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WHAT ARE NATIVE PLANTS?

In the broadest sense, every plant is a native plant. That is, it co-evolved somewhere with other plant species, animals, fungi, and microbes to form a complex network of relationships. Native plants are the foundation of native ecosystems, or natural communities. Over time, a...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more
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1001 WEIRD FACTS FOR CANADIAN GARDENERS

The author defines "weird" as involving or suggesting the fantastic or bizarre.  With that in mind, enjoy this fact-filled compilation of Canadian gardening information, seen largely from an Eastern Canadian point of view.  It covers the development there of early varieties of...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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GARDENING WITH COLOUR: Creative Design Ideas for Canadian Gardens

Rob Sproule’s second book is vibrating with enthusiasm about taking container gardening ‘to the next level’. Plant combinations, called recipes, promote the elements and principles of design to make successful planting easy. This guide includes basic container recipes along with...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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COMPOSTING FOR CANADA

When I was a little guy helping my Dad on his farm I used to get stuck with some of the routine tasks around the place. One of them was to take all the organic refuse down to a large pile he kept out back and throw it on the top hoping for nature to take its course and turn the...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 17:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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TREES IN CANADA

Written by John Farrar, Trees in Canada, updates the very popular Native Trees in Canada series. The book describes 300 native and naturalized species with comprehensive descriptions and drawings or pictures of leaves, twigs, cones and seeds. The excellent quality colour...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 17:00 in Victoria | Read more
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A JOURNAL ENTRY FROM THE PRESIDENT

As I write my first message, I am reflecting on notes jotted down in my daily journal when I was first elected to serve you beginning in January 2011. Initiate better communications with our members and the general public At our November 2010 AGM, that was one of the key issues...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more
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News & Tips

Can I continue to compost in the winter? If so, what can I add to the pile? Yes, although the process will be somewhat slower, the worms and microorganisms are still active and working in the cold. Left over garden debris like small twigs and leaves make good additions. Be sure...

Monday, August 22, 2011 - 11:19 in Vancouver | Read more
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Gardener Apprenticeship: Teaching Teens in the Garden

For three Sundays in the month of April, a group of teens aged 14 to 18 years learned the basics of gardening. This program, called the Gardener’s Apprentice Basic Certificate Program, is designed to prepare high school students to be employed in gardens on the Saanich Peninsula...

Monday, August 22, 2011 - 04:05 in Victoria | Read more
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Growing Gardens, Growing Minds

"the verb cultiver retains in French these two meanings: that of growing a garden and that of becoming learned" ALBERTO MANGUEL It’s a sunny, warm August morning at the Horticulture Center of the Pacific (HCP), Glendale Gardens and woodland. Sounds of excited children reach...

Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 12:18 in Victoria | Read more
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Master Gardener FACT SHEETS

These Fact Sheets are provided by the Master Gardener Association of BC for your reference use. ** Please note the website referenced on these Fact Sheets is no longer in use.  The current website for Master Gardeners Association of BC is www.mgabc.org  

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 10:18 | Read more
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Tribute to Master Gardener, Jeannette Moslin who passed away August 5, 2011

Kamloops has lost one of its dedicated gardeners with Jeannette Moslin's passing on August 5th.  A charter member of Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners Jeannette along with Master Gardener John Moslin created the beautiful Marjorie Willoughby Hospice Gardens (see attached...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 06:50 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more
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Kamloops Public Produce Garden

In early spring the Kamloops Food Policy Council in partnership with the Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners received a grant from the Interior Health Authority to create a Public Produce garden on a vacant lot donated for the season by a private developer. Public produce differs...

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 07:13 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more

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