It’s never too early to think about seedlings. Kimberley Garden Club members already have plants started for their sale next June. Google Image file.

News from the Kimberley Garden Club

Submitted by Marilee Quist

Happy belated New Year,Bulletin readers! To those who are skiers, the snow on “the hill” must be awesome. I’m sure the curlers are having a great time, and the powder snow must be wonderful for the snow-shoers!

Well, a lot has certainly happened since my last article. I can’t believe where the time went! In the fall last year, I was worried that there wouldn’t be enough snow cover to protect the plant roots in my ornamental gardens. As I look out the windows now and see the big piles of snow everywhere and the evergreens festooned with garlands of snow, I guess I don’t have to worry!

Our Garden Club social in early December was a lot of fun. The member who hosted us had moved into a new house in Marysville (down from Black Bear Crescent), and it was a perfect place for a party. She has a big island in her open kitchen, and we were all able to walk around the island pick up delicious food, chatting with everyone else circling the island!

I guess the highlight of the party was when the members surprised me with an incredible ornamental shovel with Adirondack chairs and clouds cut into the metal. There is a sturdy metal spike at the top of the handle for sticking the shovel into the ground as a garden ornament (shovel side up). It seems this was a gift for my years of presidential and other service to the club. I must say, I was very surprised – I had thought it was an early Christmas gift for our hostess! I also received a lovely Thank You card signed by almost all the members (some were out of town).

Although it’s mid-January, we already have speakers lined up for our February and March meetings. I think it’s going to be an exciting year for the garden club, and after looking at all the little “plantlets” in my garden beds in the fall, and also what needs to be divided this spring, I think we will have a good selection of mostly deer-resistant plants at our plant sale in May. The nice thing about plant sale plants is that they have all been grown locally and are hardy to the area, and most of the plants, through trial and error, are deer-resistant.

We have a volunteer to run the February meeting, and we will see what happens after that.

We will be starting our meetings and programs up again the third Tuesday in February (the 18th). Our annual membership fee is $10. We meet from 7-9 pm in the Social Room (entry through the upper parking lot) at Garden View Village. We have speakers coming in to talk about various gardening happenings and techniques. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, contact Marilee at marileeq@shaw.ca or at 250-427-0527 and leave a message with your name and phone number if there is no answer.

Submitted January 19, 2020

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