Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Local Dirt -

Al­berta Gar­dener,

I look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing each edi­tion of the Al­berta Gar­dener mag­a­zine, which I read cover to cover. I re­cently re­ceived Vol­ume 14, Is­sue #3 and as usual I was im­pressed with the fea­tured gar­den (Marten’s home in Cal­gary). I was quite shocked when I turned to page 11 and spot­ted what ap­peared to be big­head knap­weed front and cen­ter in the top right hand photo. I am hop­ing this is not the plant that it looks to be since big­head knap­weed has a pro­vin­cial des­ig­na­tion as a pro­hib­ited nox­ious weed in Al­berta and was fea­tured in Al­berta Gar­dener Vol­ume 14, Is­sue #1 on pages six and seven. I feel the Marten’s gar­den is beau­ti­ful and it ap­pears a large amount of ef­fort has been put into it ei­ther by the home owner or a pro­fes­sional land­scaper but some­one should do their home­work on grow­ing al­ter­nate plants which can re­place nox­ious weeds. Like­wise. if this truly is big­head knap­weed the writer of the ar­ti­cle and edi­tor of this mag­a­zine should have rec­og­nized this plant and at the very least not uti­lize the pic­ture as part of the ar­ti­cle. My hus­band and I live on a farm and our yard is ap­prox­i­mately 2 acres in size. I am an avid gar­dener plant­ing over 10,000 an­nu­als each year in our yard. I do not grow many peren­ni­als be­cause they do tend to read­ily re­seed or spread, I do my re­search on the in­ter­net as well as a va­ri­ety of mag­a­zines and books, with all the re­sources avail­able I feel we all have plenty of in­for­ma­tion that should pre­vent any gar­dener or dis­trib­u­tor from pos­si­bly aid­ing the spread of un­wanted plants.

Thanks for pro­duc­ing a won­der­ful mag­a­zine.

Donna Dul

Hi Donna,

Thanks for your very nice let­ter. The cou­ple did do their own gar­den. And thank you for mak­ing the point about the knap­weed – don’t know how this got by us, but we will print your let­ter and that way folks will be aware. Cheers, Dorothy

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