Legacy Gardens

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February 18, 2020

Legacy Garden plans for 2020

 Most of the deer fencing has been completed around the Rose Garden and we hope to plant some vines and small flower beds beside it this year, to soften the effect.

 If anyone has an interest in dedicating a rose to a loved one, you can go to Canada Helps (Donate Now) above and for a donation of $200, have your rose marked with their name. We also include the name of the rose on the tag.
 Come and visit our Rose Garden (inside the deer fence) and see how many different roses we have planted. We hope to eventually add some benches for people to sit and relax on.

   Please consider donating some of your plant divisions to the Legacy Garden this year. We are especially looking for alpine and rock garden plants, some native plants and sedum.

 If anyone would be willing to start some annuals for us, please let one of us (Legacy Committee) know and we can get you the seeds.

 If you would like to volunteer to help with the planting and your name isn’t already on our list, please call someone on the Legacy Planning Committee (see below) and we will send out emails when planting sessions are planned.A year end report to the City Parks Department outlining our contributions, including money spent and volunteer hours involved, will be used to show the Lethbridge City Council our involvement for the past year on this project.

    Plans for the upcoming year include the building of a rock garden, the cost of which was donated by Elizabeth and Len Hale, which we hope will be planted with the help of plant donations from our members, as well as some which will be have to be purchased.

Legacy rose garden

The deer fencing around the memorial rose bed, which will be paid for with a grant we received from the Community Foundation of Southwestern Alberta, is scheduled to be erected as soon as weather allows. Plans are to soften the ef- fect of this fencing with vines and flowers around some of the edges, as well as making the inside a welcoming place to come into and wander around, or just sit and relax, while enjoying the roses.

The round bed will be planted up in the spring with a mixture of perennials and annuals. We also plan to plant some trees and vines behind and around the pergolas, as well as continue our planting on the areas already started.

As you can see, we have a lot to accomplish and need as much help as possible from volunteers and with donations of certain types of plants. If you can help by putting in a few hours of volunteer labour, have some plants to donate that suit the specific beds, or would like to join our committee, please call someone from the Legacy committee (see below). Our thanks to those who have already volunteered their time to this project, and also for the plants donated

Legacy Ornamental Garden Planting

We are finally putting plants in the ground at Legacy Ornamental Garden.  Our history will record May 14, 2019 as the day the first perennials went in the west bed (that we are calling the legacy bed because it will be filled with old fashioned heritage type perennials.)

The large round bed is also now planted.  The annuals used this year were grown by some our members and donated by Green Haven.  Thanks to a few dedicated volunteers, this first planting is now complete.  Some calm and sunny days are now on order.

Our water feature has been installed! With our main attraction up and running, we have now begun our planting. Planting days are planned before the Garden’s grand opening Aug. 6 and beyond.

if you want to add your name to the volunteer list, please call Judy Matlock at 403-329-3920 or Penny Dodd at 403-308-1217. They will notify you when work days are planned. Wouldn’t it feel good to be able to say you played a part in the development of this brand new garden? 

Plant donations are still welcome. If you have divided some plants and don’t want to throw them away, we will come and get them. We are hoping to plant mostly deer resistant and easy to maintain plants. 

Phone Penny Dodd 403-308-1217 or Judy Matlock 403-329-3920. 

Our Memorial Rose bed will be started next, with thanks to those people that have already donated $200 for roses in memory of a loved one. If you want your donation to go for a memorial rose, please let Cathy Littler (403-359-3093) or Paul Stevenson (403-327-4103) know the details. 

October 20, 2018

First planting in Legacy Garden

 Judy Matlock plants an ornamental kale she has been waiting all summer to get into the bed at Legacy Garden. Judy has been weeding in the circular bed in the centre of the Garden, a project of the Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society, in partnership wit the City of Lethbridge. Friday, Paul Stevenson, shown with Judy in the left photo, and Richard Burke pitched in to weed some more, add a bit of compost and get the first plants into the ground – the kale, which will show for as long as the weather allows, and some tulips, which you can watch for next spring. We’ll add more soon.

The project has been delayed by completion of the overall Legacy Park and the weather. A water feature scheduled for installation in late September/early October but postponed by snow,  awaits Spring 2019’s arrival. Over the winter, the committee shepherding the project will plan for considerably more planting in 2019, including an alpine rock garden around the water feature, and planting boxes and information boards in the pergola area.

Thanks to all who voted in the Aviva Community Fund for a grant that would help advance the project. We will know in November if we’ve been successful in our application for the $10,000 grant.

Oct. 3, 2018

Deadline tomorrow for Legacy Garden Pergola project voting

Pergolas at left frame the south side of the Garden

One day is left to vote for a Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society project at the Legacy Gardens. Since Sept. 25, the project to develop the pergolas in the new ornamental gardens has attracted 31 supporters who have helped us accumulate 310 votes. If we receive enough votes, we could be awarded a $10,000 community fund grant to have built and install information boards detailing plants used in the garden and other material relating to Southern Alberta plants. Also planned around the pergolas are trees on the south and flower boxes.

Voting concludes at 3 p.m our time tomorrow, Oct. 4. Your votes would be appreciated. It’s an easy way to support development of the garden. You need only register at https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/voting/campaign/getinvolved. The registration does ask for your gender, birthday and email address, but it seems innocuous given the potential for the Legacy Gardens project. You can also register through your Facebook account, at the same Aviva link.

We’re hoping you support the garden and this fund-raising effort, which would help us advance the garden from planning to completing a key part of the area. Once you’ve registered, you can find our page by putting Legacy Garden Pergola or Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society in the space titled “Search idea titles and organizations” You can use 10 votes. The project is in competition with 474 other projects from across Canada, so voting is important.

The Garden is a project of the Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society, which has contributed $25,000 toward the project as a partner with the City of Lethbridge. The Society has hired Caliber Landscaping to install a water feature, using some of the funds from the society contribution and donations from the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, George and Mary Varzari memorial donation and First Choice Savings and Credit Union.

Legacy Garden Update Sept. 22, 2018

Legacy Garden Committee of Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society approved as part of Aviva community projects funding for 2019

Following is the Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society submission, which was approved to start the voting process Sept. 20, 2018 (https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/voting/project/view/18-458):

The Legacy Garden Committee of Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society, and the Society’s Board of Directors, has committed to development of a two-acre ornamental garden as part of the new 73-acre Lethbridge Legacy Regional Park. The Society brought the ornamental garden proposal to the City of Lethbridge and is a partner with the city on the project.
The idea for the Aviva Community Fund is to develop three pergolas, which were constructed as part of the initial garden development, and are intended to be a centre-piece of the new garden. We plan to mount large information boards on the pergolas. The boards will provide a detailed map of the garden and an index of the plants and their locations as part of our garden educational component. One board will list the “Friends of the Park” including Aviva as a contributor to the garden.
The educational program will allow school groups, gardeners and others to learn about the plants that will thrive in our area. The Friends part will encourage community residents and organizations to contribute and become part of the effort to establish the garden as a focal point in the community.
The second part of our idea is to procure and place an number of plant boxes, shrubs and trees to make the Pergola area a green and colourful space. Since our Society is composed entirely of volunteers, we will be calling on many others to help with planting and maintenance.
We plan to create a free-access, tranquil area, open to all citizens for their enjoyment and edification and to foster positive mental health.
If we receive the funds, the information boards and plant boxes would be procured during the winter of 2018-2019 and be placed in the garden during the spring/summer of 2019.
The garden could potentially impact all citizens of Lethbridge, with a population of 100,000, and the surrounding district who might visit the garden and participate in its development. Directly, we anticipate 50-100 volunteers. We also hope to involve 100-200 people and businesses as donors to the garden. We already have a number of businesses, community groups and individuals who have become Friends of the Garden.

Aviva funding competition information (from the Aviva Community Fund invitation to participate)
The positive change we are helping create must benefit a community at its core. This supports our theme to strengthen and make communities better, by coming together. We’re looking for ideas that improve community spirit, promote sustainability, provide a social opportunity, and reduce social isolation to benefit people of all ages and backgrounds. For example:
• a community garden, because it provides an inclusive meeting place for people to learn and share knowledge
• an accessible playground or splash pad, because it creates a fun and safe place for families to spend time and meet others
• a program that engages newcomers or the elderly, because it creates a greater sense of belonging in the community
Your idea is right for the Aviva Community Fund if it:
• benefits a community at its core by bringing people together to create change;
• is accessible to the larger community, with an outcome accessible to persons or communities of any faith; and
• is expected to be completed by December 31, 2019.

Small Ideas category (for $10,000 funding):
• The 50 ideas that receive the highest number of votes will each receive a $10,000 prize.
Rally everyone you know (and even people you don’t!) to get votes for the chance to receive much-needed funds for your idea.
Anyone registered for the Aviva Community Fund has 10 votes they can use at any time from September 25, 2018 to October 4, 2018 to vote for their favourite idea(s).
You can spread your votes around or use them all to support one project. Cast all 10 votes at once, or keep coming back to cast your votes.
Again, you can vote at

Information on how to vote will be posted here Sept. 25. You can vote between Sept. 25 and Oct. 4.


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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