2014 – Additional Past Events

May 8 – Caron Gardens Tour with a Workshop on Hellebores

May 18: Caron Gardens’ Annual Rhododendron Festival, 10:00am to 3:00pm, Free admission, refreshments and parking.  14622 Beaumont Road, Pender Harbour. More details and a printable map may be found at: www3.telus.net/rcknight

June 9 – Strawberry Tea

June 18 – Tour to the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver

June 26 – Stepping Stones Workshop at Caron Gardens

July 31 – Sechelt Garden Club hosts garden tours for members of the Gibsons and Pender Harbour Garden Clubs

December 15 – Christmas Lunch

2013 January 28 – Jon Bell

Jon Bell

 Speaker at General Meeting on January 28 at 7:30 in the Seaside Centre

Jon talked about “Aliens among us: what and who defines an alien or invasive species and how do they affect our environment.” Jon is an agronomist and farmer. He is on the Board of the BC Association of Farmers Markets. Chances are that if you asked a question at one of our meetings, Jon provided the answer.

2012 June 5 – Hypertufa Workshop

How to Make Hypertufa Plant Containers

A workshop for SGC members

Tuesday, June 5th, 1:30 – 3:30

Hypertufa (pronounced hyper-toofa) was concocted to be used as a substitute for the natural volcanic rock called Tufa used for making Alpine style planting troughs. It is an artificial stone material that is made of several different aggregates and mixed with portland cement. It is much lighter than cement but can still withstand harsh weather conditions. Hypertufa containers appear to be solid rock and yet are deceptively light in weight. They can be easily and inexpensively made at home and can add a touch of elegance to any garden. Learn how to make garden art from hypertufa in Ron Knight’s workshop at Caron Garden.

During this course, taught by Ron Knight, you’ll view samples of hypertufa container shapes and finishes.  Then you’ll have fun making a hypertufa planter of your own design.  You’ll also see a demonstration on how to create hypertufa garden gnomes and giant mushrooms.  The workshop will include handout sheets, coffee or juice, and all materials except those listed below.

Location:  Caron Gardens, 4622 Beaumont Road, Garden Bay, V0N 1S1 (for a printable map and directions, go to:  www3.telus.net/rcknight )

Registration:  Sign up at any SGC meeting and hand in a cheque for $20, made out to “Sechelt Garden Club”.   (Class minimum is 8;  maximum is 18.  If more than 18 register, we will add a morning class on June 5th, providing the minimum is met.)

Please bring:  A mould for your planter (eg. small Rubbermaid container, wood box, styrofoam cooler, solid lamp shade, etc., — no larger than 1 cubic foot); a large plastic garbage bag, rubber gloves, and rainwear if necessary.

2012 May 12 – Plant Sale

Sechelt Garden Club – Annual Plant Sale

Saturday May 12th, 2012

10:00 to 12:00 at the Seaside Centre

The Seaside Centre is located at 5790 Teredo St. in Sechelt.

Here are some of the fabulous plants that will be on sale:

  • Ajuga
  • Aquilegia (Columbine)
  • Asters, blue, white
  • Astilbe
  • Bergenia
  • Black Mondo Grass
  • Coreopsis Moonbeam, yellow
  • Coreopsis, purple
  • Cranesbill Geranium
  • Crocosmia, Monbretia & Lucifer
  • Day Lilies, Stella D’oro, purple scented & orange
  • Epimediums
  • Euphorbia
  • Grasses, Variegated Spiders Web
  • Guaillardia (Blanket Flower)
  • Gunnera manicata (giant rhubarb)
  • Helebores
  • Helenium Autumnal
  • Herbs (singles as well as grouped in herb boxes)
  • Hollyhocks
  • Hostas
  • Houttuynia (Chameleon Plant)
  • Hydrangeas
  • Irises
  • Japanese Anemone
  • Kniphofia
  • Lady’s Mantle
  • Leycesteria
  • Lupins
  • Mahonia
  • Michaelmas Daisy
  • Mint
  • Perennial Snapdragons, tricolour flowers, pink, yellow, white
  • Phlox
  • Potentilla
  • Primula
  • Raspberries
  • Rhododendrons
  • Rhudbeckia
  • Rose Campion
  • Saxifrages (including London Pride)
  • Scabiosa, Pin Cushion, blue
  • Schytzostylis
  • Sedums, many varieties
  • Shasta
  • Spirea
  • Stachys (Lamb’s Ear)
  • Sweet William
  • Toad Lilies
  • Tradescantia (Spiderwort)
  • Willow (curly)
  • Yarrow (pink)

2012 May 6 – Caron Gardens Tour

Sunday, May 6, 2012 – 11:00 to 2:30  

Caron Gardens is a one-acre rhododendron paradise on the north shore of Hotel Lake in Pender Harbour.  During May there are over 100 different varieties in bloom as well as a multitude of companion plants.   If you are new to SGC, the attached photo will give you an idea of what to expect during our annual visit to Ron and Carla Knight’s garden.

The schedule:

Leave Sechelt between 10:00 and 10:15 and bring your lunch (Ron and Carla will provide drinks and dessert).  Arrive at Caron Gardens by 11:00 and park on Beaumont Road.  At 11:15 Ron will give us a themed tour entitled, “How to Grow Great Rhododendrons”.  We’ll have an hour lunch break on the deck around 12:30 (in the classroom if it’s rainy).  During the lunch hour, you’ll have time to wander through the garden on your own or purchase rhododendrons (NB: SGC members have been asking for big leafed species rhodos, such as R. sinogrande, and for the fragrant Loderi King George.  Ron has both this year.)  At 1:30, Ron will do a seminar in the garden classroom, on Hydrangeas, with an emphasis on pruning.  Then we’ll wend our way home around 2:30.

Caron Gardens is easy to find.  Turn onto Garden Bay Road from the SC Hwy and then follow this map to 4622 Beaumont Road.  There will be a yellow sign on Irvines Landing Road where you need to turn onto Beaumont Road.