Winter & Spring 2018

 

Junior Master Gardener Camps

These popular camps are full of outdoor gardening activities and exploring nature around us. Our very own JMG Garden Plot keeps us busy as we plant, maintain and harvest year around. When we are not in that garden, we are exploring the many paths and plants around us, or busy with a variety of other nature activities and crafts.

JMG Pro-D Day Camps
Dates: February 23 & April 20
Registration: Please register at the HCP – 250 479 6162

JMG Spring Break Camps
Dates: March 19 – 23; March 26 – 29
Registration: Please register at Saanich Recreation – 250 475 7600

JMG Summer Camps
Dates: July 9 – 13; July 23 – 27 (half day JMG Garden Arts Camp); August 7 – 10
Registration: Please register at Saanich Recreation – 250 475 7600

Full Day Camp Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Half Day Camp Times: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Ages: 51/2 – 12 years
Fee: $180/5 day camp; $145/4 day camp; $95/half day Garden Arts Camp/Pro-D Day Camps – $38/day

If you have any questions, please contact Paula McCormick, School & Youth Program Coordinator at HCP ([email protected]) or by phone (250 858 0587)

JMG KID’S GARDEN CLUB

Once a month we meet for seasonal gardening activities in our very own JMG Garden Plot! Our growing season starts early, and there is always lots to do!! When the weather is not quite ideal, we can work indoors to start seeds, learn to propagate plants, plan our home gardens, build trellising, and lots more. When the weather cooperates, we spend every minute creating garden beds, amending soil, mulching, planting, weeding, staking, and watering! These are great skills to get your garden enthusiast growing their own food at home. There are lots of take homes, from seeds to plants and harvests whenever available.

Club Dates: 9:45 am – 11:45 am (Saturdays 2018 – Feb 3, Mar3, April 7, may 5, June 2, Sept 8, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1)
Cost: $10/2 hr session
Ages: All ages welcome! Children under 5 need to be with a supervising/participating adult

YOUTH Workshops

Terrarium Garden’s for Kids
Gardens come in all shapes and sizes. Get creative as you learn about the needs of little plants for indoors, and what better place to grow them than in an upcycled glass container. Bring along a glass bowl, vase, jar or other container and see what you can create for your room😊. (Containers should measure up to 20 cm in size). Parent participation is required for children under 6 years of age.
Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Ages: 4 + years
Fee: $15/child

Making Your Own Bird House
Our gardens depend on birds to thrive so let’s look at what birds need for nesting and create a safe place for them to raise their young. We will be using wood, hammers and nails to assemble our pre-cut kits. We need big hands along to help handle the tools safely, so parent participation is required.
Date: Saturday, Mar 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Ages: 5 + years
Fee: $20/child

Starting Vegetables with Seed
Learn about seeds, how they grow and what they need to become healthy thriving plants. We will be planting up trays of seeds for the JMG gardens as well as take home, so bring along your garden gloves. Don’t forget about planning for our native pollinators too! They need flowers to keep them happy and we will include flowers along with our vegetable and herb seeds. Parent participation with children under 6 years of age.
Date: Saturday, Mar 17, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Ages: 4 + years
Fee: $15/child

Native Plants & Their Uses
Have you ever considered what role our Native Plants have had in forests, meadows and streams? Let’s take a walk and talk through the Native Plants Garden and learn to recognize some of the many plants that were used by First Peoples and discuss their many uses.
Date: Saturday, Apr 07, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Ages: 5 + years
Fee: $15/child

Hypertufa Planters 1
Come ready to get dirty and design a planter made from concrete and other natural materials. Hypertufa creates a very light weight and strong medium that is weather proof. We will discuss features needed in a planter and how to achieve them. These planters will need time to dry and part 2 will be held on Saturday, April 28 to complete this project. Bring along work gloves if you like. All materials are provided. Parent participation is required.
Date: Saturday, Apr 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Ages: 7 + years
Fee: $15/child

Hypertufa Planters 2
The planters will now be dry and ready for us to add texture, prepare and plant into them. We will be using seasonal annuals and herbs for this project. It will be suited for your garden or gift giving (for Mother’s Day😊). Parent participation is required.
Date: Saturday, Apr 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Ages: 7 + years
Fee: $15/child

Tea Cup Fairy Gardens
We will begin with an enchanted walk through the Gardens gathering natural materials and inspiration to create your own take home Fairy Garden. There will have a chance to explore a variety of materials such as clay, moss, and twigs. Parents/guardians are welcome to stay and participate and required to stay with children under 6 years.
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Ages: 3+
Cost: $15

Concrete Hands Planters
These hands are fun and easy to make and can be used for succulents displayed on a step, outdoor table, or in a garden bed. Each planter is as unique as the gardener creating them. Plan to get a bit messy. All materials are provided.
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Ages: 5 + years
Fee: $15/child

Mini Pollinator Gardens
In the spring we are busy planting all the great crops we plan to eat in the summer and fall, but have we included nectar flowers for the native pollinators in our gardens? These creatures need a constant supply of food and places to lay their eggs and food for their young. Let’s plant up containers to take home including flowering plants to take home and ways you can add nectar flowers to your backyard garden.
Date: Saturday, Jun 02, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Ages: 5 + years
Fee: $15/child

Making A Stepping Stone
Learn to create a beautiful garden stone that will add art to your home garden. Concrete, stones, gems, shells, and hands will be used to create a lasting impression. All materials are provided. Parents are required to participate.
Date: Saturday, Jun 16, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ages: 5+
Cost: $15

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Host a children’s birthday in The Gardens at HCP for an exciting nature experience. Choose from one of our popular themed parties, (Garden Fairies or Nature Habitats) or let us work with you to create a unique event with another theme.

2-hour booking for up to 12 children is $150, including a 30-minute nature walk/hunt, 30-minute craft/activity, and 1 hour to host your family/friends.

Contact Paula [email protected] to plan your child’s next party

SCHOOLS AND HOMESCHOOLERS

Join us with your class or with your homeschoolers to learn about gardening & the environment with a focus on the NEW BC curriculum! – Contact us to learn more!

For any questions regarding youth programs contact Paula at [email protected]