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Youth Programs

Harvest Festival at HCP for a … Slime of a Time!! Join us in The Gardens at HCP for our annual harvest festival filled with seasonal activities, games, and exhibits for the whole family! Each year we feature an endangered species to explore. This year special guest Alanah Nasadyk with Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) will introduce us to a local resident you may never have heard of who needs our help!  Help our Head Gardener “wrap it up” for the season, carve a pumpkin, race a slug, and much, much more!! There is something for everyone. We hope you can join us😊 Date:  Saturday, October 28, 2017 Time:  9:30 am-11:30 am Fee:    $15/family Please register early and avoid disappointment. Numbers are limited. Call the HCP office at 250-479-6162 to register. JMG Pro-D Day Camps This Day Camp will be held in the gardens at HCP where kids will learn about plants, growing their own food, nutrition, and the environment through active gardening and seasonal activities. If you know a child who enjoys outdoor experiences, give us a try! If you have any questions, please contact Paula McCormick, School & Youth Program Coordinator at HCP ([email protected] ) or by phone ( 250-858-0587 ). Dates: Friday October 20, 2017; Friday November 24, 2017; Friday February 23, 2018; Friday April 20, 2018. Junior Master Gardener Camps These popular camps are full of outdoor...

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THE GARDENS AT HCP IS HIRING – SUMMER STUDENTS

The Gardens at HCP is hiring three summer students. Please see below for position and application descriptions:   Position 1: Events Assistant The Gardens at HCP is a public garden and place of learning in Saanich. The HCP is a not-for-profit society focused on the provision of horticulture education and the development and maintenance of 104 acres of educational gardens and conservation lands . We are currently looking for a post-secondary student to help full the summer employment position of Events Assistant from June 28th – August 26th. Hours will vary according to event schedules and may include daytime,...

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Reindeer Workshop

Drop in and make your very own unique reindeer. All pieces will be cut and prepared ahead of time so all you need to do is get creative and have fun! The instructor Lonnie Paton will be there to guide participants through the process. At the end of the class you will have your own Rudolf, Blitzen or Dasher to take home with you. This is a great activity to get the whole family into the festive spirit. There are no reserved spots for this workshop and quantities are limited so be sure to get there early. Cost: $15...

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Community Education

The Gardens at HCP offer great Community Education workshops for everyone, from landscape professionals to hobbyist gardeners. We offer a wide range of topics including pruning, basket weaving, flower arranging and more.

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School Programs

School Tours Elementary school children learn in a hands-on way by exploration and activities in one or more of our 30 Demonstration Gardens. Register for a 90-minute class or use the Gardens to reinforce classroom teaching using the: First People’s Ethnobotany Trail Takata Japanese Garden Children’s Garden Farm Garden Urban Backyard Garden Compost Demonstration Conservation Trails Bird Viewing Platforms Booking a field trip is easy! Email Paula at [email protected] or by phone...

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Master Gardener Program

February to May 2018 Thursdays 6pm to 9pm and Sundays 9am to 12 noon Call 250 479 6162 to add your name to the interest list. Lifelong learning is at the heart of the Victoria Master Gardener Association, the idea that no one can possibly know it all; that there is no shame in saying “I don’t know but I know who to ask”. Amazing gardeners here at the HCP say it all the time. The thing is you have to start somewhere and the Master Gardener Program is the place. You will learn current, reliable home gardening basics – the framework to pin everything else to. You will also learn how to look it up, who to ask and how to share that knowledge of sound, environmentally responsible gardening practices with the community. The course is taught at the HCP by a Pacific Horticulture College instructors and Master Gardeners and consists of 26 3-hour sessions that combine classroom instruction, home study, hands-on practicum, assignments and in-class projects. Guest lecturers add their knowledge, contributing immeasurably to the experience.  The cost including all handouts and texts is $745.00. Following the completion of the classroom course, graduates can become members of the Victoria Master Gardener Association (VMGA) as a Master Gardener in Training. To receive Master Gardener Certification completion of 60 hours of volunteer training over a 18 month period is required....

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