Welcome to the Thompson Shuswap Master Garden home page.
The Thompson Shuswap Master Gardener’s Association was formed in January 2010. The chapter provides horticultural advice to the gardening public in the Thompson Shuswap region. Currently we have members in Kamloops, Lillooet and Salmon Arm, and would welcome new members from the surrounding areas.
Our objective is to educate the public on environmentally responsible gardening practices. We encourage the use of preventative gardening practices, like the principles of ‘right plant, right place’, the use of biological controls, the provision of habitats for beneficial insects, and natural pest control strategies.
What do Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners do?
· Foremost, our volunteers give gardening advice at clinics held in garden centres, at Seedy Saturdays, fall fairs, farmer’s markets and community gardens:
· We have also worked with the community on a range of projects. These have included coordinating garden workshops, presenting garden issues to garden clubs and other organizations, acting as consultants to community and school gardens, participating in garden tours and other community garden events, and presenting garden seminars through the City of Kamloops Parks and Recreation.
· As well, we have cared for the McDonald Park Public Produce Demonstration Garden, using ecology based on best Integrated Pest Management practices, and volunteered with Thompson Rivers University (TRU), Friends of the Garden (FOG), in projects such as Horticulture Horizons, the FOG spring plant sale, and the Tomato Fest.
If you are a gardening enthusiast who likes to volunteer and share gardening knowledge, then you may be interested in taking the Master Gardener Basic Training program. The program advances the gardeners knowledge of botany, soil health, diagnosis of plant problems, propagation and pruning techniques, vegetable gardening, the principles of xeriscaping and more. For further information about the training program in our area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to hear from you.
Our chapter’s next Basic Training Program will take place in Kamloops in 2018.
The classes are held on 13 Saturdays beginning early September. (approx 9am - 4pm). There is no class on Thanksgiving weekend.
The cost is $550 which includes 3 textbooks: Washington State University Master Gardener Manual, Linda Gilkeson's Natural Insect, Weed & Disease Control, and Home & Garden Pest Management Guide for BC.
The cost also covers honorariums & mileage for our instructors.
It is essential that potential students attend an orientation/Information session, date TBA.
For further information about the Basic Training Program in our area, please download the TSMG Training Brochure 2016 or email email@example.com.
Photo credit: Elaine Sedgman
Location: The McDonald Park Public Produce Demonstration Garden in Kamloops. The garden was cared for by MG's in Training, using ecology based Integrated Pest Management Methods.