Listen Live or Online

Brian is on the air to answer all your gardening questions, live every second Thursday from 12:30 - 1:00 pm, Pacific Standard Time To listen, go to the BC Almanac website and click on "Listen Live" at the top of the page.

CBC Radio One | 690 AM | BC Almanac with Mark Forsythe

Tune in from across the pond! Brian is an occasional guest on the BBC's 'Up All Night' Radio 5 program. Amazingly enough, dedicated green thumbs in England are up in the wee hours of the morning to ask for gardening advice, even at 3am! For information on 'Up All Night', click here. Brian's speaking times on the BBC vary greatly. Find out when he's on by joining our Facebook and Twitter accounts or see our interactive calendar of events.

Brian Minter's New Gardening Guide

Each year thousands of visitors tour Minter Gardens in Chilliwack, BC. Thousands more tune in to Brian Minter's radio shows. Now, Brian has combined his passion for growing and his encyclopedic love of plants in a comprehensive guide. Imagine having a personal glimpse at the information Brian has collected through his work - details on soil preparation, the most successful cultivars, the hardiest perennials. This book is all that and more. It goes far beyond the realm of basic how-to guide to provide tried and tested combinations uniquely suited to the Canadian climate. From making the most of your vegetable patch to creating the extravagant hanging baskets for which Minter Gardens is known, this book is the ultimate guide. Brian knows each plant as well as you know an intimate friend. His planting tips, care methods, and lists of favourites are invaluable. This book allows your garden to benefit from Brian's years of experience.

To purchase Brian Minter's New Gardening Guide: Fresh Approaches for Canadian Gardeners, please visit


You can find Brian on the airwaves and in your favourite garden magazine or newspaper. His appearances include:

  • Lecturer and keynote speaker at local and international horticultural clubs and professional associations
  • Syndicated gardening columnist with various British Columbia newspapers
  • Radio columnist and gardening open-line host
  • Television gardening host on cable t.v. and Knowledge Network
  • Columnist for several BC and national trade and public garden magazines
  • Author of Brian Minter's New Gardening Guide
  • Producer of seven gardening videos

Successful Gardening DVD's

Brian Minter has produced two gardening DVDs: 'Spectacular Hanging Baskets' and 'Successful Gardening Techniques for Vegetable Gardens'. They are available for purchase for $17.99ea plus applicable tax and shipping fees (or free rental to Minter Club Members). To purchase or borrow videos from this series, please contact Jo Ann.

Spectacular Hanging Baskets ~ Two Programs on One DVD!

Part 1 - Sun & Shade Baskets
Brian Minter shows how to choose the right size basket, what mix of soil, plants, light exposure, watering, fertilizing and more make for a healthy basket garden.
Published: 1995. Length: 40 minutes
Part 2 - Moss Baskets & Feeding
Brian Minter shares more tips for the basket garden: choosing the right frame, lining the basket with moss, choosing and arranging plants, seasonal planting and more.
Published: 1995. Length: 32 minutes
Part 3 - Preparing for Harvest Learn how to stake pole beans and tomatoes, finishing fertilizers - what types to apply and how, controlling pests - either organically or with some chemical help, preventing tomato blight and more.
Published: 1995. Length: 55 minutes.

We also have two programs on germination: Seed Germination & Flowers and Vegetables & Herbs. Please contact Jo Ann to order.

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