Meetings, events, activities

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.

Regular monthly meeting 7 p.m., Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery

Sept 25
Dr. Nick Savidov: Senior Research Scientist Aquaponic Program Centre for Applied Research and Innovation
Lethbridge College Integrated Food Production. Systems such as aquaponics form a new emerging industry, with potential to address the challenges faced by agriculture in Alberta, such as environmental pollution, nutrient waste and dwindling water resources.
In aquaponics, fish waste is converted by bacteria into water-soluble nutrients, which can be utilized by plants thus regenerating water quality. Aquaponics enables the creation of an ecosystem with beneficial bacteria populating the rhizosphere, which help plants to absorb nutrients. Aquaponics provides an opportunity for horticulture in Southern Alberta to grow vegetables without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
Oct. 23
Dr. John Bain from The University of Lethbridge will speak about the modern herbarium: how an ancient tool has aged gracefully and remains relevant.
Herbaria are collections of dried, pressed plants.  They have existed in one form or another since the 15th century.  In all forms, they have functioned as a repository for detailed plant information, but how this information has been used has changed over time.
Although herbaria originated as tools for medical doctors, they are now functioning as the foundation for enormous databases filled with biodiversity information, both historical and contemporary.
Dr. Bain will discuss the history of the U. of L. herbarium and herbaria in general along with some of the roles they have played in horticulture over the years.
Nov 27
Please join the Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society for a presentation by Sharon Ulrich from
“Flowers on 9th.” Ms. Ulrich will demonstrate how to create a seasonal arrangement.

 

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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 hosp2results 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.

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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

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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.

March 27

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

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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.

As one said, “Since the flood, we’ve met an incredible number of really terrific, helpful people. Events like this really renew my faith in humanity.”plantshare1

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.”
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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.

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One thought on “Meetings, events, activities

  1. Hi Richard,

    I notice that the link to the Galt Museum Native Prairie Plants Garden and seed sales doesn’t work on the Hort Society website. That’s because the Galt Museum has a new website and our content has been rearranged! Causing lots of confusion! The new location for the Native Prairie Plants Garden (with admittedly outdated material which will be fixed shortly) is http://galtmuseum.com/museum-grounds. Thanks!

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