Spring Study Day – Saturday, February 18, 2017

Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre,

1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

To register for the 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), to Gillian Collins, 2154 West 37th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6M 1N8. If you are purchasing for others, please indicate their names and whether they are members or non-members. Cheques should be received by Monday February 13, 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 ordering sufficient coffee and cookies. 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


Our speakers will each give two talks – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

  Anna Pavord

Photo by George Wright
Photo by George Wright

Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for The Independent and the author of numerous widely praised gardening books including “Plant Partners”, “The Border Book”, “The Tulip”, “The Naming of Names”, “The Curious Gardner”, “Bulb” and most recently “Landskipping”. She wrote for the Observer for twenty years, has contributed to Country Life, Elle Decoration and Country Living and was an associate editor of Gardens Illustrated from 1993 to 2008.  She writes and presents programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and served for ten years on the Gardens Panel of the National Trust, the last five as Chairman.

Anna was awarded the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1991, and an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Leicester in 2005.

For the last thirty years Anna has lived in Dorset, England where she gardens. Constantly experimenting with new combinations of flowers and foliage, she finds it a tremendous source of inspiration.

Here is a link to Anna’s article “Gardens-connect-us-to-the-past-and-let-us-dream-about-the-future” in the Independent this March 2016.

Linda Beutler

Photo by Loma Smith-Weber

Linda Beutler has been the curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection since 2007, and in 2013 she was elected the first woman president of the International Clematis Society. She is an active member of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and many other garden and plant societies.

Linda lectures on numerous gardening topics and is an accomplished garden writer for various publications, including Fine Gardening, Pacific Horticulture, and Birdwatcher’s Digest. She has taught horticulture at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, OR for over 20 years. Her passion for clematis led to the publication of her first book, Gardening with Clematis (2004) followed by Garden to Vase (2007), and Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis (2016), all published by Timber Press.

Linda’s love of gardening began with harvesting strawberries with her grandfather at the age of three, and being given her own plot for radishes and string beans at age five. Her garden in Southeast Portland reflects her garden passions, including old garden roses, herbaceous perennials and shrubs for cutting, and her personal collection of the clematis genus which now numbers 300 separate species and cultivars.

Linda describes herself as a “typical Oregon liberal, unrepentant and a happy embarrassment to nieces and nephews and tender of clematis at work and at home.”