Spring Study Day

Saturday, March 09, 2024 – 10:00 am – 3:45 pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver


$60 for members, $70 for non-members and all tickets at the door.


To register for the Spring Study Day

Please send an e-transfer to lizatvhpg@gmail.com  with your name or names in the note section.
Or send cheques payable to “Vancouver Hardy Plant Group”
c/o Elizabeth Taylor
3642 W 1st Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V6R 1H2 CA.

DANTE BAIES – Vancouver, Canada

A Painter’s Garden – The story of Monet’s garden in Giverny: a behind-the-greens look at its transformation from cider orchard into art icon.

Many of you likely know me from my time as a regular volunteer at the much missed Free Spirit Nursery. What you may not know though is that before focusing my attention on evangelizing choice hardy perennials, I spent the summers of 2015-2017 toiling away—weeding, watering, digging, deadheading, and taking way too many photos—at Monet’s garden in Giverny. Terrified though I am at the prospect of doing so on such short notice, it is with fevered enthusiasm that I am putting together a presentation for you on what I learned about Monet and his iconic garden while I was there.

Dr. HENRIK SJOMAN – Gothenburg, Sweden

The Essential Tree Selection Guide.

As Scientific Curator at Gothenburg Botanical Garden, and Senior Researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Henrik’s work is mainly focusing on developing knowledge of site adapted plant use for urban environments. Finding ‘plants of tomorrow’ means to combine traditional plant hunting of less common species with research and evaluation, creating a diversified approach to a resilient urban forest suited to a future climate. Henrik co-authored ‘The Essential Tree Selection Guide’ published by Kew, co-authored with Arit Anderson.


Thomas Hobbs – Southlands Nursery.

Garden Inspiration in France.

Tom Hobbs is well-known in the gardening world throughout North America and beyond as a plant guru, floristry specialist, and general aesthete. His flair for knowing how to inject excitement, style and opulence into a garden or any other space has, without doubt, had an invaluable influence on garden-making in British Columbia and much further afield.

Tom became known for operating the first ‘artistic’ floristry shop in the Vancouver area. However, the opportunity arose around 1991 to take over an existing nursery in the Southlands area. Tom not only for improved the nursery, but expanded the indoor plant merchandise and décor items, an area that Tom continues to expand.

Tom and partner, Brent Beattie, often open “The Farm’ to Vancouver Hardy Plant members.

This rural estate offers great lawns with sweeping views, informal islands of true treasures under giant conifers, a landscaped lake inserted into the forest margin, a formal kitchen garden that includes beds for breeding Iris, one of Tom’s favourites. There are architectural elements, follies and surprises at every turn. Tom has written two books, ‘Shocking Beauty’, and ‘The Jewel Box Garden’ based on his previous garden.

Douglas Justice – UBC Botanical Garden.

Low-Maintenance Landscapes, Urban Tree Canopy Targets and other Myths.

Douglas Justice is the Associate Director, Horticulture and Collections, at UBC Botanical Garden. He is also an adjunct professor in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at UBC and the Program Manager and an instructor for the Botanical Garden’s Horticulture Training Program. He co-authored The Jade Garden: New and Notable Plants from Asia, and wrote a Field Guide to Ornamental Cherries in Vancouver with volunteers from the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Douglas wrote the text for the mobile app Vancouver Trees and is now working to complete a similar volume describing cultivated shrubs in Vancouver. His pandemic project was co-authoring the book, The Lives of Leaves, which is now, finally, available in North America.