VOTE for Canada's National Flower

What’s the National Flower of Canada? We have an official tree- the maple, but we do NOT have an official flower!  ​​Master Gardeners of Ontario thinks Canada’s 150th birthday is the perfect time to launch a campaign to get one! Toronto Master Gardeners with help from Todd...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 17:29 in MGABC , in Vancouver , in Okanagan , in Prince George , in Thompson Shuswap , in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) , in Victoria | Read more

Exotic Indoor Winter Blooms

Nothing says winter exotica like the blooms of the winter lily. I began my adventure with these beauties last year when I rescued a bulb that, mistreated, was struggling to survive in the back of the display box. I was always appalled at the price asked for these bulbs, but...

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 20:03 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more

Me and the Hornet Queen: When the Wasp Decoys Don’t Work

For many years I’ve kept yellow jacket wasp nests away from our house with a wasp nest decoy. I bought the first one which cost  $10, and was eaten by the wind by June. Then I discovered a DYI that has worked beautifully for years, and cost nada. These decoys work because wasps...

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 12:18 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more

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...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 06:24 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more

Mid Island VIMGA members - Horticulture Therapy at Cerwydden Long Term Care Facility in Duncan

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Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:31 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more


Before the mercury dropped to three degrees today in mid-February, my daughter and I took up the Milner invitation to walk among the snowdrops in the garden.  We were delightfully surprised, and found many brave winter bloomers to brighten up this dreary day.  Below are some of...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 13:38 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more


  VIMGA Volunteer Season: Behind the Scenes   VIMGA has always been challenged by its extensive area, stretching as it does almost from Campbell River to south of Duncan. Nonetheless, every year there is a spirited sign-up session, usually in Nanaimo, a central location not too...

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 03:09 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more

VANCOUVER ISLAND: MG Basic Training Course

   “VIMGA is pleased to announce that a MG Basic Training course will be offered by VIU at the Paine Horticultural Centre in Nanaimo, beginning on Sept 14, 2013 for 12 Saturdays ending December 7th, 2013. (No classes Sat. Oct. 12th Thanksgiving weekend).   Important change – we...

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 02:59 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more


Vancouver Island Master Gardeners have been involved in Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday since its beginning ten years ago. This popular Qualicum Beach event was started by avid seed savers and prairie gardeners Joy and Keith Smith, with  pioneer VIMGA  members Kim Hammond, Sally...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 15:17 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more

VIMGA's workshops

 The Vancouver Island Master Gardener's Association (VIMGA) now has the capability of offering workshops to enhance clinics in the communities that VIMGA serves. A series of 6 different ready to present workshops was created by our Continuing Education Committee and introduced ...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 01:11 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more