This is a new addition to our Backyard Farmer series of programs. If you are looking for the Backyard Farmer – Urban Food Gardens Program, please more information here.
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.
Emily grew up here in Victoria, BC. She worked locally as a florist for ten years, before making the move into horticulture. She attended the Pacific Horticulture College in 2016 to complete the Landscape Horticulturist Foundation Program.
Upon completion, she jumped into the industry doing residential and commercial landscape maintenance. She then went on to complete her Red Seal in Landscape Horticulture in 2020. Over the years she has combined her floral and horticulture love and experience to grow and arrange cut flowers.
Emily currently works as a gardener here at the Horticulture Center of the Pacific. She assists the volunteers, staff, and students with the upkeep and development of these beautiful gardens. She also teaches at the Pacific Horticulture College, specializing in pruning and practical skills.
She is thrilled to expand into community education, to share her love of gardening with you!
Originally from the US, and after living all around the world, Jessica landed in beautiful Victoria, BC. She completed the Landscape Horticulture Certificate program in 2014 at Pacific Horticulture College. Since then, she has been operating her own garden maintenance business, Wild Rose Horticulture, while also working as the College Administrator at Pacific Horticulture College. Jessica has added to her horticulture experience by completing an organic farming apprenticeship, a herbalist program and the Floret Cut Flower program. Most recently, she completed the Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship Training Levels 3 and 4 and successfully wrote her Red Seal exam in February 2021.
With her middle name being Rose, Jessica can’t help but adore flowers. Since taking the Floret Cut Flower program, she gained additional experience by growing a large cut flower patch for a couple of years and now squeezes flowers into any available garden space. She has a particular fondness for dahlias. Jessica is very much looking forward to sharing her love of flowers with fellow flower enthusiasts!
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.
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.
Join the interest list to receive advanced notice when registration opens.
HCP Members: $525.00
Non Members: $595.00
Class 1: Monday, March 7th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Class 2: Monday, April 4th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Class 3: Monday, June 6th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Class 4: Field Trip on Monday, July 11th (or possibly 18th) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Class 5: Monday, August 8th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Class 6: Monday, September 12th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Class 7: Monday, October 3rd from 5:30 – 8:30 pm