Thompson Shuswap

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.

Our chapter’s next Basic Training Program will take place in Kamloops in 2019.

The classes are held on 13 Saturdays beginning early September. (approx 9am - 4pm).   There is no class on Thanksgiving weekend.

The cost is $600 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 either  Sally at , phone 250-573-3163 OR Teresa at , phone 250-372-0044


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.



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HAIRY BELLY BEES/ Megachile fidelis

  Kamloops has a very low abundance of Hairy Belly Bees (Megachilidae family).   Want to HELP them out? They need homes! Come to a workshop at the Big Little Science Centre on February 10, 2018.  10:00 am - 1:00 pm. ​​Learn what they look like, what their needs are and how to...

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 14:03 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more

and the WINNER is: Cornus Canadensis (Bunchberry)

July update: Thank you to everyone who voted. The official winner ( by a mile or perhaps kms ) is Cornus Canadensis commonly known as Bunchberry       What’s the National Flower of Canada? We have an official tree- the maple, but we do NOT have an official flower!  ​​Master...

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 07:29 in MGABC , in Vancouver , in Okanagan , in Prince George , in Thompson Shuswap , in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) , in Victoria | Read more

CULTIVATING COMMUNITY: A Guide to Starting a Community Garden

Cultivating Community:  A Guide to Starting a Community Garden Congratulations to Shelaigh Garson, a Thompson Shuswap Master Gardener and coordinator of the City of Kamloops Community Gardens. She has written a book about starting community gardens.  A PDF copy of this book is...

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 05:14 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more


(photo courtesy of Vancouver MG Karen Bos) Supporting Bees & Beneficial Insects, Why Should We Care? An informative pamphlet detailing what to grow to attract pollinators to your garden. Learn which plants attract honey bees, native bumblebees, native solitary bees and...

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 13:54 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more


How to do a Germination Test on Seeds If you have saved seeds from your own garden, or been given some seeds from another's, you may wish to check to see if the seeds are still viable before you plant them.  A simple germination test will give you the answer.  Here's how to do...

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 09:58 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more

Seminar with Dr. Linda Gilkeson: Life After Pesticides ~ Archived

Seminar with Dr. Linda Gilkeson Life After Pesticides: Saving Our Pollinators One Garden at a Time Saturday April 20 Campus Activity Centre: room 130 (Alpine Room)  Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC 9:00 am - 4:00 pm seminar: $35   catered lunch: $20  presented by the...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 06:02 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more

Tomato Festival 2011 ~ Archived

At a TRU/FOG brainstorming session in the spring an MGiT put forward the idea of a tomato festival based on the history of canneries in Kamloops. A committee was formed, a site found and a date set. On September 17, the Stuart Wood School grounds alongside the Saturday Farmers...

Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 09:21 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more

Seed Tapes

     How to Make Seed Tapes     You will need:  seed, ziploc bags, paper towels cut in 1 1/2" - 2" strips folded in half.     Squeeze bottle, food colouring, 1 tbsp cornstarch, 1 c. water Step 1:    Prepare glue:  Dissolve cornstarch in water over medium heat until mixture boils...

Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 07:14 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more

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

Pollinator Gardening

An informative pamphlet detailing what to grow to attract pollinators to your garden.  A collaborative effort by  Kamloops Master Gardeners Elaine Sedgman and Fearon Blair and the city of Kamloops.  Available in Colour or BW versions.

Monday, August 1, 2011 - 06:56 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more