Welcome to the Victoria Master Gardener Association (VMGA) website!  Our next members' meeting is Wednesday, September 14: members Plant Sale from 6 – 6:46 pm and at the meeting break, with the General Meeting from 7 - 9 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: The 2016 calendar season is in planning and a first draft has been emailed to members.
  • 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 5 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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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

VMGA Project Wins Award of Excellence!

Our project “Growing in Our Community – Elementary School Program” was awarded a 2nd place Award of Excellence at the Canadian Master Gardeners’ Conference in April, 2016. Applications were received from Master Gardener chapters across Canada. The purpose of the award is to...

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 21:46 in Victoria | Read more

Victoria's first Advanced Training Grads!

Six Victoria Master Gardeners are the first graduates of the VMGA Advanced Training Program: Congratulations to Nancy, Lee, Keren, Charlotte, Debbie and Gail (not in photo)! These grads completed 120 hours of advanced training, and are the first of a large group of Master...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 21:52 in Victoria | Read more

DEER! -- Oh Dear

Thank you Victoria Master Gardeners for updating this very useful list of Deer Resistant Plants which can be accessed by clicking the link here photo courtesy of Anne A. Vancouver Chapter General comments about deer-resistant plants:  • The most reliably deer-resistant plants...

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 18:00 in Victoria | Read more

Container Vegetable Gardening

The PDF file linked below is the presentation made by Dig This at the May 20th 2015 VMGA General Meeting.  Elizabeth Cull has kindly consented to posting her slides in the public space of the VMGA website. Please click the link below to access a copy of the presentation.  It is...

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 09:28 in Victoria | Read more

TANSY RAGWORT Information Project

“Tansy Ragwort is a Noxious Weed - Send It Packing!” The Victoria Master Gardeners Association and the Cowichan Exhibition collaborated on a public information project for the Cowichan Fair in 2014. Team members for the Victoria Master Gardener Association, Adele Weir, Frances...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 14:33 in Victoria | Read more