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




Have you thought about starting your own vegetable garden, but don’t know where to begin? Would you like to see how easy it is to create your own growing space, plant and maintain it? Would you like to get your whole family involved? Enjoy eating fresh & local produce without the hidden chemicals. This family gardening program is a great way to learn and practice the basics over a period of weeks while you develop your own home garden. There will be ongoing support including a site visit from a Master Gardener. This 8 hour (2 hrs x 4 session program) will combine some classroom time with lots of hands-on fun! Handouts will accompany the sessions for quick reference.

Session #1 Saturday, April 8 – Seeds & Starts – Learn to select and grow your own nutritious edibles from seed …and take home the fruits of your labour!

Session #2 Saturday, April 22 – Garden Prep Basics – Learn about plot orientation and soil preparation … and plan your best garden ever!

Session #3 Saturday, May 6 – Time to Plant – Maximizing your yield and grow healthy crops with less effort!

Session #4 Saturday, May 13 – Creative Food Growing – Sometimes the space available is not enough … use containers, vertical planting and crop rotation to plan and plant a food garden in small spaces or for additional plantings!

All four sessions are from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Registration Fee: $100 per family for all four sessions (maximum of four children and two adults)

For registration, please call the HCP office at 250-479-6162.

Upcoming Family Activities for Spring 2017


Creating a Mini-Garden – whether indoor or out, miniature gardens are the cutest. Join us for a fun session creating a tiny garden to take home. This can be an indoor or outdoor garden, you choose. There will be a selection of plants and containers to choose from.

Saturday, March 18     1:00 – 3:00 pm

Fee: $25 (materials provided)                                     Ages: 3 to 12 years (under 5 with an adult)

Growing Plants for Our Native Pollinators Growing Plants for Our Native Pollinators is a one session program to learn about the plants that pollinator’s love and how to grow them. There are seeds and starts for creating your own Native Pollinator Garden at home.

Saturday, April 1   1:00 – 3:00 pm

Fee: $20 (materials provided)                                     Ages: 5 to 12 years


Propagating 101 is a fun way to grow plants from cuttings. If you like to watch things grow, you will love trying these experiments at home. Learn about taking cuttings, natural growth hormones, and what kind of growing medium to use to grow lots of plants from cuttings on your own!

Saturday, April 29     1:00 – 3:00 pm

Fee: $20 (materials provided)                                     Ages: 8 to 14 years


Garden Stepping Stones – these are a beautiful and practical way to make a pathway through a favourite garden, soggy area or across a lawn or vegetable garden. Bring an adult to help you make a lasting piece of art for your garden or as a gift for MOM!

Saturday, May 13             10-12 noon

Fee: $25 (materials included)                                      Age: 5 – 12 years


The Art of Bonsai – if you have always wondered how these little plants stay small, come and learn a bit about the history of these beautiful art forms. Then begin to train a tree or shrub of your own. It can take years to reach its full potential as a Bonsai, but we can get started together!

Saturday, May 27      1:00 – 4:00 pm

Fee: $35 (includes a 1 gallon plant suited to Bonsai)    Age: 8 – 14 years


2017 Junior Master Gardener Camp (JMG)

This year we will focus on growing our own food in our gardening camps, including exploration of resident beneficial/pests, soils, organic gardening practices, growing food, and harvesting. We will create a garden, weed, plant, seed, harvest, and sample from the garden. There will be lots of growing things to take home and cultivate for later harvesting. This program is designed for kids who LOVE to be outdoors, are curious about their environment and want to grow their own food. There will also be garden crafts to make for our gardens on site and to take home!


WEEK #1 March 20 – 24 (9-4pm)                $180/5 full days

WEEK #2 March 27 – 31 (9-4pm)                $180/5 full days


WEEK #1 July 10 – 14       (9-4pm)                $180/5 full days

WEEK #2 Aug 8 – 11         (9-4pm)                $145/4 full days

Join us for a week (or two) of adventures in The Gardens at HCP this year!  Registration is through Saanich Parks & Recreation.


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 BC curriculum! – Contact us to learn more!

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