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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...

04/30/2015 - 02:02 in MGABC | Read more
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THE LOVELY LEMON TREE

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
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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
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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
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A TALE OF TWO TREES

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
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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 A remarkable Heritage Tree, Juglans cimera x J. sieboldiana v. Cordiformis (Canadian/ Japanese walnut hybrid)  The attractive striped bark of Acer crataegifolium...

11/22/2014 - 05:23 in Vancouver | Read more
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A NEW HOUSE & GARDEN IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD

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
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ADVANCED TRAINING - Trees - A Walk in the Garden

A stunning example of Sequoia sempervirens, the California Redwood at VanDusen Botanical Gardens   Instructor Nancy Moore leads the ATP Class on a garden tour, explaining the significant features of many landscape trees  Acer griseum, the Paperbark Maple, with its attractive...

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

Read about the Dunster Tour in the PDF below.

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

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
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MG ADVANCED TRAINING : Shrubs ~ A Walk in the Garden

On a beautiful spring day at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, our enthusiastic instructor, Betty Cunnin, explains the characteristics of Rosaceae, the Rose Family. (The name comes from the type genus Rosa. Among the most species-rich genera are Alchemilla, Sorbus, Crateaegus,...

05/27/2014 - 07:15 in MGABC | Read more
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MASTER GARDENERS SHARE PHOTOS OF THEIR GARDENS

Visitors to Greater Vancouver are always delighted (and often astonished) by the magnificent gardens. The temperate climate encourages Master Gardeners to create unique gardens that contain an exceptionally wide range of plants. Click on the link that follows to see photos of...

04/29/2014 - 09:12 in Vancouver | Read more
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MG ADVANCED TRAINING : Native Plants with Dr. Richard Hebda

Derek , Vancouver MG, is currently completing his Advanced Training.  He's generously shared a few lovely photos of a recent Native Plant walk at VanDusen with Dr. Richard Hebda, ATP Instructor. Devil's Club : the most used plant for medicinal purposes by aboriginal groups....

04/26/2014 - 07:30 in Vancouver | Read more
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BEETLE ID - Ten Lined June Beetle

One of our members spotted this specimen recently and reported : Linda Gilkeson claims that this beetle does no great harm to the garden, although it can munch away at conifers. It was dead when found beneath a Douglas fir. This beetle and its larvae could be destructive if...

04/18/2014 - 13:40 in Vancouver | Read more
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JUDY ZIPURSKY: Leader, Mentor and Friend

For the incredible contribution she has made to Master Gardeners and our local community, one Master Gardener in particular is worthy of very special acknowledgement. Judy Zipursky , Vancouver Master Gardener, Chairperson and Founder of the Healing Garden Group for the past 10...

04/15/2014 - 12:36 in Vancouver | Read more
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MYSTERY PLANT: Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush)

In February,  a friend sent me a photo of a  plant she had come across on a walk and asked me to identify it.  She described an intoxicating, tropical perfume with clusters of largish, yellow flowers covering the bare branches.  I was stumped and tentatively offered Daphne....

04/15/2014 - 12:02 in Vancouver | Read more
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HEALING GARDENS Help All Involved

Through the Master Gardener Healing Committee (formerly led by Judy Zipursky for 10 years! ) Vancouver Master Gardeners are involved in a wide range of healing gardens.  These gardens are designed to actively involve people in them to promote an overall sense of well-being. ...

03/22/2014 - 01:41 in Vancouver | Read more
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WINTER WALK IN MILNER GARDENS

Before the mercury dropped to three degrees today in mid-February, my daughter and I took up the Milner invitation to walk among the snowdrops in the garden.  We were delightfully surprised, and found many brave winter bloomers to brighten up this dreary day.  Below are some of...

02/13/2014 - 13:38 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more
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KELOWNA SEEDY SATURDAY - PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Seedy Saturday Kelowna has been a tradition for at least 14 years in the Central Okanagan. Formerly organized by Jon and Sher Alcock of Sunshine Farms, this event just got bigger and better every year. In 2014 the Okanagan chapter of the Master Gardeners Association of British...

01/28/2014 - 14:58 in Okanagan | Read more
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SEED SAVING AND THE MG CONNECTION

“It all started here, in the Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Gardens, over 20 years ago… That was 1990 and the very first Seedy Saturday in Canada took place in this very room!” That’s one of the many interesting things Master Gardeners learned about the history of seed saving...

01/19/2014 - 07:20 in Vancouver | Read more
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BC COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM Newsletter Jan 2014

Get Your Community on the Map this year! Transform & Engage yourCommUnity in 2014 Communities in Bloom is a program that provides a framework for community enhancement.Each year over 30 communities in British Columbia participate in the ‘in Bloom’ program that involves...

01/12/2014 - 17:00 in MGABC | Read more
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A VISIT TO OUR GARDENS : A Peek at Yushow's Pond

All are Welcome to the Garden! Yushow , a Vancouver MG, told us a bit about this lovely garden: I had this pond installed about 5 years ago.  It was winter but everything went well.  Soon after the pond was done, I put some plants in and around it.  Animals like heron,...

01/01/2014 - 20:00 in Vancouver | Read more
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Guisachan Heritage Park Garden-Project

Our pilot project for this 'hands-on' venture at Guisachan Heritage Park has been a great experience for a group of Okanagan Master Gardeners and bodes well for the future of further projects. The Central Okanagan Heritage Society (COHS) is responsible for the upkeep of this...

11/30/2013 - 04:27 in Okanagan | Read more

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