Upcoming Youth Workshop Programs for Summer 2017




We have been gardening with children for over a decade in this hands-on and outdoors garden camp. Every day campers are busy planning, creating, maintaining and harvesting from our very own JMG Garden Plot, with the help of Victoria Master Gardeners. Eating fresh from the garden and creating easy snacks provides healthy skills that last a lifetime. As we learn about growing plants and food, we also cultivate an understanding of native pollinators and the ecosystems that support our gardens! (Please register mid-April at Saanich Recreation for all JMG Camps)

Date:     Week #1 July 10 – 14   Time:  9-4pm   Cost:  $180/5 full days   Ages: 6 – 11 years       *FULL*

Date:     Week #2 Aug 8 – 11     Time:  9-4pm   Cost:  $145/4 full days   Ages: 6 – 11 years      *FULL*


There is a lot of inspiration in the Gardens at HCP to create art using a variety of natural materials. We will make take home pieces including planters, plant stakes, miniature gardens and other practical and beautiful work. This is a good group for children who cannot get enough crafting and a nice break from the usual summer routines.

Date: July 24 – 28      Time: 9-12 noon      Cost: $95/5 half days      Ages: 5 + years

Please contact Saanich Recreation to register.


Join us on these Tuesdays for … STORIES IN THE SHADE & NATURE AROUND US!    

STORIES IN THE SHADE is a bi-weekly storytime designed around a theme that explores subjects such as gardens, bugs, and nature through stories and a related craft. This program is designed for the younger ages (2+), although older children are welcome to attend with their younger siblings.  Children under 5 years must be accompanied by an adult.

       Time: 10:00 am – 10:45 am     Dates: Tuesday, July 4 & 18, Aug 1 & 15 from 10:00 – 10:45 am

NATURE AROUND US is a Walk & Talk session for children 5+ geared to the exploration of plants, insects, and diversity in the gardens. Participants will tour the Gardens at HCP as they discover more about the natural world around them.

       Time: 11:00 am – 11:45 am     Dates: Tuesday, July 4 & 18 from 11:00 – 11:45 am

Please reserve your spot for both of these programs by calling the Office at HCP 250-479-6162

*Free with a Family membership or an adult who has paid admission



This session begins with an enchanted walk through the Gardens at HCP. Participants will collect natural materials on the walk to use towards the creation of their own take home Fairy Garden. They will have a chance to explore a variety of materials such as clay, moss, and twigs. Parents/guardians are welcome to stay and participate.

       Date: Thursday, July 6      Time:  10:00 am – 12:00 noon      Cost:  $15/person        Ages: 5+ years


Explore the amazing world of plants, how they grow and what you need to know to build and maintain your own miniature indoor garden. Participants are invited to bring along a glass container to transform (a great upcycle activity with an open glass container 20cm or less). Plants and other materials will be provided.

       Date:  Thursday, July 20        Time:  10:00 am – 12:00 noon        Cost:  $15/person        Ages:  5+ years


These are very durable and a great way to create a garden path and add art to your home garden. Concrete, stones, gems, shells, and hands will be used to create a lasting impression!

       Date:  Thursday, August 3    Time:  10:00 am – 12:00 noon        Cost:  $15/person        Ages:  5+ years


This is an introduction to the art of making tea for children, including plant identification, growing, harvesting, and preparing flowers, leaves, and fruit to brew. Participants will host their own tea party to explore the various tastes and scents of herbal tea. Then we will finish by packaging up our own sample tea brews to take home.

       Date: Thursday, August 17     Time:   10:00 am – 12:00 noon    Cost:  $15/person     Ages:  5+ years


Looking for a quick drop in activity to get your child’s creativity flowing? Bring them to the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific to create their own take home fairy garden. Start with one session and create a mini garden to take home. Then return for another session when you can and add a couple more features to enhance the Fairy Garden. During each session, we will be using natural materials with a bit of bling. If you have something to share (beach glass, acorn caps, etc.) bring them along to contribute to the materials. The sessions will be stand alone, so drop in when you can. Adults are welcome to attend or wander the gardens while you wait.

Dates: Saturday, July 8 & 22    Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am     Cost: $10/person     Ages: 5+ years

**For registration, please contact the HCP office at 250-479-6162



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: Saturday’s from 9:45 am – 11:45 am on March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, Sept 9, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2

Cost: $10/2 hr session or $65/set of 8 sessions

Ages: All ages welcome! Children under 5 need to be with a supervising/participating adult


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



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

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