Biochar Workshop

with Brian Smallshaw

Sunday, May 19th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Stark’s Road farm location)

Dear Garden Club members, come out to a blazing hot workshop with Brian Smallshaw. Let’s get everyone fired up and make a batch of biochar together! We’ll be learning the ins and outs of biochar in the garden and making a delicious supper at the same time. This is a full participation workshop so we’ll need gloves and tools to make it happen. Let’s get stoked! Maximum 15 participants. Cost of $30.00

Contact Charley for details and registration:


Great Garden Photography Workshop

with Simon Henson

Sunday, May 26th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (meet at Lion’s Hall)

This workshop will teach you how to maximize your garden photography by developing skills that make your photos as beautiful, colourful, sharp and dynamic as possible. Learn tips and tricks from experienced semi-professional Simon Henson who brings decades of garden and photography experience. No special camera needed, simply bring your own, borrow a friend’s or bring your phone if that is your tool of choice.

Meet in the morning at the Lion’s Hall for learning & discussion and then after a break for lunch you can join Simon at a beautiful local garden to get practical advice and try out your new knowledge.

Bring a camera (and other related equipment if you like), notepad & pen, and make plans for your lunch break. Dress appropriately for weather and please carpool if you can.

Simon Henson graduated from Leicester College of Art in England, majoring in Ceramic Sculpture and Design. He pursued a career as a professional artist and arts educator, first in England, then in Canada after emigrating in 1970. Living on the West Coast has provided both subject matter and inspiration for much of Simon’s photography. His work reflects his involvement and love of nature, capturing the essence and personality of coastal wildlife and landscapes.

Simon’s Photography:

  • Set Design, Production photography Salt Spring theatre and dance groups 1985-2007
  • Resident photographer with the Salt Spring Island Conservancy 2009-2018
  • Co-Founded the SS Photography Club 2009
  • Participated in Photography Club Annual shows, Artspring Lobby shows 2010-2018
  • Photosynthesis 2015
  • Member of ‘The Group of Six’ Photographers

Simon’s Gardening:

  • Trained on English Estate gardens Leicestershire UK
  • Salt Spring island 1980-2008: Landscape Gardener, Workshop/Class Instructor
  • Gardener Hastings House: 1988-91
  • He has lived on Salt Spring Island for over thirty-five years
Sunday May 26 :10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Meet at Lion's Hall
Great Garden Photography WorkshopPay via PayPal $25.00


Linda Gilkeson

Register now for this very popular course because it always sells out quickly!

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

Cost: $200 

To register, contact Linda Gilkeson:, or
Based on Linda’s best-selling book: Backyard Bounty: A Complete Guide to Year-Round Organic Gardening
Garden club members Pay via PayPal $200.00
Non-garden club members (includes a single membership)Pay via PayPal $220.00

After paying, please complete our membership form to complete your registration.
Non-garden club members (includes a family membership)Pay via PayPal $225.00

After paying, please complete our membership form to complete your registration.
If paying by cheque:
- $200 for current members
- $220 for new single members
- $225 for new family members
Cheque made out to:
SSI Garden Club

Mail to:
Linda Gilkeson
PO Box 648
Ganges Post Office