Phytophtoras: Garden Devastation in the U.K.

Join us for an evening with Ian Wright, the U.K.'s National Trust Special Advisor on Phytophthoras.

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The National Trust owns many large gardens throughout Britain and Ian has been front and centre in the Phytophthora issue dealing with destruction of infected gardens as well as national and management actions to deal with the three species of this disease.

The British government has received a report that unless action is taken, every garden in the U.K. will have infection within 20 years. Action within the next five years is critical to stop the spread of this disease. Learn about the U.K. experience directly from this expert as well as what the B.C. ornamental nursery industry is doing to minimize the risk of this disease moving into gardens of B.C. Also included will be an informative review of the biology and life cycle of Phytophthora, the species that is of concern to West Coast gardens as well as symptoms and effects of this disease.


The Biology and Symptoms of P. ramorum
Dave Woodske, nursery specialist, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture & Lands

Phytophthora: A Wake-Up Call
Ian Wright, special advisor, National Trust, U.K.

B.C.’s Nursery Industry: Taking Action Against P. ramorum
Hedy Dyck, BCLNA P. ramorum Nursery Certification Manager

Questions and Answers


  • Monday, October 27 – Nanaimo
    7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
    Lounge, Beban Park Social Centre, 2300 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo
  • Tuesday, October 28 – Victoria
    7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
    University of Victoria, Room 105, Harry Hickman Building, 3800 Finnerty Rd., Victoria
  • Wednesday, October 29 – Langley
    7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Murrayville Community Hall, 21667 48th Ave., Langley
  • Thursday, October 30 – Vancouver
    7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
    Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver

Register by October 20th, 2008 to ensure seating.

To register, please email your name, phone and email to

Co-presented by:
Cowichan Valley Rhododendren Society
VanDusen Botanical Garden
University of Victoria Finnerty Garden
Central Vancouver Island Botanic Garden Society
Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society