Year in a Glance

​This page contains information about the classes and courses the Society is planning on offering this year to allow you to see what is offered and plan ahead. Once details are confirmed, the information is put up on the What’s Happening calendar and registration is opened (usually 4-6 weeks prior to the class delivery). Additional classes may be added to this overview based on programming suggestions and instructor inspiration. 

Please note that most classes are between 1.5 and 2.5 hours long. Courses run for a number of sessions at 1.5-2.5 hours/session.


January

Seed Starting: January Planting: Learn how to start long-season plants such as strawberries indoors and keep them going until it time to plant them outside. Winter sowing is also covered in this class.

Sustainable Garden Design (10 sessions): Create a garden design for your home based on instruction around soil life, design approaches and techniques, water movement, hardscaping, and ecologically-minded plant selection.

Growing Microgreens: Need some greens in your diet? Then join this workshop to get started sprouting seeds and growing your own microgreens (kit included).

Visit the What’s Happening calendar to register and to learn more about these and other programs offered by the Society.


February

THINK SPRING! Check out this two-day online event to get the guidance you need for a great start to the gardening season!

Design Your Yard (3 sessions): Learn how to create a well-thought-out, functional, water-smart yard in this multi-day workshop.

Introduction to Greenhouses: Interested in a greenhouse but not sure which one to choose or how to get started? This class is for you!

Seed Starting Feb planting: Learn how to start fruiting or flowering warm season plants like rhudbeckias or peppers from seed and how keep them going until it’s time to plant them outside.

Seed Starting: Annual Planting: Many popular annuals such as Zinnias and several vegetables are best started at 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Take this class now to have all your seeds and supplies ready in advance.

Tropical Houseplant Course (5 sessions): Learn how to care for a number of common and not-so-common houseplants in this course.

Movie NightThe Mushroom Speaks: Join us virtually as we enjoy this intriguing film together and discuss it afterwards with mushroom cultivator Tara Stephens. See the What’s Happening calendar for more information.

Visit the What’s Happening calendar to learn more about these and other programs offered by the Society and to register.


March

Design Your Yard (3 sessions): See description above

Vegetable Growing Course (4 sessions): Learn how to create your own productive vegetable garden, by delving into soils, vegetable choices, small space options, raised beds, and more!

Kickstart Your Garden: Get a jump on your gardening season by winter-sowing, seed starting and in general having a plan for your garden.

Growing in a Greenhouse: Learn how to increase your success and yields when growing in a greenhouse.

Growing Tomatoes and/or Peppers: Learn how to grow your own tomatoes (and/or peppers) from seed in this climate.

Building a Butterfly Garden: Learn about native butterflies and which plants and features will support them throughout their lifecylce.

Spring Tree & Shrub Care: Learn from an arborist about how to best care for and prune your trees and shrubs and preparing them for the growing season ahead.

Seed Starting: 8-week planting (repeat): Learn when and how to start popular annuals such as Zinnias and many vegetables indoors and keep them going until it’s time to plant them outside—just in time for the 8-weeks to last frost deadline.

Creating Your Own Garden Journal : Bind your own garden journal in this hands-on workshop.

Winter Photography Walk: Learn how to get great plant shots from a local photographer on this outdoor walk.

Visit the What’s Happening calendar to learn more about these and other programs offered by the Society and to register.


April

Design Your Yard (3 sessions): See description in February

Garden Fundamentals (2 sessions): Gain a better understanding of what is happening in your landscape and learn how to be a better gardener in this climate. This is a suggested pre-requisite for beginner and novice gardeners interested in taking the Master Gardener program in the future.

Garden Journalling: Can’t seem to remember what you did when or what is where? Learn some styles, tips and tricks for creating your own system of garden record keeping.

Introduction to Soil: Learn the basics about the soil ecosystem to give your plants a great foundation.

Small Space Gardening: Learn how to make the most of what you have, whether it’s a few pots on your patio, a small raised bed, or vertical garden with trellises. 

Cool Season Crops: Learn which vegetables can go in the ground as soon as it is workable, getting an earlier start on your growing season.

Planning Your Food Forest: Learn about how to assemble and edible forest and what plants compliment one another.

Climbing Vines: Discover some of the vines that will grow successfully in Calgary and how to best support them.

Outdoor Mushrooms: Learn how to cultivate 2 edible mushrooms in your outdoor garden.

Short-Season Gardening Made Longer: Learn which vegetables can go in the ground as soon as it is workable, getting an earlier start on your growing season.

Digging Deep Into Crop Planning: Learn how to create a detailed vegetable garden plan, considering several elements like crop rotation, seasonal planning and more.

Rain Gardens: Learn about examples of rain gardens that have been built around the city. Learn about planning and plant species appropriate to these gardens.

Rainwater harvesting: Learn how to construct active and passive rainwater harvesting systems for use in your yard. Rainwater tanks, swales and other methods of water retention will be discussed.

Growing Sweetpeas: Learn how to grow sweet peas with success. Discover the many different varieties you can grow, when to plant and how to nurture into a beautifully sweet-scented garden.

Fort Calgary Exhibit Tour and Artist Talk: visit and learn about Daphne Boyer’s visual exhibit based on plant science through a curator-led tour and a chat with the artist.

Absolute Beginner Gardening: Explore the basics of gardening, including where to grow, how to get started and some plants choices that are most likely to succeed in our tricky climate.

Visit the What’s Happening calendar to learn more about these and other programs offered by the Society and to register.


May

Design Your Yard (3 sessions): See description in February

Perennial Plant ID: Learn to confidently identify 25+ perennial plants that grow well in the Calgary area, through instruction and plant walks.

Shade Gardens: Discover options to make a shady space beautiful.

Annual Flowers: Explore the roles and types of annual flowers that can complement your garden space.

Food Forest Gardening: Learn how to create an ecosystem of edible plants, mimicking a natural forest.

Yardsmart Trees & Shrubs: Discover options for trees and shrubs that perform well in our difficult climate without a lot of inputs.

Yardsmart Perennials: Discover options for perennials that perform well in our difficult climate without a lot of inputs.

Fruit trees: Explore which fruit trees can grow in our climate and what they need to succeed.

Berry Fruit for Calgary: Discover options for berries that grow well in our climate and what they need to succeed.

Companion Planting for Vegetables: Explore what plants work together to help increase yield, decrease pests or improve flavour.

Plant communities (ornamental plants): Learn how to group your plants together for both visual appeal and to benefit one another.

Open Gardens: Explore private gardens and be inspired with what is possible in Calgary. This is a member (and friends) benefit.

Herb Planter Workshop: Come create a herb planter to take home, learning about the care and uses of the herbs you will grow.

Creating Your Own Garden Herbal Salves: learn how to take your plants and weeds and turn them into nourishing skin products.

Visit the What’s Happening calendar to learn more about these and other programs offered by the Society and to register.


June

Design Your Yard (3 sessions): See description in February

Garden Coaching: Join gardening experts for an overview of what to be doing in your garden this month.

Conversations in the Garden: Join gardening experts to have your gardening questions answered.

Intro to Garden Insects: Find out who your nearest six-legged neighbours are, and what they are up to in your garden.

Charcoal Flower Drawing: Learn how to capture flowers in this accessible art form.

Backyard composting: Discover how you can create your own organic fertilizer in your backyard.

More Yardsmart Perennials: Discover options for perennial grasses, bulbs, and groundcovers that perform well in our difficult climate without a lot of inputs.

Open Gardens: Explore private gardens and be inspired with what is possible in Calgary.

Year of the Garden 2022: Stay tuned for a week of gardening events to celebrate the year of the garden

Visit the What’s Happening calendar to learn more about these and other programs offered by the Society and to register.


July/August

Garden Coaching: Join gardening experts for an overview of what to be doing in your garden this month.

Conversations in the Garden: Join gardening experts to have your gardening questions answered.

Garden Tours: Tour public gardens with an experienced guide to learn more about plants and design.

Open Gardens: Explore private gardens and be inspired with what is possible in Calgary.

Seed Saving: Learn which seeds are worth saving, when to harvest and how to store them.

Soil painting: Learn how your soil can be used to create works of art, including how to identify and mix different soil types for different effects.

Creative Workshops: Unleash your creative potential in a number of workshops being developed. Currently being explored are: basic botanical drawings, photography, wildflower art, plant printing, plant tag making and flower arranging. Stay tuned for further details!

Awesome tomato growing: Explore what a high-yield city tomato plot looks like, how to protect them for maximum season, how to harvest and process, seed-save and plan for your great tomato garden for next year.

Fall Container: Learn how to turn your summer flowers into a great arrangement for the fall

Visit the What’s Happening calendar to learn more about these and other programs offered by the Society and to register.


September

Design Your Yard (3 sessions): Learn how to create a well-thought-out, functional, water-smart yard in this multi-day workshop.

Introduction to Woody ID (5 sessions): Learn to confidently identify 25+ woody plants that grow well in the Calgary area, through instruction and plant walks. This class is open to everyone, but it is a recommended pre-requisite for the Master Gardener program.

Woody ID2: Build upon plant knowledge from Intro. to Woody ID, and learn to identify another 25+ plants.

Putting Your Garden to Bed: Learn how to prepare your garden and gardening implements for the upcoming winter.

Garlic Growing: Discover some of the wonderful varieties of garlic that can be grown in this climate and how and when to plant them.

Extending Your Growing Season: Learn how to keep your garden growing as long as possible using covers and cool season plants.

Spring Bulbs: Discover the bulbs that will bring your garden alive in early spring and learn how to grow them.

Visit the What’s Happening calendar to learn more about these and other programs offered by the Society and to register.


October

Master Gardener Program (October-April): Discover more about the art and science of gardening in this broad and extensive exploration of gardening.

Fall Tree and Shrub Care: Learn from an arborist about how to best care for and prune your trees and shrubs, preparing them for the winter ahead.

Indoor Gardening: Don’t be discouraged by the end of the gardening season, rather look at it as the start of an indoor growing season.

Spring Garden Preparation: Start planning now for a great gardening year next year.

Bringing it In: Learn how to lift and overwinter tender plants like dahlias, gladiolas and geraniums.

Visit the What’s Happening calendar to learn more about these and other programs offered by the Society and to register.


November

Houseplants 101: Ready to get something growing around you again? Learn how to select and care for some common houseplants

Gift Workshops: (e.g., plant-based skin care, food products)

Seasonal Decor Workshops: (e.g., wreath, doorstep container, gnome from evergreens, swag)

Forcing Bulbs: Learn which bulbs can be tricked into blooming over the winter season and how to keep them going for multiple bloomings.

Visit the What’s Happening calendar to learn more about these and other programs offered by the Society and to register.


December

Seasonal Decor Workshops: (e.g., ornaments, table centres, door swag)

Visit the What’s Happening calendar to learn more about these and other programs offered by the Society and to register.


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