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Supporting Our Community—Donate Seeds You Don’t Need.
Did you plant your vegetable bed this weekend? Do you have seeds leftover that you don’t need? Support the Society’s Seed Donation Drive to help Calgarians by donating your extra seeds. With so many people struggling, the Calgary Horticultural Society is working with local businesses and community organizations to bridge the gap by giving them the tools to grow their own food this 2020 season. To be successful, we need your support, please donate vegetable and herb seeds.
If your seed package has been opened, please place it in a sealed plastic bag. All seeds must include sowing instructions. Please only donate seeds that are less than two years old (one year for beets). Place your seed donations in the Society’s mailbox at 208 50 Avenue SW.
We will be collecting seeds until the end of May.
Please help Calgarians grow fresh food by participating in our seed donation drive.
For our French gardeners. Listen to this interview Radio-Canada interview.
Natasha Guillot, the Society’s executive director, is interviewed by Mireille Langlois.
Kath Smyth on Global Calgary.
Kath was interviewed on Global News Calgary (May 1) and chats with Leslie Horton about Community Gardens and what can be planted now.
Yard work, gardening and covid-19.
A note from the City:
- Chat with your neighbours from a distance.
- Sharing bulbs/cuttings or other plants? Create a “sharing zone” where you can put plants. Leave them there for 24 hours before having your neighbour pick them up.
- Wash your hands before and after gardening, and touching shared items like garden hoses, tools, compost bins, etc.
- Have a set of basic tools for each person who gardens to reduce contamination:
- A hand trowel
- a pail or bucket and,
- a secateur or loppers.
- Disinfect/clean tools before and after use.
- Clean handles protect us from COVID-19,
- Clean blades protect plants from diseases.
- If you share a green space or yard (like a semi-detached house or townhouse), create zones in the garden.
- Give everyone at least six feet of space between each other, and assign parts of the yard or garden to each person.
- One person/family can mow the lawn while the other remains inside, one person/family can care for trees while another tends flower beds on separate days, etc.
- To help with distancing and encourage enjoying outdoors, you can set up new spaces where people can sit and be safely distanced.
- Stay connected through technology. Many local gardening experts and businesses are holding online training events, garden tours, and much more.
The Society in the News
The Society recently had an article published in the Calgary Herald. It shares information about our upcoming programs: Calgary Herald.
The Society as been receiving many questions about what’s happening in the gardening world. Our executive director, Natasha Guillot, recently had an interview with Radio-Canada. The interviewer, Nassima Way, also wrote an article for the Radio-Canada (in French) blog based on her interviews. It can be found here: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1696790/jardinage-fruit-legume-conseil-ferme-urbaine-coronavirus
Kath on 660 City News
Read Kath Smyth’s tips on the 660 City News blog: https://www.660citynews.com/2020/04/16/gardening-tips-as-spring-finally-arrives-in-calgary/
Programs at the Society.
We’re moving on up… to online program delivery!
The Society is mindful of our upcoming events and programs and how the current social-distancing situation affects them. Decisions for regular and scheduled events will be made on a case-by-case basis closer to each event date. We are responding by offering online access to many of our programs until further notice. We will be utilizing the following online tools: Zoom Cloud Meetings, Facebook Live and scheduled or recorded video presentations as needed. Priority will be given to adapting the following programs to a new online format: Master Gardener Program, Design Your Yard and Garden Fundamentals workshops.
See the What’s Happening calendar for April’s programs
Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. We are doing our best to navigate this ever-evolving situation. We appreciate your ongoing patience and support through these uncertain times. We will be monitoring our email and phone messages if you need to reach us and will send out message updates when we have further information.
Please continue in your efforts to keep well, visit the Alberta Health Services site to get and stay informed and take precautions if you become symptomatic, stay home and call 8-1-1.
Tools you may have at home to get you going. Listen to Kath Smyth, the Society’s horticulturist, for home-grown seed starting tips. This her interview by David Gray on the March 27 edition of the Eyeopener. Note the segment opens with a piece about seed supply challenges at Plantation garden centre.
Design Your Yard…Online!
See the What’s Happening calendar for the online workshop schedule. Registration is open! Start creating your plan by participating in one of these interactive workshops.
The workshop is delivered using Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows participants to easily see course materials presented and speak and interact with the instructor and classmates from the comfort of their homes—almost like being in the same room!
This workshop is sponsored by the City of Calgary.
Tea with Kath video!
We offered a Facebook live session of Tea with Kath on March 26. The session was recorded. Looking for some spring garden inspiration—then watch this video of Tea with Kath!
Great Gifts for Gardeners.
The Growing Journal.
Once the Society’s office reopens, stop by (208 50 Avenue SW) to purchase ($20) your copy of The Growing Journal. The Society’s journal is a terrific tool to help keep track of your planning and the activity in the garden. The pages are not dated, so you can journal at your own pace, without the stress of finishing an annual diary. It’s a great gift for a gardener on any occasion—that special day will be here before you know it! Purchase this gardening resource and support the Society.
It’s a gift that gives year-round.
Purchase online, come to the office or call 403.287.3469—join us in Gardening for Life! and spread the benefits of membership.
Please note that due to the current challenges facing our members and community, the Board has decided to postpone our membership fee increase.
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