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It’s about Landscape Design!

Think Spring! is back in 2024. We are excited to announce big plans for our growing-season-launching event! Winter is time for planning your garden, so the theme for the 2024 Think Spring! is landscape design. Topics to be covered include curb appeal, edibles, being water-wise, and lawn and lawn alternatives.

The event will be opened with a keynote presentation by Carson Arthur. His presentation will be followed by three talks: Edible Landscapes, Water-wise Landscapes, and Lawn & Lawn Alternatives.


Front yard design and the power of a colourful impact using plants and flowers.

10:00-11:30 am

Curb Appeal has taken centre stage when it comes to home valuation according to real estate experts everywhere.  Creating a welcoming front yard impacts everyone’s first impression of a home but adding colour can create unexpected emotional reaction. Learn how to make a statement and improve your home’s worth at the same time.

Carson Arthur

Carson is the author of the sold-out book Garden Designs for Outdoor Living and has a new book called Vegetables, Chickens and Bees where he teaches new gardeners how to grow food and become more sustainable in their own outdoor spaces. In 2019, Carson opened his namesake market in Prince Edward County. With a focus on growing food, organic principals, and products that make gardening accessible to everyone, Carson’s Garden + Market has quickly become a destination for discerning gardeners.

Over the last 25 years, Carson has taught homeowners how to raise the value of their homes through outdoor renovations while maintaining a focus on environmentally friendly choices. He is a tv mainstay as part of the North American Cityline team as a landscape designer and outdoor expert. He has also been the host/expert on several tv shows that can be seen all around the world. He writes for several publications about outdoor design and appears regularly in a variety of magazines with guest articles and hosts his own radio show right here in Canada 

 His credits include; the host of HGTV’s Green Force and Critical Listing; the Gemini nominated Room to Grow on Global, ION and the Discovery network; Better Homes and Garden’s Home, First Home on the Hallmark Channel in the U.S.; and as the gardening expert on HGTV’s blockbusters; Home to Win Season 1 through 4.  Watch for him in the 2023 release of HGTV’s Resort Renovation!

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Afternoon Sessions

(12:00 – 3:30 pm)

  • Water-wise Landscapes, presented by Kath Smyth
  • Edible Landscapes: What, Why, and How, presented by Joanna Tschudy
  • Lawn Care & Lawn Alternatives, presented by Nathan Gill


Kath Smyth

Kath Smyth is a horticulturist with extensive experience in the horticultural industry. She brings a wealth of knowledge and her unique humour to radio and television appearances, public presentations and client consultations. She is passionate about helping gardeners achieve gardening success and is currently working as a Horticulturist for The Calgary Horticultural Society.

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Joanna Tschudy

Joanna Tschudy is a Calgary-based landscape designer and consultant.  She loves exploring and supporting community gardening and resiliency through her work as Community Development Coordinator with The Calgary Horticultural Society and the Community Hubs Coordinator role with The Alex Community Food Centre.  From seed to supper, you will find Joanna engaged in evolving practices that respond to our unique and ever-changing climate as well as local adaptations for affordability and environmentally sound land stewardship.

Edible Landscapes

Whether you are working with an existing landscape or looking to start from scratch, why not incorporate plants that multitask. Learn which perennials, shrubs, and trees offer the most for homegrown food crops, while also establishing habitat for beneficial insects, migratory birds, and other garden helpers. Your green spaces can be beautiful and taste good too!


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Nathan Gill

Nathan Gill has been working in the Green Roof/ Landscape supply business for nine years,  proceeded by 15 years working in the construction industry as a tradesperson, estimator, project manager, salesperson, and business owner primarily in roofing and general contracting. He has come to his horticultural knowledge and passion through working with Eagle Lake and being a passionate home gardener. He is currently the CEO for Eagle Lake Professional Landscape Supply.

Lawn Care & Lawn Alternatives

Nathan will address:

  • How do I (re) start a lawn? 
  • How do I keep my (Kentucky Bluegrass) lawn healthy and lush?
  • What are some lawn alternatives and where are they best used?  


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Think Spring! is being hosted on Zoom and is a day of online learning. This year there is one stream of talks, so you don’t need to choose. You can attend them all online! Talks will be recorded and, once posted, will available until 11:00 pm on Monday, February 19.  


Anyone who purchases a ticket will be entered into our door prize draw. We will also have a prize basket for a random draw from names of participants completing our event evaluation. Watch for details.  

Want the latest information on What’s Happening at the Society? Watch the Gardeners’ Corner e-news (subscribe to receive Society announcements directly in your e-mail) and the What’s Happening calendar on our website.

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