gardening

This image provided by the USDA Agricultural Research Service shows a closeup of a mosquito on human skin. (USDA Agricultural Research Service via AP)

How to take your garden and yard back from the mosquitoes

Eliminating these biting pests from your yard will not adversely affect the ecosystem

 

Barbara Holst, right, calls the herb garden fronting Jude Somers’ Oak Bay home a magical place. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

These herbs are grown for snipping, and Oak Bay guests sure do

Garden invites tasting, smelling and even conversation

 

Sahasi Erven’s Ukraine flower flag is pictured at Beacon Hill Park on Friday (July 22). Erven’s garden won’t reach its 100,000-flower goal, but that hasn’t stopped him from spreading his message of love and peace, both locally and abroad. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Greater Victoria man keeps flower flag alive with message for Ukraine

Sahasi Erven looks to give garden new life, possibly in a new spot

 

Sahasi Erven is pictured having a laugh by his garden at 2201 Chambers St. on July 8, 2022. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Victoria carpenter counters war in Ukraine with love for flowers

Sahasi Erven to unveil record-size Ukraine flower flag at Beacon Hill Park

Sahasi Erven is pictured having a laugh by his garden at 2201 Chambers St. on July 8, 2022. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Flowers bloom in a garden bed outside Government House. The residence is noted for the gardens on its grounds. (Black Press Media file photo)

Government House gardens recognized in national list

Listed as one of the 100 Garden Moments in Canada as part of celebrations for the Year of the Garden

Flowers bloom in a garden bed outside Government House. The residence is noted for the gardens on its grounds. (Black Press Media file photo)
Artist Mario Labonte shows off some of his work in a garden during a previous edition of Esquimalt’s Urban Art Tour. (Courtesy of Esquimalt Community Arts Hub)

Esquimalt Urban Arts Tour returns Saturday

Visitors can tour local gardens and artists throughout the township

Artist Mario Labonte shows off some of his work in a garden during a previous edition of Esquimalt’s Urban Art Tour. (Courtesy of Esquimalt Community Arts Hub)
(Facebook/Victoria Hospice)

Tickets on sale for Victoria Hospice’s Teeny Tiny Garden Tour

June event features variety of local home gardens

(Facebook/Victoria Hospice)
Male red-winged blackbirds do everything they can to get noticed, sitting on high perches and belting out their conk-la-ree! song all day long. Songbirds are up for discussion at the next Sooke Garden Club meeting on May 25. (ShutterStock)

Birds sings special songs in the garden

Sooke garden club meets on May 25

  • May 12, 2022
Male red-winged blackbirds do everything they can to get noticed, sitting on high perches and belting out their conk-la-ree! song all day long. Songbirds are up for discussion at the next Sooke Garden Club meeting on May 25. (ShutterStock)
The Victoria Horticultural Society is hosting its first major plant sale in years, May 14 at the Garth Homer Centre. (Facebook/Victoria Horticultural Society)

‘First big plant sale in many years’ coming to Saanich’s Garth Homer Centre

Victoria Horticultural Society members dig deep for May 14 fundraiser event

The Victoria Horticultural Society is hosting its first major plant sale in years, May 14 at the Garth Homer Centre. (Facebook/Victoria Horticultural Society)
Russell Nursery in North Saanich is celebrating its 30th year in business. Co-owner Laurel Rassenti is preparing for blossoming gardeners when the weather gets a little warmer. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)

Weather slows early gardening season but boom expected across Greater Victoria

Warmer weather will bring the green thumbs out of hibernation, businesses predict

Russell Nursery in North Saanich is celebrating its 30th year in business. Co-owner Laurel Rassenti is preparing for blossoming gardeners when the weather gets a little warmer. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)
Members of the Oaklands Community Garden do some planting during the recent grand opening event. (Courtesy of Oaklands Community Association)

PHOTOS: Oaklands community gets growing with new garden plots in Victoria

Food security, community spirit celebrated at grand opening this month

Members of the Oaklands Community Garden do some planting during the recent grand opening event. (Courtesy of Oaklands Community Association)
Philip Steenkamp, president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads University, and Solara Goldwynn, food systems manager, plant the first crops of the university’s new kitchen garden. (Justin Samanski-Langile/News Staff)

Royal Roads University unveils new food garden to support community needs

Wednesday’s unveiling also served as the kickoff for the 2022 Vision in Bloom fundraising campaign

Philip Steenkamp, president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads University, and Solara Goldwynn, food systems manager, plant the first crops of the university’s new kitchen garden. (Justin Samanski-Langile/News Staff)
Residents picked up seedlings, soil and other materials as part of the Get Growing, Victoria! program in the Fernwood neighbourhood in a previous spring. The materials will be available to eligible individuals and families starting April 21. (Photo courtesy of Aly Sibley Photography/City of Victoria)

Free mulch, compost program targets underserved Victoria communities

Gardening materials will be available in neighbourhoods all over the city this month

Residents picked up seedlings, soil and other materials as part of the Get Growing, Victoria! program in the Fernwood neighbourhood in a previous spring. The materials will be available to eligible individuals and families starting April 21. (Photo courtesy of Aly Sibley Photography/City of Victoria)
The Canadian Orca Rescue Society, founded in 2016 to help create positive change, announced its new community garden project at Bay and Alston streets in Vic West. (Courtesy of CORS)

New Victoria community garden grows food security, orca awareness

Ground being broken on Vic West allotment on Saturday (April 2) at noon

The Canadian Orca Rescue Society, founded in 2016 to help create positive change, announced its new community garden project at Bay and Alston streets in Vic West. (Courtesy of CORS)
Sooke is not participating in this year’s Communities in Bloom program. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke pulls out of Communities in Bloom provincial competition

‘It’s a year to take a pause for applause,’ mayor says; Sooke has won six of the last nine years

Sooke is not participating in this year’s Communities in Bloom program. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Flowers

Slow flowers

Growing sustainability in the floral industry

  • Mar 14, 2022
Flowers
Lynda Dowling in her field at Happy Valley Lavender Farm. Dowling began her love and adventures with lavender in 1987. (Contributed - Sooke News Mirror)

SOOKE GARDEN CLUB: Cultivating lavender is a gardener’s dream

Lavender farmer Lynda Dowling guest speaker at next Sooke Garden Club meeting

  • Mar 10, 2022
Lynda Dowling in her field at Happy Valley Lavender Farm. Dowling began her love and adventures with lavender in 1987. (Contributed - Sooke News Mirror)
Deer can be an annoyance to gardeners, but there are ways humans and animals can get along peacefully. (Contributed - Bruce Hogarth)

SOOKE GARDEN CLUB: Deer can be a gardener’s lament, but there is hope

Jennifer Kolot is the guest speaker at this month’s Sooke Garden Club meeting

  • Feb 12, 2022
Deer can be an annoyance to gardeners, but there are ways humans and animals can get along peacefully. (Contributed - Bruce Hogarth)
The Victoria Seed Library is holding information sessions for prospective members in February, March and April. (Twitter/lifecyclesprjct)

Victoria Seed Library looks to grow membership 2022

Budding members invited to learn more at information sessions

The Victoria Seed Library is holding information sessions for prospective members in February, March and April. (Twitter/lifecyclesprjct)
Xeriscaping – the practice of designing landscapes to reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation – will be discussed at the Jan. 26 meeting of the Sooke Garden Club. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

SOOKE GARDEN CLUB: Xeriscaping – gardening in a changing climate

How to reduce the need for water in your garden

  • Jan 13, 2022
Xeriscaping – the practice of designing landscapes to reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation – will be discussed at the Jan. 26 meeting of the Sooke Garden Club. (File - Sooke News Mirror)