Events & Workshops
Check out what’s happening at the Garden:
Drought & Deluge
Saturday, March 09, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Set your garden up for success!
Experienced gardeners Paddy Wales and Sheila Watkins will share their tips for creating and maintaining a garden that is tolerant of extreme weather conditions. Learn about the benefits of long grasses and ground covers for moisture retention, various varieties of D-I-Y mulches to add nutrients, how to direct water flow, and more.
We’ll save some time at the end to answer your questions. Be sure to bring paper and a pen to take notes.
Seating is first come, first served.
Admission: By donation. Suggested amount $10-15.
Cash at the door.
Seed Starting – Jump Start your Food Garden
Saturday, March 16, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Join us for an informative session on seed starting vegetable crops presented by Mel Sylvestre of Grounded Acres Organic Farm.
Mel will share info and tips that you can take away to implement in your garden. She’ll touch on what can be grown successfully in our Sunshine Coast climate, the correct timing for indoor starting and outdoor direct
sowing, optimum soil conditions, the best tools to use, and recommended fertilizers.
Bring along a notepad and your questions.
Admission: Members – $10; Non-Members $15
Mel doesn’t give up easily on projects and finds farming addictive: every season is a chance to try something different and learn how to improve! She has been farming for 22 years, the majority spent in field management at Saanich Organics on Vancouver Island and UBC Farm in Vancouver. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Plant and Soil Science from UBC and uses these skills in her work as an organic Verification Officer and on a review committee for a local organic certification body. Mel mentors many new farmers in the region and has more than 10 years experience teaching farm students. She is a founding member of the BC Eco Seed Co-operative where she continuously refines her expertise as a seed producer, advocate and educator. As co-president of the Southern Sunshine Coast Farmers’ Institute she advocates for the needs of farmers in our region. Mel is curious to learn and is always educating herself on farm skills including operating machinery, using power tools, and plant breeding. Mel grew up in rural Quebec among fields of fragrant flowering buckwheat; wherever she farms now you can be sure there’s a buckwheat cover crop growing nearby and you can find her making buckwheat crepes on Sunday mornings for her family.