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2021 Garden Show—is Next Weekend!

Even though the Show is online, this week brings of flurry of getting ready for activity. We are providing orientations to the site to our speakers and exhibitors, trying to get all the details in place so you can have an inspiring Garden Show experience. Take a Show sneak peek. Vote for the for the photo contest finalists. Purchase a 50/50 Cash Raffle ticket. Join the Society now, and start enjoying being a member by saving on your show ticket. It’s the #yycgardenshow, dig in and come grow with Us!



Natasha Guillot on Radio-Canada

Hear Natasha’s interview (en français)

RATTRAPAGE DU VENDREDI 2 AVRIL 2021

Trucs et astuces pour les apprenti-jardiniers urbains

Natasha will be providing a regular gardening column on Tuesday mornings.




Members—Growing Lady Slipper Orchids Member Talk is May 6

The distinctive flowers of Cypripedium and other lady’s slipper orchids are marked by the inflated slipper or shoe-shaped lip.  The name Cypripedium is derived from Kypris, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, the Latin word pedis, meaning foot, and the Greek  ΠΕΔΙΛΟΝ meaning slipper.  There are about 58 species worldwide, 13 of which are found in North America.

Now is the best time to get growing!  There are currently close to 200 hybrids.  Five clones have been trademarked, and there are still more to come.  Species from China, Europe, and North America have been hybridized to give the adventurous gardener endless options for different colors, shapes, and size.

Please join us as we welcome Shawn Hillis who is the sole proprietor and the inspired spirit behind Garden
Slippers, a nursery that specializes in temperate orchids for the garden

See the Member Talk page of the Members Only section of the website for details.


Watch our Design Your Yard Ad

Design Your Yard is Back by Popular Demand.

Design Your Yard is back! Winter is the perfect time for reconsidering the look and function of your gardening space. With the blooms faded, leaves fallen, and herbaceous perennials died back, the bare bones of the yard are exposed. Does the yard still look interesting?

Strong elements of winter interest are created by trees, shrubs, and hardscape features. Even deciduous trees can offer winter interest with textured barks and branch structures.

Were you please with your garden last growing season? Do plants perform as expected and thrive? If not, maybe the garden needs to be reconfigured and sun loving plants move to a spot with more direct light.

If you need help and motivation to create a beautiful and functional yard design, then sign up for Design Your Yard! See the What’s Happing calendar for details and dates. This program is sponsored by the City of Calgary.


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.

Looking for a gift that gives year-round? Give the gift of Society membership.

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


Programs at the Society.

The Society’s online programs have been a success. We are currently working on our 2021 programming. The February programs have been posted. Please see the What’s Happening calendar for updates.

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!

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

Winter 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.


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