Fall Programs 2019



What’s not to like about a spa experience, including making your own foot soak, testing it out with your new friends in a foot bath to relax you? Learn to make spa products to enjoy at home with basic ingredients found at home and in your garden! Bring along a towel and come prepared to relax. BTW, bring along an adult for just $5 extra, and have some spa time together.

DATE: Saturday, September 14
FEE: $20/child (accompanying adult $5)
AGES: 5-12 years (adults … no age restrictions?)
TIMES: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm


This is the time of year that our gardens are full of beautiful flowers. Learn to dry, pound, arrange and create with them to preserve their natural beauty and even their scent! Each week participants will be introduced to a new technique and create a take-away they will be proud to show. This is an opportunity to learn about plants and craft with them.

DATES: Sundays, September 15(drying & pressing), September 22 (flower pounding), September 29 (arranging with fresh)
FEES: $55/3 week series or $20/1 week
AGES: 5-12 years
TIMES: 1:00 – 3:00 pm



We are becoming more aware of how our actions impact our planet. By starting with little changes at home, we can make a difference! In this workshop we will explore ways to reuse household items and use natural materials to save on waste while making great personal products to use at home and school. We will use fabric, beeswax, herbs, and other materials. Participants are asked to bring along an old tee shirt to make their first item, an upcycled shopping tote for take-aways.

DATE: Sunday, October 6
FEE: $20/youth
AGES: 7-14 years
TIMES: 1:00 – 3:00 pm



What is it about miniature gardens that intrigues us? Is it the adorable tiny plants we choose to nestle into interesting and unusual containers…vintage, upcycled, or made? This workshop series will include a weekly project to create a fairy, alpine, succulent and terrarium garden. If you love miniatures of all kinds, give this garden series a try! 

DATES: Saturdays, September 28 (fairy), October 5 (alpine), October 12 (succulent), October 19 (terrarium)
FEES: $85/4 week series or $ 25/1 week
AGES: 7-14 years
TIMES: 1:30 – 3:30 pm



These sweet little gardens include a miniature plant to keep warm indoors. Learn to create a fun garden, safe for a wee tropical plant and the perfect place for fairies to visit! We will include a tiny area for sitting, signs, and more! Bring along a friend and make your own fairy garden to take home and care for indoors as our weather gets cooler.

DATE: Saturday, November 9
FEE: $15/child
AGES: 4 – 8 years
TIMES: 1:00 – 2:30 pm



This is becoming a fun tradition for many families at HCP. It is a fun way to make a door wreath using a variety of plant materials provided for you! That saves a lot of gathering and helps focus on the creating! We will be using wire wreaths and lots of boughs and branches to choose from. Participants are asked to bring along a pair of hand pruners (secateurs), if you have some. An adult is to accompany each child/youth due to the nature of the activity.

DATE: Saturday, December 7
FEE: $25/child/1 wreath
AGES: 5 – 14 years
TIME: 1:00 – 2:30 pm

DATE: Saturday, December 14 
FEE: $25/child/1 wreath 
AGES: 5 – 14 years 
TIME: 10:00 – 11:30 am 

DATE: Saturday, December 14
FEE: $25/child/1 wreath
AGES: 5 – 14 years
TIME: 1:00 – 2:30 pm





Have you ever picnicked with a frog? Watched a pair of mallard ducks float quietly down the stream while feeding? Snacked on a fairy garden ground cover? These and more experiences await you in our gardens during Pro D Day Camps this fall. Over the past weeks we have seen natures influence of the gardens in these and many other ways. Join me for a day of gardening, exploration, garden crafts and more in The Gardens at HCP.

Dates: Monday, September 23; Friday, October 25; Friday, November 22, 2019
Friday, February 24; Monday, April 27; Friday, May 15, 2020
Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fee: $38/child
Ages: 5.5 years (school age) – 12 years


Garden Club is an open concept learning opportunity for children and youth of all ages who enjoy gardening and exploring the out of doors. Each month we meet to a assess our plot and participate in seasonable gardening with lots of hands-on activities. Our tasks range from creating Lasagna Gardens and container planters to seeding, weeding, and mulching. There is no end to the possibilities!

Club Dates: 9:45 am – 11:45 am (Saturdays 2019 – Mar 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, Sept 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7)
Cost: $10/2 hr session
Ages: All ages welcome! Children under 6 need to be with a supervising/participating adult


Join us for a week of hands-on gardening, garden crafts, and activities. Get to know more about growing plants, food production, harvesting and using plant material while experiencing our many gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific! This camp is great for the avid gardeners who cannot get enough time in the garden!

Dates: March 16 – 20 and March 23 – 27, 2020
Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $180/5 day camp
Ages: 6 years – 12 years
Registration: Register at Saanich Recreation (250-475-7600)


Come grow with us! This dynamic program educates youth about horticulture, health, nutrition, environmental science, leadership and life skills using fun and creative activities. Flexibility is a key component of the JMG program that enables it to be adapted to meet the needs and interests of different individuals and organizations. It is perfectly suited to Afterschool Childcare Programs, 4-H, Home School groups, or any number of interest groups as a program enhancement. If you are interested in having a JMG program at your school, recreation centre, home school group, or other, please contact our School and Youth Programs Coordinator at [email protected].

Dates: July 6-10, (Full Days), July 22 – 24, (Full Days), August 10-14 , (Half Days)
Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (full days), 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (half days)
Cost: $180/5 day camps, $145/4 day camps, $95/5 half day camps
Ages: 5 ½ years – 12 years
Registration: Registration opens Spring 2020. Register at Saanich Recreation (250-475-7600).



If you enjoyed the summer season of STORIES IN THE SHADE, this is our fall version, featuring seasonal and entertaining stories and garden wanders for preschoolers. Each week a new theme and story is planned around a garden adventure to explore and discover the many wonders in our gardens.

DATES: Mondays, September 9, 16, 30, and October 7.
FEE: $5/participating child
AGES: 2-5 years (with accompanying adult)
TIMES: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

*Register with us at 250-479-6162 between 9-5 daily or in person.