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Daylight days are getting longer

December 21st, shortest daylight day of the year and Linda is already worrying about where to plant the amazing seeds she received at the latest Master Class on growing protein.  At a wonderful workshop titled 'Grow a Patch of Protein', Dan Jason from Salt Spring Seeds  brought...

12/30/2016 - 10:10 in Victoria | Read more
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Summer fun for Victoria MGs

Victoria Master Gardeners had three exceptional outings in the summer of 2016.

10/23/2016 - 14:20 in Victoria | Read more
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MG Master Class: Linda Gilkeson on Growing Fruits and Vegetables

On March 3, 2012 the Victoria Master Gardener Association welcomed Linda Gilkeson to teach a master class that focused on soil management, germination, 12 month gardening and pollination.   Fascinating facts were presented that helped to explain some puzzles challenging...

03/18/2012 - 15:30 in Victoria | Read more
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FINDING COLOUR ON A GRAY WINTER'S DAY

When gray days seem endless, and your energy flags, put on your boots and take a stroll through the garden.  On the Pacific coast, our gardens don't really go to sleep...there's always something coming up or glowing with a spot of colour - even if the sun isn't part of the...

02/10/2012 - 16:00 in Victoria | Read more
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HAVE YOU HEARD THESE BEFORE?

A little inspiration, some shared humour, or just recognition that others feel as you do.  Perhaps you've heard some of these before, but they are worth hearing again - and sharing with your friends.  These are some that I found interesting.  Enjoy. "The man who has planted a...

11/18/2011 - 16:00 in Victoria | Read more
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BIG DREAMS for SMALL SPACES

Imagine that you had the chance to design and build your dream garden. Where would you start?  The first step in the design process is imagination and thought.  The design of landscape, of spaces, is no exception to this fundamental principle.  Many of us are innocent owners of...

10/01/2011 - 05:15 in Victoria | Read more
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CELEBRATING LILIES THIS PAST SUMMER

These wonderful lilies are a species I've not seen before: Lilium pardalinum.  The plant growth is more like a Martagon lily, but they are not.  Gorgeous clumps of whorled leaves up the stems, lovely reds and oranges with leopard spots.  I have since discovered that they are...

09/30/2011 - 17:00 in Victoria | 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...

08/23/2011 - 17:00 in Victoria | 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...

08/22/2011 - 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...

08/21/2011 - 12:18 in Victoria | Read more
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Grow Me Instead

A number of pretty, but very invasive, plants are taking over British Columbia's gardens, roadsides and waterways.  These harmful, non-natives are threatening our environment with their introduction and spread.  We are offering a "Grow Me Instead" list of alternative choices for...

04/26/2011 - 09:12 in Victoria | Read more