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Monthly meetings are usually the second Thursday of the month, except July and December. Meeting social (beverages & snacks available) at 6:30 p.m., meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome, free parking.

*NEW* 7 p.m. Question & Answer Bring your questions and we will try to answer them during an informal Q & A to be held before each meeting.

Meetings are held at the Lakeview Community Association Hall, 6110 - 34th Street SW. Prospective members are invited to attend a meeting for a three dollar (cash only) fee. When an international speaker is presenting, there will be a five dollar (cash only) non-member speaker fee charged. Become a member and avoid the non-member speaker fee! Payment for workshops is by cash or cheque.

To view past events, click here.

Date

Speaker

Topic

Venue

2014

Thursday, April 10

Nicola Ripley

Bringing The Mountains Home

In a colorful presentation Nicola will reveal twenty years of experience developing the alpine collection at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado, where she is the Director. Nicola will share her experiences in the field of public horticulture, highlighting seed collecting expeditions to the Andes.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, at 8200 feet
(2499 m), claims to be the highest botanical garden in the world. It has over 3000 species in the collections.

Nicola originates from the British Isles. She learned a love of alpine plants as a mountain climber in the Scottish and Welsh Mountains.

Lakeview Community Association Hall

Special Date

Thursday, May 1

Martin Walsh

Plant Hunting In
The Arunacahal Pradesh

Please note: as Martin is a NARGS International speaker, non-members will be charged $5 to attend this special event.

An account of the 2012 expedition to this extremely rich, but relatively unexplored, region of NE India.

Martin Walsh is an Irish garden designer, consultant, and modern-day plant hunter who lives and works in Dublin. Since his early teenage years he has had a love of all types of plants with a particular interest in perennials, bulbs and Irish wildflowers. One of his great passions in life is observing plants growing in their native habitats whether in his own back yard or in exotic parts of the world.

Lakeview Community Association Hall

Sunday, May 4

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm

Cathy Kurio

Workshop

Making a Fishbox Trough

Bring a styrofoam fish box (available for free at grocery & pet stores) and transform it into a trough during one of two workshops. Make a home for your purchases from the plant sale! Some boxes will be available for purchase at the workshop for $5 each.

Members $20
Non-Members $
30

Contact Cathy Kurio 403-242-1254 cakurio@shaw.ca

 

Plant Sale

Saturday, May 10
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

 

Plant Sale

If you are planning on

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Lakeview Community Association Hall

Sunday May 11
1 - 2 p.m.

Cathy Kurio

Workshop

Planting A Fishbox Trough

Get guidance on planting the trough you made or purchased with plants from the
plant sale!

Members $20
Non-Members $
30

Contact Cathy Kurio 403-242-1254 cakurio@shaw.ca

 

Thursday, June 12

Kenton J. Seth
(Colorado)

The Wildflower West:
Finding New Garden Plants In
The Surprising Richness Of
The Dry Side Of America

Increasingly more wild steppe and desert North-American native plants are finding their way to garden centre tables everywhere. Penstemons, Phlox, and Hyssop are already colourful old friends of the Gardener but what else is out there?

Looking at wildflowers as a juicy buffet of potential garden-plants, there is a story behind the search for flowers in the west. This talk will showcase the tapped and untapped potential of our wild plants, as well as tricks on growing and propagating the challenging ones.

Kenton is a novice but mad pursuer of rock gardening who lives and gardens in Western Colorado. He promotes unwatered landscapes, crevice gardens, and general wildflower appreciation.

View his blog at kentonjseth.blogspot.com

Lakeview Community Association Hall

Saturday, June 21
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Rodney Shaver

Garden Tour

Rundle Wood Gardens

CRAGS Members $5
Non-members $10

Limit 15 people

Sign-up sheets at the April,

Rundle Wood Gardens

Sunday, July 13
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Rob Staniland

Garden Tour

Rob Staniland's Property

CRAGS Members $10
Non-members $20

Limit 15 people

Sign-up sheets at the April,

Rob Staniland's Property

Special Date

Thursday, August 7

Cliff Booker
(Lancashire, UK)

Cream Of Alpines

Please note: as Cliff is a NARGS International speaker, non-members will be charged $5 to attend this special event.

A digital presentation delving into the plants that have shaped Cliff’s hobby and forged his love affair with mountain plants. Thirty intimate portraits examining these very special plants, their beautiful habitats, some associated species in the wild, and on the show bench.

Lakeview Community Association Hall

Lakeview Community Association Hall
6110 - 34 Street SW

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