Monday 24 December 2018

Vintage Botanical Calendar

Live Laugh Rowe has created and shared a lovely Vintage Botanical Calendar for 2019 (click the link to download a copy).  

While we face the snow and plan our gardens, let these beautiful flowers inspire you!

Happy Holidays everyone! 

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Weed and Wine and Megan's Garden

Fun Times at the Weed and Wine garden meeting! A productive time cleaning the Highlands club house garden, followed by a visit to Megan’s garden.

Sunday 23 July 2017

Lily Love at St. Albert Botanic Park

The Club visited St. Albert Botanic Park this weekend -- just in time to catch the lilies in full bloom! 

Great company and beautiful flowers -- what a combination :)

Photos by Lori.

Sunday 30 April 2017

Building Bee Hotels

Club member Bob opened up his workshop this past Saturday for the club to make bee hotels.

Armed with wood from an old project, and advice and blue print plans from Hal Hopkins, members went to town with the power tools!

Everyone had a great time. When the storm clouds did start to roll in, the builders moved the party into the garage for Rickie's lemon squares and tea and coffee.

It was hard work, but overall a lovely afternoon.

Photos by Erica.

(Above right: A finished bee hotel -- ready for local native bees to check-in!)

(Below: Garden Club builders hard at work.)

Thursday 16 March 2017

Edmonton Seedy Sunday 2017

It might not look like spring outside, but there's definitely excitement in the air: this weekend is Edmonton Seedy Sunday! 

Seed Swap, free demonstrations and speakers... plenty, whether you're looking for inspiration or instruction! 

Visit the Edmonton Seedy Sunday website for details on demos, speakers, and vendors and the Edmonton Seedy Sunday facebook page for event updates.

Wednesday 12 October 2016

October - Our own seedy exchange

Were you ready for the snow?

As flakes fell, the Highlands Community League Hall felt extra cosy for our October meeting.

Some members were prepared for the snowfall (I was not one of them).  We talked about putting the garden to bed, the great re-jig of the Community Garden (thanks, Ollie!), potential club holiday plans, and some projects for the new year.

With "business" out of the way, it was on to our seed and bulb exchange!

Among the selection were Ollie's tulip bulbs and Cheri's native plant seeds.  Margaret also offered to split her lovely mums (left, still blooming) next spring.  Fingers-crossed this bout of snow doesn't stick around so we can put our new finds into the ground.  

(Below: Our youngest member was not for swap.)

November's meeting will be our holiday / year end celebration.  Keep your eyes on your inbox for an email with more details.

Wednesday 14 September 2016

Dionne's Herb Garden

The night started out warm, but cooled down quickly as the sun went down.  Dionne was prepared: herbal mosquito repellent!  Thus protected we toured her garden of herbalist delights.

Amongst the towers of sunflowers (they help take the metals out of the soil) there was milk thistle, Campanula (can cut down and it just spreads and spreads), Skullcap, and California poppies

Members seemed most interested in the ones that had calming and sleeping benefits.

Once dark, we headed inside for the meeting and enjoyed lilac cordial with pretty floating ice cubes of calendula and violas (all homemade from flowers in her garden).

We talked about:

- Building bee hotels in the future
- the plant exchanges happening on the weekend

- The Open Farm Days at Northlands - Margaret continues to recommend the tours.  Hopefully it'll still be around next year for others in the club to partake.