Veggie Garden Remix – Niki Jabbour

Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of three books and in demand speaker on unique vegetable growing methods you do not want to miss.
Grow your garden better learning from experienced vegetable gardener Niki Jabbour, and best-selling, award-winning author of Veggie Garden Remix. Jabbour specializes in growing delicious herbs and vegetables with international flavours and utilizes clever planting techniques
Veggie Garden Remix explores how gardeners can diversify the crops they grow.

Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of three books – The Year Round Vegetable Gardener , Groundbreaking Food Gardens, and Veggie Garden Remix. Niki is the winner of the 2019 American Horticultural Society Book Award, winner of the Gold Book Award from GardenComm, and winner of the 2019 Silver Award from Taste Canada. She writes for magazines like Fine Gardening, Horticulture, and Birds & Blooms. An demand speaker, offering seminars and keynotes at events, shows, societies, and greenhouses across North America such as the Canada Blooms, Northwest Flower & Garden Show, The Philadelphia Flower Show, and The Boston Flower Show. Niki has hosted and executive produced her radio show, The Weekend Gardener which airs on News 95.7 FM in Halifax as well as online. For her broadcasting work, Niki won the 2015 Gold Award from GardenComm as ‘Best On-Air Talent’. Niki is very active on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Niki gardens in her twenty raised-bed vegetable garden in Halifax, Nova Scotia growing an eclectic mixture of popular vegetables including unique heirloom varieties, and crops from around the world like cucamelons, snake gourds, and za’atar

Niki quotes: “Vegetable gardening is huge right now, it’s a huge trend, and a lot of people are growing their own food in containers, raised beds, and in ground gardens.”

Come and learn Niki’s many unique gardening methods and unusual vegetables that she grows in her raised-bed gardens.

Unfortunately the Niki Jabbour event has been cancelled.
Thank you to all who purchased tickets and for your support for this event and others that we organize!
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Gardening Saturday

Steinbach and Area Garden Club – ‘Come Grow with Us’

Here at the Steinbach and Area Garden Club, we are excited about our special Manitoba 150 “Come Grow with Us” Event that we are hosting on
Saturday, April 18. This event will include presentations by local gurus, a keynote presentation by Lyndon Penner, an opportunity to have questions answered by seasoned gardeners, etc. The Opening Ceremony will include the unveiling of a Regal Celebration Maple Tree that we will be planting at the Mennonite Heritage Village to commemorate Manitoba’s 150 Anniversary and a special presentation honoring Fred Kaita whose work over the last 70 years has added so much beauty to public gardens in South East Manitoba .You will recall that Fred Kaita was a founding member of the Steinbach and Area Garden Club.

We are delighted to be partnering with our South East Artists Group to hold a special Manitoba 150 Art Exhibit titled “Gardens Through the Eyes of an Artist” during our event. Twelve artists from south east Manitoba will be exhibiting their art works that have been inspired by gardens they have seen. As well, one of the artists will be working on a painting in progress during the event

Sustainability Gardening – MMGA Education Event

Sustainability Gardening
MMGA’s Annual Education Event

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 10am – 12pm
Canadian Mennonite University South Campus Conference Room
600 Shaftesbury Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2

All are Welcome!
Non-members: $5.00 at the door
Members: Free

Rod Kueneman and Tiffany Grenkow are presenting a fascinating discussion on food security, techniques for building healthy soil, and delicious edibles that you can grow in your garden.

Rod Kueneman and Tiffany Grenkow are garden stewards for the food forest at Sustainable South Osborne Community Co-operative (SSOCC). Located at 250 Churchill Dr., the fruit orchards and network of riverside garden plots near Riverview Health Centre are models of efficiencies.

Gardening for a Lifetime – How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older

By Sydney Eddison, Timber Press, 2011

A Book Review by Lenore Linton, Master Gardener

Sydney Eddison is a garden writer who has lived and gardened in Newtown Connecticut [zone 6b] since 1961. By 2004 both the author and her husband were experiencing health problems which made gardening more challenging but they were not ready to leave their well-loved home and garden. In Gardening for a Lifetime she explores the options available to older gardeners, especially those wishing to stay put. However, this book is not just for 80 year olds; there is much in it for busy younger gardeners who have work and family responsibilities.

A Canada Nursery Inbound Trade Mission – Travelogue part 1 of 2

Alaska Peony Growers – on left: Rita Jo Shoultz, peony grower/owner of “Alaska Perfect Peony” farm

By Colleen Zacharias, Master Gardener

In June I was invited to participate in a Canada nursery inbound trade mission to Alaska, Washington State, and Hawaii. This agricultural trade mission was sponsored by the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association with the goal to promote agricultural trade between the U.S. and Canada.

The Canadian group consisted of nursery owners and florists from Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia, myself, and representatives from grocery chains whose businesses include garden centres and floristry departments. I was the only writer on the trip and signed a contract to write a series of articles. Our visit, beginning in late July, to the three states involved a total of 12 flights and dozens of visits to tree farms, peony farms, native plant nurseries, protea and anthurium farms, tropical foliage nurseries, and orchards. In addition to on-site visits, we also attended presentations (including a wedding workshop) and met with individual growers.

The Scarlet Lily Leaf Beetle

An Update on the Activity of the Beetle in Manitoba
By Ian Wise

Whenever an invasive insect spreads to a new habitat, climatic and environmental parameters will determine whether the insect is able to establish. The scarlet lily leaf beetle, Lilioceris lilii, has now been in Manitoba for over 20 years. Initially found in Portage la Prairie, this pest is now present throughout Winnipeg and recently was located in Brandon. The beetle was first found in North America in Montreal in 1943, and began to invade other lily growing areas of Canada and United States in the 1970’s and 1980’s with the growing popularity of potted lilies. This leaf beetle is not suited for long distance travel because of its poor flying ability, but readily has taken advantage of human’s propensity to unknowingly distribute all forms of life. Manitoba experienced the effects of this previously with the arrival of the European elm bark beetle, and is witnessing a further repeat of this tendency with the recent arrival of the emerald ash borer. Unfortunately, expect this problem to continue.

The Prairie Garden – 2020 Launch

The Prairie Garden: Inspired by Nature
Sunday, November 24, 2019: 2:00 p.m.
McNally Robinson Booksellers
4000 – 1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg MB

The 2020 edition of The Prairie Garden, featuring the theme “Inspired by Nature”, focuses on how gardeners in our region can take a cue from nature in everything from design to plant choice to ongoing care, to create beautiful, resilient gardens that are less work to maintain and friendlier to all living things.

Meet our guest editor, naturalist and cultural resource specialist Maureen Krauss, and the all-volunteer Prairie Garden Committee that produces our publication, including editor Linda Dietrick and committee chair Ian Wise, plus the contributing authors who attend.
Have your books signed by the guest editor and editor, and enjoy some light refreshments in an informal setting.
Come celebrate with us and learn about this year’s edition!

Forcing Bulbs in the Midst of Winter

Gardeners Share North Presents
Saturday, November 23, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Gaynor Regional Family Library – Selkirk

A whiff of warm air woke up dormant bulbs in the pot. ”It’s spring! It’s spring!” they started to shout, preparing their shoots to grow up into the light! It was in the midst of winter not in the spring. A crafty gardener can trigger them to sprout and bloom.
Horticulturists call this technique “Forcing”. At Easter thousands of forced lilies are sold on the market.
Forcing bulbs is fun. Blooming plants will give a special “feels like spring” touch to your place.
Plant material will be provided.  All are Welcome!

It’s All About the Partnerships


by Marcia Hamm Wiebe, Master Gardener

Our garden known as Green Futures North, in Brandon, MB is the second largest community garden in the city. Samaritan House Ministries is able to tend this garden with the following partnerships:
The City of Brandon has offered access to the land free of charge since 2012. The Parks Department also offers soil and compost as needed for the gardeners to add to their raised beds.
The 81 raised beds (dimensions 4 feet x 12 feet) were given to the community garden by Enactus, a student group at Brandon University. The following is a description of the Enactus group from their Facebook page:

Company Overview
“We create programs to address social, economic, and environmental issues in our community. These programs incorporate financial literacy education, environmentalism and entrepreneurial practices to improve the livelihoods of the people in our community. Last year, our team put over 3,500 volunteer hours into eight projects. Working with a variety of local groups, we’ve helped form community gardens, taught new immigrants about Canada’s financial system, and helped small businesses create an online presence.”