Re-opening January 18th!

Workshops + Events

Free Online Workshops

We have several pre-recorded online training workshops available to you through the Pollinator Steward Training Webinar Series through the Island Pollinator Initiative

Upcoming workshops and events will be posted here, followed by past events.


Upcoming Workshops


EVENT FULL Sept 27 Webinar: Converting Lawn to Native Plant Meadow 

September 27, 2021 from 6:30 - 8:30pm, via Zoom, FREE

Pre-Register on Zoom Webinar

Learn how to convert a conventional lawn to a native plant meadow with biologist Kristen Miskelly, owner of Satinflower Nurseries. Native plant meadows are great alternatives to conventional lawn that save water, do not require fertilizer or pesticides and create habitat for local bugs, birds and pollinators. This webinar will guide participants through developing a site plan, site preparation, planning materials, choosing site appropriate plants and maintenance. There will also be in introduction to CRD water conservation programs and an opportunity to ask questions. Gain practical advice and tips to create a beautiful native plant meadow in your yard and garden.

For more information visit the CRD Native Plants Page

Workshops are sponsored by CRD Environmental Protection.

lawn to native wildflower meadow by Satinflower Nurseries


Past Events

Gardening for Garry Oak Ecosystems Workshop
with Kristen Miskelly
Hosted By: Victoria Compost Education Centre
Date: Wednesday, March 17th, 2021; 7pm-8pm
Location: Compost Education Centre ONLINE
Over the last 10,000 years Victoria’s relatively dry climate in composition with Indigenous land management activities have resulted in a unique array of plant species. Many of these native plants are well-suited to home gardens and some are drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, and edible. Participants will gain a better understanding of how gardening with native plants can help maintain local biodiversity, including the wildlife that depends on our native flora. This workshop will also give an overview of to turn underutilized lawn spaces to wildflower meadows.

Native Seeds for Gardens and Restoration Workshop
with Kristen Miskelly
Hosted By: Victoria Compost Education Centre
Date: Wednesday, March 31st, 2021; 7pm-8pm
Location: Compost Education Centre ONLINE
The role of native seed in restoration and gardening is expanding in the Victoria region. Seed is a cost-effective way of introducing native plants to a variety of spaces – everything from larger restoration projects, lawn to meadow, to creating patches of wildflowers in home gardens. This workshop will focus on topics related to native seed production, the fundamentals of growing native plants from seed, and practical tips on ensuring success when using native seed.

Seedy Saturday Workshop with Cowichan Green Community
Meadow Making - Growing native plants to support local biodiversity and pollinator health
Hosted by: Hannah Auer of The Resiliency Project, featuring Kristen Miskelly of Satinflower Nurseries

When we integrate native plants into our landscapes, we support the health of the ecosystem, create habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects and help restore healthy food webs. In this workshop, Hannah will share the local effort to create pollinator habitat throughout our community, and how you can get involved in The Resiliency Project and contribute to the movement. Kristen will share the work she does at Satinflower Nurseries, supporting many local restoration efforts and growing native plants for the public. There will be a Q&A session with Kristen, where you can ask any of your questions regarding native plants.