Climate Change and Tree Loss

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Climate Change and Tree Loss
Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 1:00pm
Riverside Seniors Lions Residences – 188 Worthington Ave., Wpg. MB
hosted by the Manitoba Master Gardener Association

There is a lot mentioned in the news these days about climate change, but what does it mean for Manitoba in general and the home gardener in particular? Join us and learn the latest on Climate Change in Manitoba with Chris Hull from Climate Change Connections, followed by ‘What can the home owner do to plan for/cope with the loss of a tree?’ with Gerry Engel from Trees Winnipeg.

Members: No cost      Non-members: $5.00

Educational Update for Master Gardeners! A great way to receive your hours for education.

Climate Change and Tree Loss

 

Climate Change and Tree Loss
Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 1:00pm

Riverside Seniors Lions Residences – 188 Worthington Ave., Wpg. MB
hosted by the Manitoba Master Gardener Association

There is a lot mentioned in the news these days about climate change, but what does it mean for Manitoba in general and the home gardener in particular? Join us and learn the latest on Climate Change in Manitoba with Curtis Hull from Climate Change Connections, followed by ‘What can the home owner do to plan for/cope with the loss of a tree?’ with Gerry Engel from Trees Winnipeg.

Members: No cost      Non-members: $5.00

Educational Update for Master Gardeners! A great way to receive your hours for education.

About Seeds and Seed Saving (Part 1 of 2)

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“A seed knows how to wait…a seed is alive while it waits” Hope Jahren

by Susan LeBlanc, Master Gardener

I was recently asked to give a talk in Swan River, Manitoba on behalf of the Manitoba Master Gardener Association. The following is a recount of the power point presentation.

Millions of years ago neither plant life nor their methods of reproduction were as we know them today. Fast forward through the evolutionary development of flowering plants. Some flowers developed fragrance and many displayed bold, bright eye-catching colours. Insects and other creatures (bats, birds, lizards and lemurs) evolved alongside the flowers and were drawn to these new food sources. Flowers also developed in ways that ensured pollen grains (male) landed on the female area known as the stigma. Migration of pollen down the pollen tube through both the stigma and style into the ovary results in fertilization and the production of seeds. The movement of pollen across flower surfaces by pollinators, or in some plants by wind, inadvertently deposits pollen onto the stigma initiating the process of fertilization. Modern humans can trace their dependence on food production to the evolution of flowering plants and their pollinators. Seventy-five percent of food crops worldwide depend at least partly on pollination. Read More

About Seeds and Seed Saving (Part 2 of 2)

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To plan seed saving with regular plants in the garden, begin with plants that are self fertile such as tomatoes or beans. Select the best looking, disease-free, true to type plants. If you choose to grow the plants for seed saving separately, rogue, or remove any plants that are inferior or show undesirable characteristics. These rogued plants are still fine to eat, just not good for seed saving.

Records and labels, are very important to the seed saving process. Indeed, to save seed for the likes of the Canadian non-profit “SEEDS OF DIVERSITY” member catalogue, one must absolutely know what the neighbours are growing. To correctly save seeds that are guaranteed true- to- type for the “SEEDS OF DIVERSITY” for member cataloguing or donating at Seedy Saturdays, steps must be taken to restrict the introduction of the pollen of other varieties by insects.

The restriction can be achieved by isolating plant varieties by distance. Some isolation distances are remarkable. Lettuce, for example, requires a distance of 1.6 kilometers and beets 3-8 kilometers.

Luckily the isolation distance for tomatoes is only 5 meters! It is interesting that insects prefer flowers and flowering herbs to vegetable blossoms. To further decrease the introduction of pollen of another variety carried in by insects, plant some of the following: Mignonette, Calamintha, Alyssum, Cosmos, Zinnia and older varieties of Sunflower (new sunflower varieties are almost all pollenless). Read More

Gingerbread Greenhouse

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This Gingerbread Greenhouse, and 13 others, was made by one of our very talented members, Lenora Kehler.

2018 Annual Garden Tour

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Manitoba Master Gardener Association
 Annual Garden Tour
Saturday, July 21, 2018 – 9am – 4pm
 Tickets: $15.00

Tickets available at:
Jensen’s Nursery & Garden Centre, 2550 McGillivray Blvd., Wpg., MB
Lacoste Garden Centre, 2787 St. Mary’s Rd., Wpg., MB
McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park Mall, 1120 Grant Ave., Wpg., MB
Petrasko Market & Garden, 1577 Henderson Hwy., Wpg., MB
Sage Gardens Greenhouse, 3410 St. Mary’s Rd., Wpg., MB
Shelmerdine Nursery & Garden Centre, 7800 Roblin Blvd., Headingley, MB
Shops of St. Andrews, 5607 Hwy #9 (Main Street), St. Andrews, MB
St. Mary’s Nursery, 2901 St. Mary’s Rd., Wpg., MB

Tickets available day of the tour:
9 – 11am at the Herb Garden, Assiniboine Park.
Plus at the above vendors – phone them first to confirm they have not sold out.
Payment by PayPal.

Sesquicentennial Community Garden Project

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Congratulations Karen Fontaine!

Master Gardener and one of our members, Karen Fontaine, spearheaded the Sesquicentennial Community Garden Project for the St. Vital Horticultural Society. Learn more about Karen’s dedication to making a vision become a reality. Read Here.
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Interlake Garden Bus Tour

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Manitoba Master Gardener Association
Interlake Garden Bus Tour
June 24, 2018 – 9am – 7pm

Book now for this very special outing to Gimli and area for a tour of gorgeous gardens of the Interlake. On Sunday, June 24th, the tour leaves at 9:00 a.m. sharp (please be there at 8:45 a.m.) from the parking lot west of the former Sears building at Polo Park and returns there at approximately 7:00 p.m. (Cars may be left there for the duration). There will be 5 gardens plus a final stop at Plants Plus Garden Centre in Petersfield. Guests are welcome.
MMGA members: $25.00; guests: $35.00. Purchase through Paypal online at: www.mgmanitoba.com
Or mail a cheque, made payable to Manitoba Master Gardeners Association, totalling all seats to be purchased – include everyone’s names, plus your contact number – to Interlake Bus tour: 849 Pepperloaf Crescent, Winnipeg R3R 1G5. Your seat(s) will be confirmed on receipt of your cheque for the full amount due.

Trees Presentations

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Trees are Essential Presentations
Manitoba Master Gardener Association

Monday, June 18, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:30pm
Osborne Public Library, 625 Osborne St., Wpg., MB
Thursday, June 21, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:30pm
Louis Riel Public Library, 1168 Dakota St., Wpg., MB
Trees are essential — Learn the basics of tree care in this visual presentation by the Manitoba Master Gardener Association “Branching Out” study group with special guest Michael Allen, Viburnum Tree Care and certified ISA arborist. Educational handouts will be included.

There will be an abundance of educational handouts for registrants as well as two donated books on trees, copies of “Field Guide to the Native Trees of Manitoba” from the Canadian Forestry Service/Manitoba Natural Resources Forestry for registrants, as well as 60 copies of the Manitoba Hydro Forest Enhancement Tree Care Guide.

Maximum seating capacity is approximately 30 registrants per class for a potential audience of 60. The presentations are being promoted by Winnipeg Public Library. Each evening presentation is identical.

CBC Interview with Jeannette Adams, Master Gardener

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CBC Radio – Sunday, April 1/18
Interviewing Jeannette Adams, Master Gardener
8:40 – 8:50am – 990AM
Jeannette will explain her presentation of teaching adults how to build an interest in gardening for children.

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