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17th Annual Gardeners Day- Sangudo Horticultural Club

January 20 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Carmen Lamourex, Urban Farm Permaculture Project . via Zoom.
Practical Resilient Gardening Strategies

Creating resilient growing systems is essential to meeting our needs in an ever-changing world. While satisfying our fundamental needs for food security is key, our gardening practices need to address more than the need for nutrient-dense food. As mindful gardeners, we acknowledge that we are connected to, and dependent upon, the ecosystems that support us. We see the value in employing practical strategies that not only nurture the whole system into health, but also nurture our own place within the garden.

Join me as I take you through the garden gate of my Calgary property, the Urban Permaculture Project, and illustrate the various strategies we have in place that allow us to build deep levels of resilience, enhance productivity, support soil nutrient cycling, nurture robust ecosystem health and create beauty and sanctuary for myself and my family.

Clara Qualizza. Meadow & Thicket Farm Flowers. New Perennials Design- An Adventure on the Boreal Edge- 2023 update

The New Perennial Movement is a natural answer to our extreme growing conditions. A wonderful range of perennial plants are used, including many cultivars of plants native to North America. Using a dense planting plan, once established the tightly knit tapestry hardly allows rooms for weeds. The designs draw inspiration from natural plant communities found on the Prairies, benefit pollinators, and create a four season dream of a landscape!

Landscape designer Maria Beers and flower grower Clara Qualizza collaborated to design a demonstration bed at the historic George Pegg Botanic Garden, near Genevis, Alberta. With the help of volunteers, the bed was planted in 2022. In her short presentation Clara will outline the journey from planning to planting and will highlight some of the outstanding plants.

Jenn Brennan: Jenn Brennan is a horticulture (Landscape Management) graduate of Olds College with over 20 years of experience. She is currently the president of the Gibbons Community Garden Society, and works at Sunstar Nurseries in Edmonton. Jenn has a wealth of horticultural knowledge and is always there to help identify a flower, bug or bird in the garden. She is Sunstar’s resident native plant expert and an integral part of the team.

Cassidy Madsen: Cassidy Madsen is a Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist with 7 years of experience in the industry. She received her Journeyman status through the Olds College Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship Program (LHAP). Cassidy’s love for horticulture stems from her background in Conservation. She loves being able to help others find the right plants to suit their needs, while helping educate them on proper planting practices and answering any other horticultural related questions. She currently works at Sunstar Nurseries in Edmonton but is hopeful to one day open her own design/consulting business.


Cassidy Madsen & Jenn Brennan. Sunstar Nurseries. Woody Ornamentals & Herbaceous Perennials- Microclimates & New Cultivars

Denise O’Reilly, A’Bunadh Seeds. Try Something New in Your Vegetable Garden

Tips and tricks of season extension with focus on plants you might not think will grow and produce here outside of the greenhouse. Focus will be on edible plants and vegetables, as well as some things you may not have heard of.

Mini Trade Show & Displays:

  • Throughout the day you’ll have time to meet our local vendors selling horticultural items. Remember to bring some cash as you are sure to find something to take home.
  • We have several community organizations with horticultural interests. Learn about their programs for 2024.
  • Sangudo Horticultural Club cookbooks for sale
  • 44 Horticulture Hot Spots- take a virtual tour of Alberta and plan a summer road trip

Food & Fun:

  • morning & afternoon coffee breaks
  • catered lunch by the Jaded Kitchen. Soup & Sandwiches- includes gluten-free options
  • garden seeds for every participant
  • Tree Time gift certificate– place your bid to win the $50.00 voucher. Since 2005 TreeTime.ca has been providing a wide variety of shrub, tree, and berry seedlings to landowners via their online retail store. They are a western Canadian company that specializes in selling prairie hardy stock, including native and landscape species
  • door prizes

Thanks to our sponsors & partners:

  • Lac Ste. Anne County
  • TreeTime.ca

For more information:

Registration deadline January 12, 2024

Enjoy a winter break with fellow gardeners & take home some new ideas for your yard!

Mayerthorpe Diamond Centre

Mayerthorpe, AB, Canada 4814-54 Street Mayerthorpe, AB T0E 1N0