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A mix of still images & video of a trip to the Channel Islands & on to see the tulip display at the famous Keukenhof Gardens.

Roger Griffiths ~ Originally from England, Roger has lived in Canada for nearly 50 years.

Roger has had a varied career path that has included plant science courses at UBC, running his own landscaping business & even working on the gardening crew at Expo 86.

Gardening & plants have always been an interest whether hiking in the spring to see alpine flowers or walking in England to enjoy not only the wild flowers of the countryside but also the gardens of England.

Rogers’s garden in Qualicum is mostly perennials & shrubs with tomatoes in the greenhouse & runner beans as a token vegetable in the summer.

Note for this meeting:
Helen C and Laurie R would welcome your questions ahead of time either by e-mail or at the meeting. Someone will read out the questions aloud so everyone can hear them and direct them to the expert panel.

Kay Howard
After many years teaching in Qualicum, I began to volunteer at Milner Gardens. I quickly realised I wanted to know a whole lot more about plants and gardening and completed the Master Gardener programme 10 years ago. I now volunteer in the Plant Sales area and in the propagation group at Milner. Also, I am one of the MGs answering gardeners’ questions on the Milner Advice Line. When not gardening, I can still be found outside walking the dog or cycling or, in the winter months, travelling to exotic gardens elsewhere in the world.

Brandy Miceli
Brandy Miceli: Brandy’s background is in fine art and technical theatre, specializing in set design from Humber College, Toronto and working after as a professional set designer. In 1999 she moved to Salt Spring Island where she fell in love with vegetable gardening. During her many years there she became involved in the Salt Spring Food Security Steering Committee, and the establishment of a community garden to supply the local food bank. Eventually, Brandy decided to make horticulture her career and enrolled in Camosun College’s horticulture program and graduated in top standing. After graduation, she mentored with renowned horticultural writer and plantsman, Grahame Ware, gained experience in wholesale nurseries, and residential and commercial landscaping. Brandy is now the owner and operator of Nuance Garden Design & Care, combining her love of horticulture and creative design. She is passionate about life-long learning and continues to deepen her knowledge. She is working toward accreditation as a Certified Arborist.

David Rowe
Background information:
Education: London University College of Art, UK — Technical Publications
Professional Experience: I worked at SPAR Aerospace Ltd in Ontario where I ran the publications dept. for fifteen years. After this, I became a Senior Technologist, doing Prototype Engineering before I retired, helping to design the Canadarm, and other creative projects, such as a full scale Tyrannosaurus Rex with moveable parts, for Universal Studios in Florida. Artistic Experience: I have been creating bonsai (mostly as a hobby) for 40 years, and was an active member of the Toronto Bonsai Society for 23, serving on the executive committee in various capacities. I have given bonsai workshops and demonstrations at various locations across Canada and the U.S. and have also been a convention “headliner” in Toronto and Victoria. In both 2000 and 2001, I was honoured to have two photos of my trees selected to be in the top 100 of the “Japan Airlines World Bonsai Contest”.
Locally, since moving to the Island in 1999, I started a bonsai club in Qualicum Beach in 2004; the club continues to meet at Nanoose Place on the second Saturday, where all interested people are welcome to join us. My wife Susan and I are also members of the Victoria Bonsai Club, which also meets monthly at the beautiful Horticultural Centre of the Pacific.

Diane Sharp
Diane is an avid year round gardener. She is amazed at the quality and quantity of food to be had year round in a small garden. As a member of the Qualicum Beach Garden Club, Diane has led, and co-led, the Winter Veggie special interest group for many years and loves to share her passion and knowledge with other gardeners.
Her kitchen garden provides family and friends with widely varied, wonderfully healthful, yearround vegetables and fruits. Beyond the bounty, the garden has become a place of peace and beauty. Diane hopes to spark in others the desire to create a useful, gratifying, kitchen garden.