Pre-registration is required. If you’d like to attend, you can register in person at our retail outlet, or by phone: (604) 952-8820. Please register as early as possible for each course that interests you.
Winterizing Mason Bees
Sunday, October 6th, 1-3pm
Mason bees are extremely effective pollinators of fruit crops and all spring-flowering plants. Maintaining a healthy nesting site and a healthy population of mason bees requires some annual house-keeping. Join master beekeeper Brian Campbell for this hands-on lesson in mason bee husbandry. Extract cocoons from your nest, and learn how to wash and sort them for the spring. If you already keep mason bees, bring your nest along to the class. If you're new to the whole concept, Brian will equip you with everything you need to know to cultivate these remarkable insects in your yard and neighbourhood.
Brian Campbell: Well known for his extensive knowledge of plants and pollinators, Brian is dedicated to sharing the importance of bees in our ecosystem and food security. He regularly teaches, mentors, and advises apprentice beekeepers and gardeners of all ages. Brian is our West Coast Seeds Bee and Sustainable Gardening reference person.
Mark Macdonald: Mark manages seed trials for West Coast Seeds, and grows many varieties in gardens around Ladner. He blogs for West Coast Seeds at www.gardenwisdom.ca and has written extensively on vegetable gardening in the Lower Mainland. Mark photographs and writes much of the content of the West Coast Seeds Catalogue and Growing Guide.
The Classroom at West Coast Seeds
The Classroom at West Coast Seeds is available for certain special occasions, and can accommodate up to 30 people. If you are interested in using the space for workshops or classes related to organic gardening or farming, please contact us.
West Coast Seeds is pleased to offer receptions for garden clubs, community gardens, and all our friends in the organic movement. If your garden club would like to be hosted at West Coast Seeds, please let us know well in advance, and we'll provide refreshments, talk about what we do, and provide your group with expert garden advice.
The Classroom is located above the West Coast Seeds retail store in a heritage building known as Jordan's Stables. We regret that the Classroom is not wheelchair accessible.