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25th Anniversary Speaker Series

The Russell Nursery 25th Anniversary Speaker Series will entertain, inform and introduce you to some interesting luminaries of the horticultural world. Our five speakers will be covering a lot of ground, from bumblebees to garden photography to how to grow your best veggies ever. Learn about great plants for shade and get a fresh perspective on small trees. To make it even more enjoyable, we have matched the speakers to different venues around the Saanich Peninsula.

Space is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance. (Purchase Online Now or come in person to purchase at the Nursery.) We hope you will join us for some or all of these events. This is going to be fun!

Following are the brief descriptions of our line-up and then continue to scroll down or click through for more information. All venues are wheel chair accessible.

Linda Gilkeson PhD, well-known author and lecturer,
‘GROW YOUR BEST ORGANIC GARDEN EVER’
at Kildara Farms on Sunday February 12 at 1:30 pm.
$18.00
Read more about Linda and her presentation.

Lori Weidenhammer, author of Victory Gardens for Bees,
‘CREATING A BUZZ: Attracting and Feeding Bumblebees In Your Garden’
at Kildara Farms on Sunday, March 26 at 1:30pm.
$18.00
Read more about Lori and her presentation.

Richie Steffen, Curator for the Elisabeth C. Miller Garden and supervisor of Great Plant Picks,
‘BRIGHT IDEAS FOR SHADE’
at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific on Wednesday, April 19 at 7pm.
$25.00
Includes early entrance to view the gardens.
Read more about Richie and his presentation.

Douglas Justice, Head of Horticulture and Curator of Collections at the UBC Botanical Garden,
‘SMALL TREES FOR RESIDENTIAL GARDENS’
at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse on Wednesday June 21, 6 pm Cider Tasting & 7 pm Presentation
$25.00
(Includes cider tasting, non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks beginning at 6:00)
Read more about Douglas and his presentation.

Allan Mandell, professional garden photographer and tour guide to gardens of Kyoto Japan,
‘SOFT LIGHT AND NO WIND…..SEEING AND SHOOTING GARDENS’
at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific on Sunday October 1, at 2pm.
$25.00
Includes early entrance to view the gardens.
Read more about Allan and his presentation.

Linda Gilkeson PhD
‘GROW YOUR BEST ORGANIC GARDEN EVER’
Sunday, February 12 at 1:30pm
Kildara Farms – 11293 Chalet Rd, North Saanich, BC
$18.00

Back by popular demand, we are delighted to have Linda kick off our Speaker Series as she never disappoints. “I learn so much from her every time I am lucky enough to hear her” is a common refrain after each of her presentations.

Linda will talk about how to address the most common questions she hears from vegetable and fruit gardeners. Topics range from managing soil fertility and common pests, diseases and weeds to improving planting schedules, troubleshooting pollination problems and coping with variable weather. There will also be time for questions from the audience to help you grow your best garden yet.

A widely acclaimed speaker, Linda earned a PhD in Entomology from McGill University in 1986, subsequently moved to British Columbia where she has consulted and educated many in the areas of Integrated Pest Management and organic growing.

She has self-published four books, most recently Resilient Gardens 2017: Pollinator Gardens, Garlic Diseases, Pest Update.

Her comprehensive gardening book Backyard Bounty: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest has become a BC best seller.

Linda is a regular instructor in the Master Gardener programs in BC and is busy year around giving workshops on pest management and organic gardening.  www.lindagilkeson.ca

KILDARA FARMS
Kildara is a family-run certified organic farm producing everything from poultry and eggs, fruits and vegetables, to cut flowers. Located in Deep Cove near the tip of the Saanich Peninsula, Kildara offers produce for sale at the farm as well as at Thrifty’s and many island and lower mainland markets. With sweeping ocean views, the rustically beautiful converted barn provides a picturesque location for weddings, and we are fortunate to have this gem in our community. www.kildarafarms.webs.com

*** PARKING NOTES:  Parking may be limited so if you are hale and hearty, please park down on the road, allowing closer parking for others less agile.***

Purchase tickets here or come in person to purchase at the Nursery.

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Lori Weidenhammer
‘CREATING A BUZZ: Attracting and Feeding Bumblebees In Your Garden’
Sunday, March 26 at 1:30pm 
Kildara Farms – 11293 Chalet Road, North Saanich, BC
$18.00

BC has a rich biodiversity of native bees, including over thirty species of bumblebees. These furry little pollinators have special abilities that other bees lack, making them more efficient pollinators of blueberries and tomatoes.

They also have some particular preferences; come and learn about the bumblebee life cycle and some key plants you can grow to keep bees of all stripes buzzing in your garden.

Lori Weidenhammer is a Vancouver artist originally from Saskatchewan. She is the author of the acclaimed book Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees.

For the past several years, she has been appearing as the persona Madame Beespeaker, practicing the tradition of Telling the Bees. As a food security volunteer and activist Lori works with students of all ages on eating locally and gardening for pollinators. She is passionate about art that creates and strengthens community bonds and makes the world a better place for humans and bees.

“Each of us can do our part to make gardens healthy sanctuaries for bees”

KILDARA FARMS
Kildara is a family-run certified organic farm producing everything from poultry and eggs, fruits and vegetables, to cut flowers. Located in Deep Cove near the tip of the Saanich Peninsula, Kildara offers produce for sale at the farm as well as at Thrifty’s and many island and lower mainland markets. With sweeping ocean views, the rustically beautiful converted barn provides a picturesque location for weddings, and we are fortunate to have this gem in our community.  www.kildarafarms.webs.com

*** PARKING NOTES: Parking may be limited so if you are hale and hearty, please park down on the road, allowing closer parking for others less agile.***

Purchase tickets here or come in person to purchase at the Nursery.

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Richie Steffen
BRIGHT IDEAS FOR SHADE
Wednesday, April 19 at 7pm
Horticulture Centre of the Pacific – Couvelier Pavilion
505 Quayle Road, Victoria BC
$25.00 
Entry to the HCP is included in the ticket price

Gardening on Vancouver Island often means learning to appreciate shade, even dry shade. Richie will share tips and techniques, emphasizing the best plants to turn your dark garden spaces into an oasis you are happy to see and proud to show. Through beautiful photography and informative commentary, you will leave with great ideas to make your shade garden shine.

Few people have a greater passion for plants and excitement for gardening than Richie Steffen. Richie is the Curator for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden near Seattle, where he manages the garden and their rare plant collections.

He also supervises Great Plant Picks, the primary educational program of the Miller Garden. GPP is committed to building a comprehensive palette of outstanding and reliable plants for maritime Pacific Northwest gardens.

A noted photographer, author, lecturer and horticultural personality, Richie enthusiastically shares his knowledge and expertise.

www.millergarden.org

www.greatplantpicks.org

HORTICULTURE CENTRE OF THE PACIFIC
The HCP is renowned not only for its Pacific Horticulture College, but for the year-round garden experience that all can enjoy. The gardens are lovingly cared for by volunteers, staff and students of the College, and range from the hands-on Children’s Garden to the largest outdoor Bonsai Garden in Canada, the charming Takata Japanese Garden, Doris Page Winter Garden, and much more.
Participants are welcome to come early and enjoy the gardens. www.hcp.ca

Purchase tickets here or come in person to purchase at the Nursery.

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Douglas Justice 
SMALL TREES FOR RESIDENTIAL GARDENS
Wednesday, June 21, 6 pm Cider Tasting & 7 pm Presentation 
Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse
2487 Mt. St. Michael Road, Saanichton, BC
$25.00 Tickets include complimentary cider tasting, non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks.

Douglas Justice has been at UBC Botanical Garden since January 2000. As Head of Horticulture and Curator of Collections, his duties in the Garden include management and instruction in the Horticulture Training Program.  www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca

An advocate for trees and the conservation of natural ecosystems, Douglas writes and speaks on a variety of plant-related subjects. He co-authored The Jade Garden: New and Notable Plants from Asia in 2005 with Brent Hine and the late Peter Wharton, and wrote a Field Guide to Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver with volunteers from the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.

Douglas recently completed a mobile app entitled Vancouver Trees and is now working to complete a similar app describing shrubs in Vancouver.

In this presentation Douglas Justice will outline guidelines for choosing appropriate trees for residential properties. You can bet he’ll talk about:

• Why small gardens demand careful choices and how location matters
• Why growth is natural and why few trees remain small
• How a shrub can be a tree and why not every hedge is good bet
• Why foliage should be the focus and fruit is often for the birds
• How attractive bark is both a bonus and a liability
• Why clones may be safer than seedlings

SEA CIDER FARM AND CIDERHOUSE
The Sea Cider Farm is one of those hidden treasures on the Saanich Peninsula, a family-owned organic apple orchard and ciderhouse, producing award-winning cider. From the stunning vista overlooking the ocean, to the beautiful orchard itself to the charming ambiance of the building, the setting for this event will be memorable.
A large ‘event tent’ will accommodate the gathering during Mr. Justice’s talk. Come early (6-7pm) or linger after the talk to explore the cidery and grounds and sample some cider. www.seacider.ca

*The presentation will begin at 7pm.

Purchase tickets here or come in person to purchase at the Nursery.

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Allan Mandell
‘SOFT LIGHT AND NO WIND…..SEEING AND SHOOTING GARDENS’
Sunday, October 1 at 2pm
Horticulture Centre of the Pacific – Couvelier Pavilion
505 Quayle Road, Victoria BC
$25.00 
Entry to the HCP is included in the ticket price

Allan Mandell has been a professional garden photographer for over 20 years. His images have been published world-wide in magazines, books, and calendars, with six books as sole photographer. Twice a year Allan leads small group tours to Kyoto, Japan to explore his favourite gardens. He lives on Quadra Island, BC.

In this presentation Allan will discuss his approach to seeing and photographing gardens. What goes into creating a composition? How can you see not only what is obvious, but what else there is? With examples from North America and Japan, this lecture offers viewers a chance to see gardens, and the art of photographing them, in a new way.

A garden’s greatness is measured by the aesthetic experience one has in that garden. Design, hardscape, plantsmanship, the light and even fleeting atmospheric conditions facilitate the experience. And that experience is the subject of my compositions.”
www.allanmandell.com

www.kyotogardentour.com


HORTICULTURE CENTRE OF THE PACIFIC 
The HCP is renowned not only for its Pacific Horticulture College, but for the year-round garden experience that all can enjoy. The gardens are lovingly cared for by volunteers, staff and students of the College, and range from the hands-on Children’s Garden to the largest outdoor Bonsai Garden in Canada, the charming Takata Japanese Garden, Doris Page Winter Garden, and much more. www.hcp.ca
Come early or stay later and spend some time in these beautiful, tranquil gardens.

Purchase tickets here or come in person to purchase at the Nursery.

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