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General · 28th August 2016
Valerie Barr
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 will discuss how the Japanese designs were simple and elegant. She will explain how past Hatley gardeners have 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. This is a long awaited talk at the Garden Club and we are very pleased to have a local talent share her knowledge on this 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 along. We would like to know about your winning entry and share our participation of this fun event as a club. Drop-ins $3. Annual membership renewal is due at the September meeting - $10 for individuals $15 for a family.