Our April meeting focussed on containers. If you missed one of the videos or would like to re-watch them, they are now available online.
Colleen, our SSGC Librarian has suggested a website that you might like to visit to learn more about planning the perfect garden.
Have a look at Mind & Soil's Happy Hour Library.
Featured below is one of their videos about starting seeds. This is especially helpful for those of you who like visuals as part of your learning expereince.
Most of our blog posts are open to the public, but some are just for members, like this post about bulbs. If you are not already a South Surrey Club member, consider joining! Download and complete our membership form.
✦ Monthly meetings with internationally known horticultural speakers (currently via Zoom)
✦ Video how-tos
✦ Expert advice on our Gardening Matters chat group
✦ Bi-monthly newsletter
✦ Books on loan and recommendations for further knowledge
✦ Discounts at many local garden centres
For Members Only: Botanus Bulb Purchase Program
Members may be interested in these upcoming opportunities to hear from gardening experts.
Darts Hill Garden AGM
March 13, 10 am to noon via Zoom
Every Monday, see their Facebook page
Monday, March 15, 3:30 pm
Growing Apples with Harry Burton
Vancouver Master Gardeners
March 27 and 28, 9 am to 1 pm via Zoom
There are some very good speakers booked, including Fergus Garrett and Linda Chalker-Scott and others with whom many of our members will be familiar, also including Andrea Bellamy. Information and how to register (tickets are $50) can be found here: http://mgabc.org/node/2867 There is a limit of 400 registrants.
BC Council of Garden Clubs AGM
March 27 9 am to noon via Zoom
Winnie Hwo from the David Suzuki Butterflyway Project will be the featured speaker.
In this video, South Surrey Garden Club Vice President Roberta Pak presents 6 main points to consider when pruning. What should you consider before you even pick up your pruning tools?
In the video, Roberta refers to Cass Turnbull and Plant Amnesty. You can tune in to the Plant Amnesty YouTube channel here.
Additional pruning information is plentiful on the web, you may want to check out these additional sources:
South Surrey Garden Club member Trish Silvester-Lee helps us understand how we can continue to garden with arthritis following three "P's" -- Prioritize, Plan, And Pace. There are many modified gardening tools that are great choices for gardeners with arthritis.
Here are some helpful links:
South Surrey Garden Club member Roger Phillips demonstrates how to prune a grapevine.
SSGC club member Carol Wong demonstrates how to prune roses.
More Rose tips --> From the Spruce
Have you heard about Sunnyside Acres and the Foster the Forest program? Read more about it on their website and in the article below by SSGC member, Roger Phillips.
Click the map to download a larger version.
Although it threatens to snow any day, there are still some preparations that we can make now for our spring and summer garden. First, it's a great time to catch up on some reading. I check out quite a few garden blogs, but my favourites are the Garden Professors and anything that Linda Chalker Scott posts. I highly recommend having a look at her page on horticultural myths. Especially pertinent at this time is her information about soil.
Check out --> The Informed Gardener
also, of interest . . .
The Garden Professors Blog
There are almost 8 years' worth of archives in this science-based forum. Simply search the site using the search box in the upper right hand corner.
The Garden Professors Facebook Group
If you join this group (you must have a Facebook account) you can post your question, which will be more quickly answered by one of the hundreds of participants. There is also a search function (the little magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner).
WSU's Gardening in Washington Website
This resource has only current, peer-reviewed publications, most of them as free downloads. Much of this information is useful to us in BC as we have similar growing conditions.
Sharing resources that may be helpful to our members--this is one way I hope to stay connected with you while we are unable to meet in person!