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Seedy Sunday 2024 – March 3 10am – 3pm

Seedy Sunday is Nanaimo’s version of the various Seedy Saturday events that are held all over Canada and BC. This year, Seedy Sunday will be held on March 3, 2024 from 10m to 3pm at Nanaimo District Secondary School. It includes educational workshops, Master Gardeners, displays and 45 + vendors selling plants and seeds of all [Continue]

Upcoming workshops

In cooperation with the city of Nanaimo, our society offers horticultural workshops year round. Check out the city’s winter 2024 Activity Guide for registering for the following workshops:   Basic Fruit Tree Pruning  Our expert pruner will show you how to care for young and old fruit trees and grape vines in your yard. This [Continue]

Sea Soil donation helps us grow!

In late fall, we received a donation of Sea Soil and it will be used in the transplant mix used to start seedlings. Volunteers in the greenhouse have been working all winter, saving  and ordering seeds, sorting and counting pots, making and cleaning labels and creating lists and timelines for what to seed and when. [Continue]

2023 Gleaning Program was a great success!

Thank you to all tree owners and volunteers who made the 2023 Gleaning Program so successful. Great weather during spring pollination and clear summer skies with occasional rain allowed trees to ripen most of their fruit and the yield was above average. In the Program’s 21st year of operation, 12,045 lbs were picked from June [Continue]

Thank you Cinnabar Valley Farms!

  This year, Cinnabar Valley Farms has gave Nanaimo Community Gardens Society a large donation of starter mix, soil, fish compost and composted steer manure. This will be blended into a mix used to start seedlings at the Beban Learning Gardens. Volunteers were on hand to help unload and move bags of soil and giant [Continue]

Pruning Workshops at the Community Gardens

Each year many pruning workshops are held at the Community Garden sites. These workshops focus on fruit tree pruning to demonstrate practices to restore old trees and increase flower and fruit production. While these classes have been popular for over a decade, NCGS has recently been holding these classes at the Beaufort Park Food Forest [Continue]

Donation from Coastal Community Credit Union

Nanaimo Community Gardens has received support from the Coastal Community Credit Union Relief and Resiliency Fund. This money is for our organization to re-engage the community in our programs. The pandemic was difficult for many organizations and it forced us to reduce our operations and keep our work parties closed to visitors. Now that safe, [Continue]

The BLG Covered Workspace is now a reality!

Beban Learning Gardens thanks Nanaimo Community Gardens, the Province of British Columbia, Home Depot, and the City of Nanaimo Parks and Trades Departments for their help in making our Covered Work Space a reality. Almost exactly four years after officially opening, one of the last items from the original design plan has been built.  Volunteers [Continue]

Fruit Trees Donated by Island Savings

Representatives Jenna Sutherland and Tammie Muir from Island Savings were on hand at a recent tree planting work party at the Beban Learning Gardens to present a cheque to Nanaimo Community Gardens Society. The cheque for $1,500 will to go towards the purchase of fruit trees for the site. The planting of young fruit trees, [Continue]