FALL STUDY DAY – Saturday October 27th, 2018

Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre,

1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

To register for the Spring Study Day, please forward your cheque, payable to the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, for $45 (members pre-paid), $50 (non-members and all tickets at the door), to Lindsay Macpherson, 11662 Carr St., 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 19, 2018, which will allow time for your name 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. 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.


Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson Gardens, England

Matthew will give two talks – “Making a Garden” and “Star Plants for Small Gardens”

Matthew Wilson
Matthew Wilson


Matthew Wilson is an award-winning garden and landscape designer, writer, radio and television broadcaster and lecturer.  He has been a regular participant on Gardeners’ Question Time on BBC Radio 4 since 2009.  Matthew is a regular contributor to The Financial Times and often writes on horticultural topics for the paper’s House and Home section. He also writes extensively for other gardening publications including BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, The Garden, Gardens Illustrated and more.

In 2012 Matthew was named as Journalist of the Year by the Garden Media Guild for his writing in the Financial Times.




Richie Steffen

Director and Curator,
Elizabeth Miller Garden, WA

Richie will give us a new talk – “Gardening in Dry Shade”

Richie Steffen
Richie Steffen


A well-known personality on the Pacific Northwest horticulture scene, Richie joined the Miller Garden in 2000, bringing with him a variety of horticultural expertise. After moving from Maryland to Seattle in 1989, he worked at Sky Nursery in Shoreline, as propagator/nursery manager for the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden and as a part-time instructor for the horticulture program at Edmonds Community College. He currently serves as a board member of the Rhododendron Species Foundation and the Hardy Fern Foundation (past president).

Richie is co-author of “Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns” published by Timber Press in 2015.



Ernie & Marietta O’Byrne,

Northwest Garden Nursery, Eugene, OR

Ernie and Marietta’s talk will be based on their book “A Tapestry Garden”

tapestry garden
The Tapestry Garden – Marietta and Ernie O’Byrne


Ernie and Marietta are the co-owners of Northwest Garden Nursery in Eugene, Oregon. Formerly a retail nursery specializing in unusual plants, it is now a wholesale nursery specializing in their creation the “Winter Jewels” series of hellebores.

Marietta and Ernie’s garden, situated on one and a half acres, is filled with an incredible array of plants from around the world. By consciously leveraging the garden’s many microclimates, they have created a stunning patchwork of exuberant plants that is widely considered one of America’s most outstanding private gardens. In A Tapestry Garden, the O’Byrne’s share their deep knowledge of plants and essential garden advice.