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General · 5th March 2015
Valerie Barr
Monday, March 9th, 7pm at the Community Centre, the topic for the Garden Club meeting will be cold or rain hardy species of succulents. It is exotic to have cacti, which are classified as succulents, survive our wet winters. Jamey Lauinger, our guest speaker, is the owner-operator of Valley Succulents, a specialty nursery located in the Comox Valley (2210 Anderton Road). Jamey explains that many of the winter hardy species are found at higher elevations and therefore can withstand the wet winters here. Have a look at the website Valley to see the beautiful colours of these rare and unusual plants.
Valley Succulents started as a small window sill collection of cacti and succulents and has grown into a modest operation with two greenhouses, totaling over 2200 sq. ft. Jamey’s initial business was geared towards online sale and saw success with orders from across Canada and abroad. Four years ago, Valley Succulents opened its’ nursery location, a very interesting place to visit.
Our local area of BC has a species of native Opuntia cacti. These tough little cacti are at home in BC’s dry interior and on some Gulf Islands. Mitlenatch Island, just south of Quadra, has a native flora created by the rain shadow of Vancouver Island Mountains. Opuntia grows on Mitlenatch along with several native species of succulents such as Sedum. Come out to the Garden Club and find out about the other species of succulents we can grow in our home gardens.
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? Anyone have cacti or succulents in pots which they would like to share? Bring along your extra seeds or seed catalogues. Drop ins welcome $3 at the door or buy an annual membership