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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...

12/14/2016 - 21:48 in Vancouver | Read more
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I Love Tree Peonies

This is a story of my experience with peonies, particularly tree peonies. I have found them to be well suited to the Pacific Northwest.  Summer drought tolerant, deer resistant, (in my world deer proof plants are those inside yards with large dogs and surrounded by 7 foot fences...

03/08/2016 - 17:43 in Vancouver | Read more
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ROMANCE BLOSSOMS - A Trip to the NW Flower and Garden Show

This years' show embodied the theme 'Romance Blossoms' with stunning landscaped gardens by the region's best known landscapers and growers.  The exhibition featured 23 grand display gardens, daily schedules of instructive and entertaining seminars, floral competition, city...

02/23/2015 - 09:40 in Vancouver | Read more
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SPRING FORWARD - March 8th 2015

Another fabulous day of Lectures , Vendors and Plant Sales. Spring Forward 2015 , was Sunday, March 8, 2015  10 am - 4:30 pm MJ Fox Theatre, Burnaby We welcomed over 250 people:  Friends, Family and the General Public to this once a year event! -----------------------------...

02/10/2015 - 09:29 in Vancouver | Read more
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A TALE OF TWO TREES

Growing in my neighbourhood, I have watched these two monkey puzzle (Araucaria araucana) trees for some three or four years. They receive the same amount of light, are the same distance from the road, grow in very similar soil and receive the same sparing amounts of dry season...

01/20/2015 - 12:13 in Vancouver | Read more
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ADVANCED TRAINING - Trees : A Walk at Dart's Hill

More stunning shots this time of the October field trip for Advanced Training : Trees, to Dart's Hill, in Surrey BC - Click here for more info on Advanced training A remarkable Heritage Tree, Juglans cimera x J. sieboldiana v. Cordiformis (Canadian/ Japanese walnut hybrid) ...

11/22/2014 - 05:23 in Vancouver | Read more
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A NEW HOUSE & GARDEN IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD

Gardening can be a hobby, a passion, our way to help the environment, grow great fresh food, help defray the cost of living, or all of this and so much more.  We can learn so much from the experience of others in our own neighbourhoods, and not so infrequently the lessons...

09/25/2014 - 07:35 in Vancouver | Read more
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ADVANCED TRAINING - Trees - A Walk in the Garden

A stunning example of Sequoia sempervirens, the California Redwood at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. For more info on Advanced Training click here   Instructor Nancy Moore leads the ATP Class on a garden tour, explaining the significant features of many landscape trees  Acer...

09/25/2014 - 07:29 in Vancouver | Read more
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MASTER GARDENERS SHARE PHOTOS OF THEIR GARDENS

Visitors to Greater Vancouver are always delighted (and often astonished) by the magnificent gardens. The temperate climate encourages Master Gardeners to create unique gardens that contain an exceptionally wide range of plants. Click on the link that follows to see photos of...

04/29/2014 - 09:12 in Vancouver | Read more
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MG ADVANCED TRAINING : Native Plants with Dr. Richard Hebda

Derek , Vancouver MG, is a graduate of Advanced Training.  He's generously shared a few lovely photos of a  Native Plant walk at VanDusen with Dr. Richard Hebda, ATP Instructor. For more info on Advanced Training click here Devil's Club : the most used plant for medicinal...

04/26/2014 - 07:30 in Vancouver | Read more
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BEETLE ID - Ten Lined June Beetle

One of our members spotted this specimen recently and reported : Linda Gilkeson claims that this beetle does no great harm to the garden, although it can munch away at conifers. It was dead when found beneath a Douglas fir. This beetle and its larvae could be destructive if...

04/18/2014 - 13:40 in Vancouver | Read more
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JUDY ZIPURSKY: Leader, Mentor and Friend

For the incredible contribution she has made to Master Gardeners and our local community, one Master Gardener in particular is worthy of very special acknowledgement. Judy Zipursky , Vancouver Master Gardener, Chairperson and Founder of the Healing Garden Group for the past 10...

04/15/2014 - 12:36 in Vancouver | Read more
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MYSTERY PLANT: Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush)

In February,  a friend sent me a photo of a  plant she had come across on a walk and asked me to identify it.  She described an intoxicating, tropical perfume with clusters of largish, yellow flowers covering the bare branches.  I was stumped and tentatively offered Daphne....

04/15/2014 - 12:02 in Vancouver | Read more
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HEALING GARDENS Help All Involved

Through the Master Gardener Healing Committee (formerly led by Judy Zipursky for 10 years! ) Vancouver Master Gardeners are involved in a wide range of healing gardens.  These gardens are designed to actively involve people in them to promote an overall sense of well-being. ...

03/22/2014 - 01:41 in Vancouver | Read more
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SEED SAVING AND THE MG CONNECTION

“It all started here, in the Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Gardens, over 20 years ago… That was 1990 and the very first Seedy Saturday in Canada took place in this very room!” That’s one of the many interesting things Master Gardeners learned about the history of seed saving...

01/19/2014 - 07:20 in Vancouver | Read more
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A VISIT TO OUR GARDENS : A Peek at Yushow's Pond

All are Welcome to the Garden! Yushow , a Vancouver MG, told us a bit about this lovely garden: I had this pond installed about 5 years ago.  It was winter but everything went well.  Soon after the pond was done, I put some plants in and around it.  Animals like heron,...

01/01/2014 - 20:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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GROW A COMMUNITY ~ Riley Park: Seed to Sky Gardeners

Green peas, red cabbage and sunshine-coloured flowers burst from community garden plots that flank the parking lot at the Cityview Baptist Church. The plots are so narrow passersby might not even notice them edging the unpaved swathe off East 28th Avenue and Sophia Street, but...

08/09/2013 - 08:49 in Vancouver | Read more
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MGs ARE BUSY at the North Shore Hospice Garden

The North Shore Hospice garden shifts between a setting of busy activity with gardeners, and a restful refuge for patients and families.  It is also a place where gardeners exchange information about the garden and its features when asked by interested patients and their...

06/06/2013 - 10:14 in Vancouver | Read more
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MAY AND JUNE in MASTER GARDENERS' GARDENS

Following a very wet spring in Greater Vancouver, we had record breaking highs at the end of June. There is a little white dog hidden in the title photograph; see if you can find the shady spot she found to stay cool. With every month, Jo Canning’s garden changes. In June, she...

06/01/2013 - 04:48 in Vancouver | Read more
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IN MEMORY OF LAURA WELLS

Laura Wells, Class of 2004, was a quietly determined, but gentle person, with a passion for life. Her cheerfulness and enthusiasm for all her projects and hobbies was infectious. A group of us met and formed a friendship while volunteering at Queen Alexandra School Garden in...

05/31/2013 - 04:24 in Vancouver | Read more
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THE MASTERS: Green Thumbs Go to School - A 1st hand look at Basic Training

Green thumbs go to school to learn in-depth gardening at the recent Vancouver MG Basic Training   Felicity Stone, a recent graduate from the Vancouver Chapter Basic Training has written a fabulous article about us  in the Vancouver Sun I thought I knew a lot about gardening....

05/06/2013 - 05:27 in Vancouver | Read more
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PRINCESS AUBERGINE'S GARDEN

Jo Canning , Vancouver MG, residing in Powell River, BC As I await the lengthening days and the warming soil, I’m indulging the seed catalogues.  I have plenty of seeds.  I save seeds.  At the end of each season I promise I will limit myself to only two new experiments, feeling...

02/17/2013 - 10:22 in Vancouver | Read more
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TUPPER NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAY - Healing a Community

The Sir Charles Tupper Greenway, which is the length of one city block, was planted in March 2008.  The Greenway was created as a Healing Garden following the tragic death of a young Filipino boy on the school grounds in 2003.  The Greenway is maintained by a group of dedicated...

01/02/2013 - 12:06 in Vancouver | Read more
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ST. JAMES COTTAGE HOSPICE

The Cottage is a ten-bed hospice, operated by the St. James Social Service Society, which provides palliative care for terminally ill adults.  The hospice opened in 1999 and is located in East Vancouver’s Burrardview Park that has fabulous views of Burrard Inlet and the North...

09/24/2012 - 09:50 in Vancouver | Read more

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