Summer 2018

sUMMER camps


This hands-on, outdoors garden camp keeps participants active planning, creating, maintaining and harvesting in our very own JMG Garden Plot, with the help of Victoria Master Gardeners. As we learn about growing plants and food, we also cultivate an understanding of our native pollinators and the ecosystems that support our gardens! (Please register with Saanich Recreation for all JMG Camps)

Date:     Week #1 July 9-13   Time:  9-4 pm   Cost:  $180/5 full days   Ages: 6 – 12 years

Date:     Week #2 Aug 7 – 10     Time:  9-4 pm   Cost:  $145/4 full days   Ages: 6 – 12 years


This program is a balance of gardening and art. 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, and other practical and beautiful work. This is a good group for children who cannot get enough gardening and crafting and is a nice break from the usual summer routines.

Date: July 23 – 27      Time: 9-12 noon      Cost: $95/5 half days      Ages:  6+ years

If you have any questions, please contact Paula McCormick, School & Youth Program Coordinator at HCP ([email protected]) or by phone (250 858 0587)


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: 9:45 am – 11:45 am (Saturdays 2018 – Feb 3, Mar3, April 7, may 5, June 2, Sept 8, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1)
Cost: $10/2 hr session
Ages: All ages welcome! Children under 5 need to be with a supervising/participating adult



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

STORIES IN THE SHADE is a bi-weekly story time designed around a theme that explores subjects such as gardens, bugs, and nature through stories and related crafts. Children under 5 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Date Tuesday, July 3, 17, 31, August 14    Time: 10:00 am – 10:45 am     Cost: $5/child, free admission for an accompanying adult             Ages:2+ years (designed for younger children, however, siblings are welcome)

NATURE AROUND US is a Walk & Talk session 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.

Date Tuesday, July 3, 17, 31, August 14         Time: 11:00 am – 11:45 am                 Cost: $5/child, free admission for an accompanying adult     Ages: 5+ years (designed for older children, however, younger siblings are welcome)

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




Join the fun of investigating what is living in a pond. When you have the means to magnify drops of pond water, you can explore a different world. Movement is in 3D. Breathing is under water. The life is alien-looking. Each participant will take home a kit of a loupe, a waterproof specimen container and a pipette.

Date Thursday, July 5      Time: 1:00 – 3:30 pm     Cost: $20/child, free admission for an accompanying adult                Ages: 7+ years


So much of the life of a garden is microscopic. Even within the plants, pollen is unique to a species. Looking at different leaves and petals under a microscope will give the artist in you much inspiration. Leaf litter has a whole ecosystem of its own. Come and explore the microscopic world of the garden. Each participant will be provided with a bag containing a loupe, a specimen box and a pipette to take home.

Date: Thursday, July 19                  Time: 1:00 – 3:30 pm     Cost:      $20/child, free admission for an accompanying adult        Age: 7+ years



This session begins with an enchanted walk through the Gardens at HCP. Participants will collect natural materials on the walk to use in 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:  Tuesday, July 3            Time:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm             Cost:  $15/person        Ages: 6+ 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. Parents/guardians are welcome to stay and participate.

Date:  Tuesday, July 17        Time:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm        Cost:  $15/person        Ages:  6+ years


Are you looking for ways to create your own Fairy Garden outdoors and furnishing it or to increase an existing garden. Join us for this creative activity time to build chairs, ladders, and other furnishings for your wee garden inhabitants. Use them in an existing garden or learn to create one or more garden rooms with them. Explore plants, natural materials and methods to create a whimsical setting in your garden or in containers. Parents/guardians are welcome to stay and participate.

Date:  Tuesday, July 31    Time:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm        Cost:  $15/person        Ages:  6+ 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 brewing. We will finish by packaging up our own sample tea to take home.

Date: Tuesday, August 14     Time:   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm    Cost:  $15/person     Ages:  6+ years

Pre-Register for each session at HCP 250-479-6162)


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 the NEW BC curriculum! – Contact us to learn more!

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