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These workshops have a fee for participation. Advanced registration through the calhort.org What’s Happening events calendar is required. A Show admission ticket must also be purchase. Depending on the number of registrations received the Society may offer on-site sales for workshops, but avoid disappointment and sign up in advance. Registration is limited.


Saturday, May 4

Growing Culinary Mushrooms in Your Backyard

10:00 to 11:30 am
Cost: $15 members, $20 non-members
Limited to 15 participants
Workshop room: the Potting Shed.

Register Online

Mushrooms aren’t typically thought of as something to cultivate; but, like vegetables, they are added to many dishes and some special varieties are coveted for their flavour. Discover how to include mushrooms in your gardening repertoire and learn about:

  • The life cycle and ecology of common edible fungi species to grow in your backyard
  • How to create the right conditions for a garden bed of mushrooms

Your course fee includes:

  • 1.5–hour talk on growing mushrooms in your backyard
  • A 10% off coupon for a sawdust spawn order!

Presenter: Fungi Akuafo

Make a Hypertufa Planter

2:00 to 4:00 pm
Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
Limited to 10 participants
Workshop room: the Potting Shed.

Limited to 10 participants

Register Online for Saturday

Tufa is a porous limestone rock that has been traditionally used in horticulture to create planters. The porous properties of the rock allow it to soak up water and release it slowly. Hypertufa is a modern simulation of natural rock tufa. It is made from a clay-like material, which is ideal for making planters for succulents and alpines. Water is absorbed within the hypertufa, so it will not leak onto your countertop, making it ideal for your indoor plants.

In this workshop, held in collaboration with the Venturers Society, you will make your very own hypertufa planter. The workshop fee includes all materials needed to make and complete the hypertufa planter. The kits for this workshop have been designed and prepared by the Venturers Society. (You can find natural tufa rock in Big Hill Springs Provincial Park, where it can be seen in the rock formations beneath the waterfalls.)

Presenter: Lindsay Watkinson, Venturers Society


Sunday, May 5

Microgreens and Sprouts: Indoor Edible Gardening

9:30 to 10:30 am
Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
Limited to 15 participants
Workshop room: the Potting Shed.

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Growing microgreens and sprouts is one of the simplest ways to garden indoors. The results are fresh, tasty and nutrient-packed greens for your plate and your palate. In this one-hour workshop, learn about: Environmental factors for growing indoors Germination and breaking dormancy of seeds What to grow and what they taste like—with some sampling of homegrown microgreens and sprouts Different techniques and growing systems Potential problems Harvesting, storing and using microgreens and sprouts Then get started with some simple indoor growing techniques and take home the results to grow on at home!

Presenter: Janet Melrose, Calgary’s Cottage Gardener

Make a Hypertufa Planter

2:00 to 4:00 pm
Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members
Limited to 10 participants
Workshop room: the Potting Shed.

Register Online for Sunday

Tufa is a porous limestone rock that has been traditionally used in horticulture to create planters. The porous properties of the rock allow it to soak up water and release it slowly. Hypertufa is a modern simulation of natural rock tufa. It is made from a clay-like material, which is ideal for making planters for succulents and alpines. Water is absorbed within the hypertufa, so it will not leak onto your countertop, making it ideal for your indoor plants.

In this workshop, held in collaboration with the Venturers Society, you will make your very own hypertufa planter. The workshop fee includes all materials needed to make and complete the hypertufa planter. The kits for this workshop have been designed and prepared by the Venturers Society.

Presenter: Lindsay Watkinson, Venturers Society

Photographing Flowers with a Smartphone

2:00 to 3:00 pm
Cost: $25 members, $35 non-members.
Limited to 15 participants
Workshop room: the Hoop Garden.

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Flowers offer some of the most beautiful photo opportunities nature has in store. With smartphones at the ready, you never have to miss a shot. In this workshop, participants will learn how to set their smartphones for optimal photographs and how to control and direct light effectively. Using simple and inexpensive equipment with a DIY flair, you’ll learn how to create beautiful floral images suitable for printing, sharing and displaying. SLR and compact cameras are welcome, too!

Presenter: Jillian Logee, Logee Photography

Let’s Plant a Bee Garden

10:00 to 11:30 am
Cost: $45 members, $55 non-members.
Limited to 15 participants
Workshop room: the Hoop Garden.

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Learn why bees are so important in your yard, and how to attract these busy little pollinators by choosing the right plants. Plant up your own beautiful container to take away with a few of our buzzy friends’ favourites.

Presenter: Wendy Zac, Bloomfield Garden Centre


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