Meetings, events, activities

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 6:30 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:

May 27, 2024

6:30 p.m.—8:00 pm. Main Branch, Lethbridge Library, Theatre Gallery
Our previously booked speaker, Dr. Evans is unable to make it due to illness, so we are
substituting the following speakers for smaller info sessions:
Mike Stefancik – Growing fruit in pots
Jeff Gardiner – Worm castings
Blair Richter – Update on City watering restrictions
Johanne Reid – Native plants in the garden
Paul Stevenson – Growing garden lettuce – romaine and leaf

April 22, 2024, 6:30—8:00 p.m.

Ross H. McKenzie, PhD, P. Ag

How to Maximize Growth in Your Garden by Mpromoting healthy and Nutritious Soil.

Dr. McKenzie is a former agronomy research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and an
acknowledged expert on southern Alberta soils. He will also address what soils are like in a low water environment.

March 25th, 2024 6:30—8 p.m.

Theatre Gallery Lethbridge Library Main Branch

Garden Insects – The Good and the Bad Insects

Dr. Dan Johnson
Dr. Johnson will be giving us information about beneficial insects that are good to have in the garden and how to promote them, as well as how to deal with the destructive ones that we don’t want.
DR. DAN JOHNSON is currently Professor of Environmental Science
at the University of Lethbridge, with research in biogeography, environ-
mentally sustainable agriculture, entomology, biodiversity, rational pest
management, biological control, ecology, insect movement, biometeorolo-
gy, alternatives to chemical pesticides, insects as vectors of plant diseas-
es, methods of forecasting, wildlife ecology, environmental safety, and
analysis and modeling of environmental and experimental data.

Also, House Plant Exchange: Are you tired of a certain houseplant or have divided it
and need to get rid of the extra one? Bring your plant to our March presentation for our
House Plant Exchange and give it away to someone else. Hopefully, there will be enough
from other people that you can take a brand new one home.

JANUARY 22, 2024

6:30 – 8 p.m.: Panel on practical information for dealing with potential for drought this year and beyond.

Oldman River below the dam, late November, 2023

Since we may be facing an extreme drought this summer, we hope you will join us for this session on what we can do to help get our gardens through it.
RICK ROSS: Water Licensing Issues
RICHARD BURKE: Practical Ways to Use Less Water
MAUREEN SEXSMITH-WEST: Helping Trees and Shrubs Through a Drought KAREN BARBY: Drought tolerant plants, shrubs & trees
We do know the City is working on a plan in case of drought and water restrictions, however, we don’t have access to that information as yet.

As well Monday, Jan. 22, 2024: Garden books and magazines exchange

If you have any used gardening books or magazines that you want to get rid of, please bring them to the meeting and we can exchange them with other members. Hopefully, someone will take yours home and you may find a new one to take home.

October 24, 2022

Tree problem and solutions

Maureen Sexsmith-West, Ladybug Arborist, will speak on suffering trees and shrubs and how to deal with them.

During the past year, many of our trees, shrubs and cedars seem to have suffered serious damage. Maureen will share her knowledge to explain to us why and what we can do to help them stay healthy this winter. She will also talk about the Heritage Tree Program.

Sept. 26/2022

6:30—8:30 p.m.
Paul Stevenson and R
ichard Burke: Overwintering plants
Paul and Richard will share their knowledge of how to overwinter some of the most commonly used plants from our gardens. Presentation will be held in the Lethbridge Public Library, Main Branch, Theatre Gallery

Memberships for the 2022/2023 season will be available for purchase.
Cash or cheque only at the meeting, please.

4 thoughts 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 Thanks!

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  3. I’m interested in finding out information on orchids. Fi you have Somone I can connect with?

    Thank you!

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