Vancouver

We are a group of over 400 enthusiastic volunteers from all over the Lower Mainland, Bowen Island, and The Sunshine Coast. Please scroll down for info and great links...

For the Public: Where to find us in 2017: Click here  Find us on Facebook - Vancouver Master Gardeners

Seedy Saturday is the last Saturday in February:  February 25/18 in the Floral Hall at VanDusen Click here -

Master Gardener Training in Vancouver ( Vancouver Master Gardeners ) at VanDusen Click here

We had a great time at A SPRING AFFAIR - Lessons & Landscapes - Check out our photos: Spring Seminar 2017 - March 12, 2017 with special guests : Noel Kingsbury, Linda Chalker-Scott, Linda Gilkeson, and Cisco Morris . tickets  $50 online. Next year's date: a NEW date!!!Sunday March 25, 2018 -


For our MembersThe NEXT GENERAL MEETING is:

Sunday , Sept 24/ 2017 12-4pm*we are hosting the MGABC AGM  & combining with our monthly lecture.  Details tba


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  • WHAT WE DO: provide Master Gardeners with educational opportunities about gardening and environmentally responsible gardening practices
  • we respond to questions in garden centres, farmers markets and community gardens and other events across the Lower Mainland and on the Sunshine Coast.
  • Answer questions via the Plant Information Line write for blogs or local papers, and speak to community groups
  • we participate in a variety of community projects including assistance with horticultural therapy programs in hospitals and other institutions
  • we work with students and teachers in local schools, and support “greening” projects in community parks and public spaces.

How to Use this Website: look at the Home page to see what's new.

GREAT REFERENCE : Commonly asked Questions during Clinics Resource Document is here

CHAFER BEETLE Lawn Alternatives here

Why Master Gardeners DON'T USE BONEMEAL ( go to Question 17 in this article ) or Here for the complete article

What about EUROPEAN FIRE ANTS? Click here

TOOLKIT - Issues YOU need to know about: Diseases, Invasives , Insects, etc is here

How to Submit Plant Samples for Diagnosis here

Calendar of 2017 Meetings and Workshops ( sign in to the Membership Website for full details or look for dates : here

More MEMBER INFO Member-only Lecture Links from Past Meetings may be found by signing in to the Vancouver Membership Services Website. If you do not know how please reply to any emails from Vancouver MG Info

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR MEMBERS: we are now using the new Vancouver membership website for all clinic & project sign up. If you do not know how to access this info please contact us by replying to any email from Vancouver MGs .

  • About Us The Vancouver Master Gardeners ( previously known since the mid 1980's as the Master Gardeners Association of BC ) was established in 2009. The Vancouver MGs are remain affiliated with the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association and are now under the umbrella of the MGABC Provincial Association.
  • What do Vancouver Master Gardeners do? The Vancouver Master Gardeners support the mission of MGABC by: - providing Master Gardeners with educational opportunities about gardening and environmentally responsible gardening practices - having Master Gardeners respond to questions in garden centres, farmers markets and community events across the Lower Mainland and on the Sunshine Coast. - staffing the VanDusen Botanical Garden Plant Information Line, writing for local papers, and speaking to community groups - participating in a variety of community projects including assistance with horticultural therapy programs in hospitals and other institutions - working with students and teachers in local schools, and supporting “greening” projects in community parks and public spaces.

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Beauty & the Blast ( Bud Blast )

Rhododendron bud and twig blight is caused by a fungus, Seifertia azalea. The flower buds turn brown and do not open in the spring. They are later covered by very noticeable black fruiting bodies called coremia the year after infection. Removal of the black buds is recommended...

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 15:10 in Vancouver | Read more
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VOTE for Canada's National Flower - ends June 30th

What’s the National Flower of Canada? We have an official tree- the maple, but we do NOT have an official flower!  ​​Master Gardeners of Ontario thinks Canada’s 150th birthday is the perfect time to launch a campaign to get one! Toronto Master Gardeners with help from Todd...

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
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The Girl Who Liked Strawberries

Master Gardeners have now completed two years volunteering at Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Vancouver.  In 2015,  a new facility opened accommodating 73 families from outside Vancouver who stay for a few days or several months while their child receives treatment at the nearby...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 17:32 in Vancouver | Read more
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Garden Patch Protectors Workshop at Dart's Hill

The Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust Society hosted the Master Gardener's Association of BC- Vancouver Chapter  spring workshop: "Garden Patch Protectors", May 10th. in Darts Hill Garden Park.  Instructor Kristine Schlamp, a KPU ( Kwantlen )  Horticulture faculty, provided a...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 15:51 in Vancouver | Read more
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Vancouver Members Receive Outstanding Service Awards

Sometimes members go beyond what is expected of them and we recognize them with a special name plate identifying them as Outstanding!   Most of you who have attended Basic Training  have experienced first hand the value provided by our dedicated Basic Training Volunteers.  We...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:33 in Vancouver | Read more
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A SPRING AFFAIR lessons & landscapes - Photos and Awards

We laughed and we learned.  Thank you to everyone ( almost 350 ! ) who came out to listen to our 4 terrific speakers  Scroll down to view photos of the day and service awards ... Cick HERE to see photos of our Outstanding Service Award recipients Vancouver Master Gardeners...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 15:54 in Vancouver | Read more
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Congratulations to our Newest Vancouver MGs

These graduating students braved the icy streets and deep snow to get to VanDusen's Floral Hall in early February to receive their Master Gardener Certificates and new name tags. Congratulations to all 20 of our Vancouver Chapter Basic Training students who graduated to...

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 13:16 in Vancouver | Read more
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Fire Smart Landscaping in Drought Interface Areas

A wildland/urban interface is defined as a ‘geographical point where the diverse values of the wilderness and urban development meet. In the interface, structures and vegetation are sufficiently close that a wildfire may spread to structures or a structural fire may ignite trees...

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 17:07 in Vancouver | Read more
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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...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 21:48 in Vancouver | Read more
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GARLIC: Fall Planting - Summer Harvest

NEW INFO - to avoid Blue Mold Rot (Penicillium spp.) it is best to plant later in the fall, rather than earlier. This is one of the most common fungus diseases of stored garlic and onions. It overwinters on infected cloves, not in the soil, and it infects in warm 22-25oC (72-...

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 06:59 in Vancouver | Read more