Welcome to the Victoria Master Gardener Association (VMGA) website!  Our next members' meeting is our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, November 20th from 2 - 5 pm at HCP Pavilion, 505 Quayle Rd.   VMGA has also organized several summer educational events - members, please check your email for details. 

Upcoming Events and items of interest to the public and members:

  • Local Garden Events:  We have a new feature, Out and About has transformed into a calendar where you can see how busy our gardening community is! 
  • Clinics: See you in 2017!.
  • You Asked Us ...actual questions (and researched responses) presented to Master Gardeners at clinics in their community.  Check it out here
  • Mixing it Up in the Urban Garden, January 28, 2017:  Spend a day with gardening enthusiasts and experts in the midst of winter! "Our Gardens of the Future" conference features 6 great speakers, local vendors and resources, delicious food and more. Learn More about Mixing It Up in the Urban Garden.

More about VMGA:

VMGA is a volunteer organization whose members share a passion for gardening and the willingness to share this passion with the community.  Established in 2000, our mission is to provide the most up-to-date information on reliable and environmentally responsible horticultural pratices for our region. 

All members have completed the Master Gardener Basic Training program in Victoria or are Master Gardeners trained elsewhere.  To learn about becoming a Master Gardener follow this link...  

Our members live on southern Vancouver Island, including Greater Victoria, the Gulf Islands and up the Malahat to beyond Mill Bay. 

VMGA is a proud partner and supporter of the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, a locally treasured garden and horticulture education centre. Visit here for more information.   

To contact us, email



updated: March 16, 2016


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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

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 “Ancestral Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge”, also the title of her 2015 book, at

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

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

Everything Gardeners want in one spot at Mixing it Up!

Fourteen Vendors and Resource Groups from Delta to the Cowichan Valley will offer what Gardeners need, and what we want. In one place, without driving about! Whether you want to test or augment your soil, choose seeds and plants to get a head-start on spring, buy that special...

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 14:49 in Victoria | Read more

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

Registration Open for MIU 2017

Registration is OpenREGISTER NOW for Mixing it Up in the Urban Garden 2017. The Early Bird price of $75 ends October 31, and the Conference always sells out early. You won’t want to miss spending a day with Experts and Gardening Enthusiasts, exploring Our Gardens of the Future....

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 09:09 in Victoria | Read more

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

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

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

Mixing It Up speakers lined up!

The Program for Mixing it Up 2017 is complete! Five speakers will offer complementary perspectives on “Our Gardens of the Future” Gayla Trail, Keynote Speaker: Our Gardens of the Future will be Urban -- youthful, sustainable, artistic, low budget and edible Dr. Richard Hebda:...

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 21:34 in Victoria | Read more

Community Events

October 25, 2016 Garden Club Meeting
Mill Bay Garden Club
October 26, 2016 Garden Club Meeting
Sooke Garden Club
October 26, 2016 Garden Club Meeting
Victoria Cactus & Succulent Society
October 26, 2016 Garden Club Meeting
View Royal Garden Club
October 26, 2016 Education
Growing Medicinal Mushrooms Workshop
October 27, 2016 Garden Club Meeting
Victoria Chrysanthemum Society
October 29, 2016 Market
Duncan Farmers Market
October 29, 2016 Market
Moss Street Market
October 29, 2016 Market
Salt Spring Island Farmers' Market
October 29, 2016 Education
Bean Pot Basket Workshop