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The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) is a non-profit in Victoria, BC which aims to become an internationally-recognized botanical garden, providing education, conservation, and research to the community. You can learn more about their origins and the services they offer in our Spotlight on Sustainability from July 2017.

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HCP offers a variety of workshops and educational programs throughout the year. This year, to help celebrate Earth Day 2018, they’ve created their Biodiversity Fair.

The event will take place Thursday, April 19 at the Gardens at HCP, 505 Quayle Rd., Victoria, from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.

“HCP is partnering with HAT [Habitat Acquisition Trust] and Pollinator Initiative Canada to invite the general public to come and learn how they can easily include biodiversity into their own garden,” says HCP General Manager Deborah Donahue.

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This all ages event is open to the general public, and schools are encouraged to attend as well. Admission is by donation.

The schedule of events for the day includes a native plant walk and talk hosted by the Pollinator Initiative, and a self-guided tour to witness biodiversity in action. The HCP will also be showcasing all the ways their gardens that are striving to use biodiversity in positive and innovative ways. These gardens include the Native Plant Garden, the JMG Garden plot that uses companion planting, the Urban Garden, the Bird, Bee and Butterfly Garden with native pollinators, and even the Farm Garden, which includes plants that attract beneficial insects.

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“The goal is to provide the public with examples of how they can implement these into their yards/gardens/lifestyle,” says Paula McCormick, HCP Youth Programs Manager.

You can learn more about the event, and the HCP’s other programs at http://hcp.ca/event/earthday-biodiversity-fair/