Program Overview

This is a new addition to our Backyard Farmer series of programs for 2022. If you are looking for the Backyard Farmer – Urban Food Gardens Program, please go to this PAGE:

Learn to grow cut flowers in your own backyard in this 7 part/21 hour series. This course is intended for new or lightly experienced gardeners who want to learn basic techniques for producing cut flower crops in their own backyard. Note that this is not intended as a career training course or for those who are quite experienced with cut flower growing, but rather aimed at the hobbyist or homeowner.

The series will cover tools & materials, soil & bed preparation, planning your garden, starting seeds, popular seasonal flowers for beginners, common problems, saving seeds and storing bulbs & tubers, and putting the garden to bed for winter.  A field trip to a local grower is included in the course.

Fees include notes and handouts and participants also receive a 50% discount on the Floret Cut Flower Farm book which will be available in our gift shop. A certificate of completion is earned at the end of the series if 80% or more attendance is maintained.

Note that this program focuses specifically on growing flowers and not on floral arrangements. If you are interested in learning more about floral design, consider taking our floral design program.

Instructor Bio’s

Coming soon!

Program Location

The Gardens at HCP, 505 Quayle Road in Saanich. The classroom is located to the far left side of the main parking lot as you drive in.
This course will be a combination of both classroom theory and practical demonstration and observations in the gardens. There will be one off-site field trip to a local flower grower, address to be confirmed.
We have a small parking lot and occasionally it might be full, so be prepared to park on Quayle road and walk to the classroom.

Program Delivery

This course will be a combination of both classroom theory and practical demonstration and observations in the Gardens at HCP.  There will also be a field trip to a local flower grower.  If provincial health orders during Covid prohibit in-person classes, some classes may be moved online via zoom or postponed.

Registration

Registration opens in January 2022 and can be done online or by phone – 250 479 6162.
REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Fees

Registration Fee: $75
HCP Members: $525.00 (includes registration fee)
Non Members: $595.00

A non-refundable deposit of $75 is required on registration in order to hold your spot.
Fees are due by February 18, 2022.
Fees can be paid online or via phone.
Payment can be made via visa or mastercard.
Payments via cheque or cash must be made in person during open hours.

Refund Policy

The $75 deposit fee is non-refundable.
Program fees are fully refundable for cancellations up until February 18 2022.
After February 18, 2022 refunds will only be issued for 70% of the program fee minus deposit in extreme circumstances. Note that these refunds are on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.
Cancellations after the start of the course are not refundable.

Tools & Equipment Required

Clothing and shoes suitable for being outdoors in warm and rainy weather.
Secateurs
Garden gloves
Sharp non-serrated knife
Something to take notes with

TENTATIVE: Program Schedule

SPRING
Class 1: Monday, March 7th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Welcome and Introductions
Tools and Materials
Resources
Soil and Bed Preparation
Spring Highlight: Popular Seasonal Flowers
Q & A

Class 2: Monday, April 4th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Recap and Review (Brief)
Planning your Garden
Starting Seeds (& Practical Demonstration)
Spring Highlight: Popular Seasonal Flowers
Q & A

SUMMER
Class 3: Monday, June 6th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Recap and Review (Brief)
General Cut Flower Garden Maintenance
Common Problems: Pest and Disease
Summer Highlight: Popular Seasonal Flowers
Q & A

Class 4: Field Trip on Monday, July 11th (or possibly 18th) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Local Flower Growers
Business Tips and Tricks

Class 5: Monday, August 8th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Recap and Review (Brief)
Harvesting and Storage
Basic Floral Arrangements
Summer Highlight: Popular Seasonal Flowers
Q & A

FALL
Class 6: Monday, September 12th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Recap and Review (Brief)
Saving Seeds
Bulbs and Tubers
The Importance of Foliage
Fall Highlight: Popular Seasonal Flowers
Q & A

Class 7: Monday, October 3rd from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Recap and Review (Brief)
Final Garden Maintenance
Resources (Extended Version)
Floral Celebration: What did you learn?