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.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Canada 150

Canada's 150 birthday is next year -- are you planning on making your garden red and white? 

Whether you're going all in or just adding a small patch of our national colours, this might catch your attention: the Netherlands's has created a special commemorative tulip --  The Canada 150. 

Club members were pretty excited about this flower last meeting.  It's certainly pretty with its smooth white petals and "maple leaf" (inspired) red markings.

Photo courtesy: National Capital Commission
To get your hands on some bulbs, check with Home Hardware the exclusive retailer.


For more info about this tulip, photos of Ottawa's spring-time tulip displays, information about Canada-Netherlands connection visit The Weather Network News. 




Wednesday, 10 August 2016

August's Weed and Wine

Marie in vintage Highlands Garden Club gear.
After some hard work in the community garden, we retired into the community hall for some much hard-earned wine and gardening talk. 

Dandelions as big as carrots!
 
 


 
Margaret demonstrated good technique for "slug scooping" and gave us each our own super doper slug scooper spoon (patent pending).  Perfect for all the slugs we've been seeing with our raining weather. 


Unfortunately, another pest has been attacking our gardens: the scarlet lily beetle.  Lori is following up with the Lily society for more information and help. Stay tuned!

Monday, 8 August 2016

Highlands Herb Walk with Dionne (YEG Community Herbalist)

Club member Dionne, YEG Community Herbalist, is holding guided tour of her Highlands herbal garden where participants learn what grows in our city and when/how to harvest, use, and prepare them as medicine.

Highlands Garden Club members receive a $10 discount!

See below for details and how to register.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Creative Fire: Artist Garden Tour

Part one of June 8th's meeting was a garden tour of Creative Fire Studio.  Artist Beverly Oliwa showed how she integrates her beautiful Paverpol sculptures in the garden for a whimsical and magical effect.  Sylvia and Aimee were so enamored by her work they purchased one to celebrate their wedding anniversary!

Dionne shares her photos and a few words on the visit:

It totally torrentially down poured when we arrived at Bev's house.  We got soaked & huddled in her living room looking out into the garden & learned a bit more about her sculpture making process. 





















We wandered the garden, & enjoyed.