2017 - 2018 PROGRAM

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Sept 21st, 2017 Margaret Cadwaldr - is the author of the bestselling book In Veronica’s Garden: The Social History of the Milner Gardens and Woodland. She has had articles published in Pacific Horticulture, GardenWise, Sitelines and many other publications. She has given talks at many locations including Dublin, Philadelphia, Toronto, Seattle, Boston, Victoria and Vancouver. Margaret currently lives in Langley with her husband Jim. Margaret’s interests include garden history and memoir.

Margaret’s presentation Wisley Walks and Inspirations incorporates her slides from a recent trip to the RHS garden with those of former UBC Botanical Garden Director Roy L. Taylor. Roy’s slides date from 1970 and 1986.

Oct 19th, 2017 John Brimacombe - is president of the Pacific Northwest Palm & Exotic Plant Society and lives in Vancouver. John will be speaking on the practical use of hardy palms & other exotics (such as hardy succulents, citrus and eucalyptus) to create Mediterranean or subtropical style gardens outdoors in BC and the Pacific Northwest (USDA 7b - 9).  John is a retired physics teacher who has been dabbling in Mediterranean style gardening for over 30 years, and president of the Pacific Northwest Palm & Exotic Plant Society for 6 years. 
Nov 16th, 2017 Doug justice - A botanical excursion to Tibet - NOTE: This presentation was recorded but will be posted in Feb 2018 at the presenter's request.  Do check back as this was an excellent presentation.
Jan 18th, 2018 AGM and members’ slides
Feb 15th, 2018 Atsuko Gibson of the Rhododendron Species Foundation will speak on Japanese rhododendrons encountered during her latest visit to Japan in May, 2017.
Mar 15th, 2018 George Woodard will speak on large leaf rhododendrons in New York. George is head gardener at the Phipps Estate on Long Island, a property of 100 acres modelled after the grand estates of England. Mr. Phipps was first interested in peonies, then magnolias, but at last found his permanent love in rhododendrons. He encouraged development of hybrids, a program greatly expanded upon by George Woodard. Under Mr. Woodard, 10,000 rhododendrons are under cultivation and the estate is the setting for a test garden being established by the New York ARS Chapter. We look forward to learning of his success in growing large leaf rhododendrons in New York.
Apr 19th, 2018 Judy Walker, author of “A Garden for Life: Mary Greig & the Royston Rhododendrons” will speak on the Royston garden, its many sources and contributors and its connection with Alleyne Cook, Clive Justice and the Stanley Park rhododendron collection. See May 17 below for a related event.
May 5th, 2018 Our annual “Show and Sale” at Park and Tilford Gardens, 333 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver, 10am till 2pm.
May 17, 2018 Guided evening visit to the Royston collection, the Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden in Stanley Park.