Nov 1, 2015 to Mar 6, 2016
the Gardens will be open
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Gardens are closed over the holidays
Dec 21st - Jan 3rd

505 Quayle Rd,
Victoria, BC V9E 2J7

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November E-News - UPDATE!
Horticulture Centre of the Pacific
November 2015 
Albert strikes again!

Our garden cat Albert was chasing the wrong mouse yesterday and got into our e-news - but, it's all fixed up now and the HCP team apologizes for any fluster Albert may have caused.

The correct pricing in the membership area and for the Holiday Workshops is now included.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding!

 - The HCP Team

Membership News

We are ever so slightly increasing our membership fees in 2016. Save money and renew your membership before the end of the year. Memberships include admission into the Gardens, guest passes, discounts on Community Education classes, plants and items in the gift shops; free admission in the annual Arts & Music in the Gardens festival. And hot-off-the-press news and gardening tips direct to your computer, tablet, or phone each month.
 The new fees will be:
                  Adult Couple $55  
                  Senior Couple $45
                  Senior/Student Individual $40
                  Adult Individual $45
Thank you to all our members! As a not-for-profit, we rely on the support of members to "connect people with plants" in many ways. Please remember to renew your membership the next time you come to enjoy the fresh air and beauty by stopping in at the main office -  or you can simply sign up today on line at http://hcp.ca/get-involved/membership-application/

Holiday Workshops

To Register: Call 250 479 6162 or email communityed@hcp.ca

Wreath Making with Finlay Nicolson
Saturday, November 28th or Sunday, November 29th
10:00 am - 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Finlay Nicolson, HCP graduate and instructor, will show you how to create decorative Christmas wreaths containing evergreens, berries, cones and bows. These wreaths will look great on y our front door throughout the festive season. All materials supplied.

C ost: $35 for Members / $45 for non-members

Reindeer with Lonnie Paton
Sunday, December 6th
Drop in between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
All pieces will be cut and prepared ahead of time so all you need to do is get creative and have fun!  The instructor Lonnie Paton will be there to guide participants through the process. At the end of the class you will have your own Rudolf, Blitzen or Dasher to take home with you. This is a great activity to get the whole family into the festive spirit.
There are no reserved spots for this workshop and quantities are limited so be sure to get there early.

Cost: $15 per Reindeer

Outdoor Arrangements
with Anne Marie Bowen
Saturday, December 5th or Sunday, December 6th
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Turn your summer pots into winter floral delights.  Learn the secret to fabulous entranceway arrangements that will provide beauty and drama to your front door. After the demonstration, each student will make an arrangement using materials provided in their own outdoor pot.

Cost: $45 for Members / $55 non-members

Winter Florals
with Anne Marie Bowen
Saturday, December 5th or Sunday, December 6th
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Floral designer Anne Marie Bowen will demonstrate a number of different floral arrangements, provide tips on design technique, materials, and anchoring, and how to prepare your fresh floral materials. After the demonstration, each student will complete a table centrepiece to take home.  All materials supplied.

Cost: $65 for members / $75 for non-members

To Register: Call 250 479 6162 or email communityed@hcp.ca

The new format width

Some of you have commented on the "slimmed down" format of the newsletter. This is not due to some new diet fad, but rather due to us making it "responsive" so that the newsletter can be viewed more easily on tablets and mobile devices. Reports show about 50% of those reading our newsletter open it up on a mobile device (tablet, phone etc) and the other 50% open it on a desktop computer or laptop.

As we go forward we will continue refining the newsletter to make it as friendly as possible for all our readers. Hopefully the only difference right now is a little more scrolling for those of you on a home computer!