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.

If you would like to get to know our instructors, please visit the Our Instructors page under What’s Happening.


January

Seed Starting ON DEMAND: Learn when and how to start different plants from seed from those that need to be started as early as Jan through to others that should be started 6-8 before last frost. Learn how to keep them going until it time to plant them outside. Winter sowing is also covered in this course. The course consists of 3 videos and lots of handouts to get you starting many of your own plants from seed or improve your success in doing so.

Indoor Edibles: Need some greens in your diet? Then join this workshop to get started sprouting seeds, growing your own microgreens and greens (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! Watch for details about this 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!

Hydroponic Growing 2: Ready to take your hydroponics to the next level? Prerequisite: Experience and/or education on Hydroponic Growing.

Movie Night – Watch for details about the movie selected for 2023. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 : Learn how to create, care and uses of the herbs you will grow.

Mother’s Day Tailgate Planter: Turn an old purse into a special planter to celebrate all the wonderful women in your life.

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.

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.

Summer Harvests: Learn harvesting tips & tricks as well as some creative ways to use your harvests from the Society’s horticulturist and a Blue Flame Kitchen’s chef.

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 30 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 Hydroponsics – learn how to grow your produce indoors in a variety of hydroponic systems from a simple Mason Jar to a more complex bin system.

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 Décor  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 Décor 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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