We are a traditional nursery in the sense that we strive to propagate all our plants and trial them in our own gardens before we sell them to you our valued customer. As we are still in our infancy we do still bring in a few plants to allow us to have stock available. We do NOT use harmful pesticides, or herbicides and this year we substantially reduced our consumption of peat in our potting compost (we mix our own to suit our quality specifications) to the point where we will not be using any peat moss in 2011 to grow our plants. We are not a garden merchandiser where they are constantly buying plants in and re-selling them. Our passion is in the plants and feel we offer plant advice that is unrivaled due to our extensive experience in the art of Horticulture. We feel blessed to be part of this art form and continue to research and test new and interesting plants, many of which are not new to horticulture but may have become difficult to find. We will continue to discover increased sustainability in all that we do, after all this is a green industry and we have no interest in 'green washing' whatsoever.
Gordon's speaking dates and sales events for 2013 Please call or email Gordon if you would like him to speak to your group. March 18: 'Trees and Shrubs for the Smaller Garden, Comox Valley Horticultural Society April 12 and 13: Vendor at VIRAGS Spring Show, Cadboro Bay United Church, Victoria April 23: 'Rock, Wood & Crevice', Powell River Garden Club May 1: 'More Gems for the Rock Garden', Campbell River Garden Club May 8: 'Some Favourite Woodlanders', Galiano Island Garden Club May 29: Growing Himalayan Plants from Seed with Chris Chadwell, Alba Plants (preregistration necessary) June 14--16: Vendor at Vancouver Hardy Plant Group Conference October 05: Teaching Propagation and Pruning to Master Gardeners course, VIU, Nanaimo November 9 to 22: Back home to Scotland
Gordon's speaking engagements for 2012 Interested Garden Clubs please contact Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 10: Suitable Bedfellows for the Genus Rhododendron, North Island Rhododendron Society, Comox April 13 and 14: Vendor at the VIRAGS Spring Show and Sale, Victoria. See virags.ca April 18: Some Favourite Woodlanders, Mayne Island Garden Club April 19: Companions for Rhododendrons, Vancouver Rhododendron Club, Van Dusen Gardens April 23: Wood, Crevice and Rock: Right Plant, Right Place, SaltSpring Island Garden Club May 28: Propagating and Growing my Favourite Alpine Plants, Bowen Island Garden Club June 20: The Two Georges: The Plant Introductions of George Sherriff and George Forrest, Rocky Mountain NARGS Chapter, Denver, Colorado July 7 to 16 : Garden and nursery touring Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Will be available to do a presentation to interested garden clubs along with my Father September 22: Trough planting workshop, Special Interest Alpine Grouup, Qualicum Garden Club, Qualicum Beach
Bio for Gordon:
After being encouraged and inspired by his father Angus, Gordon spent many weekends working on various landscape install and maintenance projects in the Glasgow area as a teenager. These years were full of great memories as he had the opportunity to work alongside his father and also his Uncle Hamish who was a great teacher. It was during this period that he knew that this was an industry that he really wanted to be involved in and after a pre-college year at one of Scotland's largest garden centres he enrolled at the renowned Threave School Gardening. It was here that Gordon found another horticultural mentor, Magnus Ramsay, a plantsman of the very highest calibre and for Gordon a true passion for ornamental plants was born. Gordon was proud to achieve the top student award for plant identification and also be the first second generation student at Threave following in his father's footsteps. More training was in the cards, this time to specialize further into hardy nursery stock production in the three year diploma program at at Pershore College of Horticulture and both he and his Threave roommate Colin Johnstone quickly discovered how well their Threave training would serve them. In 1994 Gordon was asked to come to Vancouver Island for a year to help set up and establish a specialty plant nursery. He enjoyed this experience so much that he stayed. Alba Plants has been a personal project and Gordon is keen to develop and extend the range of plants, raised with no harmful pesticides. He is also part of the therapeutic horticulture team at Providence Farm and recently took up a position as Horticulture Instructor at Camosun College. Gordon presents to gardening events on a variety of subjects. A new area of interest is arboriculture, a true passion and area of growing professional development.
ALPINES and WOODLAND PLANTS ALONG WITH A CHOICE SELECTION OF MINIATURE AND DWARF CONIFERS
UNUSUAL PERENNIALS AND SMALL TREES
We are open by by chance and by appointment. Please phone ahead, especially if you are coming from out of town. Gordon also brings plants to the various garden club presentations. We will be speaking at one of the Calgary Rock and Alpine Club meetings in September 2011 and then doing a dwarf conifer workshop in Calgary after this. Details to follow.
Our blog is now up and running at albaplants.blogspot.com
Please check out the podcast on CBC Radio, Gordon was recently interviewed by Sheryl Mackay on North by Northwest. If you are a garden club looking for a speaker please feel free to call Gordon (250) 746 1555
Gordon's speaking engagements for 2011: Please call me for more details on locations etc.
Jan 12th: 'Trees for the Small Garden' Cowichan Valley Garden Club, St Johns Church. Cancelled due to snow, new date is Oct 12/11
Feb 4th : 'Some Favourite Alpines and Dwarf Shrubs' Nanoose Bay garden Club, 1.15pm, Nanoose Bay Library
Feb 7th: 'Gems for the Rock Garden' Quadra Island Garden Club, 7pm, Quadra Island Community Hall
Feb 26th Workshop at Western Winter Study Weekend, Sidney, BC: 'Propagation and Care of the Best Dwarf Conifers'
March 2nd 'Suitable Companions for Heathers' Vancouver Island Heather Society, Masonic Lodge,Mill Bay 2pm
March 20th 'An Introduction to Rock Gardening' Glendale Gardens 1to 4 pm
April 5th 'More Gems for the Rock Garden' Mt Breinton Garden Club, 3318 River Road, Chemainus 1.30pm
April 5th Vendors at the Victoria Horticultural Society Annual Plant Sale, Garth Homer Centre, Victoria 6.30pm
April 12th 'Beginning the rock and crevice garden' Lake Bloomers Garden Club, Catholic Church, Fern Street, Lake Cowichan 7pm
April 13th 'Gems for the Rock Garden' Nanaimo Horticultural Society
April 15 and 16th Vendors at the VIRAGS Spring Show and Sale Cadboro Bay United church, Arbutus Ave, Victoria 1 to 8pm on 15th and 9 to 4 on the 16th A must see for anyone remotely interested in alpine gardening!
April 19th 'Two Stalwarts of the Rock and Crevice Garden: Daphne and Salix' Victoria Hardy Plant Society
May 22nd Vendors at the 'Plantaholics Sale Abkhazi Garden, Victoria
May 28th Teaching Plant Propagation Course at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo (Continuing Education)
June 8th 'Rock Gardening from the Ground Up' Galiano Island Garden Club 2pm
June 11th Vendors at the Mill Bay Community Flower Show, Cobble Hill Hall
June 14th On the panel for Gardeners Question Time, Qualicum Beach Garden Club
June 15 to 26 Full immersion into rock gardening New England style as I attend the NARGS Annual Conference in New Hampshire!
September 7th 'Dwarf Conifers: The Backbone of the Rock Garden' BC Alpine Plant Club
September 8th ' Miniatures and Dwarfs: A few personal favourites in a world of dwarf conifers' Calgary Rock and Alpine Garden Society (CRAGS) September 10th Dwarf Conifer Workshop for the Calgary Rock and Alpine Garden Society
Oct 12th 'Trees for the Small Garden' Cowichan Valley Garden Club, St. Johns Church 7pm
Oct 25th 'Rocks and Crevices: The 'how to' of building a rock and crevice garden' Mill Bay Garden Club