Legacy Gardens

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Plants for the Legacy Garden

Ken Richards

Planning for the Legacy Regional Park continues with the Lethbridge Horticultural Society being responsible for planting and maintenance of plants (perennials and annuals) to be placed into the northwest corner of the Park. We anticipate full access to the Ornamental Garden area sometime this coming spring (exact date not yet known). The walking trails, eight garden areas (beds), the raised hill for a water feature and a number of trees and shrubs are already in place.

The beds vary in size from 53m2 up to 744 m2, so we have lots of room for a diversity of plants to grow. And there is no expectation the Society needs to fill all the beds this coming spring with the planting to take place over the next two to three or more years.

Part of the exciting discussion is what to plant into each of the eight beds so that the floral mixtures are appealing, distinct and educational. Some suggestions already exist include planting alpine or sub-alpine plants (including ferns, mosses or sedums) around the water feature, a diversity of grass species common to Western Canada, fragrant flowers, an edible/herb mixture, local heritage or immigrant plants, plants appealing to children or pollinator friendly plants. Nothing is committed as yet, but active planning is taking place.

We are seeking Society members input for suggestions. We would especially like to hear what you might suggest for planting into beds, seeds you might have available which could be grown for transplanting into the beds, and what perennials you might donate to the Garden areas. First, we would like to learn what is available from Society members and then plan the various beds with appropriate care and not in a haphazard manner. The Society has also set aside some funds for purchase of selected plants.

Please contact Penny Dodd (p.dodd@telus.net; 403 380 3809), Judy Matlock (jamatlock52@gmail.com; 403 329 3920) or Ken Richards (richardsken@hotmail.com; 403 394 4123) with your suggestions.

Volunteer Coordinator for Legacy Garden

The Executive of the Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator for the Legacy Garden. The duties would include compiling and keeping a list of volunteers who may assist with planting and maintenance activities associated with the Legacy Ornamental Garden and to inform volunteers when their services would be required. Please contact President, Penny Dodd (p.dodd@telus.net; 403 380 3809) or Secretary, Judy Matlock (jamatlock52@gmail.com; 403 329 3920), if you are interested.

The garden foundation completed in the Fall 2017 follows the design based on Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society principles.

Community Foundation Grant Approved

By Penny Dodd

December 2017

The Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society has great news about Legacy Ornamental Garden in the new Legacy Regional Park at 13th Street and 40th Avenue N.  We applied for a $12,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, and we have been awarded the full amount.  The water feature in the ornamental garden is closer to becoming a reality.  What a great Christmas present to us.

Our Legacy Park committee is inspired by this gift, and is hard at work finding ways to promote the park and to raise needed funds.  The items in the attached file make up part of a folder being given to prospective donors to the garden.

The Hort Society board wants all our members to stay informed about developments on Legacy Park, and to encourage everyone to contribute to this legacy project.  Throughout the winter, there will be opportunity to help at some of the public events being planned.  In the spring, we will canvas you for specific perennials and annuals for some of the flowerbeds.

Another way you can help is with a financial contribution.  If you would like to make a monetary donation toward the garden, anything over $20 qualifies for a 2017 tax receipt if it is received before the end of the year.  If you miss 2017, you can always donate in a future year and get a tax receipt. Any amount is gratefully accepted.  You can donate online, by clicking the Donate Now button at the top of this page. If you prefer, cheques (made out to Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society) can be sent to PO Box 11, Lethbridge, T1J 3Y3.

We are excited with all these developments, and hope you share our enthusiasm.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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