We aim to have interesting speakers on a variety of garden related topics.


We like to go on field trips to gardens both on and off the island. There is an extra cost for these trips if they are off island.


We use some of our funds, time and effort to give back to the Mayne Island Community.


Thursday November 15 – Christmas Potluck Luncheon with Guest Speaker Mark Dickerson of Garden Coach Solutions – 12:00 at Ag Hall – See below for details

Mayne Island Garden Club Events 2018

January 2018 – No meeting

February 10, 2018 (Saturday) – Participation in “Seedy Saturday” 12:30-4:00pm at Ag Hall

FYI – Linda Gilkeson Talks, Sunday March 11, 2018
Of possible interest to our MI garden club members, we would like to announce this presentation by well known organic gardener, Linda Gilkeson, who will give two talks March 11 at Kildara Farms, 11293 Chalet Road, North Saanich. The morning talk is “Common Pests & Diseases of Roses, Rhodos and other Ornamentals”, and the afternoon talk, “Back to Basics: Do you know what your plants really need?”. More information may be found on the website russellnursery.com. Note this is not a planned MI Garden Club Event.

March 15, 2018 – (Thursday) – Kristin Crouch – Crazy for Tomatoes – 1:30 pm at Ag Hall
As the days warm up, it’s time to think about summer salads and fresh garden tomatoes. Learn about new tomato varieties, potting up, care of your new plants and saving seed from master gardener Kristin Crouch. Kristen as been growing heirloom tomatoes for a seek bank for five years.

April 12, 2018 – (Thursday) – Gary Lewis of Phoenix Perennials presents “Hot New Plants” – 1:30 at Ag Hall
Phoenix Perennials is among the first nurseries in Canada to offer new cultivars developed by the best international breeders. Gary will give you the inside track on recent new cutting edge garden plants and talk about where plant breeding is heading in the future. If you love new plants, you won’t want to miss this talk. Gary will be bringing along some of these hot new plants for sale!

FYI – Vancouver Island Rock and Alpine Garden Society Spring Show 2018
Although this will not be a planned Mayne Island Garden Club tour, we can highly recommend you take in the much anticipated VIRAGS show and plant sale on April 20-21, 2018. It will be held at the Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Road, Victoria. Go to the VIRAGS.com website for complete details.

May 27, 2018 (Sunday) – Hypertufa Planter Workshop – 1-4 pm Home Hardware (adjacent to Garden Centre)

Judy Lashley of the Lynn Valley Garden Club will lead us through creating attractive pots and small planters. Hypertufa refers to a technique of mixing cement, peat moss, and perlite to create rustic, textured planters that look like natural volcanic rock. The workshop will be held at Home Hardware, who have kindly agreed to provide us space, tables and equipment for the workshop.
There will be a minimum of 6, maximum of 18 participants for this workshop. Cost for materials is $5.00 for members, $10. for non-members. For further details contact Lynda Smyth at lmsmyth@shaw.ca Registration will be required, starting May 1st.

June 9, 2018 (Saturday) – Farmer’s Market at Ag Hall – 10 am to ~1 pm Hanging Basket Fundraiser
Hope you can pop over to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday June 9th to peruse and hopefully buy one of our beautiful hanging baskets! Lovingly crafted by our own Club members, there are 14 inch and 16 inch as well as a few assorted containers of gorgeous plants that will make a splash on any deck or beside any door. Buy for yourself or as a unique gift for someone (maybe as a Father’s Day present?). The 14 inch baskets are selling for a minimum of $35 and the 16 inch for a minimum of $45.

June 21, 2018 (Thursday) – Market Garden Tours – 1:15 to 3:30 p.m., approximately
Two wonderful farm gardens to tour, and both our hosts are open to your questions on growing supreme vegetables! Meet at 1:15 p.m. at master gardener Linda Beer’s farm, 540 Fernhill (outside the barn), for a guided tour of Linda’s market garden operation. We will pause for a brief “tailgate tea break”, before heading to Hardscrabble Farm for a tour hosted by Amber Albrecht. We will allow approximately one hour per visit. If possible, we’re suggesting carpooling with friends, to keep the number of cars to a minimum. Open to members and guests … no charge.

July 12, 2018 (Thursday) – Summer Garden Club Pot Luck Luncheon – 12-3 p.m. at Ag Hall
Bring your favourite dish to share, and we will dine ‘al fresco’ on the patio of the Ag Hall. Garden Club Chair, Julie Schueck, will give an informative presentation on “What the Judges Look For” when it comes to prize veggies and flowers. Just in time to prepare for the Mayne Island Fall Fair!

August 2018 – No Meeting

September 20, 2018 (Thursday) – Field Trip to Victoria’s Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, with stop at Russell’s Nursery
Grab your sunhat for an autumn treat in Victoria that has been planned for garden club members. Car pooling, we’ll head out on the early morning ferry to Swartz Bay, and visit the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific. Did you know that HCP won the “2017 Garden Tourism Award as Canadian Garden of the Year”? There are 47 inspiring hectares of demonstration gardens and conservation park, as well as being the home of the Pacific Horticulture College. We’ll visit these lovely gardens from 9 – 11:30 a.m., have a bite of lunch at their little cafe, Charlotte & the Quail, and have a short presentation on the history of the HCP and the courses they offer. Afterwards our group will carry on to Russell Nursery on Wain Road near Swartz Bay, where we’ll have the approximately 1 1/4 hours to browse their terrific Fall Sale for some great bargains, and to have a short presentation on fall gardening from owner, Laurel Rassenti. The day wraps up with a leisurely ferry ride home to Mayne Island in time for dinner.

Because the Mayne Island Garden Club has a membership to the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, we are able to offer this one-time outing for free to our members. The only costs to you will be your share of car pooling/ferry and your lunch. The cafe offers light fare as well as more substantial lunches, along with desserts and coffee or tea, at reasonable prices. The Centre also boasts a small gift shop, a plant sale area, and a library.

October 11, 2018 – Bob and Verna Duncan – Citrus and Tropical Fruit Trees- 1:30 at Ag Hall – please note this is second Thursday this month, not the usual third Thursday
We are pleased to have Bob Duncan of Fruit Trees and More Nursery & Demonstration Orchard in North Saanich give a presentation to the Mayne Island Garden Club on Growing Citrus and Sub-tropical Fruit Trees in South Coastal B.C. Who knew?! Who knew we could grow lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, kumquats, yuzu, sudachi, avocado, pineapple guava, pomegranates and loquats on Mayne Island! He will cover the selection, planting, care, harvesting of fruit, pruning, and wintering of these exotic trees.

Bob and his wife, Verna, will bring along a small variety of trees for sale, as well as homemade marmalade.

November 15, 2018 – Garden Club Christmas Potluck Luncheon with Guest Speaker Mark Dickerson of Garden Coach Solutions – 12:00 at Ag Hall
Our wrap up for the year will be the traditional scrumptious Christmas potluck to be held at noon at the Ag Hall. Please bring along a sweet or a savoury dish to share, as well as a plate and cutlery so we can keep the dishwashing drudgery to a minimum.

Our special guest will be Mark Dickerson of Garden Coach Solutions in Victoria. He will demonstrate how to create attractive seasonal outdoor planters that can be transformed for the festive season and later for spring. You’ll head home inspired to spruce up your doorway for the winter!

Mark develops and grows succulent plants as well, and he will have an assortment available for purchase at the meeting.

Hope you’ll join us for this enjoyable last meeting of the winter season.

2019 – Being Planned, Stay Tuned, or Contact Us with Suggestions!

Mayne Island Garden Club Events 2017

January 2017 – No meeting

February 11, 2017 (Saturday) – Participation in “Seedy Saturday”  12:30-4:00pm at Ag Hall

March 20, 2017 (Monday) – Brian Crumblehulme, Presentation on Growing Herbs – 1:30pm at Ag Hall

Brian Crumblehulme is an energetic gardener who moved to Mayne Island in 1978, starting the first commercial herb garden in the Gulf Islands. His vast horticultural experience and entertaining style finds him in great demand for presentations and newspaper articles.

April 2017 – April 21 – 23 (Fri, Sat, Sun) – Participation in The Active Pass Festival

May 15, 2017 (Monday) – Kristin Crouch – Create a Year Round Successful Kitchen Garden – 1:30 pm at Firehall Meeting Room; please note change of venue!

Kristin Crouch is a passionate 25 year master gardener, active in promoting community gardens and garden education. She currently blogs on her website ThatBloominGarden.com , and writes for several newspapers and magazines.

June 19, 2017 (Monday) – Field Trip to Vancouver! We will be privileged to tour the personal garden of Claude LeDoux, considered “an urban sanctuary in New Westminster” by B.C. Living Magazine. Claude, Parks Horticulture Manager, New Westminster, will then give us a guided tour of landscaping development sites in Glen Brook Ravine and Queen’s Park. After a tailgate picnic lunch, we will head to prestigious Select Roses Nursery. Owner Brad Jalbert will give a special presentation on roses, after which we will be able to browse and make purchases. We catch the evening ferry back to Mayne. Car pool arrangements will be organized for the day trip. Further information to be posted at a later date. Please respond to Julie ASAP!

July 17, 2017 (Monday) – Garden Club Al Fresco Luncheon at Robyn and Ellen’s place (756 Kippen). Eleanor and Allan Evans have kindly agreed to a tour of their beautiful garden prior to the luncheon. Garden Club members are invited to come to their place at 721 Wilks at about 11 am, then depart just before noon to carry on to the luncheon. Stay tuned for more information.

August 2017 – No meeting

September 18, 2017 (Monday) – Linda Beer – The Garden in Autumn – 1:30pm at the Firehall – note change of venue

There is a cornucopia of pleasant tasks to keep a gardener occupied throughout the fall. Linda Beer will be sharing information on what she is harvesting, and what she does to ensure her garden is prepared for winter. Enjoy and informative mini seminar on seed saving, sowing garlic, lazy winter greens, early spring sowing and preserving the harvest.

Linda Beer is a well known Mayne Island Organic Master Gardener, and provides very entertaining and knowledgeable presentations on various garden topics.

October 16, 2017 (Monday) – John Eckfeldt – Micro-Irrigation Systems – 1:30 at the CHURCH HOUSE on GEORGINA POINT ROAD – Note New change of venue

Tired of watering by hand? Come find out about irrigation systems for your garden. John Eckfeldt of Pender Island will display and discuss irrigation equipment, drip versus spray, in gravity systems, or using pumps, how to lay it all out, setting up with control systems and timers…

November 20, 2017 (Monday) – Christmas Pot Luck Lunch at noon at Ag Hall, with guest speaker Paul Spriggs speaking at one

For the potluck, please bring along food to share, either for lunch or dessert (with serving utensil), and your own dishes and cutlery. You are welcome to attend if you are not a member, please also bring a dish for potluck (if arriving for lunch and not only the speaker) and consider making a donation at the door or signing up for 2018. We will be accepting membership payment for 2018 at this meeting.

Paul Spriggs is an avid rock gardener, plant explorer, photographer and mountaineer, owner of Spriggs Gardens Landscaping Company, and current VP of Vancouver Island Rock and Alpine Garden Society. Paul specializes in a new style of rock gardening called Crevice Gardening, having learned from some of the European innovators of the style. He has a passion for all wild plants, especially those of dwarf stature. His talk will focus on the basics of rock and crevice gardening, with the hopes of converting some members from regular gardeners into rock gardeners!

December 2017 – No meeting