Community Plant Sale Update

The Club’s annual Community Plant sale was very successful this year. However, there were many plants left over. Therefore we will have a second plant sale on Saturday, May 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This will take place at 2722 6th Avenue in the garden of one of our members.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Next Regular Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Garden Club will take place on Thursday, October 5, 2023 in the Dogwood Room at Echo Centre. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

We do not meet in September. Instead we submit a Group Entry in the Fall Fair where we display flowers. fruit, and vegetables grown by our members. We follow the guidelines as outlined in the Fall Fair booklet.

New members are always welcome and may purchase a membership at our meetings. Memberships cost $20 annually.

Our guest speaker in October will be Alex Teare, Retail Partner for West Coast Seeds. Her topic is yet to be determined.

As usual, we will have a Parlour Show where members display arrangements of plants from their own gardens. The theme for the Parlour Show is yet to be determined.

There may also be a plant sale of plants donated by members for sale at reasonable prices. Past copies of Gardens West or other gardening magazines will also be available for purchase at minimal cost. And, of course, there will be a raffle.

November and January Parlour Show Topics

We are planning to have photo displays for the November and January parlour shows. This is an early warning so members can begin taking photographs now.

The themes chosen for November are Ground Covers from Hell and Favourite Blooms.

The themes chosen for January are Water on the Go and Garden Thugs.

Please start thinking about these themes and get your cameras ready so you will be prepared for the Parlour Show displays in November and January!

Leave Her Wild Container Design

Owner: Shayla Lucier

Shayla specializes in creating custom hanging baskets and planters.  She carries a great assortment of shrubs, perennials, veggie starts, annuals and houseplants (requests are always welcome). 

    Her approach is to always keep things interesting.  You will find inspiring displays on site that change throughout every season! 

Shayla is now offering a ten percent discount to all Mount Klitsa Garden Club members(card must be presented) 

The hours of operation are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30-1:30. 

Directions:  left after the orange bridge, follow the river to Rowe road,  keeping left. Rowe turns into Benjamin. Last driveway on the left. 4951 Benjamin road. Ample parking. 

You can also follow Shayla @leaveherwildcontainerdesign on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated with all the goings on! Happy gardening! 

Garden Club Fall Fair Display

The Club got a first prize ribbon for their display at the Fair this year. It is the biggest ribbon we have ever received! We had 29 visitors sign up expressing an interest in attending our regular meetings. Hopefully we will see many of these people at our meetings.

Many thanks to Craig Hebert for putting together the small gift packages that were distributed to members of the public at the display. Thanks also to the ten members of our Club who were at the display to answer questions about the Club and about the items in the display.

We look forward to next year when we will again enter the Fair.

Garden Shopping

For the convenience of all our Mt. Klitsa Garden members and new gardeners that have moved into our city or are  in the process I have put together a list of garden growers, sellers, garden equipment, soil and mulch  suppliers…most in Port Alberni area but a few in the surrounding areas.    Many will be well known to our membership…but we do have a few newer outlets.    Some of the retailers will give a discount  on some of the supplies or have a loyalty card that is marked to collect points for discount.   Take advantage as the points do add up.   Wear or take your garden club ID pins for discounts where applicable.   10% discount  on applicable items

AV Garden Supply
#4-2945 Alberni Hwy, Port Alberni- phone 250-735-1005
Fertilizers, pots, tools, hydroponic supplies , grow lights, and more.

Hours are: Monday to Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Always available by phone: 250 735 1005

Canadian Tire
3550 Johnston RD., Port Alberni,  phone 250-720-0085-Garden shop.
Seasonal plants, shrubs, fruit trees, peat moss, soil and fertilizers, flower baskets and hanging baskets, bulbs, tubers, garden tools and more. Garden furniture etc.
Use their plant card to accumulate points for a free plant.

West Coast Home Hardware
3550 Johnston Rd, Port Alberni., phone 250-724-3700
Fertilizers, peat moss, manure, garden tools, soil, seasonal bulbs and tubers.
No discount at this time.    Garden furniture and barbecues.

3355 Johnston Rd., Port Alberni, phone 250-720-0912,
Garden tools, seasonal plants and bulbs, tubers and hanging baskets, Mulch, Soil, Fertilizers, Peat Moss.   Barbecues and garden furniture.
No discount.

Shar-Kare Feed and Pet Supplies
4310- 10th Ave. Street. Port Alberni. phone-250-723-4991.
Seasonal plants, tools, organic fertilizers, soil, and all kinds of pet supplies…sawdust, etc.
Which can be used in the garden…worth a look see.
No discount.

Quality Foods
2943-10th Ave.,Port Alberni., phone 250-723-3397
Seasonal flowers, hanging baskets, bulbs and tubers, floral arrangements, indoor plants, manures, soil and specials…check flyers.   Use you’re QF card for discounts on plants.

Colyn’s Nursery
4360 Beaver Creek Road, Port Alberni., phone 250-724-2551
Soil, manures, bulk mulch and soil, u-pick up and delivery, bulbs, tubers, corms,
Hanging baskets, seasonal plants, indoor and outdoor specialties, Herbs, vegetable plants, berry shrubs and fruit trees, ornamental trees and shrubs, fresh cut flowers
and more.   10% discount to members.

Naesgaard’s Farm and Market
5681 River Road, Port Alberni, phone 250-723-3622
Seasonal plants, winter plants, seasonal  Christmas decorations, peat moss, soil, seasonal vegetable and herb plants, large selection of decorative pots in all colours and sizes, wall hangings…outdoor…seasonal berries, corn and other veggies produced right at the farm. Boutique for fashion items.
10 % discount to members.

The Shrubbers
999 Price Road., Parksville., phone 1-250-927-6422
No discount at this time….still building
Large selection of deer resistant hedges, all varieties of shrubs, trees, wooden hanging baskets.
Directions : coming from Port Alberni on the Alberni  Hwy. turn right as you pass Demxx
Retail and just before you pass Iretex Pumps….keep driving and turn right at chain link fenced nursery.    Small entrance: be aware.  Official greeter is the big loveable Labrador
“Bean”…treats appreciated.   Open Tuesdays to Sunday 9:00 to 5:00 dally.  
Still expanding….more to come.

Garden Club History

                                Mount Klitsa Garden Club.

The Mount Klitsa Garden Club was formed on March 24,1955 at the home of Ann Thomson of McCoy Lake. There were 15 members present. Meetings were held at Kleecoot schoolhouse (water bomber base) and members homes. The club’s emblem is the trillium. Our emblem was chosen due to the conservation and protection of this flower by the efforts of the Mount Klitsa Garden Club. The Conservation Law was passed by the government in 1958.

In 2001 the club gave a large donation to West Coast General Hospital for the purchase of tropical plants in the atrium (health square).