Our Community Impact
The impact of the Manitoba Master Gardener Association in the community.
Annette Schewe, Master Gardener volunteering in Steinbach, MB.
A wonderful example of one of our members volunteering in the community.
The Prairie Garden:
Many of our members, both Master Gardeners and Master Gardeners in Training, are involved with the prairie annual, The Prairie Garden. This annual publication is written by knowledgeable prairie gardeners for prairie gardeners. Each year the annual highlights a different topic. The committee meets the first Wednesday of each month and welcomes new volunteers to edit, write and manage the yearly publication.
Master Gardeners began volunteering at Riel House in 2013 to maintain two vegetable gardens originally planted in the 1880’s by the family of Louis Riel. Our pool of ten volunteers grow heritage crops and employ traditional gardening practices contributing to a view of the Métis community of 1886, the year to which Riel House has been restored. We have planted native fruit trees that supported the traditional Métis diet. New flower beds surrounding the entrance area to the property contain plants that would have been recognized by Victorian visitors to the Riel family. Our most ambitious gardening activity is the introduction of native prairie plants to the site, coupled with the removal of invasive species. We have two significant beds of native plants that bloom from May until September.
Heritage crops and practices, native plants, invasives, trees, garden planning. Riel House has it all.
MMGA volunteers have maintained the various gardens at the Riel House historic site in St. Vital and the partnership agreement with Parks Canada has recently been renewed.
Assiniboine Park English Garden Ambassadors:
Master Gardeners and Master-Gardeners-in Training Involved in Manitoba
Historic garden restoration, development, and public education:
• Riel House Museum and historic gardens (Winnipeg)
• Mennonite Heritage Village (Steinbach)
• Dalnavert House Museum and heritage gardens (Winnipeg)
• Seven Oaks House Museum and historic Métis vegetable garden (Winnipeg)
• Gabriel Roy House Museum and heritage garden (Winnipeg)
• St. Andrews Rectory Heritage Garden (St. Andrews)
• Upper Fort Garry historical gardens (Winnipeg)
Bishop Grandin Greenway projects (Winnipeg):
• Bittersweet Way: native perennials, fruit trees and shrubs, and urban forest development.
• St. Vital Agricultural Society (SVAS) – community gardens
• SVAS urban forest development project
Personal care centre gardens:
• Cancer Care Centre of Hope courtyard garden for client and family plant therapy (Winnipeg)
• St. Amant Centre gardens for residents, family members and staff (Winnipeg)
• Ronald McDonald House gardens (Winnipeg)
• Oakview Place Extendicare gardening program
- Assiniboine Park’s English Garden, Butterfly Garden and Toucan Ridge (Winnipeg)
- Brandon Community Garden Network, advice and public education (Brandon)
- Buhler Recreational Park tree nursery and urban forest project (Transcona)
- Crocus Plains Regional Technical School Senior Years Horticultural Program (Brandon)
- Early Years Little Green Thumbs school program, Grades 2-5 (Neepawa)
- East Kildonan Garden Club – Board of Director & projects and events
- Fort Whyte Centre pond and native gardens (Winnipeg)
- Gardens Manitoba, Board of Directors and projects/events
- Green Action Centre’s apartment building composting project (Winnipeg)
- MMGA and Gardens MB partnership to list all Manitoba public gardens (Manitoba)
- Manitoba Herb Society, Board of Directors and projects/events
- Steinbach Area Garden Club – Board of Directors & projects and events (Steinbach)
- Whyte Ridge Community Centre Butterfly Garden (Winnipeg)
- Winkler Horticultural Society’s garden club for New Canadians (Winkler)
- Manitoba Horticultural organizations, as executive officers and for projects/events