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FREE Member Talks

Member Talks Strip
Come and meet fellow gardeners and learn more about gardening in Calgary!

The Society hosts a series of free talks for members throughout the year.

Members Free (with valid card)  

Non-Members welcome, $10 cash on the door

Social & Refreshments

6:30pm - 7pm



7pm - 8:30pm

*For AGM, meeting begins at 7pm followed by talk



~Members: free of charge (please present valid card at the door)

~Non-members: welcome - $10 cash on the door

No pre-registration required



Christ Church, Elbow Park

3602 8th St SW

Calgary T2T 3A7





Wednesday September 20, 2017



Building Community Through Horticulture

We all belong to a wonderful community when we garden.

We're all faced with the same gardening challenges when we garden in Calgary.

When we try our hands at growing a garden or planting a tree, we invariably find that our quality of life improves.

Whether it's the engaging social life that gardening brings, or our satisfaction in contributing to society by allowing others to live a better life, horticulture practices make our neighborhoods, our towns and our cities better.

Kath Smyth

Calgary Horticultural Society

Tuesday October 10, 2017


Canyon Meadows Drive - Bee Friendly Boulevard

David Misfeldt will speak on how the project got started, how it was built and all of the construction aspects that helped the seed to germinate.

Jenna Cross will speak on the rationale behind the seed mix design for both the middle boulevard and the pollinator bed ground cover seed mixes.  Also she will speak on how the seeding rate was determined and the reasoning behind the plant selection and the pollinator bed design.

Lincoln Best will speak on the biodiversity of native bees and their enhancement in the City of Calgary.

Co-presented by:

David Misfeldt, City of Calgary Roads-Project Manager

Jenna Cross, The City of Calgary, Parks Ecologist (City-wide Botanist/Restoration Specialist)

Lincoln Best, University of Calgary


Thursday November 2, 2017

Garden friends in wild places

This talk looks at species familiar in Calgary gardens (such as tulips, daffodils, peonies) in their natural conditions and considering the implications for their horticultural cultivation.

Most of the plants grown in Calgary gardens are not native to Alberta, or even North America. Instead, they are derived primarily from wild species that occur naturally in Europe and Asia, and to some extent southern Africa.  Some familiarity with these species and their relatives in their natural environments provides insight into their successful garden cultivation and also identifies other species that might be suitable for cultivation.  This presentation will examine many examples of garden friends in wild places and their cultivation in Calgary.

Lawrence Harder,

University of Calgary


Thursday February 1, 2018


Adding Roses to Your Garden

Learn about the basics of growing roses in Calgary, including suggestions for easy to grow roses, how to grow tender roses and how to protect your roses in winter.  The talk will also cover rose diseases in Calgary, and show a gallery of roses grown successfully by Calgary Rose Society members.

Jenny Hart


Calgary Rose Society

Thursday March 1, 2018


A talk in two parts presented by Calgary Rock & Alpine Society

"Adventures with CRAGS"

by Linda Vaxvick

The Calgary Rock and Alpine Garden Society started in the early 1990's, dedicated to studying and celebrating the cultivation of alpine plants, in gardens inspired by the mountains.

Linda will discuss the activities and history of the society, and show why we enjoy this style
of gardening, which is well suited to Calgary's climate.

"Alpine Adaptations"

by Cathy Kurio

Cathy will share information on how to provide alpine plants with the right conditions so they will thrive in your garden. Lots of gorgeous pictures to brighten the snowiest month of the year!

Cathy Kurio & Linda Vaxvick

Calgary Rock and Alpine Society

Thursday May 3, 2018


Dianne Skimming

Alberta Regional Lily Society

Wednesday September 19, 2018





Thursday October 4, 2018




Thursday November 1, 2018





Member Talks are also listed in our Event Calendar.