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Golden Spruce Dedication Ceremony with Film Screening

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Golden Spruce Dedication

The Gardens at HCP is getting a piece of BC history. A tree propagated from the original Golden Spruce from Haida Gwaii will be planted in the Gardens on October 4th.

The public is invited to a dedication ceremony at 1 pm following by a reception and screening of the film “Hadwin’s Judgement” which is based on the book “The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed” by John Valliant. This book will be available in our gift shop.

We hope to see you at this exciting event and please come back as we all enjoy seeing the growth.

Background:

BC History recounts the amazing story of a proud, majestic and beautiful tree, the Golden Spruce – Picea sitchensis ‘Aurea’. Growing on Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands), its fame extended internationally, with people coming to view it from many parts of the world until this 300-year-old unique tree was cut down in 1997.

Scrawny in size, but immense in history, the little tree described in the article below, is now living in the Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) where it moved in October 2017. It is a direct descendant of that famous tree, grafted from a branch of the original Golden Spruce, onto Sitka Spruce rootstock (which is the green vertical branch that you see).

Because this tree was grafted from a lower branch of the original tree, it lacks the hormone needed to make one branch turn upwards to form a dominant vertical “leader”. Therefore, it can only form a bush, rather than the typical triangular shape of normal trees. The lack of chlorophyll (green) in the golden needles means that they sunburn easily and then some can drop off. This is why it needs to grow in a shaded spot. To our knowledge, this is the oldest surviving direct descendant of the original tree, but all others are the same shape as this tree, resembling a bush.

The full story of the original Golden Spruce can be read in the national bestselling book, available in the HCP Giftshop: The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed By John Vaillant

The DVD, “Hadwin’s Judgement” is a movie about the sad story of the events that led up to the cutting down of this magnificent tree, and is available to view or borrow for HCP members.

The following story is one dictated by Jim Kinghorn, the propagator of this tree, to his daughter in 2013, less than a year before he died. The tree spent most of its life at Jim’s residence in Saanich, and was moved to HCP as a donation to honor this amazing tree and its prominent place in BC History.

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Landscape Horticulture Certificate at The Gardens at HCP

By UBC Botanical Garden | Garden News

Landscape Horticulture Certification programs at The Gardens at HCP

Grow your own career in horticulture!

The 10-month Horticulture Certificate Program is designed for students who seek to become professional gardeners. After 10 months, you will be ready for employment or self-employment in the field of horticulture. The program runs from January to November so students can follow an entire growing season.

2019 Program Dates: See Wait List

Who should enrol?
Applicants should be interested in plants and in creating and maintaining gardens. You should be physically fit, enjoy hands-on work and being outdoors in all kinds of weather. Gardening involves creating both order and beauty, so be prepared to perform repetitive tasks as well as use your creativity. There is also a more technical aspect involved when you learn about irrigation systems, hardscape features, and how to operate and maintain small equipment.

What you will do while you are here
You will learn all the basics – and much more – required to succeed in the field of horticulture. At least one third of your weekly class time is spent in the garden. Practical Skills and Plant Identification and Culture are the backbone of the program, with classes every week over the course of the 10 months.

Your theory courses will cover everything from Botany and Soil Science to Plant ID, Plant Health (Pests and Diseases), Integrated Pest Management, Turfgrass Management and Landscape Design. You will also learn about fruit and vegetable growing, permaculture, and other alternative approaches to gardening . Field trips and guest speakers complete the schedule. Topics as diverse as Bonsai, Ethnobotany, Invasive Plant Management, or Mason Bees will give you a well-rounded horticultural education.

Students participate in:
The maintenance and development of the Gardens at HCP, performing a variety of tasks common to each season
Garden projects
Design projects
Greenhouse work
Field trips to local gardens and garden-related businesses
Joint projects with the HCP garden volunteers, a dedicated and knowledgeable group, many of whom are experts in their individual garden collections
Up to seven weekend duty sessions throughout the year

For a detailed list of courses, please see:
Program Courses

Graduation requirements
Have a minimum of 80% attendance for each of the individual courses, and for the entire program
Have missed no more than five Practical Skills sessions per term
Complete all project work assigned
Pass all courses with a minimum of 70% average – all courses in the program must be passed in order to graduate from the program
Successfully complete Practical Skills and Safe Work Practices
Successfully complete all Practical Skills Checklists

What you can do after graduation
Upon completion of the program, students receive a college certificate. They also complete the Horticulture Technician Foundation Program as outlined by the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Students will receive credit for the first two levels of apprenticeship training, as well as 500 work-based training hours toward their Red Seal Certification.
Graduates of our program find employment as maintenance gardeners; many build businesses that hire fellow graduates. They work in nurseries and greenhouses and as landscape designers; in food production; for municipalities, golf courses and public gardens.
Graduates who want to obtain their Red Seal certification can go on to attend Levels 3 and 4 of their technical training, which are also offered at the PHC.

Key facts
January—November, 44 weeks
Full-time, 28.5 hours per week
Mon-Thu 9am- 4pm, Fri 9am -12:30pm
2 weeks of work experience with local host employers
2 weeks summer break in July

How to apply
For program costs and how to apply please see:
Fees and Admission Requirements

Tofino Botanical Gardens – Tourism Tofino article

By UBC Botanical Garden | Garden News

Tofino Botanical Gardens IMG_3764 Tourism Tofino
Tofino Botanical Gardens IMG_3764 Tourism Tofino

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The Tofino Botanical Gardens were selected as one of the best gardens in the world by Jane Perrone, the gardening editor for the UK’s Guardian newspaper for their whimsical and inspiring nature. These 12 acres of gardens, forest, and shoreline explore the relationship between culture and nature.

Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation, a non-profit registered Canadian charity operates educational programs and provides information about temperate rainforest conservation. A network of paths and boardwalks will take you from Darwin’s Café and Visitor Centre around the flower, herb and kitchen gardens, the duck pond, and Children’s Garden into the forest, where clearings have been transformed into a series of pocket gardens, art installations and garden buildings. Some of the pocket gardens display plants that once thrived in other coastal temperate rainforests around the world.

Garden buildings include the “historic” Bernardo O’Higgins homestead, the storytelling hut made by acclaimed local artist, Jan Janzen and two bird blinds overlooking the Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management Area. Featuring the work of internationally renowned sculptor Michael Dennis, art installations are all made to survive or weather in the rain, and provide a cultural counterpoint to the surrounding natural beauty.

Open daily from 9am till dusk.

Originally posted by Tourism Tofino.

Hatley Park National Historic Site

By UBC Botanical Garden | Cultural Garden , Display Garden , GardensBC-Member , Japanese Garden , Vancouver Island

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Hatley Park National Historic Site

Hatley Park: Majestic. Magnificent. Memorable.

In 1908, Laura and James Dunsmuir likely didn’t anticipate the legacy or the National Historic Site they’d create by commissioning Samuel Maclure for the construction of a Tudor-revival manor for their family home. The estate, designed in the spirit of early 20th century mansions, showcased the Dunsmuir family’s influence and affluence, and has become an important part of Vancouver Island’s history, including serving as home for the Royal Roads Military College from 1940 – 1995 and Royals Roads University today.

While Hatley Castle is the centrepiece of the estate, there’s much more to the park and National Historic Site: gorgeous Japanese, Italian, and Rose formal gardens that follow Edwardian design; 15km of walking and hiking trails through old-growth forest; a protected migratory bird sanctuary; an historic First Nations’ site; and a spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains across the Juan de Fuca Strait. You’ll find everything that makes the West Coast unforgettable only 25 minutes from downtown Victoria.Explore Hatley Park National Historic site at Royal Roads University to create memories with your family.

Lights, Camera, Action

As one of Vancouver Islands most prestigious film locations, it is no wonder directors, film crews, and photographers have been drawn to the beauty of Hatley Park for over 80 years. Hatley Castle and its heritage gardens have been showcased internationally in feature films and made for TV movies.  Our unique setting and architecture makes Hatley Park a desirable location for film crews world-wide.

As one of Canada’s largest national historic sites, protecting our heritage lands is a priority when hosting film crews. Our Film Liaison is on site to share valuable guidelines that will help preserve and protect the heritage site for years to come.

If you are considering a site visit of our property, please contact the Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission to arrange a suitable time.

Tofino Botanical Gardens are twelve acres of gardens, forest, and shoreline that explore the relationship between culture and nature.

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2005 Sooke Road,Victoria, BCV9B 5Y2

Region: Vancouver Island

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The Gardens at HCP – Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

By UBC Botanical Garden | Arboretums , Botanical Garden , GardensBC-Member , Vancouver Island

Japanese bridge in the fall, at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific.

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) started with volunteers in 1979, today it is a hidden gem that captivates and inspires all year around, one of Canada’s top garden treasures.

With nine acres of demonstration gardens to enjoy, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for your own garden. A further 100 acres of conservation park is home to endangered plant species and host to many native bird species.Over 100 volunteers assist in maintaining and growing the gardens and were the first to establish this unique setting. HCP is also home to Pacific Horticulture College, founded in 1987 providing year long professional horticulture education.Gardening focused community education programs run year around and our new Couvelier Pavilion provides a gorgeous setting for weddings and events.“The perfect place to share and stroll with friends and family.”

Japanese bridge in the fall, at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific.

Japanese bridge in the fall, at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific.

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  • WEDDING AND MEETING VENUE

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The Gardens at HCP staff are thrilled to help you plan your wedding. We offer fabulous spaces for your ceremony, photography and reception. We welcome you and your guests to relax and create a memorable day together. Our modern Couvelier Pavilion includes audio-visual equipment, tables, tablecloths, chairs and more – all set in an inviting post and beam building with views into the Gardens. There are several spaces through the Gardens used for ceremonies allowing you to showcase your style.Learn more about wedding rentals on our website.

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505 Quayle Road, Victoria, BC V9E 2J7

Region: Vancouver Island

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Victoria Butterfly Gardens

By UBC Botanical Garden | Display Garden , GardensBC-Member , Vancouver Island

Welcome to the Jungle! Walk into a wonderland of sights, sounds and aromas. Isn’t time you met all the inhabitants of our jungle including 6000 free flying tropical butterflies?

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Experience the warmth, beauty and romance of an indoor tropical jungle. Interact with tropical birds, tortoises, ducks, flamingos, geckos, iguana, 6000 free flying butterflies and much more.

In our climate controlled environment, (26 Celsius and 80% humidity), you will wander through lush jungles of plants native to tropical rainforest environments. Stroll along the pathways past organic vanilla beans growing on the vine, papaya trees, pineapple, coffee beans, ginger and many other foods of the world growing in our organic soil.As you mingle with our tropical animals, you will be pleased to discover that they are all donated to, or rescued by, our Garden. We showcase the biodiversity that the tropics have to offer.This carefully planned combination of trees, bushes, vines and creepers is a balanced jungle-like eco-system that flourishes without the use of herbicides and pesticides.We are located just 5 minutes from the ‘world famous’ Butchart Gardens.

Welcome to the Jungle! Walk into a wonderland of sights, sounds and aromas. Isn’t time you met all the inhabitants of our jungle including 6000 free flying tropical butterflies?

Welcome to the Jungle! Walk into a wonderland of sights, sounds and aromas. Isn’t time you met all the inhabitants of our jungle including 6000 free flying tropical butterflies?

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1461 Benvenuto Avenue,Brentwood Bay, BCV8M 1J5

Region: Vancouver Island

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