President Louis Peterson began our July Meeting by announcing the recent loss of two long time Members, Ray Johnson and Ina Hollick-Kenyon. We would like to offer our condolences to their families and loved ones.
Past President Brenda Cole spoke briefly reminding us that the next meeting would be our Annual General Meeting and that there are several Executive Positions that will become vacant. Louis will become our Past President and we will need to fill the positions of President and Secretary. These are both elected positions. The jobs are not onerous and there is one Executive Meeting each month (and they are generally fun). We also require a Special Events Co-ordinator as well as a Bulletin Reporter. We need members who are willing to contribute a few hours of their time, their ideas and their energy. Please consider coming forward and becoming an active member of our club. Do not hide your light under a bushel. We need you! Brenda asks that if you have a friend who would be perfect for the job, please request their permission before nominating them.
Sue Menning requested that Members contact her during the summer (phone # 604 985 2701 or email email@example.com) and renew their memberships before the AGM at September's Meeting. Cheques can be mailed to Sue at 521 East 22nd Street, North Vancouver, B.C. V7L 4P1.
Wendie Kottmeier told us a little about the great scores on the Plant table. Many attractive specimens including phormium, roses and maiden hair fern for those little blank spaces in your garden! Thanks to Wendie and Aileen and to all the members who take time to bring plants in for the table. Prices are so reasonable and it is an ongoing fund-raiser for our club. You also have the pleasure of knowing the garden and gardener that your new acquisition came from!
Wendie then introduced our speaker for the evening, Margery Thomas. Margery has been visiting the Vancouver region and particularly the North Shore regularly since 2007. A keen gardener and botanist, she has enjoyed learning about gardening styles and conditions in our region and has been thrilled to find favourites of the English garden in their native habitat, from trilliums to flowering currant. I enjoyed her biography so much I would like to share it with you!
"I have a masters in French and Philosophy from Edinburgh University (a degree in arguing in French according to my late husband...). I became fluent in Portuguese when we lived in Brazil from 1980 to 84, our second son was born there. I've worked as a p.a and administrator, concert and music tour organiser and manager, translator, interpreter for police, customs and immigration, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, town centre co-ordinator and most recently as a now very part-time maintenance gardener and planting designer. Trips to Vancouver keep taking priority.
I learned my English wild flowers and trees as a little child, and as a linguist enjoy botanical names and the confusion caused by local vernacular names. At university in Caen, Normandy, I shared digs with Canadian girls, the start of a lifelong association with Canada. I love all sorts of music, sing in chamber choirs, used to be a morris dancer and musician (English concertina).
I am looking for opportunities to see more wild flowers in their native habitats here, including getting to Manning Park, perhaps this summer? Will pay petrol. I mean gasoline."
A resident of Ashford in Kent, England, Margery lives in a 250 year old cottage with a sheltered garden and espaliered apple trees. She has a mixed garden with fruit, vegetables and flowers (including a "Kiftsgate" rose). It is bird and butterfly friendly. There is a pond with native plantings which is visited by dragonflies, ducks, rabbits and sometimes foxes! Margery has been photographing our urban landscape, our parks, our gardens, and especially our trees for the past seven years. She uses her photographs of local flora (and some fauna) to introduce and illustrate some of our native plants and some of the challenges and delights of gardening in the Pacific Northwest. Her illustrated talk was delightful and informative and is usually presented to gardeners in England!. She did a wonderful job showing us a fresh view of our local botanical world.