Events

There are many opportunities to engage with others in the community. Check out what’s coming up:

All of us at the Disabled Independent Gardeners Association are so excited to announce our new virtual gardening workshop series – GrowABLE!

In an effort to grow our gardening knowledge, partner relationships and connections to the disability community, GrowABLE is an online adaptation of our in-person workshops. We want to build a virtual community garden experience where participants from all over the country can connect and learn together. We can still bloom where we’re planted; our goal is to educate and inspire people through this challenging time, and to grow the size and social ties of the community through online participation.

In order to continue safely engaging in our community, DIGA will be hosting GrowABLE virtual workshops every two weeks via Zoom for our members. These workshops will start in September and continue through January.

Not a member? Fill out our membership form today – it’s free!


What’s New in Food Gardening with Brian Minter

Do you wish you could grow your own vegetables for cooking but you just don’t have the space to do so? Think again. Join Brian Minter, an experienced master gardener as he introduces us to hot new varieties of easy-to-grow food plants for 2021. His talk will also feature helpful tips and tricks for how…

Composting 101: Making Black Gold

Learn how we make black gold in our homes and gardens using compost bins, worm bins, bokashi, and a couple of methods to compost in place. Share your composting methods and learn new ones. Together we will learn how to make better compost to improve our soil and all we grow in it.  Shirley Cole,…

Seed Saving for Everyone with David Catzel

Want to learn more about harvesting seeds from your plants for next year’s garden? In this online workshop, BC Seed Security Program Director, David Catzel, will demystify seed saving as a specialized skill that requires an academic degree and empower participants to start saving their seeds in 2021.  Once a common farming skill, saving seeds…

Free

Starting from Seed with James Spears

Join James Spears, an experienced vegetable gardener and journalist as he walks us through how to grow a variety of vegetables that are perfect for containers or the garden straight from seed. He will cover everything from seed types and germination to environmental requirements, spacing, soils and transplanting. A demonstration on germination and thinning will…

Free

The Cut Flower Garden with Kristin Crouch

It’s such a delight to see flowers blooming in the garden, so it's often hard to cut them in order to bring some colour indoors. That’s the beauty of a designated cutting garden! In this GrowABLE online workshop, Master Gardener Kristin Crouch will teach you how to set up your very own cutting garden, from…

Free

From the Soil Up with Lauren Foote

Why is soil so important? Lauren Foote, an Articling Agrologist, will discuss the necessity of soil with a focus on British Columbia and a particular emphasis on the Lower Mainland. Lauren will walk you through our local soil formation history and local soil varieties. She will also discuss the optimal soil type, texture, temperature, and…

Companion Planting with Lori Greyell

Just like people, plants have friends too! Planting your veggies with others they like or don’t like growing with will help increase yields, decrease disease and can limit pests. In this GrowABLE workshop, Master Gardener Lori is excited to share her ideas about companion planting and her love of growing food with you. We’ll talk…

Herb Gardening with Alex Augustyniak

Have you ever wanted to try growing your own herbs at home? Herbs are very easy to grow with a little sunshine, well-draining soil, watering, and fertilizer or compost. Join the general manager of West Coast Seeds, Alex Augustyniak, as he takes us through the multifunctional nature of herbs, how to grow them and how…