Tuesday, 3rd March 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Farmer’s Institute

Harry Burton, Salt Spring’s very own “Mr. Apple” will be teaching us about “whip and tongue” grafting. He specializes in pink flesh apples and has been working for years to strengthen and grow more varieties of these, along with a wide range of heirloom and modern apple and pear species.

The course will be using Bud 118 Rootstock (3/4 of Standard Tree), which give a tree that needs no water after 5 years.  It is the best rootstock for Coastal BC.

You will be provided with samples of Scionwood to graft up.  Each participant gets one rootstock to graft, with a tree you can then take home.

Maximum of 20 participants

Workshop fee: 

(Remember Club members may register one non-member friend at the special members’ price).  Register using the links above, or phone Charley Miller 250-931-7335



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February 15, 11am – 2pm

By Gordon MacKay, Alba Plants


This is an outdoor workshop and so is weather dependent. IF February 15 has heavy rain, snow or strong wind we will reconvene on a later date to be determined.

In this workshop we will be outside at two locations on Sunset Drive. We will cover and demonstrate the concepts of both winter and summer pruning and which particular fruit trees are pruned at their respective times of year.

We will try and add more meaning to such terms as: slender spindle, espalier, UFO pruning, super spindle and cordon. We will also have time to talk about: young tree selection, planting, staking and subsequent after-care…after all we all hope that the trees we plant will be around long after we are gone!

Please note: this workshop will focus primarily on fruit trees. 

Hot drinks will be provided

Workshop fee: 

  • $30 for Garden Club members if register by February 8th
  • $40 for later registration and for members of the public

(Remember Club members may register one non-member friend at the special members’ price).  Register using the links above, or phone Charley Miller 250-931-7335

Maximum of 15 participants

Gordon MacKay studied horticulture at Threave School of Gardening in southwest Scotland and Pershore College of Horticulture in England. He is the owner of Alba Plants in Cowichan Bay.  He specializes in teaching fruit tree pruning, and he teaches horticulture and apiculture at the Pacific College of Horticulture. He is also involved with the horticulture therapy programs at Providence Farm in Duncan.


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Linda Gilkeson

This 10-month series of classes runs from January to October to take you through the whole gardening season. We start with planning the garden, preparing the soil and understanding soil fertility, composting and organic amendments.

We continue with planting schedules, what to grow and how to grow it so you can harvest food from your organic garden all 12 months of the year. You will learn low maintenance, ecological methods for producing a wide variety of vegetables and fruit, how to fertilize the soil, design garden beds, prevent and manage pests and disease without pesticides, save seeds and deal with extreme weather.

All classes are held at the Farmers’ Institute, 351 Rainbow Road, Wednesday evenings 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Based on Linda’s best-selling book: Backyard Bounty: A Complete Guide to Year-Round Organic Gardening