Updated April 14, 2015



  April 2015
Now Online

Keith Harris:
The Neighbourly Gardener

Keith Harris at work in his garden

BRAGS member Keith Harris is the subject of a recent article by Steve Whysall in his Vancouver Sun online blog.  The article describes Keith as "a wonderful advocate for gardening", a description which some of us would wholeheartedly agree with.  A copy of the article with accompanying photos is available to read here .

Garden Education

VanDusen Botanical Garden
VanDusen Botanical Garden
offers a wide selection of garden related courses for all skill levels and interests.  Visit the VBG website to view current course offerings or download a PDF copy of the current VanDusen Adult Education brochure.

UBC Botanical Garden
Information about Courses & Lectures is available at the website.  Go To > >

The GardenWorks website has useful information sheets for downloading and printing for reference.  Also frequent mini workshops on gardening related topics.

GardenWorks Website > > >

Current Seasonal Garden Hints > > >

Gardening Tip Sheets & Email Queries > > >

Burnaby Community & Continuing Education
Details of these courses at www.burnabyce.com

Diploma Programs
Residential Landscape Technician
Floral Arranging

Certificate Programs

Arborist ISA Certification
Organic Master Gardener
Ecological Landscape Design
Growing Food in the City
Plant Knowledge for Organic Master Gardener

Courses (examples)
Keeping Bees (1day)
Organic Turf Management Workshop (1day)
Organic Soil Management (3 days)
Floral Arranging

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
More info at www.kwantlen.ca/horticulture

Integrated Pest Management (B.SC.)
Landscape Design & Installation Dipl.
Greenhouse & Nursery Technology Dipl.
Turf Management Dipl.
Horticultural Apprenticeship Program
Commercial Floristry


Monthly Meetings

Visitors Welcome
First Wednesday Monthly
September to June

Burnaby Village Museum
Discovery Room
Canada Way at
Deer Lake Ave (Sperling)

Next Meeting

Monthly Meeting
Wednesday May 6

"Cutting Edge Plants for
Cutting Edge Gardens"
Gary Lewis
Phoenix Perennials

Keep Up with Burnaby (and beyond) Gardening Events

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Minutes & Reports
BRAGS Community
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Special Events

Rhododendron Festival
May 3, 2015
Plant Sale
At RhodoFest May 3, 2015
Garden Tour
No Tour 2015
Garden Contest
No Contest 2015

Gardening Weather ?

Garden TV

Recreating Eden
This beautifully photographed series continues in re-runs.  You will have to search your TV program guide as these programs are broadcast on Vision, One, and other channels at various times.

Garden Web

City of Burnaby
City of Burnaby
Pesticide-free Gardening Program

Great Plant Picks is an educational awards program committed to building a comprehensive palette of outstanding plants for Pacific Northwest gardens. Awards are based on the combined expertise of over forty horticulturists from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.

Great Plant Picks lists have been produced each year from 2004 to 2008 and are available on the website.  Also available is a Plant List which provides useful recommendations for plant choices according to growing conditions.
GPP Website > >


BRAGS Calendar
May 3, 2015
RhodoFest & BRAGS Plant Sale
at Shadbolt Centre, Burnaby

May 6, 2015
BRAGS Monthly Meeting
Gary Lewis of Phoenix Perennials BIO
"Cutting Edge Plants for Cutting Edge Gardens"

June 3, 2015
BRAGS Monthly Meeting
Marilyn Holt of Buckerfields BIO
"Herbs: Culinary, Medicinal & Cosmetic

BRAGS is a general interest garden club.  The rhododendron is recognized in the name of our Society as the official flower of the City of Burnaby and is a special interest of some of our members.  Our membership includes gardeners at all levels from beginners to those with prize winning gardens that have been featured in national magazines.  If you are interested in gardening, come and join us--you won't be disappointed.

Other Garden

Burnaby & Region Allotment Garden Assn
Lynn Valley Garden Club
New Westminster Horticultural Society
South Burnaby Garden Club
Alpine Garden Club of BC
South Fraser Rhododendron Soc
Vancouver Rhododendron Soc
Vancouver Shade Gardening Society
VanDusen Botanical Garden

Gardening Weather ?
Burnaby conditions usually fall between Vancouver & Abbotsford-no station in Burnaby


TLC The Land Conservancy of BC
The restoration of the Garden presents opportunities for volunteers in a variety of gardening and maintenance jobs.  Be a part of the renewal of this outstanding historical Burnaby garden.  The regular work day for volunteers is Wednesday.

Contact Lynsey Dobbie, Head Gardener, for more information at 604-733-2313, by email, or check out the TLC website.  The address is 5655 Sperling Ave. (at Deer Lake)

Community studio is dedicated to supporting and initiating grassroots projects that restore, revive and rejuvenate our neighbourhoods. We bring together landscape architects, planners, architects, and engineers to provide design and planning services for non-profit community-based projects. This collaborative approach equips community energy with professional expertise through an engaging and enjoyable process to create a shared vision.

As a non-profit entity there is no charge for the services volunteers offer, however we are working on a cost recovery basis with regard to materials provided for workshops and charrettes by Community Studio.
Website > >

St. Michael's Centre
Friends of the Living Garden Society
St Michael's has a need for volunteer gardeners to spend a short time each month helping to maintain the Therapeutic Gardens.  Details & contact info.