Posted by: silverspringsgarden | October 12, 2016

Edible Garden Group

In late August, Peggy Leseur was reading the” Alberta Gardener”, Spring 2016  magazine and spotted this ad:



Note: This contest is for communities, public gardens, municipalities, schools, organizations, horticultural societies and garden clubs.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday, and thanks to Vesey’s Bulbs of PEI, the Canadian Garden Council is giving away 150 gardens, each consisting of 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs. Eligible applicants for this program are communities, public gardens, municipalities, schools, organization, horticultural societies, garden clubs and the like…(for the full article:, and to see a list of winners:


Peggy is an active member of the Silver Springs Edible Garden group and thought this would be a terrific opportunity for us to participate in celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary, so invited us to her home to discuss the idea. In the course of a two hour meeting we talked about how we could participate, divided up the jobs, and volunteered Peggy to write the submission.

Here is the result of her submission:

Tulips Galore for Silver Springs!

Silver Springs is going to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017 in style!

Silver Springs is one of the lucky winners of a “150th Celebration Garden” being distributed across Canada.  The Silver Springs Community Association, the Botanical Gardens and the Edible Garden went together on an application and we were one of 150 proposals selected. We feel very fortunate as we understand the Canadian Garden Council, the organization behind the 150th Celebration Garden Program, received more than 400 applications.

The garden, consisting of 500 red and 500 white tulip bulbs, were generously donated by Vesey’s Bulbs of PEI.  Tulips are the international symbol of friendship and so are a terrific and beautiful, way of saying Happy Birthday to Canada! Our garden, and the other 149 gardens planted across the country, will be symbolically linked to a Flagship 150th Celebration Garden Promenade, consisting of 25,000 tulips, also donated by Vesey’s, to be planted this fall and bloom next spring next to Niagara Falls, one of the largest gateways for visitors to our country.

Our garden will also be featured on Canada’s Garden Route,

Everyone, from seniors to school children and the public, is invited to help with the spring celebration ceremony as our community makes preparations to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday next year. Please join us to celebrate! Watch for further details in this newsletter and throughout Silver Springs.

For more information on the spring ceremony, to help out, or to learn more if you are media, please contact: Peggy LeSueur – or Kay Wilford –

Thank you to all those that made this heartwarming program possible: Canadian Garden Council, Vesey’s Bulbs, Canada Post, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Niagara Parks Commission, GardenMaking magazine, Landscape Ontario, Ontario Garden Council, Baxter Travel Media, Enterprise Canada, Gardens BC, Quebec Gardens’ Association and Via Rail Canada.

Speaker Series

Imagine being able to harvest spinach, kale and other edible plants in Calgary during cold, winter months. Sounds impossible? Grahame Waugh would challenge that.

He presented an informative talk about season extension through such strategies as using row covers, choosing the right location, and planting at the right time. Plants don’t grow during the winter months when there is limited sunlight and the temperature drops, however, hardy plants that are sowed later in the growing season, and protected, can continue to be harvested throughout the winter months.

The session that had been planned for September was “Canning, Freezing, Drying and Preserving”. Unfortunately, at the last minute, a problem with the presenter necessitated a change. It was fortunate that we were able to have Grahame step forward to speak on short notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Upcoming Topics

The topic for October is “Solar Energy and Zero Net Houses” and for November it is “Water Harvest Systems.” Both of these sessions will be hosted by Parkdale Community Garden. The December presentation will be “Christmas Centre Pieces” and will be hosted by Silver Springs. Janet Melrose of the Calgary Horticulture Society will guide participants as they create a unique holiday centre piece. There will be an additional cost for materials.

Cost for these sessions is $15 plus GST. Everyone is welcome. The Speaker series is jointly presented by Silver Springs Edible Garden, The Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs and Parkdale Community Garden. Check our website for more information




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