We have some great speakers and interesting topics coming up!

Membership $20 / year - Guests $5 (can be applied to membership)

Speaker presentations commence at 7:30 pm so please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in for the door prize and get settled. After the presentation there will be a break for some socializing over refreshments. This is a good time to check out the show and share table, raffle prizes and learn about upcoming outings. A brief business meeting is held at approximately 9 pm.

2019 Speaker Line-up


January 15, 2019: Howard Wills Fernwood Nursery

Howard Wills Fernwood Nursery Sempervivums

Howard Wills is a life-long gardening enthusiast (plantaholic!) and the owner of Fernwood Nursery in the UK specializing in  Sempervivums (Houseleeks) and related plants. 

At Fernwood, Howard holds N.C.C.P.G. (Plant Heritage) National Collections® of Sempervivum and Jovibarba species and cultivars (Alpine Houseleeks) and previously, National Collections® of Phormium species and cultivars (New Zealand Flax) and Rosularia species. 

Howard has exhibited these plants at all the major Royal Horticultural Society Flower Shows and the exhibits have been awarded RHS Gold Medals at Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace, Gardener’s World Live, Tatton Park, Malvern and RHS Wisley Flower Shows. 

The nursery is managed in an environmentally sensitive way and Howard is also very keen on watching, recording and studying native fauna and flora. 


February 19, 2019: Gary Lewis Phoenix Perennials

Gary Lewis Hellebores

Phoenix Perennials has become famous for its annual Hellebore Hurrah! Weekend each February which offers one of the largest selections of Hellebores offered in North America. 

In this presentation you’ll learn about the botany, ecology, and distribution of hellebores as well as their history in western gardens and the complex breeding required to arrive at the stunning array of modern forms. 

Gary will tour you through the best of what’s available today and speak to new directions in breeding.

Fertilizer - What, Where and When

March 19, 2019: Marilyn Holt

Marilyn Holt - Fertilizer: What, Where and When

Marilyn Holt is a gardening enthusiast, international speaker who once owned and operated Pelargonium Nursery, exporting plants internationally.  

She was Editor of the B.C. Council of Garden Clubs "The Bulletin" for seven years.  Marilyn is currently the Garden Center Manager for the Abbotsford Buckerfield's store and is also a Horticultural Judge.  

Spring Container Design

April 16, 2019: Randal Atkinson from West Coast Gardens

Jason Vandermey Westcoast Gardens

Known as the West Coast Gardens Plant Expert Extraordinaire, Randal is the go-to person on all plant matters, whether it be designing, selecting, growing or care. 

Randal's expertise has been influenced by a life-long passion for plants. He has studied garden design and plant selection in gardens and nurseries throughout Canada, Europe and the US. He has a particular fondness for perennials, especially ornamental grasses and hosta and enjoys introducing West Coast Gardens customers to new plants for their gardens and containers. 

Even in winter, Randal knows that combining plants such as carex, ornamental grasses, heathers, pansies and heuchera with twigs, berries and light can make an exciting winter container garden.   


Grow Your Own Superfoods - Build Your Own Supersoil 

May 21, 2019:Lucretia Schanfarber

Lucretia Schanfarber Super Soil Super food

Lucretia (Lu) Schanfarber is a dedicated organic gardener and author of "How to Grow Your Own SuperFoods" and “How to Build Your Own SuperSoil".

She is a writer for "Alive magazine" and a contributing editor to the award-winning "Encyclopedia of Natural Healing." 

Her talk blends her expertise in natural healing and organic gardening to deliver an entertaining, educational and uplifting presentation.

Lu proclaims the power of plants to HEAL!  Learn what easy-to grow foods prevent. and even reverse disease.  Kale prevents age-related macular degeneration.  Blueberries prevent dementia and improve cognitive health.  Grow and use herbs such as rosemary and oregano; they provide concentrated sources of antioxidants to improve immune functions, promote healthy aging, protect visual health and prevent many forms of cancer.  Recent research also praises the power of soil's own natural probiotic bacterial for mental health.  

There are so many healthy reasons to garden!

Small Trees for Urban Gardens

June 18, 2019: Janis Matson

Janis Matson Small Trees for Urban Garden

Janis Matson brings a plethora of knowledge, education and experience along with enthusiasm and approachability to her talks and classes.

Included in her long list of certificates and degrees Janis boasts a Red Seal Journeyman in Horticulture and is currently an instructor at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, a horticulture instructor at Kwantlen and a faculty instructor with Burnaby Community Education Horticultural Residential Landscape Technician, Hardscape and Apprenticeship programs as well as the owner of Shoreline Landscape Design.

Past Speakers

Common Garden Mistakes

October 16, 2018: Amanda Jarrett

Amanda Jarrett Common Garden Mistakes
Originally from England, Amanda Jarrett is a SOUL (Society of Organic Urban Land Care) certified Organic Land Care Professional and has her Red Seal in Horticulture. Amanda is a freelance garden writer and photographer as well as an author of Ornamental Tropical Shrubs (2003). 

Amanda recently retired from her position as coordinator and instructor for the Residential Landscape Technician Diploma at Douglas College, Organic Master Gardener and the Ecological Landscape Design programs at Langara College. 

 Amanda’s Garden Consulting Company, offers advice to home gardeners and professionals. Her garden website: The Garden Website.com, https://www.thegardenwebsite.com/, features informative articles and pictures on gardening methods, lawn care, propagation, soil care and much more.