Photos by Carol Fuegi
The Point Roberts Garden Club is the successor to What’s the Point!, the charitable trust organization that began the popular Point Roberts Garden Tour.
The Point Roberts Garden Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month (February through November) at 7 pm. Summer meetings are often held in members’ gardens. Other meetings are held in the Point Roberts Community Center at 1487 Gulf Road.
Meetings are open to everyone interested in gardening, or who are simply interested in enjoying other people’s gardens or the company of gardeners.
Most months, the meeting opens with an educational program featuring gardening experts. This is followed by a social during which we share cookies, tea, and good company. We also provide friendly advice and assistance to gardeners, especially regarding those Point Roberts challenges of purchasing plants, mulch and soil. Members often bring donations of plant divisions and seeds to meetings.
Since 2007, the Club has planted and maintained the wonderful roadside flower displays along Tyee Drive so that visitors and residents alike can enjoy a colorful three-season display.
Annual dues for the Garden Club are $10 per person, covering the period from 1 September through 31 August. Membership may be purchased at any meeting or by sending your name, address and payment to P.O. Box 1498, Point Roberts, WA 98281. One membership benefit is a 10% discount on purchases at some Point Roberts nurseries.
By Jody Hackleman
& Rhiannon Allen
The return of the Garden Tour was the crowning event of our year.
A preview tour by Steve Whysall, the Vancouver Sun’s garden columnist, brought full page coverage in the Vancouver Sun that attracted an additional 200 people to the tour.
Garden Tour XI featured nine gardens including an urban style garden, an 80-year-old heritage garden, a tiered xeriscape overlooking Boundary Bay and other examples of garden designs great for Point Roberts.
Over 400 people attended Afternoon Tea to enjoy refreshments, home-grown musical entertainment and a view of the last quilt donated by our much missed Bea Croisdale. Proceeds are used for maintenance of Tyee Drive landscaping and for future beautification efforts.
We hope that the two-hour wait time to leave the Point after the tour does not discourage attendees for our next tour!
Monthly meetings welcomed new gardeners and provided time for socializing and sharing garden talk. Several meetings were early-evening mini-tours of members’ gardens. Meetings featured master gardener Stuart Scholefield, landscaper Don Pinckston, rosarian and beekeeper William McCarthy and florist Kristina Linder. We reported on plant importation issues to keep us current with government regulations and shared plants, edibles, seeds, light refreshments and garden chit-chat.
Scott Hackleman was elected president at our annual general meeting in August, held at the lovely home of George and Julie Iddon. A brief business meeting was followed by a potluck dinner and a stroll through the Iddon’s garden.
The garden club has an ongoing commitment to the beautification of Point Roberts through the landscaping and maintenance of Tyee Drive. A welcome sign project for the entrance to the Point is also in the works.
Thanks to all who came out to our meetings and shared our mutual love of gardening. Remember, everyone is welcome to attend – members new and old, novice gardeners, and plant lovers in general. Our first meeting of 2011 will be Wednesday, February 2. See you there!
Garden club member Beverly Griffith brought a lovely surprise to the November club meeting – the donation of a silver tea service. It belonged to Margot Wallace who helped establish the club and wrote the All Point Bulletin garden column for years.
The Point Roberts Garden Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month, February through November at 7 p.m. in the Point Roberts Community Center.
Everyone is welcome to attend our informative and friendly meetings.
Our annual membership fee is $10. To join the club or to participate in the Point Roberts Garden Tour please contact us:
info@pointrobertsgarden club.org or phone (360) 945-5075.