Pesticide Resources & Links

Natural Garden Management and Pesticide Alternatives


Capital Regional District (CRD):

Georgia Strait Alliance ToxicSmart Program:

Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre:


Information on specific garden pests

Native Plant Sources

Saanich Native Plant Salvage Program

We rescue native plants that could be lost. We salvage them from development sites.

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.

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.

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.

E-flora BC

This is a comprehensive atlas of the plants of British Columbia. It includes photos and descriptions.

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.

Gaia College

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.

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.