gardening

Heather Boggs is counting her blessings after being gifted two gnomes from a local company, after hers were stolen in the middle of the night on July 16. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

West Shore business gifts woman with gnomes after midnight theft

One of stolen gnomes was a gift for completing chemotherapy

Heather Boggs is counting her blessings after being gifted two gnomes from a local company, after hers were stolen in the middle of the night on July 16. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Wendy Sahlstrom and her garden, which was featured in a past Secret Garden Tour. This year, the Sooke Secret Garden Tour has gone virtual due to circumstances of COVID-19. (File photo - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Secret Garden Tour goes virtual

Tour through multiple local gardens from the comfort of your own home

Wendy Sahlstrom and her garden, which was featured in a past Secret Garden Tour. This year, the Sooke Secret Garden Tour has gone virtual due to circumstances of COVID-19. (File photo - Sooke News Mirror)
Jelena Putnik shares her backyard garden using a garden-matching resource from the Young Agrarians. The resource connects property owners with people looking for space to grow food or plants. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Garden-sharing map connects Victoria landowners and gardeners

U-Map created by Young Agrarians after COVID-19 created uptick in garden matching requests

Jelena Putnik shares her backyard garden using a garden-matching resource from the Young Agrarians. The resource connects property owners with people looking for space to grow food or plants. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Ariel Reyes Antuan and Jess Barton have started a community initiative to help racialized people facing food insecurity by providing them with burlap sack gardens. They said their garden has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic and they continue to learn about gardening as well. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Victoria duo tackles food insecurity in Victoria with burlap sack gardens

Palenke Greens initiative an homage to Black and Indigenous connections

Ariel Reyes Antuan and Jess Barton have started a community initiative to help racialized people facing food insecurity by providing them with burlap sack gardens. They said their garden has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic and they continue to learn about gardening as well. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
A couple enjoys a stroll through the Gardens at HCP in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
A couple enjoys a stroll through the Gardens at HCP in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
View Royal community gardens will be open to the public again with new COVID-19 measures to keep gardeners safe. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

View Royal community gardens to open to public again

New COVID-19 measures will be in place at gardens

View Royal community gardens will be open to the public again with new COVID-19 measures to keep gardeners safe. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
The Food Eco District (FED) is hoping to provide 500 food garden starter kits to Greater Victoria residents to help improve food security during and after the pandemic. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Victoria initiative plants the seed of a ‘dispersed farm’ with food garden starter kits

My FED Farm provides people with the tools, knowledge to seed their food garden

The Food Eco District (FED) is hoping to provide 500 food garden starter kits to Greater Victoria residents to help improve food security during and after the pandemic. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
On April 14, View Royal council members agreed that community gardens will remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic due to public health and safety concerns. (Black Press Media file photo)

View Royal community gardens to remain closed during COVID-19 pandemic

Community members advocate for gardens to re-open as growing season begins

On April 14, View Royal council members agreed that community gardens will remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic due to public health and safety concerns. (Black Press Media file photo)
Garden waste drop off at the Saanich Parks and Public Works yard has been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (District of Saanich/Twitter)

Saanich garden waste drop-off suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic

Mayor reminds frustrated residents about other options for yard waste

Garden waste drop off at the Saanich Parks and Public Works yard has been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
My FED Farm, created by Food Eco District (FED), is aiming to help people affected by the COVID-19 grow food in their own back yard. In collaboration with Sooke Region Food CHI, Transition Sooke and the Sooke Garden Club, the program is extending its reach to Sooke. (Black Press file photo)

Food security initiative encourages Sooke residents to grow food at home

My FED Farm program offers free garden kits to those affected by COVID-19

My FED Farm, created by Food Eco District (FED), is aiming to help people affected by the COVID-19 grow food in their own back yard. In collaboration with Sooke Region Food CHI, Transition Sooke and the Sooke Garden Club, the program is extending its reach to Sooke. (Black Press file photo)
Saanich police arrest suspect accused of robbing a gardening store. (Saanich Police Department/Twitter)

Saanich police arrest gardener with stolen supplies, plants

Suspect pushing cart full of supplies away from closed gardening store

Saanich police arrest suspect accused of robbing a gardening store. (Saanich Police Department/Twitter)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes proudly shows off his rented mason bee colony. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich mayor receives his foster bees through pollinator rental program

‘I feel like I’m an adoptive father,’ Fred Haynes says of his rented mason bee colony

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes proudly shows off his rented mason bee colony. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Greenhouses used by the City’s Parks and Recreation department are being eyed for food production. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria councillors want city greenhouses used for food production during COVID-19

Couns. Ben Isitt and Jeremy Loveday are proposing new food security strategies

Greenhouses used by the City’s Parks and Recreation department are being eyed for food production. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Parks asks public to provide input for its Horner Park Renewal Project. (Google)

Proposed renewal concept for Horner Park realeased

Project is set to start in early summer amid review of public input

Saanich Parks asks public to provide input for its Horner Park Renewal Project. (Google)
The Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific is gearing up to celebrate 25 years of the Arts and Music in the Gardens event Aug. 10 and 11. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich’s HCP celebrates 25 years of Arts and Music in the Gardens

Over 50 artists, 15 bands and several food trucks will be at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

The Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific is gearing up to celebrate 25 years of the Arts and Music in the Gardens event Aug. 10 and 11. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre

Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre

Buying business included a steep learning curve for owner Robin Knox

  • Jun 24, 2019
Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre
The small patch of grass at the intersection of Pendray and Quebec Streets could soon house a bushel of berries (Google Maps)

James Bay street corner could house public berry patch

The James Bay Neighborhood Association is hoping to offer berries locals

The small patch of grass at the intersection of Pendray and Quebec Streets could soon house a bushel of berries (Google Maps)
The View Royal Gardening Club is hosting a presentation on wild and cultivated truffles in B.C. (Facebook/Wild & Cultivated Truffles BC)

Fungi expert gives tips on finding truffles on Vancouver Island

There are many native and cultivated species of the pricey, and delicious, mushroom on the Island

The View Royal Gardening Club is hosting a presentation on wild and cultivated truffles in B.C. (Facebook/Wild & Cultivated Truffles BC)
A small plot of land at Grant St. and Chambers St. has been dubbed “Arlo’s Garden” for four years after Andrew Poucher planted a public vegetable garden. Recently School District 61 realized the plot belongs to them, and the area is now at the centre of a dispute. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Fernwood garden in the middle of land dispute with school district 61

School board wants to demolish garden that a Victoria man has been using for four years

A small plot of land at Grant St. and Chambers St. has been dubbed “Arlo’s Garden” for four years after Andrew Poucher planted a public vegetable garden. Recently School District 61 realized the plot belongs to them, and the area is now at the centre of a dispute. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Victoria-based co-producers of the new Vision TV documentary series Ageless Gardens, David Springbett, Mark Bradley and Ian Toews gather in the legislature rose garden. Their series begins airing Monday (Feb. 12). Don Descoteau/Victoria News

New gardening series sprouted roots in Victoria

Documentary series premieres Monday on Vision TV

Victoria-based co-producers of the new Vision TV documentary series Ageless Gardens, David Springbett, Mark Bradley and Ian Toews gather in the legislature rose garden. Their series begins airing Monday (Feb. 12). Don Descoteau/Victoria News