Golf Course Management

JUL 2019

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34 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.19 Editor's note: e following story was originally published in the Winter 2018 edition of GreenMaster, the official publication of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association. Approximately 20 years ago, an initiative began at Cordova Bay Golf Course in Vic- toria, British Columbia, to turn a small, unused portion of land beside our 15th tee box into a pumpkin patch. •is was for general interest, beautification and for the fall harvest to be used in autumn displays. Little did we know this would result in a major evolution and transformation of our horticulture activities and garden themes for decades to come. Year after year, the theme of this garden would change. We experimented with stands of barley and millet, and eventually turned the area into a wildflower meadow with pop- pies, lupines, Shasta daisy, foxglove and fescue. Over time, this meadow became overrun with weeds and prompted us to return to the original idea of a theme garden that would produce pumpkins and other vegetables for various uses. •is decision ultimately created the garden we affectionately call the "Veggie Patch." •is garden has grown to be an important part of our identity, having laid the founda- tion for our entire horticulture program which has grown bigger than we could have ever imagined. A return to its roots During the early years of the vegetable garden, the primary crop of pumpkins, squash and ornamental gourds provided ample product for fall displays. In fact, this produce was so abundant that Walter Gurtner, the club's head chef at Bill Mattick's Restaurant, utilized these seasonal vegetables in his fall and winter dinner entrees and house-made soups. The staff at Cordova Bay Golf Course interplants flowers — like the echinacea, entertaining a bumblebee visitor (inset) — over about 15 percent of the vegetable garden for cut-flower production, but also to lure pollinators and other beneficial insects. Photos by Emily Peltier

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