Monday, August 17, 2009

Victoria Gardening Events and Workshops late Aug and Sept

Upcoming in August and September: Heritage garden tours (ongoing) check out: Seed Saving September 26 at Victoria Compost Education Centre: Hatley Gardens has weekly workshops Sundays 10 - 12 and Wednesdays 2- 4 for $25 Aug 17 and 21 : Herbaceous Borders, Plants and Designs Aug 24 and 28: Discoveries in the Wetlands Sept. 7 - 11: Stolen Gardens Sept 14 and 18: Backyard Propagation Sept.21 and 25: Small Trees/ Small Yards Carolyn Herriot offers classes on Saturdays, 1 - 4 through The Garden Path for $45: the Zero Mile Diet series is great!

Saving Your Own Seeds Saturday Sept 5th With its unique microclimate, there's no better start for your garden than the seeds saved from it. With impending climate instability, bio-regionally adapted seeds offer greater reassurance for a productive harvest. Learn how to collect, clean and store seeds from your garden. We will have a hands-on seed cleaning session.

Planting Great Garlic Saturday October 3rd Garlic is a health-giving sustainable crop, which reproduces readily and is relatively easy to grow. October is the month to plant garlic so after learning about it, we will plant some outdoors in the garden.

ALM Seed Saving Workshop at ALM Organic Farm: SEED SAVING It is important to save your own seed for long term sustainability, to improve the quality of your seed, and to save money. Learn how to select, harvest, clean and store seed from your favourite vegetables, herbs and flowers. Which varieties are the easy save and how do you save those that a little more difficult. Practical and hands on taught by a farmer with 20 years experience. Participants go home with 5 varieties of seed. Taught by Mary Alice Johnson and Marika Nagasaka at ALM Organic Farm Saturday, Sept. 12 1 - 4 pm Fee: $40+GST starting Winter veg class at Glendale gardens:

Growing Vegetables

In this 2-session course, Philip Young will cover all the basics of growing vegetables. Classroom time will cover theory, including organic methods for fertilizing and disease and pest control. On Saturday morning the garden will cover seeding, pricking out, potting on and planting. Students will go home with winter vegetable starts to plant in their home gardens.
When: Thursday August 20th - 6:00pm to 9:00pm OR Saturday August 22nd 9:00am to 12 noon Thursday August 20, 2009 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Where:Classroom - off main parking lot

Members: $45.00 - Non-members: $60.00

Just for fun:

Medieval Delights Oldfield Orchard at 6286 Oldfield Rd. Presents a four course medieval feast and a medieval performance by a 27 member company. Every Friday night in August from 6pm-8:30pm. Hayrides, archery, costumed song and dance, chamber of horrors, and swordplay. Tickets are $45 for adults and $30 for children. Call 652-1579 (the Orchard) or 595-9907 (Canadian College of Performing Arts), or 384-0332 (Spinnaker’s Pub).

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Vancouver Island Brewery Blues Bash Presents performances of regional and international bands, performing blues and R&B. Free performances will take place in the afternoons at Ships Point, in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, as well as paid admission performances in the evenings at various clubs in downtown Victoria. Contact: (250) 388-4423 or toll free 1-888-671-2112 (from North America only) and of course the Saanich Fair Sept 5 - 7

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