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Updated April 29,  2017

BRAGS Newsletters
Issue
Features
Author
May 2017
May is Here!
Cheryl Fiddis

Bringing Hummingbirds Into Your Garden
Cheryl Fiddis

Rhododendron Festival


BRAGS Special Nursery Tours May 20
Beth MacLaren



April 2017
April is Here!
Cheryl Fiddis

Ground Covers...or Lawns?
Cheryl Fiddis

Rhododendron Festival / Plant Sale




March 2017
March! Yes!
Cheryl Fiddis

Nasturtiums! Nasturtiums!
Cheryl Fiddis

Interesting Weather Phobias


Rhododendron Festival - Volunteers Needed




February 2017
February! BRRRRR!
Cheryl Fiddis

Hellebores Must Mean Spring!
Cheryl Fiddis



January 2017
January!
Cheryl Fiddis

A Twist on Evergreens
Cheryl Fiddis

November Hawaii Pictures
Cheryl Fiddis



December 2016
December!
Cheryl Fiddis

Bringing the Outside In at Christmas
Cheryl Fiddis



November 2016
Hello November
Cheryl Fiddis

The Mountain Ash or Rowan Tree
Cheryl Fiddis

Volunteers - Help Wanted and Thank You




October 2016
October !


Chrysanthemums!        Bulbs!


BRAGS News - Help Wanted




September 2016
Welcome September!
Cheryl Fiddis

Farewell June Dodson
Cheryl & Verna

BRAGS News - Help Wanted, Nature Photos




June 2016
Ahhh, it's June
Cheryl Fiddis

Rhododendron Festival Recap
Verna Adamson &
June Dodson

Oakridge - Paris in Bloom
Rosemarie Daviduk



May 2016
It's The Month of May!
Cheryl Fiddis

Creative Containers
Cheryl Fiddis



April 2016
April!


Perennial Favorites
Cheryl Fiddis

RhodoFest May 1, 2016


The Unusual "Shaving Brush Tree"
June Dodson



March 2016
March!
Cheryl Fiddis

Top 10 Garden Classics!
Cheryl Fiddis

True But Strange Garden Phobias
Cheryl Fiddis



February 2016
February: Try Asian Greens
Cheryl Fiddis

Wanted: Beekeepers
Janice Bobic



January 2016
Happy New Year! 2016 is Here! Winter Quotes


AGM & Christmas Party




December 2015
Let's Welcome December!
Cheryl Fiddis

A November Trip to Catalina Island
 & Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden
Cheryl Fiddis



November 2015
Sedum: Autumn Joy
Cheryl Fiddis

BRAGS Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Cheryl Fiddis

Speaker Program
Bev Glover

"An Ode to Autumn"
Emeline B. Smith

November in Tlaquepaque
Cheryl Fiddis



October 2015
October!
Cheryl Fiddis

Gladiolus, Gladiola!
Cheryl Fiddis

Kudos! (to Rosemarie Daviduk)




September 2015
What a Summer It Was!
Cheryl Fiddis

BRAGS Picnic Update! (with photos)
Cheryl Fiddis



June 2015
Desert News
Cheryl Fiddis

RhodoFest Wrap-Up
June Dodson
Verna Adamson



May 2015
Springtime Flower Fun


Pansies, Pansies, Pansies!


What are You Most Looking Forward to this Spring?Summer
BRAGS Members



April 2015
The Bloedel Conservatory, Queen Elizabeth Park
Cheryl Fiddis

Rhododendron Festival, May 3
Cheryl Fiddis



March 2015
Rhododendron Festival
Cheryl Fiddis

A "Living" Fence
Cheryl Fiddis



February 2015
Springtime = Daffodils
Cheryl Fiddis

The Lovely Beautyberry Bush
Cheryl Fiddis



January 2015
A November Visit to the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
Cheryl Fiddis

Snowdrops!
Cheryl Fiddis



December 2014
Burnaby Parks - Part 3 - Time to Explore Your Own Backyard
Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Cheryl Fiddis

Membership Dues - AGM Notes - Christmas Party
Cheryl Fiddis



November 2014
Burnaby Parks - Part 2 - Time to Explore Your Own Backyard
Cheryl Fiddis

AGM Notes - Proposed BRAGS By-law changes




October 2014
Burnaby Parks - Time to Explore Your Own Backyard
Cheryl Fiddis

Summer Garden Adventure (More)
Janice Bobic
Wendy Thompson



September 2014
What? Horsechestnuts as a Spider Repellent?
Cheryl Fiddis

Summer Garden Adventures
Susan Brandl

Farewell to Summer
Cheryl Fiddis



June 2014
Desert News - Hummingbird Update
Cheryl Fiddis

Rhododendron Festival Update
June Dodson &
Verna Adamson



May 2014
Celebrate May Day!
Cheryl Fiddis

BRAGS Photo Gallery - Member Photos




April 2014
Yes, April at Last!  (Daffodils)
Cheryl Fiddis

Rhododendron Festival & Plant Sale, May 4, 2014





March 2014
Wildlife in the Garden
BRAGS Members



February 2014
Soil Matters
Cheryl Fiddis &
Old Farmer's Almanac

Seattle Flower Show
Executive Update & Thanks




January 2014
Ornamental Grasses
Cheryl Fiddis

Seattle flower Show
AGM & Christmas Party Update




December 2013
A Step Back in Time - The Halifax Public Gardens
Cheryl Fiddis

Seattle Flower Show Feb 5 - 9, 2014




November 2013
November is Here
Cheryl Fiddis

A Walk on the Quiet Side - In New York City, Yes!
Cheryl Fiddis

It's Nomination Time Again
Verna Adamson



October 2013
Fall is Here
Cheryl Fiddis

My Favorite Garden Tool
BRAGS Members

Stoney Creek School Help Request
Sheila Chowdhury



September 2013
BRAGS Annual Picnic
Cheryl Fiddis

Minter Gardens Closing


UNIBUG - User Network for Insect Biology in the Urban Garden
Susan Brandl



June 2013
April in the Desert - A Trip to Sunnylands Center & Gardens in California
Cheryl Fiddis

RhodoFest & Plant Sale Report
Wendy Thompson &
Lanny  Hui



May 2013
The Merry Month of May - Favourite Flowers


RhodoFest & Plant Sale




April 2013
April Showers Bring May Flowers- Favourite Flowers


RhodoFest & BRAGS Plant Sale




March 2013
Amaryllis
Cheryl Fiddis

Meet Wendy Thompson - Vice-president & RhodoFest Chair
Wendy Thompson

Ardisia bospremium - New & distinctive
Cheryl Fiddis



February 2013
The New Composting
David Forsyth

Kale - The Superfood!
Cheryl Fiddis

Meet Bev Glover - Our Speaker Co-ordinator
Bev Glover

Hummingbird Update
Cheryl Fiddis



January 2013
My Favourite Garden Place (Garden shops, nurseries, farms, etc.)
BRAGS Members

It's Winter, But What Kind of Winter is It?  (For the Backyard Birds)
Cheryl Fiddis



December 2012
Top Trees for Christmas !  - Select the best tree for your needs
Cheryl Fiddis &
Scott Pearce

What's in Your Backyard? - Make a Birdseed Wreath !
Sonya Welter

Pacific Northwest Garden Show - A BRAGS Field Trip to Seattle




November 2012
A Sense of a Goose
Unknown

Poinsettias !


Nominations !




October 2012
A Fall Project for Everyone
Cheryl Fiddis

Gophers vs. Gardeners
Ron Sissons



September 2012
Meet the Treasurer! - Susan Brandl
Susan Brandl

The Glories of Growing Garlic
Anne Marrison: The Green Scene

BRAGS Picnic Update


BRAGS Picnic Website Photo Bonus only available online




June 2012
Desert Secret Gardens: Palm Springs in April
Cheryl Fiddis

RhodoFest Recap
Wendy Thompson

Plant Sale Recap
Lanny Hui



May 2012
Parsnips: Superb Winterkeekpers
W. Burge

Meet the BRAGS Secretary, Linda Cholette, RhodoFest




April 2012
RhodoFest is Coming !      Plant Sale at RhodoFest


Westcoast Seeds Field Trip: Update




March 2012
Japan in November
Verna Adamson

St.Patrick's Day, RhodoFest, Invasive Plants
Cheryl Fiddis



February 2012
Those Showy Cyclamens
The Almanac for Farmers & City Folk, W. Burge

Ground Hog Day
Old Farmer's Almanac

St. Valentine's Day
Fun fact & trivia



January 2012
St. Fiachra's Garden - a secret garden near Dublin, Ireland
Cheryl Fiddis



December 2011
Winter Beds & Borders
Royal Horticultural Society

How to Make a Christmas Wreath
eHow.com



November 2011
Pruning Calendar: Autumn
Royal Horticultural Society

Helping Birds Through the Winter Months
Canadian Wildlife Fed.

AGM...Nominations, Refreshments Committee: Help Wanted!




October 2011
Autumn Beds & Borders-Designing with Plants
Cheryl Fiddis

September Meeting Summary (Members' Summer Gardens 2011)
Rosemarie Daviduk & Cheryl Fiddis

Rhubarb Cake Recipe
Rosemarie Daviduk



September 2011
Meet the Vice-President (Gardening in BC vs. Ontario)
Lanny Hui

Make Pesticides a Thing of the Past
Canadian Wildlife Fed.

2011 Picnic Summary
Cheryl Fiddis



June 2011
BRAGS Constitution - Name Change Discussion
BRAGS Executive

RhodoFest 2011 Summary
Wendy Thompson



May 2011
Gardening in New Zealand
Helen Vaughan

Thank You, Helen Vaughan
Cheryl Fiddis

Sage Advice
Kim Taylor



April 2011
Windy Day (poem)
Frances Wuzinski

Meet Our President, Verna Adamson
Verna Adamson

Thank You, Anne & David Forsyth
Cheryl Fiddis



March 2011
Not-So-Secret Gardens - Botanical Building, Balboa Park,  San Diego
Wendy Thompson

Just for the Birds - Feeding Hummingbirds
Cheryl Fiddis



February 2011
Getting Ready for Spring!,  Upcoming Column
Cheryl FIddis

Burnaby Garden Scene on Twitter




January 2011
How to Grow Hoya (Wax Plant)


Urgent Message from BRAGS President Judy Wellington




December 2010
Which Tree is the Most Eco-Friendly? (Christmas Trees)




November 2010
Native Canadian Orchids
Canadian Orchid Congress



October 2010
Nominations
Cheryl Fiddis



September 2010
Mushrooms in the Garden
Terri Marie Beausejour
mikoweb.com



June 2010
RhodoFest Review, Cherry Blossom Festival




May 2010
Tree Peonies, Out & About, Speakers




April 2010
Composting
Dept of Environment
New Brunswick



March 2010
Gardening for Fitness
Kimberley Ridout
www.gardenfitness.com



February 2010
Note-this issue is 5 pages
Invasive Plants  (pages 1, 2, 4, 5)
Greater Vancouver Invasive Plant Council

The Garden (poem)
Andrew Marvell



January 2010
How to Landscape with Edible Plants from "Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul"
Marion Owen

Out & About, Future Speakers




December 2009
Hippeastrum (Amaryllis)


"Plum Tree Sister" from "Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul"
Cynthia Brian



November 2009
Rhododendron Basics: Diseases
Harold Greer

Ultimate Rhododendron Conference, RhodoFest


October 2009
Maintaining Healthy Rhododendrons
Univ.  of Ohio

Greenroof Tour


September 2009
Garden Tour 2009
Faye Kilpatrick

Picnic Recap
Cheryl Fiddis

Rhododendron Basics: Root Weevil
Washington State Univ.

June 2009
RhodoFest Wrap-up
Wendy Thompson
Current Issue
Spring Bouquet Competition
June Dodson

BRAGS Picnic (Finalized), Out & About


May 2009
Rhododendron Basics: Pinching, Deadheading, Pruning (Part 3)
Various sources

Cure for Honeybee Colony Collapse?
www.sciencedaily.com

BRAGS Picnic, Out & About, etc


April 2009
Rhododendron Basics : Fertilizer (Part 2)
American Rhododendron
Society

Burnaby Lake Butterfly Garden Gets New Edition
Diane Hayward-Meek
GVRD Newsletter

BRAGS Picnic, Plant Sale, RhodoFest


March 2009
Rhododendron Basics (Part 1)
Lanny Hui

Plant Sale (Plus  insert "Popular Plant Sale Plants")
NOTE if printing the insert it is in 8½ x 14 (legal) size
Lanny Hui

Attention All Picnickers
Cheryl Fiddis 



February 2009
New Year's Resolution
Cheryl Fiddis

Cyclamen-Excerpts from Bill Bischoff's Notes
Bill Bischoff

Seeds, TLC Workshops, Nominations




January 2009
President's Annual Report - 2008
Susan Brandl

It's Safe Now (Annual Elections)
Lois Brown



December 2008
Message from the Editor
Lanny Hui

Topiary in Your Garden


Christmas Party, Christmas Events in Burnaby, New Members




November 2008
"God Finds Out About Lawn Care
emmitsburg.net/humor

The Roof Top Garden (Burnaby Hospital)
Kim Taylor

Nominations
Cheryl Fiddis
Lois Brown



October 2008
President's Report
Susan Brandl

Canadian Thanksgiving
twilightbridge.com

Nominations
Cheryl Fiddis
Lois Brown



September 2008
Garden Tour 2008 (Wrap-up)
Faye Kilpatrick

From My Garden (Garden Tour Thoughts)
Peter Barnsdale

Wonders & Woes
Lois Brown

FYI, Garden Reading, Out & About, Nominations !




June 2008
Cleaning Indoor Air (with Plants)
Toronto Botanical Garden

Viburnum Leaf Beatle
Diane Allison

Nominations ! Publicity, Fundraising, RhodoFest Chair
Cheryl Fiddis,
Lois Brown



May 2008
President's Report - Argentina Trip
Susan Brandl

Rhododendron Leafhopper
Diane Allison

Nominations ! President, Vice-president, Treasurer
Cheryl Fiddis
Lois Brown



April 2008
Easter...Spring
Cheryl Fiddis

Rhodo Rogues
Lois Brown

Cypress Tip Moth
Diane Allison

Nominations! Nominations! Nominations!
Cheryl Fiddis &
Lois Brown



March 2008
Gardening by the Book-Long Season Gardening (Books to read)
Susan Brandl

Nominations! Nominations! Nominations!
Cheryl Fiddis

Plant People-Sweet, Silly Similes
Cheryl Fiddis

President's Report
Susan Brandl



February 2008
14 Perennials That Will Add Winter Interest to your Garden
Hilary Rinaldi

President's Report
Susan Brandl

"Be My Valentine" Raffle, Plant Sale Volunteer Form




January 2008
President's Monthly Report & Annual Report for 2007
Susan Brandl

Shortened issue due to Editor vacancy




December 2007
Survive Winter by Growing Houseplants
Margot Moser

BRAGS Show and Tell Page
Various

Presidents Report
Susan Brandl



November 2007
BRAGS Members Share Great Gardening Tips
Various

The Little Vine That Could (Dicentra scandens)
Peter Barnsdale

A Freeze to Remember (Nov 11, 1955)
Margot Moser

President's Report
Susan Brandl



October 2007
Clean-up Time
Margot Moser

Please, please...don't eat the Rhododendrons
Margot Moser, ed.

President's Report
Susan Brandl



September 2007
Garden Tour 2007


The Great Fuchsia Flurry (Burnaby oil pipeline disaster)
Lois Brown

Garden Quiz, Editor needed, President's Report




June 2007
More on Botanical Names
Margot Moser

My Favorite  Plant Today is...Aquilegia alpina
Diane Allison

President's Report, New Vista Report, Burnaby Garden Tour




May 2007
My Favorite Plant Today is...Heuchera
Diane Allison

Carl Linnaeus – Father of Taxonomy
Margot Moser

Plant Sale Report
Susan McDougall

President's Report, Ayuko Inoue




April 2007
My Favorite Plant Today is...Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki'
Diane Allison

Use Them or Lose Them - Botanical Names That Is
Margot Moser

Fairhaven Project, Plant Sale, President's Report




March 2007
From Our President
Susan Brandl
3.4 MB
My Favorite Plant Today is . . . Primula elatior
Diane Allison

IPM - Weed Control & Prevention
Margot Moser



February 2007
Thinking Spring (Plant Sale Preparations)
Susan McDougall
379 KB
My Favorite Plant Today is . . . Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’
Diane Allison

Wrenhaven Nursery Closing
Margot Moser



January 2007
President's 2006 Report
Cheryl Fiddis
174 KB





December 2006
How NOT to Plant Rhododendrons
Margot Moser
1.3MB
My Favorite Plant Today is . .  . Acer griseum (Paperbark maple)
Diane Allison

Use IPM to Tackle Even the Worst Weeds
Margot Moser



November 2006
An important message from your Nominations Committee
Nom. Comm.
396 KB
My favourite plant today is...Aster lateriflorus 'Horizontalis'
Diane Allison



October 2006
News from Nanoose (Bad neighbours)
Margot Moser
242 KB
My favourite plant today is...Aconitum carmichaelli 'Arendsii"
Diane Allison