Reducing my Lawn – One gardener’s perspective two years in

By Derek Yarnell, Master Gardener Two full growing seasons after having reduced the least ecologically productive part of my gardens – my front lawn – by about 50% or roughly 800 square feet, this is some of what …

Peonies Still Have a Place in My Garden

By Lenore Linton, Master Gardener When we moved to our current house on July first 1962 the 75 foot lot was not a blank slate. In the centre was a fifty year old house surrounded with garden most …

Interview with Board Member Diane Daignault

Interview with board member Diane Daignault Newsletter (NL) How long have you been gardening? Diane Daignault (DD) When I was a young child I remember picking peas in the garden with my mother and father. I should say …

Strengthening Community Climate Resilience: Citizens Play a Crucial Role

  Strengthening Community Climate Resilience: Citizens play a crucial role in caring for both public and private trees By Colleen Zacharias, Master Gardener What can people do to support trees on their private properties but also newly planted …

Northern Pin Oak – Shooting for the Sky

By Rick Durand Rick Durand spent most of his life in Manitoba but moved to West Kelowna, B.C. in 2013 to work for Bylands Nurseries. He continues to work on developing new prairie hardy trees, shrubs, roses and …

Sturgeon Creek Greenway Trail – A Volunteer Project

Sturgeon Creek Greenway Trail – A Volunteer Project Progress report since November 2021 By Diane Daignault, Master Gardner Since spring 2022, our project members, Nancy Edwards, Janet Epp, Brenda Evans, Sharon Moffat, Joelle Potrebka, Virginia Stephenson, Diane Wall, …

Interview with Sandy Venton, Vice-Chair

Newsletter (NL) – How did you become interested in gardening? Sandy Venton (SV) – I must have been very young, because one of the first pictures taken of me is leaning over in the garden to smell the …

Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue’

By Nadine Kampen, Master Gardener If someone described a perennial plant that thrives in Zone 3 through Zone 8, blooms and reblooms for four months with good deadheading, is tall and gorgeous and ‘blue’, great for pollinators, fabulous …

Managing Climate Change – What Are We to Do?

Mark Bauche, Master Gardener, MALA, SALA, CSLA As Master Gardeners, we see the effects of climate change season after season, but what can we as individuals, or even as an association, do to help address it? There have …

Haskaps (Lonicera caerulea)

By Lenore Linton, Master Gardener I first discovered haskaps when I was taking courses required for my Master Gardener certificate during the summers of 2006 to 2008. These courses were offered at the University of Saskatchewan during “Hort …