Welcome to the Victoria Master Gardener Association (VMGA) website.

Our next members' meeting is Sunday, January 22nd from 1:30 - 5 pm at HCP Pavilion, 505 Quayle Rd.  

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: December 01, 2016


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Sold Out November 15th!

With much thanks to enthusiastic gardeners, an excellent speaker line-up, engaging Vendors and Resource Groups, and Russell Nursery, our generous Program Sponsor, we've sold all 250 spots to Mixing it Up 2017. We're collecting a Wait List, in case registrants who can't make it...

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 21:14 in Victoria | Read more

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 “Ancient 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

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

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

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