Speaker Directory

The BC Council of Garden Clubs has compiled a list of speakers who are willing to speak to garden clubs and organizations on various garden related topics.

While this list is fairly comprehensive, it does not contain all the names of knowledgeable speakers in BC. If you would like to suggest a name for this list or if you wish to have your name added to this list, please email 1vicepresident@bcgardenclubs.com.

Please note the following:

  • The BC Council of Garden Clubs does not accept any responsibility for the quality or the content of any presentation by these individuals.
  • It is the responsibility of the gardening organization to negotiate the terms of the presentation with the speaker (including topic, travel and expenses, fees, etc.)
  • Fees listed are provided as guideline and are subject to change at the discretion of the speaker without notice to the Council.
  • Please click on a speaker name from the table below for more detail.
NameJane Squier
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Phone(250) 537-5467
General Topics
  • Fruits, Fruit Trees
  • Vegetables
Specialty Plants
  • growing sub-tropicals (avocado, citrus, passionfruit...) for fruit production maintaining health at low temperatures. Also a commercial hydroponic lettuce and basil grower for 35 years
Sample topics
  • Innovations in Sustainable Sub-Tropical Fruit Production on Salt Spring Island - for garden club
  • Low-Carbon Subtropical Food Growing on Salt Spring–Really? - for energy conference
Speaker Profile

Jane Squier has over 40 years of hands-on experience operating successful small and medium sized greenhouse businesses and market gardens. She has operated both organic and hydroponic systems in tropical, Mediterranean and cold (zone 3) climates.

Jane is constantly working to refine the choice of plant material, growing methods and technologies to create an efficient, sustainable and economically viable lifestyle business.

Beyond operating The Garden, Jane's involvement in community development is extensive and ranges from establishing the Salt Spring Film Festival in 1999 to involvement with local governance in the areas of land use, water supply, organic waste management and transportation councils. She was the technical partner in the design and establishment of the award winning GISS Farm-to-Cafeteria Program.

Jane studied horticulture and agro-ecology at Olds College and UBC. Recently attended courses include Aquaponics at UVI and MSU's Managing Hoophouse and High Tunnels.

Jane worked for two years as a District Horticulturist in Papua New Guinea.

She has travelled internationally researching, attending workshops, conferences and exchanging knowledge on small scale anaerobic digestion, greenhouse industry, organic farming techniques, sustainable technology and agro-ecology.

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