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March 02, 2016

PlantWise is a provincial program that supports the (ornamental) horticulture industry's transition to become invasive-free, and is helping gardeners and industry understand which plants are invasive and harmful to our communities, and to make 'PlantWise' choices. To achieve these goals, ISCBC works collaboratively with plant growers, retailers, specifiers, and landscapers across BC.

Why be concerned about invasive plants? Invasive plants are usually as beautiful and functional as non-invasive plants, making them hard to differentiate. They are recognized globally as the second greatest threat to biodiversity! Invasive plants have unique characteristics that other plants lack, allowing them to out-compete native vegetation and cause environmental and economic harm.

The NEW Plant Wise web page and App is now available by clicking on this link


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GROWING FOOD In Public Spaces - A Start up Guide

What is Public Produce? The term “Public Produce” refers to edible plants such as fruit and nut bearing trees and shrubs as well as vegetables and herbs that are grown in a public space and are freely accessible to the public, according to Wikipedia. Public Produce is different...

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 20:00 in MGABC | Read more
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DEER! -- Oh Dear

Thank you Victoria Master Gardeners for updating this very useful list of Deer Resistant Plants which can be accessed by clicking the link here photo courtesy of Anne A. Vancouver Chapter General comments about deer-resistant plants:  • The most reliably deer-resistant plants...

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 18:00 in MGABC | Read more
Articles

I Love Tree Peonies

This is a story of my experience with peonies, particularly tree peonies. I have found them to be well suited to the Pacific Northwest.  Summer drought tolerant, deer resistant, (in my world deer proof plants are those inside yards with large dogs and surrounded by 7 foot fences...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 17:43 in Vancouver | Read more
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FROM OUR GARDEN TO YOURS

Forcing Bulbs - forcing bulbs enables us to enjoy the fragrance of spring during dreary days of late fall and winter. Bulbs that force well are paper-white narcissus, tulips and hyacinths. To force paper-whites, place the bulbs in a container 2 or more inches deep and large...

Monday, March 7, 2016 - 10:09 in Okanagan | Read more
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Lessons Learned Transplanting in the Dry Areas of the West Coast

After a recent gardener to gardener chat, it was suggested to me that I might commit some of my thoughts ‘to paper’. For the scientists in the crowd there are no p values, just things I have learned, mostly the hard way. I am a master gardener, with basic training. I think by...

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 16:00 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more
News

A SPRING AFFAIR - from Dirt to Dixter - post conference news

POST CONFERENCE NEWS: It was a cold , wet , blustery day - perfect for spending indoors! Over 375 People attended and the day flew by as we laughed and learned. Our 3 MG Speakers: Mike N, Cathy C. and Tony P. rounded out the lectures nicely at the end of the day with their short...

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 18:28 in Vancouver | Read more
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2016 SEEDY SATURDAYS - Learn How! Thru April

Seedy Days will be happening all across the country Please click on this link to view more info on other Seedy Days in February , March and April Meet Seed Vendors! Learn How to Plant and Grow Food. Take advantage of Special Deals on Seeds. Rub Shoulders with other like...

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 18:28 in MGABC | Read more
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2016 Garden Education Events

Another year of Gardening is fast upon us and already many Garden Clubs are up and running. There are a number of incredible events happening in February including Gardener’s Day in Salmon Arm, The Pacific North West Garden Show in Seattle and Seedy Saturday in Penticton. The...

Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 19:45 in Okanagan | Read more
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CULTIVATING COMMUNITY: A Guide to Starting a Community Garden

Cultivating Community:  A Guide to Starting a Community Garden Congratulations to Shelaigh Garson, a Thompson Shuswap Master Gardener and coordinator of the City of Kamloops Community Gardens. She has written a book about starting community gardens.  A PDF copy of this book is...

Friday, January 1, 2016 - 05:14 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more
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MOST COMMONLY ASKED: Clinic Questions - Answer Resources Included

A wealth of Info based on the most commonly asked questions to Vancouver Master Gardeners is contained in these pages by clicking here . Most of these answers relate to the Pacific Northwest Area 1. What plants are good for a shady area? For a sunny area? For a dry area?For a...

Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 22:36 in Vancouver | Read more
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Container Vegetable Gardening

The PDF file linked below is the presentation made by Dig This at the May 20th 2015 VMGA General Meeting.  Elizabeth Cull has kindly consented to posting her slides in the public space of the VMGA website. Please click the link below to access a copy of the presentation.  It is...

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 10:28 in Victoria | Read more
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BECOME A MASTER GARDENER

LEARN ABOUT OUR EDUCATION AND VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS Master Gardener Training is offered in 6 different regions in the Province. There is a Classroom component , followed by a Volunteer Component which must be met before becoming a Qualified Master Gardener and receiving your...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 03:57 in MGABC | Read more

Community Events

May 03, 2016
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Victoria Horticultural Society
May 03, 2016
Garden Club Meeting | Okanagan
New Grasses & How to Use Them in Your Garden - with Harriet Hanna
May 04, 2016
Garden Club Meeting | Okanagan
Making Water Work - Kelowna Garden Club
May 04, 2016
Education | Victoria
The Art of Herbal Tea Blends
May 04, 2016
Education | Okanagan
Introduction to Xeriscape Class - with Gwen Steele
May 05, 2016
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Victoria Dahlia Society
May 07, 2016
Plant Sales | Vancouver
South Surrey Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
May 07, 2016
Plant Sales | Thompson Shuswap
Annual TRU FOG Plant Sale
May 07, 2016
Plant Sales | Victoria
Huge Plant Sale
May 07, 2016
Plant Sales | Victoria
Compost Education Centre Organic Sale