Acadia’s 1st Annual Garden & Art Tour

Join us on July 25th for Acadia’s 1st Annual Garden & Art Tour featuring Acadia’s unique gardens, yards and art installations.

Tickets are on sale now through eventbrite.com.

The Details: Meet us at the Acadia Community Garden to receive your Self-Guided Tour Map. Then make your way through the neighbourhood, admiring the sights as you go. At each destination, chat with the host Gardener or Artist who will show you around and answer your questions.

Every location is unique and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you don’t catch them all on Thursday, July 25th, try again on the morning of Saturday, July 27th.

Finally, it’s all for a great cause! Proceeds will go towards Acadia Community Garden and Art Society’s annual operating costs.

We’re ridiculously excited to show you what Acadia has to offer!

Click the link, make your purchase, tell all your friends, and support our growing community.

See you in The Garden!

 

The Acadia Community Garden & Art Society’s Annual General Meeting 2017

Please join us for the upcoming annual general meeting so we can get to know you this 2017!

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, April 10, 2017
Place: Calgary Co-op Macleod Trail, Community Room (upstairs) 8818 Macleod Trail SE

Everyone is welcome – friends of the garden, past, current or interested gardeners, volunteers or anyone who is curious about us.

Hope to see you there!

Acadia Garden and Art Society, Board of Directors

Happy New Year with Xeriscaping

Happy New Year Everyone!

On this very snowy January 1st, after you’ve shovelled your walk, and perhaps your neighbour’s too, why not kick back with a cup of coffee/tea/nog, grab a nearby gardening book, and settle in for a nice day’s read.

What sort of book will you choose? The latest gardening magazine? The seed catalogues that might be piling up around you? Perhaps you’ll delve into permaculture, explore cottage gardens, or plan to graft a franken-apple tree (please do this!)

One subject that’s captured my interest over the past few years is xeriscaping (using plants that, once established, will thrive with little to no added water beyond what nature provides).

Usually when talking about xeriscaping, we’re quick to reassure people that we don’t mean a moonscape of rocks & cacti but I’ve gotta admit, over the last few months, those cacti have been calling my name!

Over the next few weeks, let’s explore some of the hardy cacti & succulents that excel in Calgary’s climate. I think you’ll be surprised at the variety and number of plants to choose from, as well as their inherent beauty. We’ll discuss where to put them, how to keep them happy, and what benefits they’ll bring to the garden.

Here’s a series of little-known tidbits:

1) roses have prickles – not thorns – and they’re modified stem tissue
2) thorns are modified branches, like on a Hawthorn tree
3) spines are modified leaves, as seen on Barberry or Cacti

Cat Poop on a Stick

(photo taken from the City of Calgary website, see link below)

If you have a Mayday, Schubert’s Choke Cherry, or any other tree/shrub from the Prunus family, you’re likely familiar with the Black Knot Fungus issue in Calgary. It’s ugly, it spreads quickly, and it looks like cat poop on a stick (cannot be unseen)!

It’s easy to see now that the branches are bare so once you spot it, it’s time to act.

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Grant Contest Deadline October 10th, Vote Now!

Enrichment of the Native Plant & Pollinator Garden:

Worldwide, pollinator populations are in decline. At the Acadia Community Garden & Art Society, we’ve made it a priority to raise awareness around this issue by creating a pollinator-friendly habitat and growing space for all of our neighbours, whether they walk on 6 legs or 2.  Continue reading “Grant Contest Deadline October 10th, Vote Now!”

I’m going to tell you a story- Open Letter from Acadia Garden and Art Society

I’m going to tell you a story.

I live in a city where people often don’t know their neighbours. I’m not sure that’s a point of pride for most, we are still prairie folk after all (that means generally friendly, for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of living on the prairies). No, I think it’s because we’re a busy city. There’s hustle and there’s bustle.  Continue reading “I’m going to tell you a story- Open Letter from Acadia Garden and Art Society”

Call for Board: Fundraising Coordinator

The Acadia Garden and Art Society is currently looking for a fundraising coordinator to add to our board of directors. This position would require the individual to be the main contact for all the vital fundraising efforts that make our progress possible.  Continue reading “Call for Board: Fundraising Coordinator”

McDougall United Church: Planting Seeds In Our Community

 The McDougall United Church has partnered with our organization many times, through their gracious fundraising efforts and their continued support of our shared values. Most recently they have launched a community initiative to build boxes to promote a healthy lifestyle for at-risk families.

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