Claresholm Garden Club is having a garden tour of seven gardens on Saturday, July 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by a tea at the Anglican Church Hall. Tickets $10 are available at the Claresholm Home Hardware. For more information call Rosemary at 403-625-5226. All the lovely plantings along the main street, at the Museum and the large planters at the traffic light intersection are maintained by the Garden Club. It would be nice to support them and to see what they have created in their own gardens.
Coaldale Communities in Bloom garden tour
Meet at the town clock – turn right off highway at 17 Street one block.
Maps and directions will be available 2 – 2:15
The tour covers four houses and the Community gardens
Cake, strawberries and ice cream will be served at the Sunny South Manor Courtyard.
Open Garden Thursday, June 30
Home of John and Jerri Bolton: 7 to 9 p.m., 803-11 St South
My wife Jerri and I have lived here since 1971 (45 years, a realtor’s nightmare!), so the yard/garden has gone through a whole raft of phases and changes. In 2009 we did a major renovation to the house, so the yard bore the brunt of that, and had to be resurrected. We had a professional service (Kirsten Hironaka at Earthlings) come up with a design for the front yard, which we tried to stick to, although we have made a few changes.
The back yard is our own work, and much more eclectic, with a focus on trying to weave the environment into areas for outdoor entertaining—we do a lot of that in the summer. There are four separate patio areas, each allowing sun/shade at different time of the day. As we are located in London Road, we have the advantage of lots of trees, although it means much of what we have planted has to be shade tolerant and limits somewhat what we can grow.
Open Garden Wednesday, June 22
Home of Nancy and Byron Lee: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Welcome to the Lee Family garden – established in 1994 with the planting of three six foot spruce trees in the back southwest corner. This large pie-shaped lot houses an informal multipurpose garden that provides shelter for many rescued plants. It includes raised vegetables beds, several perennial beds and planters filled with annuals to relieve late season doldrums. Our backyard has seen everything from impromptu volleyball and soccer games to grad parties without losing a plant.
Currently we have pineapple lily and a few different clematis in full bloom. We appreciate vibrant colour in our garden and are currently shifting plants to provide a continuous complimentary show of colour through the spring and summer and into the fall. This year we purchased a Japanese aralia, an Aphrodite bush and an abelia as experiments which hopefully will thrive in our area.
We are located at 24 Cougar Pl in Uplands, directions are:
North on Stafford to North Scenic Drive, head towards Pavan Park; Turn right onto Uplands Blvd,; left on Cougar Rd (first left); left on Cougar Pl (second left)
Iceland and Great Britain garden tours scheduled
Coaldale Garden tour
Gardeners can’t resist seeing others’ gardens, and photographing the infinite ways to display plants. These photos, of the recent Coaldale garden tour, were shot by Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society member Judy Matlock.
Other gardens in the tour were at the homes of Don and Georgina Warner, Duncan and Doreen Lloyd and Arie and Margaret VanSeters.
Calgary Tour 2014
A group of 12 carpooled to see the Calgary Public gardens and we even made a detour on the way back to Black Diamond to visit Vale’s Greenhouse. There were a lot on interesting plants, some I was unfamiliar with. So it was a bonus to be with other more experienced gardeners and share their knowledge. We all learned something and many of us came back with new plants for our gardens…
A Lethbridge backyard garden
From top left: Fairy garden in a bird bath; Hepatica, the season’s first bloom; Lupin; Monarch on a Blazing Star; pond lily; prickly pear; rose.