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Garden Fundamentals.

Have you wondered why Calgary can be such a challenging place to garden? Have you pondered why your garden doesn’t do as well as a friend’s. The this is the course for you! Elaine Rude covers all the basics about what growing in Calgary. It doesn’t matter if you want to grow food, a forest, or flowers—she covers the basics for whatever is your garden passion. This is also a recommended course for anyone considering taking the Master Gardener Program as it provide foundation knowledge for the program.

The February Over the Garden Fence Video is posted on the Over the Garden Fence page

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Sharing happens year round.

Remember, members can still share plants and gardening goods using our online tools:

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Thank You!

This year the Society engaged in aboriginal awareness training and offered two workshops, “Indigenous Horticulture: Past, Present, Future” and “Blackfoot Land-based Teaching with Elder Grant Little Mustache”. This project work received funding from the Government of Alberta. Thank you for the support.

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Seed To Table.

Seed to Table is a new programming series for the Society. Talks and workshops offered under the Seed To Table banner are free or low cost. It is a circular economy initiative focussed on low-input growing following each of the steps in a gardening journey, targetting waste reduction. Learn how food comes full circle from the seed to your plate and how your garden can (more) fully provide from planting to preparing and preserving. The classes and resources in this initiative will help you to:

  • Become increasingly self-sufficient
  • Save money
  • Reduce waste

Back Now!—Get Your Plan in Garden Place.

Design Your Yard Workshop

Watch for workshops starting in February 2024.

Two instructors and your garden dreams. The workshop is four sessions as many participants have asked for more time to share their plans and ask questions about their plant selection. The fourth class is dedicated to sharing and Q&A.

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 offered in partnership with The City of Calgary.

Seed to Table—Watch for the Classes

We’re excited to be the recipient of funding from the The City of Calgary’s Circular Economy Initiatives grant. This funding support our new Seed to Table program. Under this program will be offering classes at no or low cost to participants. What the What’s Happening calendar for classes highlighted in blue. The name of classes falling under this program all start with Seed to Table: … The focus of the program it to help gardeners make the most of their food gardens, reduce the inputs to successful growing, and to reduce garden waste. What our Resources page for information and resources.

New Corporate and Affiliate Members

When we have new corporate or affiliate they will be listed here. If the spot does not have a name, then we have not recruited a new member. Learn more about them by visiting the Friends of the Society directory under the Membership menu.

Gifts for Gardeners.

Regardless of the occasion, a Society membership makes a great gift.

Society Membership

Gardening makes us better people. We nurture the soil, grow plants, and share our bounty. We gain benefits of well-being, giving back to the environment, and creating places of beauty for our family, friends, and neighbours. A Society membership helps you do this and offers:

12 months of garden learning, member connections, classes, and events
11 Q&A programs engaging experts to answer your indoor and outdoor gardening questions
10% discount (or more); membership = savings
9 months of indoor learning
8 Member Talks and 8 issues of Calgary Gardening magazine
7 approaches to learning for all gardeners: hands-on, Zoom online, video on demand, make-and-take, question and answer, hybrid video and instructor led, and tours
6 gardening umbrellas to tap your interests: planning, flora, fauna, soil, creative, and harvest
5 Open Gardens tour dates; see what grows in Calgary
4 months of in-the-garden activities
3 ways to share plants and seeds: in-person Plant Shares, Facebook Plant Share Group, and Members’ Forum Plant Share topic
2 key signature events for learning, networking, and connecting our gardening community
1 Bring a Friend! Share your member and gardening experience and learn together

Throughout the year, the Society grows membership value. Share your love of gardening by purchasing a Society membership. Memberships are only $55/yr ($35 for seniors). 

Help us grow our gardening community. Visit Membership on the Society’s website for more information or to purchase a membership. You can also purchase gift memberships by calling the office (403.287.3469) and speaking with Gail.

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Use our online tools to share plants.

Our online plant sharing tools are available for use year-round. If you have plants or seeds to share, please use our Facebook Plant Share Group or Plant Share forum.

Programs at the Society.

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Winter program are about developing growing skills, engaging with other gardeners, and having some fun together. See the What’s Happening calendar for information about classes. We have in-person and online offerings.

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 second edition of The Growing Journal has been printed. Call the office at 403.287.3469 to purchase ($25) your copy. 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 pick up.

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