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Garden Planning and Design.

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.

The Society is offering several design courses this winter to help you work on a new vision for your yard. In January, we have the Sustainable Garden Design course. In February, Design Your Yard, sponsored by the City of Calgary, returns.

What should you do with your real Christmas tree?

Fresh Christmas trees are included in the City’s composting program. To compost your tree, be sure to remove all decorations, including strands of tinsel and angel hair. Cut the tree into small piece that will fit inside your green bin. Put your green bin out on collection day. Check your collection schedule.

You can also bring your tree to a Christmas tree drop-off location. Drop-off locations are open until January 31. Do not bag or wrap your tree. Visit for Christmas tree composting details and drop-off locations.

If you’re not in a hurry to compost your tree, you can put it in your yard as a shelter and perching spot for birds. Alternatively, remove some or all branches and place them and placed on flower beds as a mulch to protect plants from fluctuating temperatures. When spring nears, place the branches in the green bin for collection.

Sold out!

The Society 2021 calendar. The cover photos is gorgeous while peonies with black markings at the centre, making them look poppy-like. The photo was taken by Lynne Nieman

The office has sold out of calendars, but Golder Acre Home + Garden (620 Goddard Avenue NE) may still have a few.

This gorgeous calendar is created from contributions made by out gardening community. Thank you to everyone who contributed their photos and stories to the project. It also includes seed starting and germination tips prepared by Kath Smyth, the Society’s horticulturist, and Tea with Kath host.

Watch for opportunities to contribute to next year’s calendar project. We’re always looking for great winter garden photos—doorstep containers with a fresh dusting of snow, garden art, shrubs, and trees adding that much needed seasonal interest. Get outside with your camera and capture those pictures!

Thank you as well to everyone who purchased a calendar. Calendar purchases supports Society activities.

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

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. 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!

Design Your Yard will return in February 2021. Watch the What’s Happening calendar for the workshop schedule.

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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