How the Society is Responding to COVID-19—UPDATE.

Message updated April 1

Update: The Calgary Horticultural Society officially announces the cancellation of 2020 Garden Show

It is with great sadness that we are officially announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Calgary Horticultural Society Garden Show, scheduled for April 25th and 26th at the Max Bell Arena.

We received the following notice from the City on Thursday, March 19:

“All festivals and events planned to be held between now and April 30 on or in a City facility with an expected attendance of 50 people or more must be canceled or postponed. This decision is in alignment with the Federal and Provincial direction on mass gatherings, as well as The City of Calgary’s current approach to public engagement due to COVID-19.” —City of Calgary Recreation

We want to take this opportunity to thank those who contribute to the Garden Show every year. We are tremendously grateful to our major sponsor, greengate Garden Centres, for their generosity for so many years. Thank you to all our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and workshop instructors for their ongoing support.

A very special thank you to our staff, volunteers and members for their tireless work to keep this organization growing. We continue to look forward to new and exciting ways to engage with our community, and to celebrate the arrival of spring and a new gardening season!

Due to the current challenges facing our members and community, the Board has decided to postpone our membership fee increase.

These are very unusual circumstances and we recognize the need to remain calm and acknowledge that we are all in this together.

Please stay safe,

The Calgary Horticultural Society Board of Directors


Programs at the Society

We’re moving on up… to online program delivery!

The Society is mindful of our upcoming events and programs and how the current social-distancing situation affects them. Decisions for regular and scheduled events will be made on a case-by-case basis closer to each event date. We are responding by offering online access to many of our programs until further notice. We will be utilizing the following online tools: Zoom Cloud Meetings, Facebook Live and scheduled or recorded video presentations as needed. Priority will be given to adapting the following programs to a new online format: Master Gardener Program, Design Your Yard and Garden Fundamentals workshops.

See the What’s Happening calendar for April’s programs

  • April 9 —Member Talk, Zoom Cloud Meeting: Trees, Trellises and the Art of Making Beautiful Walls
  • April 14—Tea with Kath on Facebook Live
  • April 16—Design Your Yard Cranston, Zoom Cloud Meeting
  • April 18 & 19—Garden Fundamentals, Zoom Cloud Meeting
  • April 19—Design Your Yard: Sundays, Zoom Cloud Meeting
  • April 25—A special day of online gardening programming

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. We are doing our best to navigate this ever-evolving situation. We appreciate your ongoing patience and support through these uncertain times. We will be monitoring our email and phone messages if you need to reach us and will send out message updates when we have further information.

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.

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