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2023 IWGS Symposium Vancouver, BC. Canada
Not registered yet? Undecided?
The International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society invites you to register for the 2023 IWGS Symposium to be held in Vancouver, Canada from August 23 to August 27, 2023.
August 23: Symposium Registration in the afternoon.
Join us at the Welcome reception for snacks and drinks. In keeping with tradition, the hospitality suite will be open for you to spend time with other water gardening enthusiasts.
August 24: Tour Day:
One of our stops is the Van Dusen Botanical Garden, where you will be captivated by a variety of exotic plants and captivating landscapes. Admire the serene ponds, stroll along the shady paths and marvel at the majesty of the themed gardens - a truly rejuvenating experience!
August 25: Speaker sessions.
Start the morning off with a hot breakfast at our hotel site, followed by an exciting variety of speakers and topics.
Our sessions will include a panel discussion on Water gardening in "less than tropical" environments, and presentations on Climate change and how its affecting everything we do and yes, the importance of water, How To Import Live Plants Into Canada, Building a Swim Pond, Building Bog Filter, The Kananaskis Project - Growing Waterlilies in the Rockies, Building a large community water garden under challenging conditions; lessons learned and opportunities realized, and our keynote speaker Demi Fortuna on "State of the water garden industry".
The IWGS annual fund raiser - our Silent Auction - will take place at the same time. Remember to bid high and bid often! If you are able, bring/send an item for the silent auction fund-raiser. Your donations are appreciated!
The day ends with Happy hour and the evening gala banquet.
Don't forget that you have to be up early Saturday morning, as the bus leaves for the trip to the Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island at 7 am sharp!
Hotel Booking Instructions
2023 Full Symposium Registration Form
2023 One Day Symposium Registration Form
August 26: Wake up early and be on the bus BEFORE 7 am for the trip to Vancouver Island! You will get "breakfast on the bus" while we journey to the ferry terminal to sail at 9 am. If you are still hungry, you can buy food at one of the restaurants on the ferry while we sail to Butchart Gardens across the Strait of Georgia. We will be spending the whole day at the Butchart Gardens.
Butchart Gardens occupy the site of a former quarry and borders on Tod Inlet. The designated area of the gardens occupies approximately 5.26 hectares. The gardens provide dramatic floral displays in a variety of garden settings and styles set against a backdrop of mature trees and shrubs and linked together by a network of paths and transition areas. Throughout the garden are viewpoints offering glimpses of Tod Inlet and the hills beyond.
We will be back on the ferry at 5 pm, sailing back to the mainland and our hotel. You will be able to buy supper on the ferry if you are famished after all that walking through the Butchart Gardens. Spend the evening at the hospitality room, bidding farewell to your fellow - gardeners.
August 27: Departure from the hotel.
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