President February Message

February 09, 2016

Happy Spring! Today I was in the garden, watching the birds and enjoying the sweet perfume of Sweet Box Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis) at the bottom of my stairs. I saw snow drops and hellebores in flower, new green shoots poking through the leaf mulch and on the hydrangea shrubs. Spring always makes me think of new beginnings, even more than the New Year. Spring brings Seedy Saturdays and new classes, it brings daffodils and new clinics and community projects, it brings rain and sunshine, it awakens the gardens and brings new life to the soul.

The new website went ‘live’ on January 1st. I hope everyone has had a chance to look at it and is using it to keep apprised of all the events going on. Kudos to the website communication committee, headed by Kerry of Victoria, for a... Read More...

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Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 17:44 in MGABC | Read more
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MOST COMMONLY ASKED: Clinic Questions - Answer Resources Included

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 03:57 in MGABC | Read more
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GROWING FOOD In Public Spaces - A Start up Guide

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Community Events

February 10, 2016
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Esquimalt Garden Club
February 10, 2016
Education | Victoria
Pruning Ornamental Plants in your Garden
February 10, 2016
Education | Okanagan
Vegetable Gardening - by Eva Durrance
February 13, 2016
Other | Victoria
Victoria Orchid Society Spring Show
February 13, 2016
Education | Victoria
Pruning Ornamental Plants in your Garden
February 13, 2016
Education | Victoria
Grow a Native Plant Garden Workshop
February 13, 2016
Other | Victoria
Salt Spring Island Seedy Saturday
February 13, 2016
Other | Okanagan
Keremeos Seedy Saturday
February 15, 2016
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Vancouver Island Bonsai Society
February 15, 2016
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Metchosin Garden Club