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Think Spring! is February 11, 2023

The Society’s online learning conference, Think Spring! is back for 2023. It will be one day of presentations in two concurrent streams, held on Saturday, February 11, 2023. In the morning, all attendees will be brought together to hear the keynote address. In the afternoon, there will be six presentations to choose from. We are using Zoom Events for this event.

Plan to attend and launch the gardening season with us! Watch the Gardeners’ Corner e-news (subscribe) if you want to receive Society announce directly in your e-mail) and What’s Happening on our website for event details.

Tickets will go on sale in January and are bargain priced at $15 (+GST) for Society members and $25 (+GST) for non-members.


Keynote Speaker: John Forti, The Heirloom Gardner

We are celebrating 115 years of serving Calgary gardeners, so the themes of heritage, resiliency, and reflection will be intertwined in next year’s programming. This is reflected in the selection of our keynote speaker for Think Spring!

We are excited to announce that John Forti, who calls himself The Heirloom Gardener will present the keynote address! His talk, titled The Heirloom Gardener:Traditional Plants and Skills, draws on his new book of the same name about traditional plants and skills for the modern age.

His presentation shares inspiration drawn from a long history of heirloom preservation, garden craft, and homestead lifeways.Artisanal gardening lifestyles are helping to rebuild and celebrate vibrant local agricultural economies and sustainable cottage industries, and are contributing to a new, homegrown arts and crafts movement, and backyard environmentalism. Join us for a refreshing look at how you can make a difference and build habitat in your own backyard and community.

John is a garden historian, ethnobotanist, consultant, and lecturer. Learn more about him by visiting his website (jforti.com).


Session Titles

Whether you are a flower or vegetable gardener, considering adding trees to your yard, trying to find ways to beautify your yard, or are looking for new ways to garden, the past has a lot to offer the present. Join the Society as we celebrate 115 years of serving Calgary area gardeners and reflect on the past to focus on the future. Attend Think Spring! and launch the gardening season with us! 

  • Design Your Yard: from BOB (Beauty on a Budget) to Present
  • Historic Garden Double Bill within Calgary’s Landscape
  • Trees YYC: Changing with the Times
  • Let’s Argue Vegetables
  • The Long History of Community Gardening in Calgary
  • And Here it Comes Around Again—Gardening like Grandma Did

Photo Contest

Share in the excitement of Think Spring! Participate in our photo contest. Do you have a photo of a plant or garden art that captures one (or more) of our Think Spring! themes of heritage, resiliency, or reflection? Then enter it in our photo contest and you could win a $25 garden centre gift card. Visit the Think Spring! 2023 Reflections Photo Contest page for details.


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