July to September, 2015
Location: The Forks & Broadway Avenue Areas
Cool gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installations that offer a shift of sensation for the summer–cooling–as a general theme for public presentations in the downtown. The exhibit aims to bring architects, designers, landscape architects, and artists together to celebrate contemporary garden culture and the local landscape. The presentation of the cutting-edge garden designs, places design culture at the centre of summer activities in Winnipeg and at the same time, offers a pleasant relief from the summer exasperations.
More info: www.coolgardens.ca
122 18th Street, Brandon, MB
Built in 1882 Daly House is the original house of Brandon’s first Mayor, Thomas Mayne Daly 11. The underlying theme of a Victorian Garden is man’s conquest over the elements – exemplified by the lawn. Victorian forbearers sought to create the perfect lawn and then to turn their lawns into outdoor parlours. The Garden includes plants such as prairie grasses, Manitoba developed roses, lavender and native plants which are drought tolerant. This will provide an urban ecology for various bird, butterfly and insect species that summer in the Brandon area.
International Peace Gardens
Located on Hwy. # 10 – 24 km. south of Boissevain, MB
These gardens are located on the International Border in the province of Manitoba and state of North Dakota. One is free to roam within the garden from one country to the other. The Peace Garden is more than flowers as it is dedicated to peace and home to informative sites: Conservatory, Interpretative Centre, Peace Chapel, AAS Trial Plant Gardens and North American Game Warden Museum. Noted for exquisite landscaping, the garden features a unique 5.5 m/18 ft. working Floral Clock with nearly 3,000 flowers, run by GPS. The Peace Chapel features three walls of fossil-embellished Manitoba limestone with quotations from “people of peace”. The September 11 Memorial displays 10 beams from the World Trade Centre in the formal garden. The International Peace Tower’s height, 35m/120 ft. high, symbolizes the soaring ambitions of the early immigrants arriving from the four corners of the world to Canada and the United States in the 1800’s and 1900’s. The Carillon Bell Tower sounds every quarter-hour from 14 chimes.
2015 Main St., Winnipeg, MB
This park features two gardens – the formal Garden, near the Main Street entrance, with it’s beautifully displayed formal gardens and green space entered over a featured bridge. The North Garden, close to the Witch’s Hut, features meandering paths flowing through the colourful flower and shrub beds. Many benches to sit, relax and enjoy.
A lovely restaurant is featured in the park at the Pavilion – Prairie’s Edge.
330 River Road, Winnipeg, MB
Riel House is National Historic Site commemorating the life of Metis politician and activist Louis Riel and also the daily life of Metis families in a Red River settlement. This homestead was occupied by the Riel family until 1969. Parks Canada purchased it in 1970 and restored to its 1886 appearance. This property features a kitchen garden and a produce garden.
Dawn Hicks, MG and John Frazer, MG two members of the MMGA, were selected by Parks Canada, Manitoba Field Unit, to receive an award on June 18,2015. The award recognized their exemplary work, on behalf of the Manitoba Master Gardener Association on the development and maintenance of the Riel House National Historic Site (NHS) gardens. Dawn and John have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the project, an understanding and appreciation for the heritage values associated with the site, and a positive, respectful relationship with Parks Canada and Louis Riel Institute staff as well as visitors and Riel House NHS neighbours.
Naturalist Services works alongside and assists many stewardship groups throughout the city. These groups are usually volunteer based and become involved by seeing a need and taking an active role in providing stewardship to a natural area. Stewardship activities can include planting trees, or other native species, removing weeds or trash, building trails and putting up interpretative signs. By becoming involved these groups help to protect our natural areas and keep our city clean.
More information: http://www.winnipeg.ca/publicworks/naturalist/ns/mr/steward.asp
The Manitoba Museum has developed a virtual exhibit aimed at helping the public learn more about pollinating insects and the wild plants they depend on. The endangerment of pollinators and plants is a topic of concern to many Canadians, and The Manitoba Museum has important collections that help understand this issue.
Tour the wild plant and pollinator gallery to see photographs of important and rare species. Soon there will be a Plant Spotter App you can download to contribute to the site. The site contains games and FAQ’s as well as the “Critter Water Colour Gallery”.