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General · 4th October 2016
Valerie Barr
The Garden Club topic on Monday October 17th is Pruning Trees & Shrubs: The Where, When & Why. A timely discussion as we come into the dormant season, when we look at which plants in our landscapes need to be pruned. Gordon MacKay, teacher from the Pacific Horticulture Centre on southern Vancouver Island, will give us advice on the do’s and don’ts of pruning, and explain how-to for summer and winter fruit tree pruning.
Gordon was educated in horticulture at the Threave School of Gardening in Galloway Scotland (2 years) and then at Pershore College in England (3 years). He grew up in Glasgow and remembers going with his Dad on weekend landscaping jobs. He says, “I could sense the passion (Dad) had for working in gardens and with plants…this was certainly passed on to me!” Gordon is part of the Horticulture Therapy Team at Providence Farm, and he teaches horticulture and beekeeping at the Pacific Centre. He will bring plants for sale, from his Alba Nursery. Please bring cash or cheques for payment, if you wish to purchase any plants.
Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating with light and food. The change in the weather at the autumn equinox also changes our lifestyles; more kitchen time and yummy dishes to create with the produce from our gardens. Now is the season to winterize your water systems so don’t forget to drain and put away those hoses. For the show and tell table bring something from your garden: flowers, that larger than ever onion, or a show off squash. Annual membership is $10 or $15 per family. Drop Ins $3.