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Youth Programs 2020

Youth Programs 2020

Moving outdoors during the pandemic has been a natural choice for family and children’s activities. The range of activities includes; walks to hikes, bike rides to paddle boarding, beach combing to kayaking. Many people have taken on garden and yard renovations, even...

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Easy Medicinal Herbs for the Home Gardener

Easy Medicinal Herbs for the Home Gardener

Easy Medicinal Herbs for the Home Gardener (That you may already be growing!) Pacific Horticulture College Blog Post by: Kylie Van Horne Like growing your own veggies, growing your own medicinal herbs can be a satisfying and rewarding experience for the home gardener....

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Garden Designs from Pacific Horticulture College

Garden Designs from Pacific Horticulture College

Love your garden but hoping to finesse the long-term plan? Bought a new home and don’t know where to start? Pacific Horticulture College is looking for landscape design projects for our 2020 students! If you are a property owner who would appreciate a garden design,...

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The Ending of an Era & the Turning of a Page

The Ending of an Era & the Turning of a Page

After 22 years as the HCP Librarian, our wonderful Isabelle Jones is stepping down and beginning a new chapter. Apparently, the coronavirus has opened a can of worms with “To Do” lists! She will be hugely missed as our librarian, HCP historian and a second set of...

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Youth Program Coordinators Assistant

Youth Program Coordinators Assistant

Youth Program Coordinators Assistant The Gardens at HCP is a public garden and place of learning in Saanich. The HCP (Horticulture Centre of the Pacific) is a not-for-profit society focused on the provision of horticulture education and the development and maintenance...

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The Year of Elopements

The Year of Elopements

To say that the 2020 wedding season is looking different than expected would be an understatement. Aside from the obvious lifestyle changes we're all experiencing right now, the most dramatic for me has been having a weekend off! Weddings and special events are a...

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Linda Gilkeson Interview

Linda Gilkeson Interview

This blog was originally posted in 2018. We have updated at the end with slides usually only available to people attending our 'Year Round Harvest' course. The Gardens at HCP’s staff is proud to work toward our mandate of connecting people to plants. We have our...

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Gardening with Children

Gardening with Children

Recently the BBC published an article saying that Gardening is an activity that can help you live until you are 100 or more!  And there is nothing a toddler loves more than a little watering can to sprinkle onto the plants like Mom and Dad. Gardening is a wonderful...

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Introduction to Cannabis Growing

Introduction to Cannabis Growing

Thank you to our Pacific Horticulture College students for providing this two part blog sharing what they have learned. To take your own 'Cannabis Basics for the Home Grower' workshop with Jo Wyld visit our event calendar to fin the next available class. Part 1:...

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Visiting During Covid

Upcoming Events

Sat 08

Forest Therapy Walks

August 8 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue 11

Spa Time

August 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Thu 13

Picnic in the Gardens

August 13 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thu 13

Eco Crafts

August 13 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat 15

Plant Identification & Culture Workshops

August 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu 20

Picnic in the Gardens

August 20 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thu 20

Paint Nights at the Gardens

August 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm