We are delighted to have one of our long-time members, Bill Terry who is well known to us through his interest and
expertise with Meconopsis (the ‘Blue Poppy’), join us to give a brand new talk this Fall Study Day – “Letting Nature
Take Her Course: Simplicity and Serendipity in the Garden” – a timely topic for many of us!
Since 1994, Bill has lived on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, with his wife, Rosemary, pursuing a lifelong ambition to
create the perfect garden. Bill specializes in plant propagation and has taught this subject in the Capilano University Continuing
Education program. He also lectures on the Blue Poppy and its relatives and raises the plants for sale. His collection of Asiatic
poppies (Meconopsis) is the most diverse in North America.
He is a member of The Meconopsis Group, the Royal Horticultural Society
and other gardening organizations. Now retired, Bill worked as a CBC executive, with a broadcast career that spanned thirty-five
years and encompassed thirteen jobs in radio and television production and management in four Canadian cities.
Bill and Rosemary will have their latest book, Beauty by Design - Inspired Gardening in the Pacific Northwest, available for
purchase at Fall Study Day. The book is a treasure trove of ideas and enchantment for seasoned gardeners and beginners alike.
Eleven inspired artists of the garden share their stories, their secrets, and their passion for gardening. Landscape is
the canvas. Foliage, flowers, rocks, water, and other bounties of nature are the materials. With plants, objects, art, and
artifice, they create magical spaces, engage our senses, and summon forth pure delight.
Bill is also the author of Blue Heaven: Encounters with the Blue Poppy and Beyond Beauty: Hunting the Wild Blue Poppy and
his latest book - Beauty By Design will be available for purchase at Fall Study Day.
Bill believes gardening is the most optimistic of occupations, which explains why gardeners tend to live to a great age.
Check out Bill’s website, which is devoted to the celebration of the Himalayan Blue Poppy, at http://meconopsis.ca/