The Bowen Island Garden Club enjoys a 35-year tradition on the island. Our mission is to promote the love of gardening, to encourage sound horticultural practices through education, and to enhance civic beautification.

The following section provides an overview of upcoming events and club activities. For more information, we invite you to check the links provided in the menu.

Upcoming Events

Garden Club Annual General Meeting
Bowen Island Legion
Bowen Island Municipality, British Columbia

January’s monthly meeting is the AGM! There will be elections for executive positions. We are particularly in need of volunteers interested in the Vice President and Social Coordinator positions, but anyone interested in getting involved in whatever capacity can contact the nominating committee for more information: bowenislandgardenclub(at)

Included in the business meeting there will be the first ever Garden Star Award presentation, given to an outstanding volunteer within the Club.

Linda Barratt will do a recap of the speakers and workshops we enjoyed last year and you will have an opportunity to suggest topics and events for 2019.

Anna-Marie Atherton will show us a slide show entitled “A year in review - 2018 “ - activities on Bowen Island as well as off-island reminding us of the many wonderful Garden Club events of the last year.

As always tea, coffee and delicious treats will soothe the soul.

Please plan to join us at the Leigon Monday January 21, 1pm.

Early Bird Membership Renewal Deadline
Bowen Island Municipality, British Columbia

A reminder that the yearly membership fee for two family members in the same household is $20. However, as in previous years, there is an early bird special of $15 is you join or renew before the end of February. You can renew at the January of February meetings, or by mail (please include a SASE).

Garden Club News

The Bowen Island Garden Club publishes a monthly newsletter, Cuttings, which keeps members up-to-date on latest Club news and happenings. Some of the articles in this month's issue include:

The January 2019 issue of Cuttings includes a call-to-arms for new executive members and volunteers, details regarding the AGM, Su Rickett’s column describing her new year’s resolutions for her garden, and a homemade salt scrub cleanser/moisturizer recipe. There are also some important details regarding the Squamish Gardeners trip to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle February 22 – 24, 2019.

Bowen Island Garden Club is planning a variety of activities for members including Open Garden Tours (on Bowen), as well as Guest Speakers at each of our meetings. Please go to the Scheduled Events to see whats new… we will update monthly.

Past newsworthy events:

In May, 2018, the Garden Club hosted a presention on composting issues and options for Bowen Island. It was thought that the presentation would be of general interest. You can view the presentation at this site. Please note that this link will open a new window in your browser. You can advance the slides by pressing the up/down or left/right links on your keyboard.

Membership Information

The Bowen Island Garden Club accepts members throughout the year. The fee is $20.00 for a full year membership. Renewals before the end of February are eligible for the Early Bird special rate of $15.00. Persons joining from September through December are eligible for a discounted rate of $10.00, or can pay $25.00 and receive membership till the end of that year.

Membership benefits include:

  • Monthly Cuttings newsletters, delivered to your inbox. Those who do not have email will receive in regular mail.
  • Bi-monthly BC Garden Club newsletters, delivered to your inbox.
  • Guest Speakers
  • Garden tours in the Lower Mainland
  • Open garden tours on Bowen
  • Summer and Christmas parties
  • Discounts on purchases at:
    • Phoenix Perennials in Richmond
    • West Van Florist in Ambleside
    • Maple Leaf in Dundarave
    • Maple Leaf in Lynn Valley
    • Mandeville Gardens in Burnaby
    • David Hunter Garden Shops
    • GardenWorks in North Vancouver
    NOTE: ASK if discount is given before shopping; you may need to show your membership card and register.

Membership Activities

2018 Bowen Island Garden Club Board Members

The Bowen Island Garden Club is an elected board. The 2018 Executive are:

  • President: Lynn McArthur
  • Vice President: Anna-Marie Atherton
  • Secretary: Isabel Otter
  • Treasurer: David Wrinch
  • Membership: Holly Cleator
  • Speaker Coordinator: Linda Barratt
  • Open Garden Coordinator: Pam Miller and Anna-Marie Atherton
  • Cuttings/Facebook Editor: Melissa Rahme
  • Website: Jen Ritchie
  • Technical: John Hazell
  • Publicity: John Lawrence
  • Member at Large: Lyn van Lidth de Jeude
  • Past President: Sheila Webster
Tours and Open Gardens

Off-island day tours provide an enjoyable and cost effective way for members to visit unique public and private gardens as well as specialty nurseries. On occasion we host other garden clubs for a tour of selected Bowen Island gardens. Tours and Open Gardens can suggest design ideas for your existing garden, or create a visual starting point for a new garden. Open Gardens are held during the spring, summer and fall. These occasions provide an opportunity to see how horticultural enthusiasts cope with our unique conditions including deer, a lack of summer water, and poor soil to create amazingly beautiful spaces. They also provide a great way to meet and get better acquainted with other Bowen Island gardeners.


On occasion the club will organize workshops with gardening experts on a topic identified by the members or suggested by one of the speakers. These workshops provide participants with added knowledge of a topic and/or hands on experience with gardening techniques.

Social Gatherings

In addition to regular meetings, tours, and open gardens, the Bowen Island Garden Club holds a Christmas party and a summer garden party providing an opportunity to get to know fellow gardeners in an informal way. These celebratory affairs are also designed to impart a tangible expression of gratitude to our members for their support and involvement.

Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are held at The Gallery @ Artisan Square from September through May (except December). The major focus of these events is presentations by prominent guest speakers. These gardening specialists share their knowledge, experience and insights on a variety of topics. After each talk, a convivial social gathering provides an opportunity for further discussion.

Annual May Plant Sale - 2018

We would like to thank all those who helped to make this year’s plant sale and raffle so successful. RaffleDonorList (3)