The Manitoba Master Gardener Association (MMGA) is an independent organization with no affiliation to other Manitoba garden clubs some of which are listed below.
Agassiz Garden Club
Agassiz Garden Club is located in Lac du Bonnet, MB
They meet February to June, September to December, usually the second Wednesday of the month. During the winter months our meetings are scheduled for afternoons. We have a new location for our meetings, they are now held at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 253 McArthur Ave, Lac du Bonnet, MB
For specific times and information contact Ruth Monych, President (204) 345-8696
Arborg Communities in Bloom
Although Arborg does not have an active Garden Club, they do have a very active group of community volunteers working under the guidance or Town of Arborg’s Tom Chwaliboga. When a project is decided upon, a call is issued to the community and the volunteers take over with financial support from the Town. This small prairie town has successfully competed in consecutive Communities in Boom events and won their events. They do not hold formal meetings.
Contact: Tom Chwaliboga, Town of Arborg, 204-376-2647
Beausejour Daylily Gardens
Meetings are the 3rd Monday of the month at 7:30pm at the Beausejour Town Office.
2020 Plant Sales – 9am – 1pm at Beausejour Lily Gardens
Spring sale – May 16
Fall sale – September 19
May 2, 2020 – 7th Annual Nifty Nag Derby & Dinner – Royal Canadian Legion, 300 Veterans Dr., Beausejour, MB.- Horse Auction & Races – Advance Ticket purchase necessary – 204.268.3950 or 204.268.4105
More info: Click Here
Information video: http://youtu.be/MklZ42V5KDA?list=PL9jmulnkJeevoxCf23q0aNelGD4-66VfC
Beautiful Plains Garden Club (Neepawa)
Meets at various times and locations, please contact Brent Hunter, President (204) 368-2346 or Berni Harley, Secretary (204) 476-5816 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brandon Garden Club
Meets on the third Wednesday of the month, at 7 pm at Don Glen Hall, 311 Park Ave. East, Brandon, MB. Use Park Avenue Activity Centre – North Door.
Garden Club of Carman
Located in the Town of Carman, MB
For meeting times and dates contact Alice van der Wal, Secretary (204) 745-3442 or email email@example.com
Charleswood Horticultural Society
Meetings held 7:30pm – 9:30pm, the second Wednesday of every month, at Charleswood Senior Centre, 5006 Roblin Blvd. (beside the fire hall)
January 8/20 – Maureen Krauss, guest editor of The Prairie Garden will discuss the new naturalist style, or new perennialism, and tie it into articles found in the 2020 edition of The Prairie Garden. There are many good examples from which to take inspiration; from local gardens to great perennial combinations. She promises lots of juicy photos that we gardeners love to see in depths of winter.
March 11/20- Seed Saving – Susan LeBlanc, Master Gardener. Saving vegetable and flower seeds from your favourite plants is one of the best ways to share your love of gardening. Susan will share her experiences and knowledge.
All are welcome, and there is no charge to attend the evening.
More info on their website: http://charleswoodgc.ca
Contact Sophia Munro, President (204) 895-9198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
East Kildonan Garden Club
Meetings held – 7:00pm – second Tuesday of scheduled month – Valley Gardens Community Club, 218 Antrim Rd., Wpg. MB
Membership fees: Annual individual: $15.00 Annual Family: $20.00
Non-members attending meeting: $5.00 per meeting
2020 Theme – Prairie Native Plants
January 14/20 – The New Perennialism – Linda Dietrick, Master Gardener and editor of The Prairie Garden annual. Many of us are now familiar with Piet Oudolf’s magnificent public plantings like New York’s High Line, Chicago’s Lurie Garden, and the Entrance to the Toronto Botanic Garden. They model a new landscaping style that uses integrated plant communities incorporating many of our own prairie natives. Yet there are challenges to translating Oudolf’s style to fit the smaller, often shadier gardens that we have here in zone 3. Fortunately, other designers in the US, Canada, and Germany have developed scalable designs for New Perennialist plant communities that may be better suited to our local needs.
February 11/20 – Growing Mushrooms – Tom Nagy
March 10/20 – Starting Seeds: Tomatoes and Peppers—Ed Amman and Growing Squashes, Pumpkins and Gourds – Dave Hanson
April 14/20 – Benefits of Native Plants in Your Garden – Kelly Leask
May 12/20 – Native Orchids— Peggy Bainhard
May 26/20 – PLANT SALE – open to all!
June 9/20 – Safe Gardening—Mike Sadlowski and Renata Cook
June 27/20 – Discovery Day – Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail
July 23/20 – GARDEN COMPETITION and GARDEN TOURS (Members only) – Rain date July 24
July 28/20 – Anessa Maize – Home Garden Tour
August 18/20 -Tour – Seed Collection – Blue Thumderbird Land-Based Centre
September 8/20 – Plant Swap – Fall Harvest / Garden Competition Results
October 13/20 – Bats—Linda Wall
November 10/20 – AGM / Pot Luck / Photo Contest Results
Fort Whyte Alive – Speaker Series – join us for our various speakers throughout the year.
Click here for our events calendar.
Gardens Manitoba – https://gardensmanitoba.wildapricot.org/
For more info: phone 204-895-4560 or email: email@example.com
Gimli Garden Club
Monthly meetings every third Monday except: January, February, July and August.
7:00PM at Environmental Office, North Colonization Road, Loni Beach,Gimli
Next door to New Horizons at 17 North Colonization Road, Loni Beach, Gimli.
In early June membership undertakes planting of the municipal containers, planters and gardens. In July and August garden tours are arranged both in the Interlake area and further afield. December is the Christmas luncheon.
Everyone is welcome
Grand Forks Horticultural Society
Meetings at 10:00am (except where noted) – Parkwood Senior Living, 749 S. 30th St., Grand Forks, ND
Hartney Horticultural Society
For meeting times and dates contact Laurie Bodin, Secretary (204) 858-2434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Herb Society of Manitoba – meetings on 3rd Monday of every month at 7:00 to 9:00pm at Assiniboine Park Conservatory (unless noted) Herb Society website
Killarney & District Horticultural Society
Meetings are held at the Killarney Town Hall, for times and dates contact Eleanor Skeoch, President (204) 523-8584 or email email@example.com
Living Prairie Museum – 2795 Ness Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3J 3S4
Winter Speaker Series 2020:
Tuesday evenings – 7:00 – 8:30 pm Call 201-832-0167 to register after January 2/20. Admission is by donation. Follow us on Twitter @livingprairie Instagram: @livingprairiemuseum Winnipeg.ca/livingprairie friendsoflivingprairie.org
January 14/20 – Building Roots to restore northern prairie ecosystems – Dr. Rafael Otfinowski and Victory Coffey – Department of Biology, University of Winnipeg. . Changes in climate and human land uses threaten grasslands around the world. Evaluating grassland restoration has focused on plant communities above-ground, but interactions below-ground are emerging as key to the success of prairie restoration. Our projects relate changes in the roots of plants in restored prairies with the structure and function of communities of soil nematodes. Information about how roots are built and distributed in soil can help explain changes in plant and soil communities. We hope that our findings can be used to help guide prairie restoration projects.
January 28/20 – Mommy Deer-est: A newborn’s cry transcends species.Dr. Susan Lingle – Dept. of Biology, University of Winnipeg – How similar is the cry of a newborn deer, bat, or human? Do these sounds share a common evolutionary heritage? Come visit deer living on the prairie grasslands in southern Alberta to explore these questions.
February 11/20 – Who are the Métis? – Dr. Fred Shore – Dept. of Native Studies, University of Manitoba – Many people think the Métis identify as a “mix” of European and First Nation cultures. In fact, the Métis are a complex grouping of people who did not come into existence just because one parent was First Nation and the other European. To understand the modern Métis identity, we have to go back to their origins while trying to avoid biological concepts.
February 25/20 – Coexisting with Coyotes. – Pauline Bloom – Wildlife & Fisheries Branch, Government of Manitoba – Coyotes have an increasing presence in urban areas across North America, including here in Manitoba. Coyotes have adapted to living amongst people and now people must learn how to coexist with coyotes. This talk helps to explain why people have conflicts with coyotes, what actions people can take to reduce the risk of conflicts with coyotes, and how to respond appropriately in a coyote encounter.
March 10/20 – Poweshiek Skipperling: Prairie butterfly on the brink. – Laura Burns – Assiniboine Park Zoo
Poweshiek Skipperling is one of the rarest and most endangered animals on the planet, and most people don’t know it lives in Manitoba! Learn about this tiny, fascinating butterfly and the efforts underway to save it from extinction.
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Manitoba Regional Lily Society
Minnedosa Horticultural Society
For meeting times and dates contact Albert Parsons, President (204) 867-5244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Morden & District Horticultural Society
Meetings held in the Kinsmen Room of the Morden Access Activity Centre, 111 Gilmour St. Morden, MB
Contact: Tanya Wainio
Website: Nature Manitoba
Newdale Horticultural Society
For meeting times and dates contact , Helen Caird, Secretary (204) 849-2206 or email email@example.com
Prairie Naturals Gardening Group – February and March meetings at the Louis Riel Library, 1168 Dakota Street, Winnipeg, MB.
February 29/20, Saturday – 2:30 – 4:00 PM – Linda Loewen, B.Sc. (Agriculture), currently farming near Riverton, MB. and former Weeds Supervisor for the Interlake Region will talk about Weeds and Bees. Many of you met Linda at our booth last year during Gardening Saturday. Come to this Saturday presentation to find out how Linda has married these two topics, and be sure to bring your questions on just how to manage those weeds, especially in new native gardens.
We ran out of chairs at our January meeting, so please RSVP so we can set up the space.
Feel free to come a little early and bring your own tea, coffee or water – we’ll supply welcome cookies at this venue.
March 19/20, Thursday – CANCELLED!! 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Michele Taylor, who launched the Prairie Naturals Gardening Group, with a little help from her friends, will describe the real joys and pitfalls of native gardening. Her experience is ‘boots on the ground’, gathered over the last four years as she planned and planted a native garden in a newly developed urban area on what was once a commercial site.
Linda and Michele will tag-team on some weed walks and garden visits throughout the spring/summer near Michele’s home in the RM of West St. Paul, so stay tuned for these.
April 30, 7:00 PM by Zoom videoconference. – A few members of the group have met to discuss how we could connect and share our enthusiasm for native plants gardening, despite COVID 19. We have come up with a few ideas and expect to roll out the ideas over the next six months.
The first idea is meeting by videoconference. So with that, next Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 PM, I’ll describe my experience in native gardening, gathered the hard way, over the last four years. Starting with a very basic knowledge, and with a lot of help, I planned and planted a native garden in a new urban area developed on what was once an industrial site. Using photographs, I will outline the real joys and the pitfalls I experienced.
You need to register to be part of this meeting. Once you register, you will be sent a separate email which details how to join the conference call.
Thanks everyone for the great feedback on my presentation April 30. I hope we’ll have the chance this summer to walk it together. People on the call asked about signage for their native gardens. There are likely more, however, I’ve included where you can access the three I’m familiar with here:
Monarch Watch Monarch Waystation Program
Canadian Wildlife Federation
Fort Whyte Naturescape
Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 PM – Time to Design! – will be members’ opportunity to get advice from PNGG participants on their garden plans.
Building on Aimee McDonald’s presentation at the January meeting on design, we are asking PNGG Members to send in their rough design, objectives, direction they face/sun exposure, etc. for a garden or area they are planning this year or in the future.
We’ll choose four to six from the plans submitted for the meeting on May 21. Depending on response, we may have a second meeting focused on design in June or later.
At the meeting May 21, we will form four to six groups, and each group will have time on their own in a ‘break out room’ to talk about one of the designs. Each small group will review and discuss the design with its owner and provide suggestions. After about 20 minutes, we will rejoin, look at all the designs submitted and the suggestions made, and discuss and make any final comments.
Designs don’t have to be complicated! But they must be in a format that we can share on a computer:
Can be in Word, Excel
Can be a hand drawn jpeg/photo
Can be a PDF
Send in designs for May 21 meeting as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday May 19.
Any questions, please send me an email.
Next Meeting: Butterflies and Moths, June 18, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – As one delves more into the world of native plants gardening, one can’t help but notice the variety of butterflies and moths attracted to the plants, and that this lovely parade changes almost daily. Today, while picking up plants at Prairie Originals, I was thrilled to see my first Monarch butterfly of the season.
Lori Bell will join us on June 18 to talk about Manitoba native host plants for butterflies and moths and how we can provide host-friendly habitats for our various species from egg to adult.
We will be using Zoom for this meeting; you will need to register in advance.
Become a member of Prairie Naturals Gardening Group ($20 annual membership, family is $35) or attend as a guest ($5) and meet others interested in native plants gardening. Payment can be made by e-transfer or cheque. Contact Linda Loewen for payment details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Native Plants Selection Chart
Members Aimee McDonald and Murray Gadd have come up with an excel spreadsheet that sorts more than 80 native plants by bloom time, bloom colour, height, and soil and sun preferences. Thanks Aimee and Murray!
(Email me for a copy Michele@PrairieNaturals@gmail.com)
We are discussing having a newsletter, are thinking about what we would include, and would like your ideas. One idea is an occasional short article written by members. Below is an example that was written by one of our members, and it seems so appropriate to this time of year, I’m sharing it now.
Selkirk and District Horticultural Society
All general meetings held the third Tuesday of the month from September to June at 7:00pm at Selkirk United Church Hall – 202 McLean Ave., Selkirk, MB
Workshops held each month also.
Contact Kris Kubay, President, (204) 757-9900 or email email@example.com
South Interlake Garden Club (Stonewall)
Join our mailing list for updates on dates & times of our events, just email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Tanya Daher, President (204) 467-2235
Facebook – South Interlake Garden Club
January 13/20 – Exotic Plants, 2.0 – by Dave Hanson, owner of Sage Gardens Greenhouse and co-host of the weekly Grow Guide podcast. Exotic indoor plants have become the obsession for gardeners seeking that amazing rarity to nurture indoors. Get to know the latest cultivars and unique specimens trending in the world of houseplants.
February 10/20 – All Abuzz About Gardening – by Shea Doherty, manager of Our Farm Greenhouses and gardening guru. Pick up a few tricks of the trade for successfully starting seedlings to improve germination and grow strong transplants. MAGAZINE EXCHANGE.
March 9/20 – Monarchs and other Manitoba Pollinators – by Cathy Shaluk, Master Gardener, Monarch Teacher Network of Canada: Manitoba Regional Representative. SEED EXCHANGE.
April 18/20 – Saturday – Celebrating 150 Years of Gardening in Manitoba. Join an early celebration of Manitoba’s150th with a day of learning, sharing and caring for our Earth. Keynote speaker, Lyndon Penner, will talk about the wonders of salvia as an annual, perennial, shrub and pollinator attractant. In addition, a variety of gardening topics will be addressed through mini workshops and presentation. Local vendors will be on hand to get your garden off to a good start. More info: Click here
May 11/20 – Risings Stars and Proven Performers – Erna Wiebe, Oakridge Greenhouse & Garden Centre owner and creative landscape consultant. Find out what is new and tempting at your local greenhouse this spring. Varieties presented will range from annuals and perennials to shrubs and trees. PERENNIAL EXCHANGE.
May 18/20 – Shopping Night at Oakridge Green house & Garden Centre – Members receive a 20% discount from 4 to 8pm
June 29/20 – Let’s Celebrate Gardening – SAGC’s Annual Member’s Garden Tour and Potluck showcasing outstanding local gardens.
August 15/20- Saturday – Gardenton Heritage Tour – A combined natural and cultural history tour of the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve, Historic St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Gardenton Ukrainian Museum. Our tour guides will be Laura Reeves, botanist, wild food enthusiast and author of Laura Reeves’ Guide to Useful Plants, and Don Machnee, third generation descendant of the pioneers who built St. Michael’s church. A home-made Ukrainian-style lunch will be include.
September 14/20 – Prairie Perks: The Benefits of Native Plants in the Urban Landscape – Kelly Leask, owner of Prairie Originals and native plant enthusiast. Meet some of Manitoba’s native plants that find themselves equally at home on the prairie, as in the backyard and learn the many perks of gardening with these low maintenance perennials. PERENNIAL EXCHANGE
October 19/20 – Cultivating Connections – Kaaren Pearce, passionate tree hugger and horticulturalist. – What is the modern purpose of a traditional conservatory? The answer to this fundamental question has shaped the vision and design for the Canada’s Diversity Gardens project in Assiniboine Park.
November 9/20 – Volunteer Appreciation, AGM, and membership renewal night. Pop-Up Gardening Presentation.
December 14/20 – A Gardener’s Cristmas -Annual Christmas Celebration with video of club member’s gardens, appetizers and dessert.
More info on their website: www.sagardenclub.com
Still Bloomin’ Gardening Club
Meetings held at Grace Christian Church, 50 Barnes St., Wpg., MB
Held on the last Thursday of the month – 1:00 – 3:00pm
More info: phone: 204-946-0839 www.pal55plus.ca
St. James Horticultural Society (The Garden Club)
Meets the third Tuesday of the month, Linwood School lower level at 7:30 pm, Entrance off Winchester Ave.
St. James Flower Arrangers – meet the first Wednesday of the month, Linwood School at 7 pm.
Garden Plots on Silver Ave for rent each year.
Contact Pam McFarlane, President email@example.com
Facebook – St. James Horticultural Society
St. Vital Agricultural Society – www.svas.ca
The Thompson Zoo currently operates the only community garden program in Thompson as well as houses the only public botanical garden park. Thompson once had a horticultural group (Thompson Garden Club) several year ago, however they have now folded. The Zoo hosts various workshops throughout the year—seed starting, garden box building, container gardening, seed saving etc. The Zoo also assists and mentors various schools and agencies with garden related projects.
Contact: Erin Wilcox, Executive Director, Thompson Zoo
Tel 204-677-7982 Fax 204-778-4186 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Transcona Garden Club
Meetings held 7pm-9pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Transcona Retired Citizens Centre, 328 Whittier Ave. W. – Annual membership$15.00 Individual Family (maximum 2): $25.00 Non-member: $5.00 per meeting.
Transcona Flower Arrangers meet the second Friday of the month at the Transcona Retired Citizen’s Centre, 328 Whittier Ave West, Winnipeg, MB from 1 pm to 3 pm.
Contact: Lorene Schipper, President (204) 224-2356 or email email@example.com
Facebook: Transcona Garden Club
West Kildonan Horticultural Society
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the months February to June & September to October at the West Kildonan Memorial Community Club, 346 Perth Ave. – 7:00pm
Meetings are held at the Central Community Centre, 529 4th Street, Brandon, MB — 7:00pm – first Thursday each month from September to June (occasionally varies) Students: $10.00 Adults: $20.00 Couple: $30.00 Guests: $3.00 All are Welcome!
Contact: Judy Olmstead, Secretary 204-571-0224