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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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WINTER WALK IN MILNER GARDENS

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...

02/13/2014 - 13:38 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more
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KELOWNA SEEDY SATURDAY - PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Seedy Saturday Kelowna has been a tradition for at least 14 years in the Central Okanagan. Formerly organized by Jon and Sher Alcock of Sunshine Farms, this event just got bigger and better every year. In 2014 the Okanagan chapter of the Master Gardeners Association of British...

01/28/2014 - 14:58 in Okanagan | 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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BC COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM Newsletter Jan 2014

Get Your Community on the Map this year! Transform & Engage yourCommUnity in 2014 Communities in Bloom is a program that provides a framework for community enhancement.Each year over 30 communities in British Columbia participate in the ‘in Bloom’ program that involves...

01/12/2014 - 17:00 in MGABC | 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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Guisachan Heritage Park Garden-Project

Our pilot project for this 'hands-on' venture at Guisachan Heritage Park has been a great experience for a group of Okanagan Master Gardeners and bodes well for the future of further projects. The Central Okanagan Heritage Society (COHS) is responsible for the upkeep of this...

11/30/2013 - 04:27 in Okanagan | Read more
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LAVERNE'S GARDEN EVOLUTION

On Sunday, September 29, 2013 an enthusiastic and cheerful group from our Chapter went to visit fellow MG Laverne de Yaeger's ½ acre garden in Lake Country. We'd last seen it in the spring during our Open Garden Tour event. We returned to see all the progress Laverne made in...

09/29/2013 - 14:05 in Okanagan | Read more
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OKANAGAN MASTER GARDENER PHOTO MONTAGE

Okanagan Master Gardeners (MG) and Master Gardeners in Training (MGiT)volunteer at a variety of venues throughout the year in the Okanagan Valley.   From Osoyoos to Vernon you will find us somewhere doing what we love - educating the public on plant, pest and disease...

09/01/2013 - 11:53 in Okanagan | 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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VIMGA VOLUNTEER SEASON- Behind the scenes

  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...

03/21/2013 - 03:09 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more
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SPRING, SPRING, WONDERFUL SPRING!

It begins late each February, right around the time of my birthday as I recall. Something is different, a stirring that seems to signal winter’s end.  It was in 1961 when it first happened for me; I was seven years old and in grade two. I walked to Dehart Primary School down the...

03/16/2013 - 04:38 in Okanagan | 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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FABULOUS FLORIADE - World Horticulture Expo 2012

There is a flower show even more spectacular than the Keukenhof. Floriade is really an amazing undertaking for such a small country as Holland. It is the World Horticulture Expo that happens once every 10 years in a Dutch city, from  April 5 to October 7, 2012  it is situated...

05/22/2012 - 07:57 | Read more

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