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Vancouver Island rhodo clubs to stage ‘Fall into Gardening’ conference in Qualicum Beach

Oct. 23 event to feature international garden experts
(PQB News file photo)

Three rhododendron groups on Vancouver Island will jointly host an event called ‘Fall into Gardening’.

Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society, Nanaimo Rhododendron Society and the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association will host stage this one-day conference in Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, (747 Jones St.) from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 23.

The theme of the conference is ‘Coping with Climate Instability in your Garden’. It aims to offer education and enjoyment featuring internationally recognized gardening experts.

READ MORE: Qualicum Beach celebrates Year of the Garden and B.C. Communities in Bloom

Pre-registration is recommended. For more information you can go online at

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Schedule of events:

10 a.m. — Introductory Remarks

10:05 a.m.-11 a.m. — Souglas Justice: UBC Botanical Garden Associate Director and Curator, “Planting Trees for a Drier and Hotter Future”

11 a.m. Break

11:20 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Caroline Josefsson: Vancouver Island University Biology Department, “Gardening with less water – learning from the Garry Oak Ecosystem”

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m.-2:10 p.m. — Des Kennedy: writer, activist, celebrated speaker “Weather or Not” a light hearted romp through the triumphs and travails of the weather-beaten gardener

2:10 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m.-3:25 p.m. — Bonnie Zand: Entomologist and owner of Bonnie’s Bugs IPM, “Gardening for pollinators: supporting BC’s diverse native bees”

3:25 p.m. Closing Remarks

Refreshments: coffee, tea, and treats will be provided. Please bring your own bag lunch.

— NEWS Staff

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