Cherry wine from the back yard

February 20, 2016 By Richard Burke I’m constantly amazed at what can come from a garden. Here, in the middle of February, the day after we sat in our little corner of the world (a protected patio which has its own micro climate) warmed by solar heat, I’m stirring the brew in my basement. It started…

Amazing plant variety at Reader Garden

By Judy Matlock During my last trip to Calgary, I stopped again at the Reader Rock Garden, which I hadn’t seen since very early Spring.  This hidden gem was bigger than I’d realized.  I never actually knew it was there until some other members of the Horticultural Society took me there in April, when only…

A passion for purple

By Richard Burke Purple is supposed to suggest royalty, or a sense of mystery connected with the supernatural, but is relatively rare in nature. It can also symbolize magic, spirituality and creativity, according to colour matters.com. Or, it’s just a pretty colour. The colour of the flowers is just one way of choosing perennials (or…

Mellow Yellow

Richard Burke One of the constants in a garden is the changing colours, if you plan it that way. The dominant colour in our backyard these days is yellow, but splashes of purple, red, orange,white, pink, and, of course, green offer contrast and complement. The peace rose is one of my favourites. It was developed…

Penny Dodd Non-gardeners may look at us in wonder, but we know an opportunity to see a big garden show is worth an early start. And that is what four of us did last Saturday morning—we headed out in the Lethbridge wind to attend the Calgary Horticultural Society garden show. This two-day event, held at…

The Seeding season

By Richard Burke March and November around here are usually transitional months  – they prepare us for the seasons that follow. The difference for a gardener is that November signals the start of several months of plant dormancy, while March is fully of hope and anticipation of the growth part of the plant cycle. I’ve…