By Isabelle Jones, HCP Librarian

The more we get to know about plants, the more interesting they can become. However, there are some people who are able to distinguish between plants by noting only that there is a difference between trees, roses and grass. . . and that’s about it!
It’s possible to elicit a spark of interest when it’s pointed out to them that certain trees, for instance, have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. Or perhaps they are surprised to learn that some rhododendrons in our Victorian gardens actually originated in the Himalaya Mountains.

Probably it’s not wise at this stage to go into the amazing courage and perseverance of the people who discovered those plants. (An interest in plants – like the plants themselves – needs time in which to grow!) However, should these early plant learners ask a question, such as “Who would be so foolhardy as to go traipsing up distant mountains in search of flowers!?” we might suggest they check some books on the subject in the HCP library.

This could lead to their discovering that the name “wilsonii” noticed on some plant labels actually refers to a man by the name of Wilson, and he happens to have been one of those foolhardy people they were wondering about. We happen to have a book about his adventures.
Folks wishing to do some exploring in our library are likely to make some interesting finds!


Library hours in 2017:

  • Wednesdays 9 am – noon
  • Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm

To contact us, telephone (during volunteer hours) 250 479 6273, or email [email protected] any time.


HPC Library Books For Sale!!!

The HCP has decided to cull duplicate and other gardening books from the library. Click Books for sale May 2017 to see the extended list.

If you would like to buy one of these books, visit the library during library open hours (Saturdays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm; Wednesdays 9:00 am to 12:00 noon). Contact us anytime by email at [email protected]