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.

To donate to the Hort Society’s new project, Legacy Ornamental Gardens:

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

Monday, October 22, 2018: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 6:30 – 7 p.m.

We will be calling for any new members for the Board of Directors, electing the President and Board members who let their names stand and reviewing last year’s minutes and financial statement. We will also be presenting the new logo for your approval. Please attend if at all possible.

Monday, October 22, 2018 7 p.m.

Gardens of Paris in the Spring – Judy Matlock

Albert Kahn’s Garden of the World: This garden brings together distinct traditions (French, English and Japanese), as if to illustrate the utopia of a world reconciled, where different realities can coexist in perfect harmony.
Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny was where he did most of his French impressionist style paintings, using views of the garden around him at different times of the day. Parc de Bagatelle: Created in 1775, the park and its chateau were built in 64 days after a wager between Queen Marie-Antoinette and her brother in-law, the Count of Artois. As well as giant trees and varied plant life, little bridges, rocks, caves, expanses of water and artificial waterfalls add to the charm and romantic aspect of the park.

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Winter Garden – Lyndon Penner
Lyndon Penner is a landscape designer, gardener and best selling author. He is also a botanical interpretive guide at Waterton Lakes National Park and often teaches and lectures in colleges and universities in western Canada. Lyndon will talk about how to add winter interest in the garden.

November 26, 2018 is our last meeting for this year and will also be our Christmas Get Together with lots of treats.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Two speakers will be featured this evening.
Tim Peel-Wickstrom
Tim is a blacksmith who is passionate about organic gardening, food forestry and sustainability. These interests inspired him to create a line of unique gardening tools that are based on tried-and-true designs built to last generations. He supplements this work with artistic and functional ironwork for use in and around the home. He also demonstrates 19th Century blacksmithing techniques at Fort Whoop-Up. His work is available online at

Tim will demonstrate the uses of the gardening tools he creates: the broadfork, hori hori, Japanese rice knife, Russian hoe and trowel. The demonstration will include how to care for carbon steel tools and keeping them sharp. He will explain how all of these tools come into play throughout the gardening season and how they can be used for specific techniques such as no-till gardening.

Dan Rollingson: Earthly Matters
Dan operates Earthy Matters, which markets worms, worm castings and custom soil blends. He understands vermicomposting, and believes it has an important place in repairing and maintaining healthy soil. He will explain its merits and give us instructions on how to achieve the best results.

Renew/purchase memberships

Our Membership year starts in September and ends at the end of August. The cost is $20 per person or $25
for a couple. If you do purchase a membership, you will be eligible to obtain discounts from various garden
and landscape centres. Our memberships are available for purchase at every meeting, but do expire at the
end of August. Guests are still always welcome at no charge to listen to our speakers. Your support is always

During the year for members only, we have a garden book exchange, seed exchange, house plant swap and in
the spring, a perennial swap and plant sale. In the summer we arrange some day trips for our members to
various gardening events if they are out of town and/or gardens in the area, as well as visits to our own open
gardens. We also have a welcome back BBQ and Pot Luck, which is also included.

Monday, October 22, 2018

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. We will be calling for some new members for the Board of Directors, electing the members who let their names stand and reviewing last year’s financial statement. We will also be presenting the new logo for your approval. Please attend if at all possible.

Hospital Beautification 2016hosp1

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.

1 russet at sunset

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.

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


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.”
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.




2 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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