Canada’s Garden Days – June 17-19, 2016.

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 JOIN THE CANADIAN GARDEN CELEBRATION

June 17 to 19, 2016

 

Toronto, ON . . . May 16, 2016 . . .   Garden Days is Canada’s fun-filled coast to coast to coast, three-day celebration of our National Garden Day which is held annually on the Friday before Father’s Day.  This year’s dates are June 17, 18 & 19.

The Garden Days program of activities and events is an opportunity for all Canadians to get outside to enjoy their own garden, visit or take part in their favourite garden experience, get inspired at their local garden centre or travel to a nearby destination to enjoy their favourite public garden.

Let’s get dirty, Canada!

Frankie Flowers, national Garden Days spokesperson, says, “From growing your own food to cutting a fresh flower bouquet to improving a private or community space –  gardening is the best way to be active and studies prove it makes you feel better too.  So, let’s get dirty, Canada!  While the physical activity of gardening makes for better living, the mere presence of gardens enhances Canadian lives everywhere.  Our public and private gardens are among the country’s great assets and now, finally, they are being celebrated in a meaningful and purposeful way during Garden Days.”

Register your activities, at no cost, and join the celebration

All Canadian gardens, garden and horticultural organizations and garden-related businesses (eg. garden centres) are invited to organize activities or events to celebrate public gardens and home gardening and register them, at no cost, on the Garden Days website.  It’s as simple as visitingwww.gardendays.ca and clicking on the ‘Register Your Activity’ button.

Canada’s Celebration of Gardens June 17 to 19, 2016 Garden Days is Canada’s coast to coast to coast, three-day celebration of our National Garden Day which is held …

Find a Garden Days activity and enter the Contest

To find Garden Days activities near you, visit www.gardendays.ca and click on the ‘Activities’ button, or search by city on this easy to navigate site.

While on the site, be sure to enter the Garden Days contest for a chance to win terrific prizes thanks to sponsors: VIA Rail Canada, Scotts Canada Ltd., Garant and Garden Decor .

Above all, have some great outdoor fun and celebrate the role of gardens and gardening in our communities and our lives.

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Garden Days is organized by the Canadian Garden Council with the support of Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Landscape Ontario, Communities in Bloom, Québec Gardens Association, Gardens BC, Ontario Garden Tourism Coalition and the Ontario Horticultural Association.

The program’s objective is to draw attention to Canada’s garden culture, history and innovations and to underscore the importance of public and private gardens, the values of home gardening and the promotion of environmental stewardship.

Follow Garden Days on Twitter @CanadasGardens and join in the conversation at #GardenDaysCanada.

Like Garden Days on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CanadianGardenCouncil and post your photos on Instagram @canadiangardencouncil

I am planning a visit to one or two public gardens here in Calgary on Friday, June 17 – I’ll be sure to post photos!  

 

Profiles of Calgary Community Gardens: Rain Garden at Winston Heights.

I’ve been planning for a couple of years now to do an ongoing series of posts featuring community gardens in the city of Calgary…my idea is that even if you don’t live in southern Alberta or grow your veggies and flowers in a community garden or allotment, there might be some ideas you can take away from seeing how the garden members have designed and utilized these spaces.

My first post is actually about a municipal initiative that promotes the construction of rain gardens throughout the city of Calgary.  This particular rain garden may be found adjacent to the Winston Heights/Mountview community garden (a fantastic garden I will write about later).  The garden members are responsible for the maintenance of the plants growing in the rain garden.

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Photos taken September 2014

According to the City’s website, these rain gardens have been designed with purpose:  they help keep pollutants and sediments from stormwater drainage from entering the river (our drinking supply).  They also restrict localized flooding and help promote drainage. They’re planted with low maintenance, wildlife- and insect-friendly plants and are otherwise pretty much left to perform a necessary job.

Are there any rain gardens in your area, or have you implemented principles from rain garden design in your own garden? 

Shooting star.

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Shooting star…I call it “superstar!” Dodecatheon conjugens, one of my very favourite blooms in our community garden’s new native plant garden.

Which plants are the stars of your garden right now?

Redleaf rose.

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While walking home from minding my plot at the community garden a couple of days ago, I came across this redleaf rose (Rosa rubrifolia, syn. R. glauca) growing in a nearby schoolyard. It reminded me of when we used to bring roses into the garden centre – we’d always order a few redleaf roses alongside all of the showier Mordens and Explorers and rugosas, but the customers were never thrilled about the “wild”-looking redleaf rose flowers. I tried to sell everyone on the foliage instead, but few people bit. I love them BECAUSE they look a little like our wild roses (Rosa acicularis and R. woodsii – see photos here).  If I owned a house and had the room to actually plant full size (read: large and slightly rambling) roses, a redleaf or two would definitely have a place.

What do you think of redleaf roses? Are you a fan, or are they not really your cup of tea?

Have a super-enjoyable weekend!  What are your plans – gardening or otherwise?  I’ve already done a pile of weeding this morning, but there’s still a frightening amount yet to tackle, and more rain in the forecast….