The ISCBC is pleased to be working collaboratively with the BCLNA and leaders in the horticulture industry to promote responsible gardening by reducing the sale and purchase of invasive plants. The PlantWise pilot program includes both industry and consumer components.
Working with industry leaders, the PlantWise program will educate plant growers, retailers, specifiers, landscapers, and ultimately the gardening public of the importance of reducing the introduction and spread of invasive plants. The pilot program will combine voluntary industry initiatives with consumer purchasing tools, and education in an effort to reduce the demand for invasive plants while increasing the demand for non-invasive alternative species. The PlantWise Voluntary Certification and Code of Conduct are available for plant growers, retailers, specifiers, and landscapers in the Fraser Valley and Kelowna areas in 2013, but will expand provincially the following year.
Voluntary industry initiatives include a certification process, training and code of conduct for the horticulture industry. These initiatives have been developed to assist industry in phasing out the sale of invasive plants and promoting responsible gardening. The certification program will include FREE staff training through workshops and presentations, education materials and handouts for stores, E-communications, brand identity marketing and industry magazine articles.
About the PlantWise Certification Program
The Partnership Toolkit - here you will find resources such as the PlantWise Code of Conduct, Grow Me instead brochures, marketing materials and more.
Training and Educational Resources - workshops, presentations, materials and handouts
Invasive Plant Links - links to more information on IS including regional IS committees and regional districts.
News and Information - view articles and news related to invasive plants and the PlantWise program.
Thank You to our Industry Partners:
The ISCBC would like to thank our industry partners for leading by example to showcase the benefits of responsible gardening. We believe their efforts this year will enable a strong provincial program in future years.
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The PlantWise program was developed under the guidance of an advisory committee including representatives from the BC Landscape and Nursery Association, growers, retailers, landscapers, Master Gardeners and invasive plant specialist.
The ISCBC would like to than the following contributors for program support and funding.
For more information on PlantWise program, please contact the ISCBC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at: (250) 305-1003 or 1-888-WEEDSBC
Danielle Toperczer, PrograManager by phone at (250) 503-1588.