Dig Into Spring: VIMGA Spring Education Day

Spring Education Day 2018.jpg Egan Davis, is a respected horticulture expert and garden design specialist. A former manager of collections at Van Dusen Botanical Garden, and Principal Instructor for the Horticultural Training Program at the UBC...

02/01/2018 - 10:17 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more

VIMGA Finishes The 2017 Volunteer Year

With our home gardens put to bed for the season and the holiday season beginning, VIMGA has completed a good year. Dorothee Kieser, long-time Master Gardener, held 2017’s last clinic on 25 November. Her seminar titled, “Crop Rotation and Companion Planting,” was well attended,...

12/20/2017 - 16:01 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more

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...

12/08/2017 - 12:05 in Vancouver | Read more

A QUICK PRIMER ON MULCH Gardener's Best Friend

Plants feed from the soil, and mulch develops the kind of soil that makes healthy plants.  When we force our plants to rely on fertilizer rather than healthy soil for food, they become stressed from forced growing, incorrect balance of nutrients, and drought at the air-soil...

09/22/2017 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more

Master Gardener Program offered this fall at VIU

Vancouver-Island-University,-Master-Gardener,-June-2017.jpg Vancouver Island University and the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association collaborate to offer the Master Gardener Basic Training Program. Designed for the experienced home...

06/14/2017 - 08:44 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more

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...

05/30/2017 - 17:32 in Vancouver | Read more

Exotic Indoor Winter Blooms

Nothing says winter exotica like the blooms of the winter lily. I began my adventure with these beauties last year when I rescued a bulb that, mistreated, was struggling to survive in the back of the display box. I was always appalled at the price asked for these bulbs, but...

01/22/2017 - 20:03 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more

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

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

Join Us! - Become a Master Gardener

The MGABC Master Gardener Program welcomes enthusiastic gardeners with a willingness to share their interest and experience with the public. To become a Master Gardener you must take the Master Gardener Basic Training Program offered through a Master Gardener Chapter or an...

09/28/2016 - 09:29 in MGABC | Read more


The following information has been provided by Linda Gilkeson. The fungus is among us, with powdery mildew top of mind for many gardeners. That's the white, dusty coating you might be seeing on leaves of squash, peas, and other plants. Different species of fungi cause 'powdery...

09/01/2016 - 02:32 in MGABC | Read more

Me and the Hornet Queen: When the Wasp Decoys Don’t Work

For many years I’ve kept yellow jacket wasp nests away from our house with a wasp nest decoy. I bought the first one which cost  $10, and was eaten by the wind by June. Then I discovered a DYI that has worked beautifully for years, and cost nada. These decoys work because wasps...

05/26/2016 - 12:18 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more

Lessons Learned Transplanting in the Dry Areas of the West Coast

After a recent gardener to gardener chat, it was suggested to me that I might commit some of my thoughts ‘to paper’. For the scientists in the crowd there are no p values, just things I have learned, mostly the hard way. I am a master gardener, with basic training. I think by...

05/03/2016 - 06:24 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more

I Love Tree Peonies

This is a story of my experience with peonies, particularly tree peonies. I have found them to be well suited to the Pacific Northwest.  Summer drought tolerant, deer resistant, (in my world deer proof plants are those inside yards with large dogs and surrounded by 7 foot fences...

03/08/2016 - 17:43 in Vancouver | Read more


Forcing Bulbs - forcing bulbs enables us to enjoy the fragrance of spring during dreary days of late fall and winter. Bulbs that force well are paper-white narcissus, tulips and hyacinths. To force paper-whites, place the bulbs in a container 2 or more inches deep and large...

03/07/2016 - 10:09 in Okanagan | Read more


This year, Christmas baking reached a new culinary high: lemon tarts filled with lemon curd made from lemons from my own 'Improved Meyers Lemon' tree. Not only is it an attractive and exotic-looking plant, especially in winter, it is relatively easy to grow and the fruit are an...

02/24/2015 - 09:51 in MGABC | Read more

ROMANCE BLOSSOMS - A Trip to the NW Flower and Garden Show

This years' show embodied the theme 'Romance Blossoms' with stunning landscaped gardens by the region's best known landscapers and growers.  The exhibition featured 23 grand display gardens, daily schedules of instructive and entertaining seminars, floral competition, city...

02/23/2015 - 09:40 in Vancouver | Read more

SPRING FORWARD - March 8th 2015

Another fabulous day of Lectures , Vendors and Plant Sales. Spring Forward 2015 , was Sunday, March 8, 2015  10 am - 4:30 pm MJ Fox Theatre, Burnaby We welcomed over 250 people:  Friends, Family and the General Public to this once a year event! -----------------------------...

02/10/2015 - 09:29 in Vancouver | Read more


Growing in my neighbourhood, I have watched these two monkey puzzle (Araucaria araucana) trees for some three or four years. They receive the same amount of light, are the same distance from the road, grow in very similar soil and receive the same sparing amounts of dry season...

01/20/2015 - 12:13 in Vancouver | Read more

Mid Island VIMGA members - Horticulture Therapy at Cerwydden Long Term Care Facility in Duncan

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11/27/2014 - 12:31 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more

ADVANCED TRAINING - Trees : A Walk at Dart's Hill

More stunning shots this time of the October field trip for Advanced Training : Trees, to Dart's Hill, in Surrey BC - Click here for more info on Advanced training A remarkable Heritage Tree, Juglans cimera x J. sieboldiana v. Cordiformis (Canadian/ Japanese walnut hybrid) ...

11/22/2014 - 05:23 in Vancouver | Read more


Gardening can be a hobby, a passion, our way to help the environment, grow great fresh food, help defray the cost of living, or all of this and so much more.  We can learn so much from the experience of others in our own neighbourhoods, and not so infrequently the lessons...

09/25/2014 - 07:35 in Vancouver | Read more

ADVANCED TRAINING - Trees - A Walk in the Garden

A stunning example of Sequoia sempervirens, the California Redwood at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. For more info on Advanced Training click here   Instructor Nancy Moore leads the ATP Class on a garden tour, explaining the significant features of many landscape trees  Acer...

09/25/2014 - 07:29 in Vancouver | Read more


Read about the Dunster Tour in the PDF below.

09/18/2014 - 02:27 in Prince George | Read more


Members of the David Douglas Botanical Garden Society, under the leadership of the MGAPG, gathered in late August to begin work on a fundraiser for the Garden. Ten members created over 20 hypertufa planters from plastic bowls and various other containers. The planters will be...

09/01/2014 - 07:51 in Prince George | Read more