Vancouver Island Garden and Community Links
Gardening : Farm Fresh : Living Green : Parks & Gardens : Events : Garden Supplies & Services
We live in a wonderful community, with experienced gardeners, and socially minded individuals, committed to growing plants in an ecologically safe environment. (links will open in new window)
For information about gardening, you may want to see the Compost Education Centre's website, a grassroots organization that offers workshops, and gets you composting. They even sell worms!
Kids Guide To Planting A Flower Garden
A useful article that includes a long list of kids gardening links.
The Island Farm Fresh online/print guide to farms and farm fresh products in Greater Victoria and the Gulf Islands, the Cowichan Valley, Ladysmith, Cedar, and Oceanside (Nanoose Bay, Coombs, Qualicum, Parksville).
Brought to you by the South Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association.
Robert Thompson - 250-544-0941
WestShore Harvest is a great resource for local food, growing, recipes, news, events and more.
Conservation Partners Program
The Conservation Partners Program is an initiative of The Land Conservancy. The Program supports good land stewardship for the benefit of both agriculture and conservation. By providing recognition, incentives, and assistance, TLC helps farmers and ranchers protect, enhance or restore natural systems.
Vancouver Island Public Parks & Gardens
If you are thinking of garden tours when you visit Greater Victoria, then Butchart Gardens is the marquee place to go. An international destination, they have 55 acres of floral display, and a snazzy website!
1-866-652-4422 Toll Free or locally 250-652-4422
A wide range of admission fees depending on the season.
Another must-see are the Italian, Japanese, and Rose gardens at Hatley Park Historic Site Gardens at Royal Roads University. This park has been designated a National Historic Site. This is also the home of Hatley Castle.
Gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific - Most recently known as "Glendale Gardens", nine acres of spectacular gardens showcase over 10,000 varieties of plants. Private tours, group tours and guided school tours will happily be arranged.
505 Quayle Road ~ 250-479-6162
***Look for MY Lectures & Hands-on classes taught at HCP!
**Michael created the Bucket Farmer working at HCP shown right (click it for big pic),
more of our Garden Whimsy.
Lavender Festivals & Victoria Events
Seedy Saturday Victoria - February 20, 2016
Seedy Saturday is Victoria's annual seed and garden show with commerce, education and networking opportunities for all gardening enthusiasts. Here is where you can buy open-pollinated, non-GMO flower, herb and vegetable seeds direct from the growers who can advise you about the best choices for your specific growing conditions.
10 am - 4 pm Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street
Seedy Saturday Sooke - February 27, 2016
Metchosin Day - September 11, 2016
Look for the Happy Valley Lavender & Herb Booth there ~ We will bring all our Lavender goodies!
11 am - 6 pm No Admission
Metchosin Municipal Grounds at 4450 Happy Valley Road
Luxton Fair - September 16-18, 2016
Garden Supplies & Services
Classic Cedar Garden Furniture and Gazebos
Green Valley Aromatherapy
West Coast Seeds