Society Bulletin

They’re Back!—Make-and-take workshops have returned to the Society’s program schedule. These workshops are a popular offering. This fall, the number of spaces in these hands-on workshops are limited to ensure physical distancing.

The deadline may be 10 days before the workshop. Why? Supply chain challenges presented by COVID-19 and the procedures to make the workshop safe for participants require extra time. Unlike our previous workshops in which there was unlimited interaction with our instructor, volunteers, and program materials, we need to plan, organize, and package to reduce potential contact between the program participants to aid in creating a safe and fun workshop environment.

That is also why for the seasonal décor workshops we are requesting that you bring your own pruners, wire cutters, and gloves. In an effort to keep everyone healthy, the Society will not be providing tools for sharing. 

Book early if you want to participate. If you are unable to attend in-person programs, don’t worry, the Society is also offering online demonstrations and talks to inspire you to be creative and to learn about gardening in the comfort of your home. Visit the What’s Happening calendar for program details. Scroll to November and December to find the seasonally themed programs. Register now to avoid disappointment.

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Frequently Asked Questions Updated.

We’ve been receiving a lot of questions about overwintering plants. Visit the Gardening FAQs page under Resources for tips.

Watch Kath Smyth on Global News Calgary.

On October 1, she joined Leslie Horton for a conversation about putting your garden to bed. Press play to watch the video.

Online Fall Plant Share.

Did you know that the Society’s Plant Share is in full-swing? It’s online and Society members are invited to use our Plant Share Facebook group or Forum to directly exchange plants with each other.

To become a Facebook Plant Share group member visit the Society’s Facebook page and select the 2020 Society Plant Share link. Be sure to answer the group membership questions.

Member can also use the Plant Share form topic to exchange plants. Access the topic by logging into the Member’s Only section of the website. Select the Plant Share menu to access the Forum.

More Great Gardening Tips!

On August 26 Kath Smyth, Society Horticulturist, shared more gardening tips with Jordan Witzel on Global News Calgary. Click on the image to visit the Global site and watch the video.

Click on the image to launch the Global News video.

Join Kath Smyth as she chats with Jordan Witzel on Global Morning News Calgary for great gardening tips. Did you know that late summer early fall is the time to divide spring-blooming perennials?

Click on the image to launch the Global News video.

Programs at the Society.

The Society’s online programs have been a success. Our Zoom Member Talk meetings were as well attended as our previously in-person meeting.

We are currently reviewing our plans for this fall. While we may offer some in-person programming, we will continue to offer talks and workshops online.

See the What’s Happening calendar for September programs. We are posting new events as the details are confirmed.

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.

Design Your Yard…Online!

These workshops will commence online again in September. Watch the What’s Happening calendar for the workshop schedule.

The fall is a great time to review the yard and make plans for next year. Design the yard of your dreams. This is a great do it yourself project.

Learn about the micro-climates, drainage and sunlight characteristics in your yard and create a plan that you can implement—in stages or one big project, with or without help! It will be beautiful, functional for you by you.

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!

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This workshop is sponsored by the City of Calgary.

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. Note: you may call the office at 403.287.3469 to purchase and arrange for contactless pickup.


It’s a gift that gives year-round.

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Purchase online, come to the office or call 403.287.3469—join us in Gardening for Life! and spread the benefits of membership.

The new pricing for memberships went into effect October 1.

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