Become a Master Gardener - Join Us!

October 05, 2016

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 associated Educational Institution offering the Master Gardener Basic Training program.

Please do take some time to read our summary to answer some of your possible questions.

The Basic Training program is divided into two components:

Classroom – Theory

The classroom training provides an overview of gardening basics. Topics include botany, soils, composting, perennials and annuals, berries, vegetables, plant propagation, and responsible control of weeds and pests. Environmentally responsible gardening practices are emphasized and experts on each topic teach the courses. Students must complete assignments, homework, and pass a final exam before proceeding on to the second component of the training.

With its emphasis on volunteer participation, preparation for face-to-face education of the general public and appreciation of local horticultural... Read More...

Latest

Resources

GARDENER'S SPRING PLANTING CALENDAR ~ it's never too early to plan

Jo-Ann Canning, well known Master Gardener , shares her Gardener's Spring Planting Calendar - A Week by Week Guide to Sowing Seeds just in time for this year's start.  Thanks to Harrowsmith Country Life, West Coast Seeds, and Agriculture Canada for ideas, climate data and some...

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 08:23 in MGABC | Read more
News

Sold Out November 15th!

With much thanks to enthusiastic gardeners, an excellent speaker line-up, engaging Vendors and Resource Groups, and Russell Nursery, our generous Program Sponsor, we've sold all 250 spots to Mixing it Up 2017. We're collecting a Wait List, in case registrants who can't make it...

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 21:14 in Victoria | Read more
Articles

Summer fun for Victoria MGs

Victoria Master Gardeners had three exceptional outings in the summer of 2016.

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 14:20 in Victoria | Read more
News

A Sixth Speaker for Mixing it Up!

Dr. Nancy Turner, Trudeau Fellow and Emeritus Professor, will join Dr. Richard Hebda in exploring how Our Gardens of the Future will be Rooted in the Past. View Nancy’s presentation “Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge”, also the title of her 2015 book, at https://youtu.be/...

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 11:41 in Victoria | Read more
Resources

Fire Smart Landscaping

Do you know about Fire Smart Landscaping? Brent Schorr, Victoria Master Gardener in Training, researched Fire Smart best gardening practices and best plants for the west coast. He delivered an informative presentation on the topic to the Piers Island Fire Safe Team in August....

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 21:08 in Victoria | Read more
Articles

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...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 11:12 in MGABC | Read more
News

VMGA Support BC Housing Harvest Celebration

Victoria Master Gardeners Support BC Housing's Harvest Celebration Six Master Gardeners and Master-Gardeners-In-Training took part in the Harvest Celebration on July 23. The event is a celebration of the gardening efforts by participants in BC Housing's People, Plants, Homes...

Monday, September 5, 2016 - 22:38 in Victoria | Read more
Resources

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
Articles

POWDERY MILDEW & APHID INFESTATIONS in early to mid fall

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...

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 02:32 in MGABC | Read more
Resources

Top Tips for a Successful Plant Sale

Prepared by the Victoria Master Gardeners’ Association 1. Only Your Best: Select the best and showiest plants to pot up. The bigger and healthier the plant, the more money you will raise. 2. Plants: You can split existing plants, dig out seedlings, start seeds in pots, or dig...

Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 10:06 in Victoria | Read more
Resources

Bee Friendly Gardens

We are facing a 'pollination crisis': bee populations and species are declining as demand for pollination of crops is increasing. Loss of habitat, parasites, pathogens, pesticides, climate change and the movement of bee diseases around the globe all contribute to the decline.  ...

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 22:01 in Victoria | Read more
News

Mixing it Up 2017 Speakers Sponsor

The Victoria Master Gardeners Association is proud to welcome Russell Nursery as the Speakers Sponsor for the 2017 Mixing it Up In the Urban Garden Conference. Russell Nursery is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the North Saanich business in 2017. Russell Nursery’s speaker...

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 16:24 in Victoria | Read more

Community Events

December 10, 2016
Market | Victoria
Duncan Farmers Market
December 10, 2016
Market | Victoria
Moss Street Market
December 10, 2016
Education | Victoria
Reindeer Workshop
December 11, 2016
Education | Victoria
Festive Table Centerpiece Workshop
December 12, 2016
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Vancouver Island Heather Society
December 12, 2016
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Peninsula Garden Club
December 12, 2016
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Victoria Rhododendron Society
December 12, 2016
Garden Club Meeting | Okanagan
Vernon Garden Club
December 13, 2016
Garden Club Meeting | Victoria
Western Garden Club
December 17, 2016
Market | Victoria
Duncan Farmers Market