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 ones knowledge of botany, soil health, diagnosis of plant problems, propagation and pruning techniques, vegetable gardening, the principles of xeriscaping and more.  For further information about the training program in our area, please email tsmastergardeners@gmail.com.  We would like to hear from you.

Our chapter’s next Basic Training Program will take place in Kamloops in the fall of 2016, from September to December.  For more information about the program, please download the Basic Training brochure.

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.

                  

 

Chapter content

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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
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ATTRACTING POLLINATORS TO YOUR GARDEN ~

(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
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GERMINATION TEST for Seeds

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
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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
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Life After Pesticides: Saving Our Pollinators One Garden at a Time

Life After Pesticides: Saving Our Pollinators One Garden at a Time Free public presentation in Kamloops, BC with entomologist Dr. Linda Gilkeson Friday, April 19th, 7:00 pm TRU Clock Tower  Presented by the Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners Association & Thompson Rivers...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 05:51 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more
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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
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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
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Seedy Saturday Happens Again! ~ Archived

Seedy Saturday is happening at Sahali Mall in Kamloops again Saturday February 25th. Bring your seeds to swap. Come listen to speakers & browse through information booths. More info to follow.

Friday, December 30, 2011 - 03:21 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more
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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
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Kamloops Public Produce Garden

In early spring the Kamloops Food Policy Council in partnership with the Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners received a grant from the Interior Health Authority to create a Public Produce garden on a vacant lot donated for the season by a private developer. Public produce differs...

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 07:13 in Thompson Shuswap | Read more