Photo by Jeffrey Bodset

Photo by Jeffrey Bodset

Holiday Wreath Workshops: Dec 2 & 3

Intimate workshops to get you in the spirit of the season. We'll begin with a talk about the creative process, after which participants will be guided in wreath-making techniques for both evergreen and vine wreaths. You'll then be free to select your materials and create a wreath of your own to take home.

We'll have a wide variety of seasonal foliage, twigs, vines, lichens, and cones including foraged invasive plants, fir, cedar, pine, eucalyptus and holly. You will need a pair of snips for this workshop. All other materials, including a wide range of ribbon, supplied. (Please note: If you would like to incorporate favourite ornaments, baubles, lights or birds, we ask that you bring these along.) 

The classes will be held in a large light-filled studio space at 17 1/2 Fan Tan Alley in downtown Victoria. Look for the sign 'West Coast Eco Home' about halfway down the alley. Go up the stairs to the top floor. 

Saturday, December 2— 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm

Sunday, December 3—10am-12pm. (SOLD OUT)

$95 per person. Register HERE

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Thanksgiving Centrepiece Workshop, 4:30-6:30pm, Thursday October 6th—SOLD OUT

Join me in the garden for a fall-themed centrepiece workshop featuring flowers, fruits, and berries. You will need to bring your own vessel for this workshop so consider a low bowl, an old piece of silver, copper, brass or a shallow vase. Your dinner guests will need to chat over your creation so we'll work horizontally with our designs. This will be an outdoor event; please dress for the weather. What else to bring? Snips/secateurs if you have them and a strategy for getting your arrangement safely home (a small box with some kind of stuffing). Class limited to 10. 

When: The Thursday before Thanksgiving, October 6th, starting @ 4:30 sharp

Cost: $75 per person

Where: South Oak Bay. More details upon registration. Email cgrg@mac.com to reserve a spot.

Urban Flower Farming, August 15th — SOLD OUT

This workshop will focus on small-scale, intensive cut flower production in an urban context. 

We'll begin over coffee indoors with a presentation on succession planning for our climate, choice varieties, perennials vs annuals vs biennials and business planning. Afterwards we'll head outdoors to review various growing techniques and discuss seed sowing, composting, watering, soil care, pest management, and harvesting. You will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and we'll continue the discussion over a light herbal lunch indoors. 

$250 pp 9:30am-1pm You will need sensible shoes, a hat, a notebook and water bottle (for you and flowers)!

Spring Floral Design in the Garden (Sold Out) Join Christin on April 13th, from 4:30-6:30pm, for a pre-Easter centrepiece workshop. We will discuss colour and technique, gather tulips, ranunculus and anemones from the garden and create lush naturalistic arrangements. All supplies are included.  $125 (please click on the 'shop' page to reserve a spot). Class limit: 7

Thanksgiving Centrepiece Workshop, 4:30-6:30pm, Thursday October 6th—SOLD OUT

Join me in the garden for a fall-themed centrepiece workshop featuring flowers, fruits, and berries. You will need to bring your own vessel for this workshop so consider a low bowl, an old piece of silver, copper, brass or a shallow vase. Your dinner guests will need to chat over your creation so we'll work horizontally with our designs. This will be an outdoor event; please dress for the weather. What else to bring? Snips/secateurs if you have them and a strategy for getting your arrangement safely home (a small box with some kind of stuffing). Class limited to 10. 

When: The Thursday before Thanksgiving, October 6th, starting @ 4:30 sharp

Cost: $75 per person

Where: South Oak Bay. More details upon registration. Email cgrg@mac.com to reserve a spot.