Fall Study Day – Saturday 28th October, 2017

Time: 10:00 am -3:30 pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre 1100 Chestnut St Vancouver

To register for Fall Study Day, please forward your cheque, payable to the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, for $40 (members pre-paid), $45 (non-members and all tickets at the door [members included]), and mail to Lindsay Macpherson at 11662 Carr Street, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 5M9.  If you are purchasing for others, please indicate their names and whether they are members or non-members. Cheques should be received by October 23, 2017, which will allow time for your name(s) to be copied onto a name tag that you will collect and wear after signing in at the pre-paid table, thus helping the committee in providing orderly access to the event and provide numbers for sufficient catering. Cheques received after that date will be kept in the order they have been received and may or may not gain you entry to the event.



Head Gardener, Sissinghurst, England

“Sissinghurst – Revitalizing Vita” Troy is spearheading the revitalization of the garden, bringing about a more authentic Vita Sissinghurst – a celebration of beauty, romance, intimacy and emotion.

 “The Winter Garden” Troy will discuss winter gardening in general and then present a more detailed look at the making of the winter garden he designed and planted whilst at Bodnant

Troy Scott Smith
Troy Scott Smith

In May 2013 Troy Scott Smith took up his position as Head Gardener at Sissinghurst with a mission to revitalize the garden.

Troy ’s gardening career has taken place primarily in two of the UK’s most beautiful gardens.  He started his gardening career in 1990 as a student gardener at Bodnant, North Wales and later went on to spend five years as senior gardener at Sissinghurst.  Troy then headed back to Bodnant as Head Gardner from 2006 to 2013, in the interim having been head gardener at The Courts, Wiltshire and curator at RHS Garden Hyde Hall.





Northwind Perennial Farm, Burlington, Wisconsin, USA

“16 Together” Roy’s two-part presentation highlights 16 plants which he will show in multiple combinations with compatible plants. His thoughts are to describe how these 16 durable plants can create endless combinations using other plants with similar lifestyles and how everything is related to maintenance practices.

Roy Diblik
Roy Diblik

Part One – Roy’s thoughtful way to design perennial plantings welcomes fresh contemporary styles and plant diversity integrated with responsible maintenance concerns. Using a selection of regionally-dependable perennials, he will show that endless natural plant patterns can be constructed with each relating to time and cost to maintain. He will discuss the developing partnership between the gardener, the plants and nature, always knowing the beauty is in the doing.
Part Two – The second part of Roy’s talk will cover many perennial plants that can live well together, not dominating each other or in need of special cultural conditions or treatment. They live well in close knit communities and reflect the health and beauty of intimacy. We will consider their youthful nurturing and adult care, and overall gardening needs through time.

Noted plantsman and designer Roy Diblik is co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm, a nursery located in Burlington, Wisconsin, USA.  He is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, a sought-after speaker and author. Since 1978 he has combined his years of knowledge growing traditional and Midwest native perennials; he specializes in highly aesthetic, sustainable plant communities for all seasons, while reducing maintenance through design. He believes that gardens should be thoughtful, ecologically directed, emotionally outreaching and yet very personal.

Roy’s recent work includes the lakeside plantings for the new Oceanarium at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and the Louis Sullivan Arch Garden for the modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is best known as the plantsman behind Piet Oudolf’s midwestern garden designs, including the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago.

His book “The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden” highlights his perennial gardening practice.