Vancouver Island

The Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association (VIMGA) is the home for Master Gardeners living on Vancouver Island from Duncan north to Campbell River.

What is VIMGA's purpose?

VIMGA exists to provide education to the public on environmentally responsible and effective gardening practices by developing and delivering public workshops, seminars and volunteer clinics, and by publishing information on these topics.

What do we do?

Our members continually educate themselves in order to offer accurate and up-to-date advice at nurseries, garden centres, plant sales, farmers’ markets, garden shows and garden tours on Vancouver Island throughout the gardening season.  We also participate in speaking engagements on garden topics at newcomers groups, and garden club meetings, and write articles for local newspapers and newsletters.

How can you become a member of VIMGA?

If you are an experienced home gardener with a strong commitment to volunteering and like to work with adults or children, you may be interested in the Master Gardener Basic Training Program which is offered in collaboration with Vancouver Island University (VIU).  The program may be offered at the Nanaimo, Cowichan or Parksville campus.

All Master Gardeners who are members of MGABC have completed a MG Basic Training program. This program is based on a comprehensive set of material covering botany, plant identification, herbaceous and woody plants, right plant / right place, propagation, soils, basic entomology, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), plant diseases, vegetables, roses, vines, fruit and berry culture, and other locally oriented gardening information.

For information on course content, please select this VIU link to Basic Training Program

Usually this course is offered in alternate years with the next course is tentatively scheduled for September 2017.

Watch for the announcement of an information session to be held at the end of June.

What happens when you have completed the Theory portion of the Basic Training Program?

Once the classroom component including the assignments and exam are complete, you join VIMGA for a $10 fee and become a Master Gardener in Training.

MGs in Training must complete 70 hours of organized volunteer service over two years at clinics, providing education to the public.   During this time commitment, a plant profile project must also be completed.

Upon completion of the above requirements, VIU will present you with a Certificate of designation as a Certified Master Gardener.

How do I remain a Certified Master Gardener?

Certified Master Gardeners must complete 15 volunteer advice hours each year and 5 hours of continuing education.  Annual membership dues are $40.

Is VIMGA part of the Master Gardener movement?

Yes – we are a Chapter of the Master Gardeners Association of BC, and actively participate in the governance and administration of the provincial organization. The Master Gardener Basic Training Program meets all requirements of the MGABC and uses Sustainable Gardening, the manual developed by Washington and Oregon State Universities for Master Gardeners.

Contact Us:  mgtammym@gmail.com

Reviewed Sept 26, 2016

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Articles

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...

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 12:18 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more
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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...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 06:24 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | 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...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 13:38 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more
News

MG ADVANCED TRAINING : Botany

Victoria Master Gardeners Association has a few spots available for their course on Advanced Botany. The classes are being held in Victoria on March 1, 8, 15 from 9:30-3:30. See the attached PDF for more complete information.

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 14:36 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more
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VIMGA VOLUNTEER SEASON- Behind the scenes

  VIMGA Volunteer Season: Behind the Scenes   VIMGA has always been challenged by its extensive area, stretching as it does almost from Campbell River to south of Duncan. Nonetheless, every year there is a spirited sign-up session, usually in Nanaimo, a central location not too...

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 03:09 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more
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VANCOUVER ISLAND: MG Basic Training Course

   “VIMGA is pleased to announce that a MG Basic Training course will be offered by VIU at the Paine Horticultural Centre in Nanaimo, beginning on Sept 14, 2013 for 12 Saturdays ending December 7th, 2013. (No classes Sat. Oct. 12th Thanksgiving weekend).   Important change – we...

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 02:59 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more
Resources

1.2 Community - Where to Find Us 2016

You can find volunteer Master Gardeners by consulting the following lists of Clinics.   Bring any gardening question, problem, insect or diseased plant (in a sealed plastic bag) to the Clinic Table, and we will be pleased to help you. The full 2016 schedule is separated by area...

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 04:27 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more
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QUALICUM BEACH SEEDY SATURDAY A BIG SUCCESS

Vancouver Island Master Gardeners have been involved in Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday since its beginning ten years ago. This popular Qualicum Beach event was started by avid seed savers and prairie gardeners Joy and Keith Smith, with  pioneer VIMGA  members Kim Hammond, Sally...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 15:17 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more
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VIMGA's workshops

 The Vancouver Island Master Gardener's Association (VIMGA) now has the capability of offering workshops to enhance clinics in the communities that VIMGA serves. A series of 6 different ready to present workshops was created by our Continuing Education Committee and introduced ...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 01:11 in Vancouver Island (VIMGA) | Read more