Natural Garden Management and Pesticide Alternatives
- Playing it Safe – Healthy choices to control lawn and garden pests
- Proper aeration, grass clippings, and grass length are some of the Five Steps to a Healthy Lawn.
- Put Your Lawn and Garden Into De-Tox with What's Your Poison? [PDF - 401 KB]
- Capital Regional District
- Society Promoting Environmental Conservation
- Get factsheets about pest and weed control without pesticides at the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
Information on specific garden pests
- Aphids [PDF - 134 KB]
- Beneficial insects [PDF - 173 KB]
- Blackspot [PDF - 122 KB]
- Broadleaf weeds in lawns [PDF - 187 KB]
- Caterpillars [PDF - 130 KB]
- Codling moths [PDF - 412 KB]
- Cutworms [PDF - 141 KB]
- Leather jackets (European crane flies)
- Root weevils [PDF - 128 KB]
- Slugs [PDF - 158 KB]
- Spider mites [PDF - 173 KB]
- Yellowjackets (wasps) [PDF - 128 KB]
Native Plant Sources
Saanich Native Plant Salvage Program
We rescue native plants that could be lost. We salvage them from development sites.
- These plants are then used locally in both private and public restoration projects.
- The program benefits the entire community.
- The plants cannot be sold.
- Read more about the program in our brochure.
Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT)
This group is dedicated to the recovery of Garry Oak ecosystems in Canada. Their work also supports the species that inhabit these ecosystems.
Naturescape British Columbia
Learn how to restore, preserve, and enhance wildlife habitat in the urban and rural landscapes of B.C.
- Visit the Naturescape website.
- Find Native Plants for the Home Garden - South Coastal BC [PDF - 803 KB].
- Learn how to build bird and bat houses appropriate to our region — The Stewardship Series: Caring for Wildlife Habitat at Home [PDF - 2.3 MB]
Habitat Acquisition Trust
Habitat Acquisition Trust is a non-profit regional land trust. Their mission is to conserve natural environments on southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands.
- Visit the Habitat Acquisition Trust website.
- Read the Gardening with Native Plants brochure [PDF - 1.2 MB].
- Find a nursery list, recommended demonstration gardens, garden designs, websites, books and more in the Gardening With Native Plants Guide [PDF - 101 KB].
Native Plant Study Group
This group studies the native plants of B.C. and promotes their use and conservation. They are an affiliate chapter of the Native Plant Society of British Columbia.
- Meet the Native Plant Study Group
This is a comprehensive atlas of the plants of British Columbia. It includes photos and descriptions.
- Discover E-flora BC
Organic Land Care Courses
Our region has several programs and colleges that offer courses and certificates in organic land care.
Society for Organic Urban Land Care (SOUL)
The society was formed in response to the growing need for ecologically responsible land care practices. Their mission is to promote and support organic practices in the community through education, certification, and standardization.
- Visit SOUL.
This school offers courses in the design, installation, and maintenance of landscapes that promote and preserve environmental health. They partner with professional associations, public educational institutions, community organizations, and private corporations.
- Learn more about Gaia College.
Naturescape British Columbia
Learn how to restore, preserve and enhance wildlife habitat in urban and rural landscapes of BC.
Pacific Horticulture College
This school offers a Landscape Horticulture Certificate and Master Gardener Programs. Both are accredited. They also have community education short courses. These focus on improving garden productivity and enhancing community understanding of environmentally responsible practises.
- Learn more about Pacific Horticulture College.