Author: Jo

HCP Annual General Meeting May 28, 2017, 2:00 pm

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific AGM Notice & Information Date: May 28th, 2017 – 2:00pm Location: HCP Couvelier Pavilion AGM We are at that time of year again where we welcome and encourage our members to join us in reviewing the highlights of the previous year. There are many highlights to share, but we will do our best to keep it to approximately an hour. Click here for the agenda: 2017 Notice of AGM May 28. Click here for more information: 2017 HCP AGM Information. Click here for 2016 HCP Financial Statements. Click here for the 2016 General Manager’s...

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Spring Wedding in the Takata Garden – by Megan Stacey

A couple weekends ago, we were pleased to host a wedding in the Takata Japanese Garden—a favourite location for many who wish to be married in an intimate garden setting. This wedding in particular was a bit more special to us too, as it was a family wedding for Larry Phillips, HCP Board President and lead steward of the HCP’s bonsai volunteer group. With our unpredictable spring weather, all it took was a sea of bright smiles and a blanket of love’s warmth to overpower some drizzly, cool weather on the afternoon of April 29th for the wedding of...

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Spring Awakening – by Linda Petite

The spring equinox brings a sense of change in the air. The sun warms, the days lengthen, and the air smells like freshly turned soil – dormant plants come back to life! Assuming your ground is workable, it is the time to transplant and plant new shrubs, trees, and perennials. In Japan, Cherry Blossoms are called Sakura, a special flower for people and the country. Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flavour of spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. When the trees are in bloom, large groups of people view the flowers and enjoy festivals...

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Winter Plant Damage – by Linda Petite

Winter Plant Damage – Linda Petite How your plants will fare during our recent winter snow and extended cold period depends on many factors. These include how well your plants are sheltered, the hardiness of the cultivar, and the maturity of the plant. If a plant is already under stress or in a container, they are more vulnerable to damage. The heavy wet snowstorm last week caused some damage here in the Gardens. We had a mature Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ and a Mahonia X ‘Charity’ uprooted from the weight of the snow. Several branches of rhododendrons and Magnolia...

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