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Sustainable Garden Design.

The heart of winter is great time to start planning changes in the garden. This course focusses on integrating environmental practices with good yard design so that you can have a productive and beautiful garden, year-after-year.

It’s an intensive course of 10 classes over five weeks offered online. Each instructor will bring their specialization to class so you can choose aspects of these practices that works best for your yard. Each week you will learn new concepts and further develop your plan. By the last class, you will have a design to implement come spring. For course details and to register visit the event in the What’s Happening calendar.


Tropical Houseplants 101.

Did you know that the Society adds a new course every year? The new course for 2022 is Tropical Houseplants 101. The course is offered over five weeks on Tuesdays starting January 25—the heart of a Calgary winter. The course covers epiphytic and carnivorous plants, cacti and succulents, along with common and not-so-common houseplants. You’ll learn to care for your indoor garden. It’s an in-person program taught by John Ostrowdun, the green goods manager for greengate Garden Centres, tropical plant aficionado, and keynote speaker for the Society’s Think Spring! event. Learn more about this course and sign up by visiting the What’s Happening calendar event.


December 2021/January 2022 Issue of Calgary Gardening Magazine

Cover and inside page of the December January Issue of Calgary Gardening magazine

We’re happy to report that the current issue of Calgary Gardening magazine is in the magazine library. Visit the Members Only area, Magazine Library of the website to read the issue.


Tea for Two

At the December session of Tea for Two, Kath and her guest Joanna Tschudy talked about the things growing on their kitchen counters: sprouting, microgreens, and kitchen scraps plants to name a few. Caring for popular holiday plants was also part of the conversation. Santa popped in for a few hardy Ho, Ho, Hos, too! The next session of Tea for Two will be January 20. We hope that you’ll join us on Facebook Live or Zoom. It’s hard to believe, but Kath will be talking about reviving those stored pelargonium geraniums and taking cuttings from those kept as houseplants. Have a cup of tea, bring your questions and join Kath and her guest for a gardening conversation. See the What’s Happening calendar for details. Members can watch the past Tea for Two session from the Members Only area of the website.


Winter Growing?

Needs some ideas to help you garden throughout the winter? Check out this post from CBC’s Homestretch. The Society’s Joanna Tschudy was one of the guest.


Design Your Yard…Returns in February

Two instructors and your garden dreams. Visit the What’s Happening calendar for workshop dates and times.

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.

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This workshop is sponsored by the City of Calgary.


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Programs at the Society.

Did you know …
Fall is back to class time! The Society changes its programming for the fall and winter. Online and in-person classes are being offered each week. We also have Tea back … now called Tea for Two. It’s the Society’s online gardening conversations program with Kath Smyth. Until spring, Kath will be inviting a guest to join her live on Zoom and Facebook to chat about gardening and answer your growing questions. Watch the Gardeners’ Corner e-news and the What’s Happening calendar on calhort.org for details.

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.


Record your plan for the new growing season in the Society’s The Growing Journal.

The Growing is Journal is almost sold out. Call the office at 403.287.3469 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! Purchase this gardening resource and support the Society. Note: We cannot mail the journal, but you may call the office at 403.287.3469 and arrange for contactless pick up.


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