploitation, and tremendous extremes. Discover how plants around the world have adapted to climb, defend themselves, attract animals for pollination, and survive extreme weather conditions.
From extreme climbers to extremely strange flowers, our new drop-in guided tour is a great way to discover the different gardens while learning about the extremely interesting plants growing at UBC Botanical Garden.
Tours are offered daily at 1:00 p.m. in July and August.
Join a tour for a thrilling journey through the world of extreme plants! Click here to see the latest updates on our tour schedule, or call our Gatehouse at 604.822.4208 to confirm tour availability.
July is a glorious time in the garden! Because the Botanical Garden is on the edge of Point Grey, temperatures are moderate and flowers tend to last at this time of year.
Looking around, most summer flowers belong to herbaceous plants. A few shrubs are summer flowering (hydrangea, for example), but the majority of common tree species are out in the spring. Nevertheless, there are two genera with summer flowering species that usually elicit an enthusiastic response from garden visitors. Koelreuteria paniculata (golden rain tree) is one. In spring, the new leaves emerge hot pink before turning green, but in July, it produces brilliant yellow flowers in branched clusters, well above the leafy canopy. Known as Luan in China, its flowers are used both as a yellow dye and in traditional medicine, and the tree is planted over the graves of scholars. Our largest specimen sits next to the Reception Centre adjacent to the entrance plaza. There is also a rare, narrowly upright cultivar of this species, K. paniculata ‘Fastigiata’, at the entrance to the boardwalk.
The other group is the evergreen magnolias, a genus better known for deciduous trees that flower precociously (i.e., before leaf emergence). As these evergreen plants continue to mature, their flowers are produced in greater and greater numbers. Because of the mild winter, 2013 looks like it will be our best flowering year yet. Although the flowers of the evergreen magnolias are not as huge or brightly coloured as those of the precocious species, they possess considerable charm. Many are strongly fragrant. One of the most distinctive species is Magnolia cavaleriei. It has leathery, white-backed, dark green leaves, and overwintering buds densely covered in silky hairs that are copper coloured and iridescent. When partially opened, the fragrant, creamy white flowers are about the size of a billiard ball, the tepals unevenly edged with red. Look for it on Decaisne Trail. There are more than a dozen other evergreen Magnolia species scattered throughout the David C. Lam Asian Garden as well as two North American species in the north gardens (M. grandiflora in the Contemporary Garden and M. virginiana in the Carolinian Forest Garden). Look for the dark blue numbered labels signifying the Magnolia mobile phone tour throughout the garden and enjoy the summer!
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Summer Workshops 2013, Circle, Ecological Identity, Community Gardening…

Dear Community Friend,

Here’s what’s happening this summer at The Bumblebee Circle in Chilliwack, B.C. – “An outdoor edible landscape and enchanting urban garden farm”.

Including two Circle practice workshops (with an environmental twist), and a workshop for community gardeners (How to Grow ‘Community’ in a Community Garden).  Keep reading…

And please share with your friendsJ

Circle Workshops 2013, Discovering Ecological Identity

The Power of Circle: Discovering Ecological Identity, July 24th

An introductory course to the Circle process – a meaningful communications tool and group process community-building design – useful for multi-purposes including coming to self-awareness, relationship-building, healing, celebration, team-building, conflict-resolution, and plenty more. We will learn the basics of Circle – its values, principles, practices and practical implications for today – through the exploration of ecological identity – how we identify our self in relationship to the natural world and our role within it. This class is for beginners (ages 18+), as well as those seeking to deepen their experience of Circle. Fresh, local, organic lunch provided.

When: Wednesday, July 24th 10am – 4pm.

Cost: $35 / person. Spaces available: 15 max.

Where: The Bumblebee Circle in Chilliwack, B.C.

REGISTER BY JULY 20th ONLINE: http://circleandecologicalidentity.eventbrite.ca/

 

“Circle is an exceptional tool for environmental purposes. This ancient social practice can help us to create healthy communities, empower community engagement, and address what matters most to us about the planet Earth. COME OUT & DISCOVER the power of Circle and its potential to create well-being for others and the natural world.” 

The Power of Circle II: Deepening Ecological Identity, July 31st 

For individuals with a basic understanding of the Circle process seeking to deepen one’s experience and understanding of the practice. Beyond the basics of Circle we will look at different designs as well as facilitation tips to empower effective Circle practice – while continuing to explore ecological identity – how we identify our self in relationship to the natural world and our role within it. This workshop is for adults (ages 18+). Fresh, local, organic lunch provided.

When: Wednesday, July 31st 10am – 4pm.

Cost: $35 / person.

Spaces available: 15 max.

Where: The Bumblebee Circle in Chilliwack, B.C.

REGISTER BY JULY 29th ONLINE: http://circleandecologicalidentity2.eventbrite.ca/

 

Creating Community In Community Garden WORKSHOP, AUG 2013

Growing “Community” in a Community Garden, August 7th ‘13

Building a thriving Community Garden involves putting people first. It’s more than building a foodscape, it’s about building healthy relationships with others. How might we utilize Circle, Open Space and World Café to create healthy relationships in a community garden? Come out and discover how to Grow “Community” in a garden.

This workshop is an introduction to community-building designs – World Café, Open Space & Circle – for group well-being, positive communication, and team engagement. For garden leaders looking to nurture positive relationships and a sense of community within an existing or envisioned community garden. Fresh, local, organic lunch provided.

When: Wednesday, August 7th 9:30am – 4pm.

Cost: $35 / adult. Spaces available: 15 max.

Where: The Bumblebee Circle in Chilliwack, B.C.

REGISTER BY JULY 27, ONLINE: http://growingcommunityinacommunitygarden.eventbrite.ca/

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B.C. Council of Garden Clubs – July/August Issue of ‘The Bulletin’

July/August Issue of ‘The Bulletin’

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“A Community of Gardeners” June News

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A Community of Gardeners explores the vital role of seven community gardens in Washington, D.C. and shows how these green spaces are transforming people’s lives, their communities and their environment.  The film has been airing on public television stations nationwide and is being purchased by non-profit organizations, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public libraries and individuals.  Learn how you can buy the DVD.


KCETLink to Air Documentary on June 27 and 29

KCETLink will air A Community of Gardeners on Thursday, June 27 at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 29 at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.  KCETLink’s programming is distributed via broadcast in Central and Southern California and nationally via satellite on DIRECTV and DISH.  Click here for more information.


Film to be Screened in North Carolina on July 16

As part of its “Foodways and Roadways” documentary film series, the Enterprise Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will host a free screening of A Community of Gardeners on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m.  Prior to the screening, there will be a tour of Simon’s Green Acre, a community garden at the Enterprise Center.  The screening will be followed by a discussion about “Where and How Your Garden Can Grow” with Felecia Bennett-Giles, Outreach Educator, and Julie Lanford, Wellness Director and Nutritionist, at Cancer Services, and Ellen Kirby, certified garden coach and former director of GreenBridge, the community horticulture program of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  The Enterprise Center is located at 1922 Martin Luther King Drive, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


FoodShed Planet and Horticultural Therapy Institute Feature A Community of Gardeners

foodsheddvd In her review of A Community of Gardeners, Pattie Baker of FoodShed Planet says the film “has a lovely pace that somehow replicates being in the garden.  It’s only an hour long, but it truly breathes.  It relaxes into its stories.”  You can read the entire article here.  The Horticultural Therapy Institute blog notes that the seven community gardens featured in the film “contribute to the physical, psychological and social well-being of the gardeners in obvious ways.”  Click here to read the full article about the documentary and filmmaker Cintia Cabib.


Host a Screening of A Community of Gardeners

korastephen72Numerous organizations, institutions and individuals have hosted screenings of A Community of Gardeners and have purchased the DVD for their library collection and for classroom use.  Among them are the U.S. Botanic Garden, the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, and the Canadian Institute for Food Studies.  To learn how you can purchase the DVD and host a screening, visit the Buy DVD page. Filmmaker Cintia Cabib is available to speak about the production of the film and the issues addressed in the documentary.  Contact Cintia to inquire about a speaking engagement.


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This Saturday: A Growing Affair – plant sale, demos, garden tours, and more! UBC Botanical Garden Newsletter

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In this issue
Master Gardeners
Master gardeners will be at the Shop in the Garden every Sunday afternoon, 12:00 – 4:00 between now and the end of June. Bring your gardening questions and get them answered!
While you are at the Garden, don’t forget to check out our great selection of plants and tools ailable at A Growing Affair and Shop in the Garden!
UBC Alumni Weekend 2013
May 25, 2013

Alumni Weekend 2013 is a chance for the public and UBC Alumni to explore the campus.

At UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden, we will open our doors with free general admission for registered Alumni Weekend participants.

Discover your adventurous spirit as you explore our extensive plant collections from around the globe in 60 minutes on a guided tour through the Alpine, Native and Physic Gardens.
Want to get up close to the west coast forest canopy? Ascend for a guided tour atop the Greenheart Canopy Walkway for natural wonders of this unique landscape as you navigate across tree platforms suspended high above forest floor. Greenheart Canopy Walkway is accessible at discounted rates.
Note: The Garden, parking, and UBC campus will be busy on May 25. Please plan extra time for your visit.

Click here for more information and to RSVP for UBC Alumni Weekend 2013.

Magnolia Day Tours – Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first Magnolia Day on April 6!
It was a great success with over 100 participants. Everyone enjoyed the tours, and the timing was great as magnolia trees were in full bloom.
We look forward to hosting more Magnolia Day Tours next year.
Garden in Google Street View
Two years ago, UBC Botanical Garden worked with Google Maps to come out and shoot videos as part of a pilot project. Today, we are happy to announce that the Garden is now live in Google Street View!
It’s so great to see it up! For the story on Google Street View’s visit to the Garden, check out our blog post.
Become a Member
Visit us all year long, and take advantage of discounts on our courses and lectures.
Get 10% off at the Shop in the Garden and Plant Centre when you present your membership card. You can buy or renew your membership in person, or online on our website. Thank you for your support.
Not sure if your membership has expired? Give us a call at 604.822.4208.
About the Garden

Established in 1916, UBC Botanical Garden curates a collection of ca. 12,000 plants, representing approximately 8,000 taxa from temperate regions around the world. The Greenheart Canopy Walkway offers an umparalleled aerial view of the west coast forest canopy ecosystem 15 metres above ground.
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Admission
6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC
Spring is here and so is UBC Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale! A Growing Affair, the evolution of the Garden’s popular and long-running annual Perennial Plant Sale, as the name suggests, includes more than just plants for sale. Designed to inform and empower plant lovers of all ages and to engage the local community with a deeper appreciation for all things growing, the event combines useful information and demonstrations for both new and experienced gardeners with an unparalleled selection of plants available for purchase. There are even garden tours and activities for children to inspire the next generation of gardeners.
What sets this plant sale apart is the quality of both the plants and information offered. Featuring a wide selection of plants propagated by the Friends of UBC Botanical Garden and carefully selected commercial growers, shoppers can be comfortable, knowing that all of the plants for sale are well suited to our wet, coastal climate. And if you aren’t sure what to grow or how to grow it, the UBC Botanical Garden Hortline staff and Master Gardeners will be on-hand to answer your plant questions and help you make selections that will thrive in your unique environment.
Plants available will include garden favourites as well as rare and unusual plants. The event will also feature plants from the Garden’s “From our Garden to your Garden” program.
The Shop in the Garden will also be well stocked with garden accessories, tools, supplies, soil, the widest selection of gardening books in the city and… more plants!
Don’t miss this mainstay Vancouver gardening event, there is a reason it’s been a must for local gardeners for over 20 years.
For those curious to learn more before buying, gardening experts will be on hand to answer your questions. Still need some extra help after the sale? Ask questions online on the UBC Botanical Garden Forums, and receive answers from the same volunteers who propagate and care for the plants!
Visit our website for more information and a list of plants available for purchase at A Growing Affair.
We are looking forward to seeing you at A Growing Affair on Saturday, May 11. The Shop in the Garden has been busy bringing in new stock and potting up all sorts of wonderful plants! Even if you cannot make it to the event, stop by anytime for a great selection of garden favourites, rare and unusual plants, including many plants in the From our Garden to your Garden program.

The Shop also carries a wide variety of garden accessories and gifts. Check out our assortments of planters, vases, and garden decorations such as statuary and garden fairies.

Don’t forget to accessorize yourself! Find that perfect made-in-Vancouver gardening or summer hat at our Shop in various styles: Wide-brimmed and adjustable, cotton and/or linen, packable for travel, and washable.

And just in time for the great weather are colourful garden tools and toys for kids and to inspire the next generation of gardeners. You will also find at the Shop bird calls, bug magnifiers and bug-eye kaleidoscopes that will surely bring hours of outdoor fun for everyone.

Master Gardeners are back to help answer your gardening questions! Check the sidebar for details.
In Search of the Blue Poppy
Ever since the famous plant explorer Frank Kingdon Ward caught his first glimpse of the Himalayan Blue Poppy (Mecanopsis betonicifolia) growing wild in the Tsang Po Gorges of Tibet in 1924, gardeners have dreamt of drifts of blue poppies in their gardens. While somewhat fussy in their growing requirements, we are fortunate that the Pacific Northwest is one of the few places in the world where they can thrive. Bill Terry, our local enthusiast, has grown many rare varieties in his Sechelt garden, and has written two books on his experiences both as a grower and as a plant explorer: Blue Heaven: Encounters with the Blue Poppy and recently, Beyond Beauty: Hunting the Wild Blue Poppy. These are available in the Shop, as well as a collection of the writings of Kingdon Ward: In the Land of the Blue Poppies: the Collected Plant-Hunting Writings of Frank Kingdon Ward.
Look for plants of the blue poppy for purchase at A Growing Affair and discover the blue poppy blooming in the David C. Lam Asian Garden.
As humans, we are drawn to the extreme – the gigantic, exciting, adorable, implausible and incredible. Though peaceful and tranquil on the surface, gardens are a place of mystery, intrigue, exploitation, and tremendous extremes. Discover how plants around the world have adapted to climb, defend themselves, attract animals for pollination, and survive extreme weather conditions.
From extreme climbers to extremely strange flowers, our new drop-in guided tour is a great way to discover the different gardens while learning about the extremely interesting plants growing at UBC Botanical Garden.
Tours will be offered on the following dates:
  • May 18 – June 30: Weekends at 1:00 p.m.
  • July and August: Details in our next newsletter
This summer, make sure to drop by UBC Botanical Garden for a thrilling journey through the world of extreme plants!
With their lavish, fragrant, brightly coloured May-borne flowers and lush foliage, peonies are familiar plants in the garden. The cultivated herbaceous types, while beautiful, are also troublingly susceptible to grey-mould (Botrytis), and are thus best grown in the open with plenty of sun and air circulation. However, not all species die down to the ground in the winter like the common herbaceous border peony. A group of East Asian species, the so-called tree peonies, produce woody stems and are better suited to woodland conditions, such as in the David C. Lam Asian Garden. The three most common species here include Delavay’s peony, the Tibetan peony and Rock’s peony.
Paeonia delavayi is a clustering shrub from the dry oak and pine forests of western China. It spreads to form colonies of stems about 1.5 m tall. The beautiful flowers are 6 to 10 cm wide, composed of four to thirteen overlapping, papery petals, in shades of bright yellow, orange or scarlet, often with a red or purple blotch at the base. Paeonia ludlowii (Tibetan peony) is a handsome, yellow flowered tree peony known only from a small area of SE Xizang (Tibet). It grows to more than 3 metres, has large compound leaves with narrow, jagged bright green leaflets and rich yellow, 8-cm-diameter flowers.
The Tibetan peony has a limited natural distribution and is threatened in habitat because plants are often dug up to harvest the root bark, which is used in folk medicine. Perhaps the most beautiful of all tree peonies is Paeonia rockii, the rarely cultivated species introduced in the 1920s from SW Gansu, China, by the Austrian-American plant hunter, Joseph Rock. Its opulent, 25- to 30-cm-diameter white to pink, semi-double blooms have a maroon blotch at the base of each petal. The flowers are borne at the tips of metre-tall stems, and as long as the weather is not particularly stormy or hot, they can last for several weeks.
The fruit of all peony species is an aggregate of short, bean-like pods, arranged like a five-pointed jester’s hat.
Courses
Friday, June 7, 2013, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
$45 public, $35 garden members & UBC students
Espalier is a pruning technique of training fruit trees into interesting shapes. Learn the basics with Brendan Fisher, our food garden horticulturist.
Espalier Course – June 14 (Only a few spots left!)
 Friday, June 14, 2013, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre
$45 public, $35 garden members & UBC students
Espalier is a pruning technique of training fruit trees into interesting shapes. Learn the basics with Brendan Fisher, our food garden horticulturist.
For more information and to register for our courses and lectures, please click here.
 
 We are now accepting applications for the Horticulture Training Program 2013-2014 at UBC Botanical Garden.
Upcoming Information Sessions
Dates: Saturday, June 15, and Saturday, July 20, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: UBC Botanical Garden
About the Horticulture Training Program
Running from September to May, the full­time Horticulture Training Program is designed to give students the skills and experience necessary for entering the field of horticulture. Completion of 1100 hours of classroom and hands-on practical instruction and supervised practical work will lead to Levels I & II Apprenticeship technical training credit.
Students will be introduced to principles and techniques of landscape construction and design, garden ecology, plant biology and plant health, the nature and role of soil in natural and constructed landscapes, aspects of ornamental and food crop management, as well as practical, hands-on landscape and garden management.
Horticulture instruction will be undertaken using the facilities of the Botanical Garden, Botanical Garden Nursery, Nitobe Memorial Garden, Totem Research Fields, and the UBC landscape at large. Instruction will include a variety of off-site fieldtrips to various horticultural organizations and operations.
For more information on the Horticulture Training Program and to register, click here.
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B.C. Council of Garden Clubs – ‘The Bulletin’ –

The May/June issue of ‘The Bulletin’ beautifully put together by Beth MacLaren, click below, right-click to download:

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