Be Plant Wise - why you should care about Invasives

January 06, 2018

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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Okanagan Master Gardeners present “Seedy Saturday on Sunday”

Join the Okanagan Master Gardeners as we host our 2018 “Seedy Saturday on Sunday” Event. Sunday, March 11, 2018 will have us set up in a new location, the Parkinson Recreation Centre in Kelowna. Address: Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna. Seedy Saturday on...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 19:30 in Okanagan | Read more
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HAIRY BELLY BEES/ Megachile fidelis

  Kamloops has a very low abundance of Hairy Belly Bees (Megachilidae family).   Want to HELP them out? They need homes! Come to a workshop at the Big Little Science Centre on February 10, 2018.  10:00 am - 1:00 pm. ​​Learn what they look like, what their needs are and how to...

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 14:03 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more
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SPRING AFFAIR March 25, 2018

Join us at MJ Fox Theatre in Burnaby, ( close to Metrotown ) for our annual day of learning and laughter; meeting friends old and new! Tickets are $50 Online or $60 at the door -- registration opens shortly. Lunch may be ordered at time of ticket purchase  stay tuned for details...

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 17:00 in Vancouver , in MGABC | Read more
Articles

VIMGA Finishes The 2017 Volunteer Year

With our home gardens put to bed for the season and the holiday season beginning, VIMGA has completed a good year. Dorothee Kieser, long-time Master Gardener, held 2017’s last clinic on 25 November. Her seminar titled, “Crop Rotation and Companion Planting,” was well attended,...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 16:01 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more
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FROST HEAVES: Cause and Prevention

Cause: Frequent temperature cycles above and below freezing cause water near the soil surface to freeze, expand, and pull up more water from underground.  This causes desiccation underground and, due to pressure, compaction. The ice layers near the ground surface create pressure...

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 12:05 in Vancouver | Read more
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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
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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

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more
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PEST ALERT: Japanese Beetle found in False Creek

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

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

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Friday, June 23, 2017 - 15:10 in Vancouver | Read more

Community Events

January 21, 2018
Other | Victoria
Willow Chair Workshop
January 22, 2018
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Victoria Orchid Society
January 23, 2018
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Mill Bay Garden Club
January 24, 2018
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Esquimalt Garden Club
January 24, 2018
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Sooke Garden Club
January 25, 2018
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Victoria Chrysanthemum Society
January 27, 2018
Education | Vancouver Island (VIMGA)
Seed starting at home
January 27, 2018
Education | Victoria
Plant Identification Workshop
January 27, 2018
Market | Vancouver Island (VIMGA)
Denman Island Seedy Saturday
January 28, 2018
Other | Victoria
Grow Your Own Cut Flower Garden Workshop - Winter