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General · 16th August 2016
Lu Schanfarber
Japanese Gardens Speaker
Quadra Island Garden Club Meeting on Monday, September 12

Barrie Agar, head gardener at Hatley Park National Historic Site at Royal Roads in Victoria, will be the guest speaker at the Garden Club meeting on Monday, September 12th, 7 pm at the Community Centre. Barrie did her horticultural training on an estate in Ireland. Before working at Royal Roads, she was a horticultural instructor at Vancouver Island University.

The gardens of Hatley Park were completed in 1913, shortly after the completion of the castle by the Dunsmuir family in 1908. At that time, Japanese gardens were very trendy, and an interesting addition to what is considered an Edwardian garden.

Barrie’s talk will focus on the classic principles of simplicity and elegance in the design of Japanese gardens. She will describe some of the ways that past Hatley gardeners introduced “little sites of interest into the garden.”

“Japanese gardens are extractions of a certain aesthetic essence from nature and are often very symbolic with many rules and taboos,” explains Barrie.

This is a long-awaited talk for the Quadra Island Garden Club and we are very pleased to have Barrie share her knowledge and experience on this enchanting style of gardening.

Join us for an evening of good friends, great information and perhaps some bragging time for your produce. Did you win a ribbon at the fall fair? Bring your entry. We would like to hear about your winning entry and share our participation of this fun event as a club.

Drop-in attendance is $3. Better yet, join for the year! Annual membership is only $10 for individuals and $15 for a family. Annual renewal membership is due at the September meeting. Everyone is welcome. See you there!