Meetings in 2022 will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Masonic Hall in Mill Bay unless otherwise stated: February/March/April/May/June/September/October/November/
Dates may be changed dependent on speaker availability and COVID-19 protocol at the time. Our various activities include visiting members and public gardens. For more details contact E. Jenstad, VIHS President
EVENTS IN 2022:
MAY 11 - FINNERTY GARDEN & PLAYFAIR PARK
Travel: Gather at Mill Bay shopping mall near Royal Bank
@ 9:30 Volunteer drivers needed to car pool
Itinerary: 10:15 Tour of Finnerty garden
11:30 Walk through Playfair Park and picnic lunch
Short meeting to debrief the sale and plan next
event on June 13, 2022
Please let me know if you plan to attend
Please let me know if you can provide transport
April 2, HEATHER SALE was a success. All the heathers were grabbed up by enthusiastic gardeners. Wish everyone success with their gardening in 2022 many of you incorporating heathers. Please refer to the planting guide or if you have a question e-mail us.
March 9, Masonic Hall finalized plans for the sale & Tubie test.
Feb 9 - general meeting - planning
AGM - NOV 24 11 A.M. TOOK PLACE AT THE MASONIC HALL IN MILL BAY.
MEETING WAS FOLLOWED WITH APPIES & PUNCH (REPLACING OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON) - oh SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD.
THE BIG DECISION MADE AT THE AGM WAS TO HAVE A HEATHER SALE. TENTATIVELY PLANNED FOR APRIL 2, 2022.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO ONCE AGAIN HOSTING THIS SALE FOR ALL THE HEATHER ENTHUSIASTS IN THE AREA. lISTING OF POSSIBLE HEATHERS FOR SALE WILL BE POSTED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
We had a lovely outdoor "meeting" at Dorothy & Randy's home on Aug 24 with 21 in attendance. Pot luck contributions were so very tasty and the protein (salmon & ribs) cooked up by D&R was exquisite. Not a bite left on anyone's plate. A fitting dessert - 80th birthday cake - provided by Auriol - completed the meal. Who was 80 - Earl ( you would never guess).
It was great to see everyone in person: Ken was almost dancing with his replacement knee. Cecile & Gordon happy to have their granddaughter with them.
We remembered Michael, a favorite with VIHS, who passed away this spring. Our love and sympathy go to Sherry.
We also missed Sheila who is now in a LT residence in the area. We wish her the best in her new digs.
Earl is now volunteering at HCP in the Heather garden - where else! He has submitted a couple photos which I will post in the photo section.
That's all folks and thanks to Dorothy & Randy for hosting once again. Perfect hosts with a perfect venue.
Events in 2020:
Our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING held via ZOOM went very well. Amazing when I think back to the crank telephone we used years and years ago. Almost like the party line only with the visual.
Sadly but appropriately we have delayed our Annual Heather Sale by a year to March 2022. We also postponed our annual Christmas luncheon to a Spring event when hopefully COVID-19 restrictions have eased.
We also have decided to update our banking to include e-transfers to make it easier for members to pay dues. This is ready to go You will receive an e-mail with the info required.
Thanks to Dorothy for setting up the ZOOM meeting and Earl for a well run meeting.
Past activities - 2019 - 2020:
March 11 - 12 noon (bring your lunch)
Board Mtg at 11 was followed by General Meeting at 12 at the Masonic Hall in Mill Bay - finalizing plants for Heather Sale followed by
Very interesting talk by Ann Aylward on fruit tree pruning, blights and diseases.
Christmas luncheon was a smashing affair, good food, good company. Thanks to Norma & Ken and all who attended.
Nov 13, 2019.
Great AGM with all positions happily filled. Earl Jenstad staying on as President for a further year.
Oct 12, - Public Presentation. HECTOR BUSSIERE
“Twenty of the Best Perennials, Shrubs and Small Trees that would be Good Accompaniments to Heathers”. held at the Masonic Hall. Mill Bay.
Hector is a Victoria Horticulturist and expert gardener. Rather than a digital presentation, Hector had samples of the plants discussed. A small but keen group enjoyed his interactive presentation.
Wed, Sept 11, 2019 Field Trip. Eurosa Farms. Brentwood Bay.
Members met at 10 a.m. for a guided tour - most informative
Through over thirty years of dedication and rose growing expertise of their greenhouse operation, Eurosa Farms mission is to produce high quality flowers for the local market. The facility builds on the three generations family tradition that began in the Netherlands. Their product line includes not only roses but a wide variety of other cut flowers.
It was a great day with lunch at Brentwood Bay Inn Pub. In lieu of the tour fee which was waived we purchased bunches of flowers at their roadside stand. Mine continue to look lovely.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Field Trip.
Horticulture Centre of the Pacific. We enjoyed the day under sunny skies. Picnic lunch and David Wilson gave a most informative talk on the history or the heather garden and those involved.over the years. Members then had an opportunity to tour other areas of HCP and do a little shopping - plants or items in the gift shop)
SAT, MAY 25, MILL BAY GARDEN CLUB'S COMMUNITY FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW at Cobble Hill Hall.
Turned out to be a rather rainy day but a surprizing numbers of people braved the weather shopping for plants on their list. We were under a big tree which helped initially. Lovely exhibits and silent auction was a definite attraction. Along with selling heathers had several inquiries - generally chatted with folk - all in all a good day - refuse to let the weather dampen our spirits.
Both a board meeting and general meeting were held prior to speaker presentation at the Masonic Hall in Mill Bay. Dustin Carlton: - craftsman in designing and installing garden statuary spoke to our group focusing on garden designs and manufacture of his sculptures
Annual Christmas lunch
Dec 12 saw a festive gathering for our annual Christmas luncheon. Survived Neil's trivia - thanks Neil and thanks to Norma for all the arranging. Decorations were lovely and some of us went home with candies or a pointsettia. Collected a goodly sum for the food bank $281.- Well done all.
SATURDAY, October 13 at 1:30
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Join your fellow members for a tour of
Finnerty Gardens, Playfair Park with lunch in between See details under Activities