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Alpine Garden Club of British Columbia

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Publicity and Events Dana Cromie, Phone: 604-733-7566; email: Membership Address Moya Drummond 3307 West 6th Avenue Vancouver, B C V6R 1T2

Meeting Times 7:30pm. Second Wednesday, September through June Meeting Place VanDusen Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden, 37th & Oak Street, Vancouver, B.C.

THE ALPINE GARDEN CLUB OF BRITISH COLUMBIA has approximately 700 members, half of whom live in B.C., the balance from North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The objectives of our club are: A: to promote the propagation and display of i. plants suitable for the alpine garden and alpine house, ii. rare and unusual species of hardy plants, trees, shrubs and ferns, iii. plants suitable for the art of bonsai. B: to promote an interest in the native plants of British Columbia and their preservation.

THE AGCBC SPRING SHOW presents competitive exhibits illustrating all the classes of plants our members grow: alpine and woodland plants from four continents, bog plants, dwarf shrubs and conifers, bonsai, primulas in variety, and miniature trough gardens suited to the smallest patio. Some are easy to grow; others represent years of skilled cultivation and include a few that even the experts may have not seen before. This is open to the public. Seeds will be available for sale, but not plants.

SPRING AND FALL PLANT SALES offer the opportunity to buy many plants not available in regular trade. We invite growers from all over B C specializing in alpines, woodland and native plants, rare shrubs, trees and other plants of interest to our members. In addition, many of our members sell plants they have grown from exchange seed or have propagated themselves.

MONTHLY MEETINGS are held at Van Dusen Gardens, Floral Hall, 37th and Oak, Vancouver on the second Wednesday, September through June, opening at 7:00, meeting at 7:30. (dates may change according to speakers schedules). Beginning with a brief workshop and business meeting, then a judging of members’ bench plants, the main program follows with a talk on aspects of growing or propagating a particular group of plants, or a tour of a particular region of interest to our members.

MEMEBERSHIP includes participation in the following benefits:

THE AGCBC SEED EXCHANGE is an exchange of seeds collected by our members worldwide in cultivation and in the wild. Approximately 1500 varieties, many rare, are published in the seed list in November, from which members may choose 30 selections free, priority given to donors. The Club subscribes to seed collecting expeditions to mountain regions overseas. Further seeds are for sale at meetings, particularly early in the year.

OPEN GARDENS are a great way to see the variety of growing techniques and garden styles other enthusiasts use. There are usually two or three gardens in close proximity open per Sunday afternoon, for several Sundays in the spring and occasionally in the fall. This is an unmatchable learning experience.

THE CLUB LIBRARY is a collection of books and periodicals specifically oriented to our club membership. This library is only available at our monthly meetings and books can be taken out from month to month by members only.

AGCBC FIELD TRIPS take place after snowmelt and offer alpine novices the opportunity to experience the knowledge and devotion of the serious alpine enthusiasts. Both day and weekend trips are organized.

PLANT SALES offer sale volunteers the opportunity to shop ahead for the choicest plants available.

Membership is $25.00 per calendar year (single or family)

The seedlist is available to members only.


SPRING SHOW Saturday April 13 Noon to 5:00 P.M. Sunday April 14 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Van Dusen Floral Hall

See Description above

SPRING SALE Saturday May 4 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. St David's United Church West Vancouver

FALL SALE Sunday September 22 Time 1-4 P.M. Van Dusen Floral Hall

These sales are one of the finest opportunities in Vancouver to acquire plants that are not in regular trade. The purpose of this sale is to bring these uncommon plants to our members and the public. The proceeds of our Fall and Spring Sales are the source of our annual donations to UBC Botanical Garden, Van Dusen Garden, and the BC Council of Garden Clubs' Scholarship Fund which amounts to $2,800 per year.

APRIL 10 MONTHLY MEETING, Van Dusen Floral Hall 7:30 P.M.




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