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.
For our March Monthly Meeting, the Bowen Island Garden Club is pleased to welcome Jacquie and Tony Clayton. They will take us with them on a journey through Sikkim and West Bengal India where they traced the path of western plant hunters to find wild rhododendrons. The Claytons are long time members of the Vancouver Rhododendron Society, the American Rhododendron Society and the Rhododendron Species Foundation. They have a vast knowledge of species and hybrid rhododendrons which thrive in the Pacific Northwest.
As usual, refreshments and tasty snacks will be served. Come join us!
Photo by: Shweta Basnett
It’s almost time for our highly anticipated semi-annual Self-Drive Tour to Linnaea Nurseries! Linnaea specializes in indigenous trees, plants, ferns, shrubs and grasses, but also carries a great variety of other flora.
Linnaea is a wholesale nursery and does not sell to the general public. While we do not receive wholesale prices, we do receive a sizeable discount on all plants—–the larger the plants, the bigger the saving. It’s definitely worth it to go, even if you don’t have any particular plant purchases in mind.
A sign-up sheet will be available at the general meeting on March 18th. Please note that this is for Bowen Island Garden Club members only.
Open Garden season will begin on Sunday, April 14th, at the home of Ainslie and David Manson. Please mark this date on your calendars and look for further information in the April edition of Cuttings.
Members can attend for free. Non-members pay $3.
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:
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.
The March 2019 issue of Cuttings includes information about this month’s Meeting topic (Wild Rhodos!), details about the upcoming Spring trip to Linnaea and the first Open Garden of the season, at the home of Ainslie and David Manson. Also included is an invite to attend the Vancouver Rhododendron Society’s presentation and cocktail hour in Vancouver. Of course, we also have Su Rickett’s advice column, which reminds us we need to work “with” the weather, even when it’s crazy snow flurries!
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.
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
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.
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 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.
The Bowen Island Garden Club is an elected board. The 2019 Executive are:
- President: Janis Treleaven
- Vice President:
- Secretary: Isabel Otter
- Treasurer: Laura McGregor
- Membership: Holly Cleator
- Speaker Coordinator: Lyn van Lidth de Jeude
- Social (Meetings): Dale Harding and Sue Jance
- Open Garden Coordinator: Pam Miller and Anna-Marie Atherton
- Cuttings/Facebook Editor: Melissa Rahme
- Website: Jen Ritchie
- Technical: John Hazell
- Publicity: John Lawrence
- Tours Coordinator:
- Member at Large: Su Rickett and Sheila Webster
- Past President: Lynn McArthur
We would like to thank all those who helped to make this year’s plant sale and raffle so successful.