Meetings are generally held the fourth Monday of the month, September to November and January to June at the Lethbridge Public Library, 810-5 Avenue South in the Theatre Gallery. Meetings and Speaker begin at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend – no membership required. We’re planning to allot about 10 minutes at the start of each meeting for questions and discussion about gardening concerns and success.
To donate to the Hort Society’s new project, Legacy Ornamental Gardens: https://wp.me/P8hYxd-2T
Regular monthly meeting 7 p.m., Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery
April 23, 2018
Lorne Fitch, Sawdust, Stumps and Sediment: A legacy of logging in the headwaters
Our ability to extract wealth from our forests, especially along the Eastern Slopes, moves faster than our understanding of the vital connections within them, and certainly our ability and will to effectively restore watershed function after logging.
Connecting the dots between logging and other forest values is what we should do; the problem is many cannot and will not see the dots, let alone connect them in any meaningful sense. We do not sustain the forest, the forest sustains us. And, a forest is more than trees: it is a watershed.
Fish, native fish, are the gold seal of water quality and are a metric of the health of watersheds. So it follows, as the watershed goes, so do the fish; if the fish are going, something must be wrong with our forest management. A perspective on fish, native fish, might help answer the question: what’s all the fuss about land uses, especially logging?
Lorne Fitch is a Professional Biologist, a retired Fish and Wildlife Biologist, and an Adjunct Professor with the University of Calgary. His yard in Lethbridge reflects his enduring interest in conservation and has been part of the Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society garden tours.
OPEN GARDENS: We are looking for people who would like to show off their garden this year, even if they aren’t a member. If you or someone you know would be willing to host an open garden (for members only), in the evening or on a weekend (whichever would be more convenient) please contact one of the board members.
May 3 – 4, 2018 Live Well Showcase at LSCO, 500 – 11 Street S. We will be setting up a booth there to promote both our Society and the Legacy Garden project.
May 22 and 25 Hospital Beautification Project: Tuesday morning, May 22: removal of tulips and preparing the beds for new plantings. Planting day is Friday morning, May 25th – lunch provided by the hospital.
If you can volunteer to help with either one, please call Judy Matlock at 403-329-3920 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 26, 2018 Plant Sale: Lethbridge Library Main Branch Lower Courtyard. 9 – noon
If you have donations of plants for us to sell, please drop them off by 8:30. We also need volunteers to help. If the cold weather continues, this date may have to be moved to one week later.
May 28, 2018 Meeting: Rob Staniland, Calgary Rock and Alpine Garden Society – Building a Rock Garden
The Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge sponsored a beautification project for its grounds last spring. The Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society volunteered to plant and maintain one of the raised beds. To view the results of our effort, go to the main south doors (the visitors’ entrance) on 19 St and 10 Ave S. Our bed is one of the big raised beds on the west edge of the driveway. Thank you to Hort Society members Marion, Cathy and Penny. And to some of the young people who work in the hospital, too. To see what other volunteer groups accomplished, walk around and enjoy all the beds including the ones on the west side of the building.
A thank you from High River
I’m one of the fortunate gardeners who received plants from you in early May when the society, and your friends, so kindly came to High River.
I have no way of knowing who contributed the glorious Irish russet and tall yellow iris I brought home, so I thought I’d send some photos and a thank you to the whole society for you to pass along for me. You did so much to cheer us up and give us hope.
Best, Melanie Collison
Plant sale a success
The society’s annual plant sale Saturday, May 24 at the Lethbridge Public Library brought $1,144.50 which will go toward various projects around the city.
“It was a good sale,” said society President B.J. Gunn. “The weather was certainly better than it usually is,” she said.
“We had some really good donations, this year, especially considering people had already donated 1,000 plants to send to High River earlier in May.”
Projects the society is involved in include the Native Plant Garden at the Galt Museum, helping plan for plants the west-side Lethbridge Public Library branch foyer, and planting the south loop garden at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital.
Join the Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society on March 27 at 7 p.m. for a presentation by Jerry Hilgersom of Hilgersom Paving Stone and Landscaping.
Jerry’s talk will be about the essentials of creating a good landscape design to fit your lifestyle. It will include what to consider when starting a landscape design, the design process, pros and cons of some commonly used landscape materials, tip and tricks he’s used over 15+ years.
Lethbridge gardeners send 1,000 plants to High River
By Richard Burke
What would be better on a cold, snowy-rainy day, the first Saturday of May in Lethbridge, than gathering about 1,000 plants from local gardeners in the City Hall parking lot? Delivering the plants to still-stricken High River residents who lost their gardens with much else in last June’s flooding.
The Lethbridge and District Horticulture Society responded in April to a request from High River to organize a Lethbridge to High River Plant Share to help in re-greening the city of close to 13,000 residents. Some 500 homeowners are in need of plants to get started in rejuvenating their yards, the society was told.
“Our need is great,” said High River organizer Laura Brankovich. “So many homes in the community were affected. We need the support of a larger number of gardeners from an area not affected by the floods.”
Nine Horticultural Society volunteers collected plants donated between 10 a.m. and noon and loaded them onto three trucks, a van and a sided flat-bed trailer. The plants were delivered about 1:30 p.m to a quonset-type structure in High River, where they were unloaded and sorted according to sun or shade plant needs by another seven volunteers from High River assisting five from Lethbridge.
Residents who need the plants were scheduled to start picking them up at 3 p.m. Based on five plants allotted for each adult, about 200 residents took plants home, said Laura Brankovich. The plants were all distributed by 5 p.m., ready to be planted in their new gardens – when the weather co-operates.
“The way they responded was truly inspiring. The number and variety of plants was really exciting to see as we were unloading the vehicles and that huge trailer,” Laura said.
“It was an exuberant day, right from when the plants arrived and we were setting up, until the end. It was great seeing people walking out, so happy with what they were taking home, and so appreciative of your efforts.”
About 50 Lethbridge gardeners donated plants ranging from anenome to achillea (yarrow) and almost every perennial in between. Included were a full-sized alpine currant bush, a couple of roses, small spruce trees, a few fern-leaf (and other) peonies and lilies (one even bought about a dozen asiatic lilies to give because her garden wasn’t quite ready to work in.)
Lethbridge organizer and volunteer Yvonne Bruinsma, said, “The best part of the day was the sincere appreciation expressed by the High River volunteers. That made all the effort worth it for me.”
Added Penny Dodd, another Lethbridge volunteer, “It was a wonderful day.”
Horticultural society President B.J. Boutlon-Gunn, said, “Considering the weather and this being our first such project, I was pleased with the results.”
Other Lethbridge volunteers were Kim Gunn, Frank Jankunis, Roger and Elnora Durupt, Marlene Holst-Burke and Richard Burke.