Monthly Meetings

Our Monthly Meetings are held on the last Monday of the month (with the exception of Feb. 26 moved to Mar. 5) at the Seaside Centre – 5790 Teredo Street at 7:00 pm.

(Note: we do not meet in the months of June, July, August or December)

Remember to bring your own mug and Club name tag.  Visitors are welcome!


2018  Monthly Speakers

Information on our monthly speakers and their topics is posted regularly. Scroll to bottom for current month speaker.

SCBGSJanuary 29, 2018 – Paddy Wales

Mostly Sunny ∼ Creating a Botanical Garden on the Sunshine Coast

Paddy Wales, author of Journeys Through the Garden (Whitecap), is one part garden photographer, one part garden writer, and one part garden maniac. Her images and written articles appear in national and international publications including Gardening Life, Canadian Gardening, House & Home, Style at Home, Fine Gardening, Chatelaine, and Pacific Horticulture, and in dozens of books, most recently The Holistic Garden, Creating a Cottage Garden, and The New Twelve-Month Gardener. Paddy is also a very active and integral part of the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden, where she is an instructor and frequent speaker. In this presentation, Paddy will provide us with an overview of the purpose, scope, and exciting new developments at the Botanical Garden.

March 5, 2018 – Ruth Rodgerscolourful flowers

Bursting with Colour!

Last time Ruth did a presentation for our garden club, she had us thinking about designing our gardens using ‘shape.’  This time around, be ready for a burst of COLOUR!

Ruth, who holds a diploma in horticulture, has gardened for over 30 years and has taught adults for almost 40 years. Ruth will take us through some basic colour theory and show us how to apply it to making our gardens sing with colour.

March 26, 2018 – Bill Terry and Rosemary BatesPlants in Aftica

Plant-hunting in Africa

Bill and Rosemary will be speaking about their plant-hunting travels through Lesotho, Africa, a small country high in the Drakensburg mountains. Learn about alpine species that can add an exotic touch to your garden and enjoy a vicarious travel experience.


April 30, 2018 – Perry Schmitt

District of Sechelt (DOS) Parks OperationsDSCN0399

Perry started with the District of Sechelt in 2005 on a Federal Beach Access Program. In 1996 he joined the Parks Operations team and completed his Journeyman Horticulturist apprenticeship in 2005. Perry now works as the Parks Supervisor with a team of seven.

Perry will show us how to navigate the DOS Parks website, and how we can apply for ‘Adopt a Street Tree’ program (  He will conclude with the locations of  beautifully maintained gardens in our parks which will include photos.


scotch broomMay 28, 2018 – Peter Light

Management of Invasive Plants

Peter is a permaculture design practitioner, consultant, speaker and teacher. He has expressed his approach to the management of invasive plants in our local papers on several occasions. Peter will speak about his experiments with permaculture and engage the audience in a Q & A session on this topic and the topic of invasive plants.


September 24, 2018 – Dr. Carole Christopher

Growing our own food/herbs for better nutritionUrban garden

Carole has been gardening for nearly 35 years. She is a Director of SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation) which is Canada’s oldest environmental organization, celebrating 45 years  of community education and activism. Carole has taught many different types of gardening classes and has a broad knowledge base on the importance of protection of farm land and in equipping urban dwellers with skills of food growing as a means of mitigating the growing crisis in climate system break-down.

Dr. Carole will give us a look at what has happened to the North American diet as a result of the industrial food movement over the last half-century or more and then will focus on how we can grow food and herbs as a way to meet some of our caloric and nutritional needs apart from the unsustainable food supply.


October 29, 2018 – TBD


November 26, 2018 – TBD


2017-Monthly Meeting Speakers List (Printable PDF)

2016-Monthly Meeting Speakers List (Printable PDF)

2015- Monthly Meeting Speakers List (Printable PDF)