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General · 9th January 2013
Joy Bird
The seed catalogues are in the mail, and now is a great time to plan for changes to your food garden. The topic for January’s Garden Club meeting is ‘a bountiful garden’. Linda Gilkeson, an Entomologist (Phd), will present her well developed talk about growing the most food in the smallest space (with the least work). Linda teaches that, in our climate, even the smallest gardens can produce a surprising amount of food 12 months of the year. Make the most of your garden space with intensive planting plans and schedules, organic soil management and low maintenance methods that leaves you lots of time to smell the roses.

Linda is a West Coast organic gardening expert, a writer, a teacher and a consultant with many years experience in biological controls for pests. She has worked in both the private sector and for the Government Ministry. During her years with the Province, she was an environmental spokesperson to reduce and eliminate pesticide use. She retired as Executive Director of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy in 2011.

Linda has two organic gardening books published by Rodale Press. Her latest book Backyard Bounty, is a guide for organic gardening in the Pacific Northwest. Linda was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2003, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Professional Pest Management Association of BC in 2005.

Join the Garden Club on Monday January 14th at 7 pm at the Community Centre for an interesting evening of discussion on growing a twelve month garden. Please mark your calendars and find some friends and neighbours to join us at this meeting. Linda Gilkeson is our major speaker for the year and she comes highly recommended. The only time Linda had available to speak on Quadra Island was January so we booked her immediately. Our President, Joan Varley, says, "Her book, "Backyard Bounty - the Complete Guide to Year-Round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest", really is a good read. It's very practical and full of information for beginner gardeners right through to expert fruit and vegetable growers. The book is great and I expect Linda Gilkeson will be an outstanding speaker. Linda has a website if you want to find out more about her background or read some of her articles. "
The Club meets on the second Monday of each month except for holidays. Membership is $10 per year or $15 for the family. Drop-in fee is only $2 even for this exceptional speaker. There is a guest speaker at each meeting as well as a plant sale table, general gardening information for the beginner to the experienced, and of course, yummy refreshments. Join us this winter and share our dreams for gardens to come.