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Garden club hosts two upcoming events
The Bowen Island Garden Club’s last open garden of the season will be hosted by Laura and Walt Ruloff at 615 Cates Hill Road on Sunday, September 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. All are welcome and club memberships can be bought on site. Visitors are advised to park on Cates Hill Road and walk up the driveway to the property or take the shuttle provided.
The garden is located at the top of Cates Hill with views to the northwest over Killarney Lake and Gambier Island. There is an orchard with cherry and plum trees and a dwarf variety of apple. Espaliered peaches grow on the south-facing wall of the carriage house and a trellis outside the solarium yields a large crop of tayberries at the beginning of summer; inside the solarium is a grapevine.
In addition, visitors will see perennial borders and a large vegetable garden. Laura is currently working on adding many herbs and flowers to the vegetable area from which she and her son make herbal teas. There are plans to surround the vegetable garden this year with a boxwood hedge. A pond provides irrigation water for the garden and serves as a swimming pool in summer.
The Bowen Island Garden Club is also happy to welcome Brad Jalbert of Select Roses as its September speaker. Brad’s passion for roses, his charisma and sense of humour have been enjoyed by audiences around the world. He is back on Bowen Island by popular demand and this time for an evening presentation.
Brad opened his rose nursery, Select Roses in South Langley in 1990. Select Roses prides itself on its ability to hand-select the finest roses from the world’s best hybridizers, and to develop new rose hybrids that will excel in gardens.
After several years of rigorous testing and scrutiny, Select Roses has introduced more than 65 new roses to the world rose market. Brad’s photographs of his roses will make you wish you could grow every one of them in your own garden. Brad will be happy to advise you on any rose problems, so come with questions.
Brad has co-written two books on roses, Roses for British Columbia and Roses for Washington and Oregon. He has also written for many Canadian garden magazines, and contributes articles to rose bulletins in Canada and USA.
Join us at the Gallery at Artisan Square on Monday evening, September 16, at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.