Posted by: silverspringsgarden | August 25, 2011

Claudettes News from Calgary Hort

From: Calgary Horticultural Society <>

Date: Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Subject: [Calgary Horticultural Society] Community GardeNews-The Late Summer

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Without healthy vibrant soil it is almost impossible to grow healthy, nutritious food that looks as good as it tastes!

Learn from international soil expert Doug Weatherbee, The Soil Doctor from the Soil Foodweb.

When: August 26, 2011

Time:7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location:Harvest Hills Alliance Church, 10099 Harvest Hills Blvd. NW

Cost: Donations gratefully accepted for future educational events. Suggested donation is $20 and 100 % of proceeds will go to these great non-profit organizations: Community Garden Resource Network, Permaculture Calgary, Northern Hills Community Gardens
A Community of Gardeners event sponsored by:Community Garden Resource Network (Calgary Horticultural Society), Verge Permaculture, The Northern Hills Community Association

Based out of Mexcio, Doug is in town to give a 4 day sold out workshop on soil hosted by Verge Permaculture. This our chance to hear Doug’s wisdom and advise to Calgary & area gardeners!


Bees are in our gardens feasting on nectar and pollinating our flowering plants, making sure that we are able to enjoy the beauty and bounty of our gardens! Yet bees are often misunderstood and not welcomed into our gardens.

Eliese Watson, founder of Apiaries and Bees for Communites” is a passionate advocate for bees and what we can do to ensure that bees in Calgary are healthy and vibrant.

Join Eliese, our local urban bees guru to learn:

  • about the many different  native species of bees
  • how they work to pollinate our gardens
  • how to attract and care for bees in your garden

WHEN: Friday, September 16th 7:00-9:00 pm

WHERE: Albert Park/Radisson Height Community Hall
1310-28th Street S.E.

PARKING: Free-lots of space at the Hall and on the street

COST: just $10 per person.


A Community of  Gardeners Networking Event presented by:

Community Gardens Resource Network, a project of the Calgary Horticultural Society

Supported by Encana and the Calgary Foundation

Albert Park Cenntenial Community Garden

Receiptent of the 2011 Fiskars Project Orange Thumb Garden


What could be more fun that to celebrate our successes this season with a Community Local Food Supper created from produce and supplies donated and purchased from the people who grow locally!

Besides a terrific supper, we are planning table top discussions led by local food experts and following dessert a panel discussion on what were the challenges/ successes that we all experienced this year.

WHEN: Friday, September 23rd

TIME: 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Doors will be open at 6:00 pm

WHERE: Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703-1st N.W. (just off 16th Ave. & 1St. N.W.)

PARKING: Free at Balmoral School next door or on the street

COST:  only $15 for adults, $5 for children up to 10 years old (babes in arms are free – no seat needed).

TO REGISTER:  visit  for all details and instructions to reserve your seat.

Last years supper sold out so book early!

SPONSORED BY: Green Sanctuary, Unitarian Church, Supported by a Community Spirit Grant & the Community Garden Resource Network- Calgary Horticultural Society,

Supported by Encana & Calgary Foundation Permaculture Calgary Guild




Gardeners love opportunities to show off the results of their hard work!

To celebrate the successes and failures of this the 2011 growing season a Community Harvest Fair is being held on October 5th at the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Farmers Market from 3:00-7:00 pm.

As part of the Fair we are having an old fashioned competition for produce and gardens. There lots of categories to chose from, including the weirdest shaped vegetable. And lots of categories for taking your lovely harvest and turning it into preserves, pies and more. AND categories for best garden plots, scarecrows and more as photographs.

So check out the website at the Sunnyside/Hillhurst Farmers Market:
 for all the information and get your best veggies and more entered!


The Calgary Food Bank will take donations of any amount of any kind of produce!

All you do is bring the fruits (or veggies) of your labor to the Food Bank located at 5000 11 street SE to loading dock door number 3 and donate it!

The produce can be brought in, in whatever packaging works best for you! The fruits and veggies keep better if they are not washed so please do not worry about giving it a scrub!

Please just let them know when you drop off your donation that it is for the Grow a Row program J

Plus, each year the Calgary Food Bank has a number of gardens that will Grow A Row and donate the produce to The Calgary Food Bank to be distributed to clients through the Emergency Food Hamper program as well as the Food Link Program.

Last year the Food Bank distributed over 54 thousand food hampers to clients through the Emergency Food Hamper Program and 2.6 million pound of food to other nonprofit agencies through the Food Link Program. The Food Link Program  helps other nonprofit agencies provide food for their clients. Up to 96 agencies pick up food for The Calgary Food Bank so that  more of their fundraising dollars can be spent on program costs rather than food cost.

If you have any questions on how to get involved or how to donate please contact Morissa Choptain with the Calgary Food Bank by phone 403-640-8813 or email!

Perennials to Share

Late summer is a great time to add in new perennials to your beautification beds! A very generous Calgary Horticultural Society member is hard at work dividing the bounty of her garden to share with you. A number of perennials will be available on the side patio of the Society’s Office on an ongoing basis over the next little while as they are dug up and delivered to the Society. There are also some daylilies and lamb’s ears available from our own Society garden starting Thursday morning. So if you find yourself in the neighbourhood, take a  moment to drop by and take a few for your Community Garden and  wander around the gardens at the Society to see what is happening.

Bowness Centennial Harvest Fair

Looking for a fun event after the Labour Day?
Here’s what’s happening at the  2nd Annual Bowness Community Harvest Fair:

  • Produce swap
  • Blue Ribbon contests
  • Lecture Series &      Panel Discussions focussing on harvesting and preserving methods from 1950’s
  • Kid’s activities: races, workshops, and crafts

When: Saturday, Sept 10th 1:00-4:00 pm

Where: Bowness Community Centre & Area
For lots of information click:


Seedy Saturday Core Committee

Seedy Saturday is one of the kick off events for the gardening season in Calgary. It has grown over the years from a small seed exchange to a vibrate and much anticipated event by Calgary gardeners. As you all know to put on such a successful event each year means that many people are needed.

Seedy Saturday is looking for volunteers passionate about open pollinated seeds to help us out with the promotion and organization of Seedy Saturday next year which will be held March 17, 2012. Time commitment depends on what you take on but generally requires attending about one meeting a month from December to March, a couple hours a week in the months leading up to the event and helping to set up and take down the day of the event.
Please email for further details.

Take a Fall Workshop!

The Calgary Horticultural Society is lining up a full slate of workshops this Fall, with something to interest everyone! Check out:

  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Fall planting with Bulbs
  • Extending the Edible Gardening Season
  • Composting
  • Put your Garden to Bed
  • Vermicomposting

Details can be found at

Don’t forget a mebership with the Society gets you discounts on all these workshops!

208 – 50 Avenue S.W.

Calgary, Alberta

Canada T2S 2S1




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