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General · 5th March 2013
Joy Bird
On Monday, March 11, 7pm at the Community Centre, the topic for the Garden Club meeting will be the genus Hydrangea. Most cultivated hydrangeas are offspring of more than 70 native species from south and east Asia - an interesting and varied group. They adapt well to our climate and add considerable colour through the summer months. The plants are to some degree deer resistant although often nibbled during the driest part of the summer.

Barry Roberts, advanced master gardener, from the South Surrey Garden Club and the Hardy Plant Group is an expert on hydrangeas. There is more to hydrangeas than the showy mopheads! Barry will take you through the extensive family of hydrangeas, the notable species and those ‘must-have’ cultivars. Cultivation, pruning and propagation techniques will be explained and handouts will be provided. Barry’s 1.5 acre garden is located in South Surrey where he is growing his collection of 59 hydrangeas. Check out his web site at

For the show-and-tell table, bring some spring flowers: crocus, hellebores, forced Japanese plums or forsythia. Can anyone pick a bouquet of daffodils for the meeting? Share your extra seeds or seed catalogues. Drop ins welcome $2 at the door or buy an annual membership.