Become a Master Gardener - Join Us!

September 28, 2017

The MGABC Master Gardener Program welcomes enthusiastic gardeners with a willingness to share their interest and experience with the public. To become a Master Gardener you must take the Master Gardener Basic Training Program offered through a Master Gardener Chapter or an associated Educational Institution offering the Master Gardener Basic Training program.

Please do take some time to read our summary to answer some of your possible questions.

The Basic Training program is divided into two components:

Classroom – Theory

The classroom training provides an overview of gardening basics. Topics include botany, soils, composting, perennials and annuals, berries, vegetables, plant propagation, and responsible control of weeds and pests. Environmentally responsible gardening practices are emphasized and experts on each topic teach the courses. Students must complete assignments, homework, and pass a final exam before proceeding on to the second component of the training.

With its emphasis on volunteer participation, preparation for face-to-face education of the general public and appreciation of local horticultural... Read More...

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Articles

Garden Layers - Mycorrhizas, Mushrooms and Plants

Nov. 5, 2017, 10:30 am- 3:00 pmDeparture Bay Activity Centre, 1415 Wingrove, Nanaimo Kem Luther, MSc, PhD, presents a slide presentation on the role and science of mycorrhizal mushrooms and some common BC mushrooms ALSO! Joan Wynden, Master Gardener: “Practical Permaculture”AND...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:01 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more
News

A good time was had by all! MGABC AGM Sept 23/24th Vancouver ~ Chapter Reports!

The Master Gardeners of B.C AGM was hosted by the Vancouver Chapter this year.  We lucked out with fine, dry weather!  We welcomed  members to Vancouver to enjoy an event filled weekend with tours to Darts Hill and Burn's Bog on Saturday, a visit to VanDusen Botanical Gardens on...

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more
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A QUICK PRIMER ON MULCH Gardener's Best Friend

Plants feed from the soil, and mulch develops the kind of soil that makes healthy plants.  When we force our plants to rely on fertilizer rather than healthy soil for food, they become stressed from forced growing, incorrect balance of nutrients, and drought at the air-soil...

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more
News

PEST ALERT: Japanese Beetle found in False Creek

Japanese beetle has recently been detected by CFIA in the False Creek area of Vancouver. It is not known how Japanese beetle arrived in Vancouver. It could have come in on infected nursery stock or soil or adults could have hitched a ride on trains or cars traveling from the...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:53 in MGABC | Read more
Resources

Fire Smart Landscaping

Scroll down to link the PowerPoint Presentation  Do you know about Fire Smart Landscaping? Brent Schorr, Victoria Master Gardener in Training, researched Fire Smart best gardening practices and best plants for the west coast. He delivered an informative presentation on the topic...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 18:44 in Victoria | Read more
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Fire Smart Landscaping in Drought Interface Areas

This article was originally posted at the beginning of 2017 but with our recent State of Emergency declared in BC due to wildfires we are reposting. A wildland/urban interface is defined as a ‘geographical point where the diverse values of the wilderness and urban development...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 18:40 in Vancouver | Read more
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Beauty & the Blast ( Bud Blast )

Rhododendron bud and twig blight is caused by a fungus, Seifertia azalea. The flower buds turn brown and do not open in the spring. They are later covered by very noticeable black fruiting bodies called coremia the year after infection. Removal of the black buds is recommended...

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 15:10 in Vancouver | Read more
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Master Gardener Program offered this fall at VIU

Vancouver-Island-University,-Master-Gardener,-June-2017.jpg Vancouver Island University and the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association collaborate to offer the Master Gardener Basic Training Program. Designed for the experienced home...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 08:44 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more
News

and the WINNER is: Cornus Canadensis (Bunchberry)

July update: Thank you to everyone who voted. The official winner ( by a mile or perhaps kms ) is Cornus Canadensis commonly known as Bunchberry       What’s the National Flower of Canada? We have an official tree- the maple, but we do NOT have an official flower!  ​​Master...

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 07:29 in MGABC , in Vancouver , in Okanagan , in Prince George , in Thompson Shuswap , in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) , in Victoria | Read more
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OMG VOLUNTEERS PUT THE IRIS TO BED

Congratulations OMG members and our hard working volunteer, Frank, we completed our Iris renovation bed May 23, 2017 at Guisachan Heritage Garden in Kelowna.  A hot day, digging up violets and planting irises. Thanks to all members who have participated over the last month!...

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 20:54 in Okanagan | Read more
Articles

The Girl Who Liked Strawberries

Master Gardeners have now completed two years volunteering at Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Vancouver.  In 2015,  a new facility opened accommodating 73 families from outside Vancouver who stay for a few days or several months while their child receives treatment at the nearby...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 17:32 in Vancouver | Read more
News

Garden Patch Protectors Workshop at Dart's Hill

The Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust Society hosted the Master Gardener's Association of BC- Vancouver Chapter  spring workshop: "Garden Patch Protectors", May 10th. in Darts Hill Garden Park.  Instructor Kristine Schlamp, a KPU ( Kwantlen )  Horticulture faculty, provided a...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 15:51 in Vancouver | Read more

Community Events

October 21, 2017
Education | Victoria
Plant I.D. Workshop
October 21, 2017
Education | Victoria
Worm Composting
October 22, 2017
Other | Victoria
Pollinator Day at Merridale
October 23, 2017
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Victoria Orchid Society
October 24, 2017
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Mill Bay Garden Club
October 25, 2017
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Victoria Cactus & Succulent Society
October 25, 2017
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Sooke Garden Club
October 25, 2017
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
View Royal Garden Club
October 26, 2017
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Victoria Chrysanthemum Society
October 28, 2017
Education | Victoria
Perennial Vegetables