Strawberry Social 2018
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PLEASE NOTE START TIME IS 6.50 P.M. Wednesday May 1st 2019 - 6.50 p.m.

We are fortunate to have two speakers for our May 1st meeting.

6.50 P.M.

NICK WONG – JAPANESE BEETLE INVASION – Learn What You Can Do to Stop Japanese Beetle!

The Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica), was first detected in David Lam Park in July 2017. Based on strong collaboration between multiple agencies, including Canadian Food Inspection Agency, BC Ministry of Agriculture, City of Vancouver, BC Landscape and Nursery Association and the Invasive Species Council of BC, this unwanted pest is under eradication in BC. As an adult this invasive beetle non-discriminately feeds on over 300 plant species including roses, grapes, and stone fruits, while the larvae feed on the roots of grasses and turf. Without diligence and the watchful eye of the public, this beetle could have potential devastating impacts to BC’s agricultural and horticulture industries, as well home and community gardens.
Eradication efforts include the establishment of a regulated area, enforced movement restrictions and treatment of infested turf as well as the help of the public to watch for and report any possible Japanese beetle sightings. We encourage everyone in Vancouver and surrounding municipalities to learn more about the Japanese beetle and to report any suspicious beetles to prevent the spread and to keep BC free of this unwanted pest.
To Report:
Download the ‘Report-Invasives-App’ (

Visit or 604-292-5742

Informative links regarding the beetle, regulated area, plant and soil movement restrictions and treatment can be found at the following websites:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
BC Ministry of Agriculture
City of Vancouver
BC Landscape and Nursery Association
Invasive Species Council of BC
For more information or if you have any questions please contact Nicholas from the Invasive Species Council of BC at

7.30 P.M.
GWEN ODERMATT - Great Plant Picks. Gwen is a life long gardener who as a young child was fascinated with plants and bugs. Gwen became a discerning observer of how plants grow in harmony with bugs and nature. She has a degree in science from the University of Alberta. For 20 years she has operated Petals and Butterflies a farm nursery in Langley. Gwen sells her unusual plants at the Van Dusen Plant sale.