The Pender Harbour Garden Club has a mission “to promote all forms of gardening through educational sessions and practical experience in a socially supportive atmosphere.” The club is open to anyone who enjoys gardening and talking about gardening. If you are interested in joining, you do not need to be a knowledgeable gardener, you will learn from the various speakers and will enjoy hanging out with a group of fun and friendly people. To join, attend any meeting. Meetings are on the first or second Monday of March, April, May, June and sometimes July, October, November and December at the Pender Harbour School of Music or at various local gardens. An annual membership costs $15 and includes admittance to all meetings plus a Pender Harbour Garden Club membership card, which is valid for discounts on plants and seeds at all garden shops on the Sunshine Coast (and some on the Lower Mainland as well). Otherwise, you may pay $5 and drop in to a meeting. Meetings are held from 1-3pm and host a guest speaker for the first 45-60 minutes and then a social hour with coffee, tea and baked goods. Garden-themed items are raffled off at the end of each meeting with tickets costing $2 or three for $5. Come check out a meeting and have some fun with like-minded garden enthusiasts.
The Garden Club already has a schedule of speakers for the rest of 2017. April 3, Ron Knight of Caron Gardens presents “The Wild Rhododendrons of Mt. Elphinstone”, a story about how he discovered native rhodos on the Sunshine Coast. May 8, Fred Wein Sr. of Clearview Horticultural Products will talk about clematis; how to grow it, what types are available and will bring a few samples. June 12, Jennifer from Westcoast Seeds will visit and talk about working on bee conservation projects in the Lower Mainland. Oct. 2, Conway Lum will visit; he is the 2012 recipient of the “Garden Communicator of the Year Award” by BC Landscape and Nursery Association. Nov. 13, Gwen Odermat speaks on a variety of topics but specializes in speaking about the best plants for every area of a garden.
Contact the Pender Harbour Garden Club for more information on all of their events. The website is www.phgardenclub.ca. or visit the Pender Harbour Garden Club Facebook page.