Training Services


We offer on-site training on a variety of topics.  Your staff will improve on their technical expertise and will be better equipped to answer questions from your customers.  Our presentations combine technical information and hands-on practice with real-life situations.  Our methods are based on modern adult education techniques.

Diagnostic of Plant Problems

What is wrong with my tree?

If you hear this question from your customers, this workshop is for you.
The full-day session will review common diseases found on plants in the region.  We will review the diagnostic skills and the methods to make the best possible assessment.

The afternoon portion is hands-on with real plants.

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    Differentiate between non-living and living symptoms of plant diseases.

    Review weather conditions that favour development of diseases.

    Hands-on afternoon portion to practice concepts discussed during morning.

  • Examples of recent deliveries

    Plant diseases and diagnostic of plant problems
    One-day training workshop for the Master Gardener program in the BC Interior region.  This training is done every year since 2007 in Kelowna, Kamloops or Penticton.

    Diagnostic of plant problems
    One-day workshops organized by the “Horticulture Basics” program of the BC Landscape Nursery Association (BCLNA).
    Held in Kelowna and Kamloops in 2010.
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    Plant diseases and diagnostic of plant problems
    A one-day workshop organized by the Vancouver Island chapter of International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
    Held in Nanaimo, BC in 2010.

Compost and Compost Tea

Proper management of organic matter can make plants healthier.  How is it done?  Join us as we discuss this fascinating subject.

Topics include preparation and testing of compost with locally available ingredients
to ensure a finished product that is suppressive of plant diseases.
A second full day workshop is hands-on for preparation of aerated compost tea.

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    Understanding the preparation and use of compost in various horticulture situations.

    Preparation of compost tea to improve soil biology.

    Hands-on afternoon portion to practice concepts discussed during morning.

  • Examples of recent deliveries

    Soil biology and compost tea clinic
    A half-day workshop offered at the CanWest Seminars, the trade show of the horticulture industry in British Columbia.
    Held in Vancouver in September 2013. Copy of advertisement

    Preparation and use of high quality compost
    A full day workshop delivered within a program of horticulture training for First Nations participants.
    Held in Lillooet, BC in December 2013.

    Preparation of high quality, disease suppressive compost
    A series of one-day workshops organized by the Grand Forks and Boundary Regional Agricultural Society and the Boundary Organic Producers Association (BOPA).
    Held in 2010 and 2011 in Grand Forks, BC.
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Pruning of Trees and Shrubs

This one-day workshop will review important concepts such as good tree structure,
what to cut and where to cut, as well as pruning tools and their maintenance.

There will be a strong focus on the modern thinking for pruning – minimizing cuts so the tree can heal rapidly.  As a bonus, we discuss pruning to increase production in fruit trees and flowering in shrubs.

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    Understanding sound tree structure to determine the best pruning cut.

    The importance of pruning to maintain plant health.

    Hands-on afternoon portion to practice concepts discussed during morning.

  • Examples of recent deliveries

    Pruning of trees and fruit trees
    A one-day workshop for home owners and back yard gardeners. Held at the Lillooet Golf Course in March 2014. Copy of advertisement

    Pruning of trees and fruit trees
    A one-day workshop organized by the Kootenay Land Association Society (KLAS).
    Held in Castlegar in March 2011.
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    Structural pruning of young trees
    One-day workshops organized by the “Horticulture Basics” program of the BC Landscape Nursery Association (BCLNA).
    Held in Kelowna, Penticton, Osoyoos, Armstrong and Kamloops during 2010.
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Pest Management and Landscape IPM

A series of one-day workshops cover identification, typical damage and management methods for insects, diseases or weeds.  There is a strong emphasis on prevention, non-pesticide control and least-toxic pesticides.

A separate one-day workshop reviews the practical application of IPM in urban areas.  It is designed for landscape maintenance companies and pest management companies.  Participants review the IPM components of service programs they can offer their customers

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    Lawn care without pesticides
    A one-day workshop organized for a commercial company operating in a municipality with a bylaw restricting the use of pesticides.
    Held in Whistler, BC in October 2014.

    Weed management without pesticides
    A one-day workshop organized as part of a training program offered at the College of the Rockies. The focus was on planted areas (shrub and flower beds) and hard surfaces (sidewalks and driveways).
    Held in Creston, BC in April 2014.

    Advancing the practice of IPM in your landscape operation
    A one-day training workshop organized by PlantHealth BC and the City of Kelowna.
    Held in 2011 and 2009 in Kelowna, BC.
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Nutrient Deficiencies

Why are the leaves yellow? What fertilizer would help achieve a healthier plant?

This intensive one-day workshop will provide answers to these questions and more.  We will examine symptoms and nutrient deficiencies that are common on plants growing in this region and methods to correct those problems.

All nutrients will be covered—from nitrogen to iron to zinc.

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    Common visual symptoms when plants are lacking specific nutrients.

    Recipes to correct nutrient deficiencies.

    Reading laboratory reports of plant samples.

  • Examples of recent deliveries

    Nutrient deficiencies and fertilization of landscape plants
    A  half-day workshop offered at the CanWest Seminars, the trade show of the horticulture industry in British Columbia.
    Held in Abbotsford in September 2015.

    Fertilization and nutrient deficiencies for Christmas trees
    A half-day workshop with the Christmas Tree Growers Association of BC.
    Held in Kelowna in September 2013.

    Typical symptoms of nutrient deficiencies in conifer plants
    A presentation at the “Nutrient Workshop for Seed Orchards” organized by the B.C. Ministry of Forests.
    Held in Vernon in October 2011 and repeated in June 2014.

Planting Trees and Shrubs

Things that are done at the time of planting will have a big impact for years afterwards.

This one-day workshop reviews the practices that make a difference – the planting hole, the soil to add, the mulch to apply, and methods to conserve water after planting.

Of special interest, there is an examination of root systems on plants received from the nursery.

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    Preparation of the planting area to match modern industry standards.

    Examination of the root system at the time of planting and correction of problems.

    Hands-on afternoon portion to practice concepts discussed during the morning.

  • Examples of recent deliveries

    Root Management at Planting
    Presentation at the annual meeting of the Alberta Golf Superintendent Association
    Held in Canmore, Alberta in November 2015.
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    Managing tree roots at planting
    Presentation at the “Parks Fall Field Day” organized by the City of Kelowna.
    Held in Kelowna in 2011.
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    Planting Trees and Shrubs- The Modern Practices
    A one-day workshop organized by the “Horticulture Basics” program of the BC Landscape Nursery Association (BCLNA).
    Held in 2010 in Kamloops and Kelowna.
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