Home Gar­den Sesqui­cen­ten­nial Con­test

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Local Dirt -

Man­i­toba, Al­berta and On­tario Gar­dener are join­ing to­gether to cre­ate a cross Canada gar­den con­test open to all gar­den­ers wish­ing to cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th An­niver­sary in 2017. All you have to do to en­ter is to cre­ate a gar­den, gar­den bed or con­tainer gar­den themed on some­thing that cel­e­brates Canada’s 150th birth­day! Send us a pho­to­graph of your cre­ation be­fore Fri­day, June 23, 2017. Win­ners will be an­nounced on Canada Day!

There will be six lev­els of en­try: (1.) Very small gar­den in a con­fined space or bal­cony. (2.) Con­tainer gar­den: i.e. one con­tainer or sev­eral. (3.) Small home gar­den in a city. (4.) Large home gar­den in a city. (5.) Large coun­try home/ farm gar­den. (6.) Gar­dens us­ing trees and/or shrubs.

The gar­dens will be judged by a na­tional panel of gar­den ex­perts ac­cord­ing to the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria: (1.) Gar­den must sym­bol­ize Canada’s sesqui­cen­ten­nial in some way. It does not have to be red and white. (2.) Gar­dens can be an­nu­als, peren­ni­als or mixed. (3.) Gar­den­ers are asked to sub­mit a 250 to 300 word de­scrip­tion of the theme and the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the gar­den. (4.) Gar­den­ers should in­clude a sketch of their plan. (5.) A head and shoul­ders

Spe­cial thank you

Ifor­got to ex­tend a spe­cial thank you to our gar­den­ing friend, Janet Jack­son, who gave us the won­der­ful idea to make con­crete mush­rooms for our “Gar­den­ing with Kids” pro­ject last is­sue. Janet, a long-time friend of Man­i­toba Gar­dener, was teach­ing tradeshow at­ten­dees how to make these mush­rooms for their home when I ran into her. She was en­thu­si­as­tic about her cre­ations and wel­comed me to share the idea in the mag­a­zine. I can’t be­lieve I for­got to say thank-you, so thank you Janet!



The do­mes­ti­ca­tion of ba­nanas has pro­duced plants that are sweet and tasty, but seed­less. Most ba­nana plants have not had sex for 10,000 years! They have been prop­a­gated by hand, from a sucker of an ex­ist­ing plant, whose ge­netic ma­te­rial has not changed in 100 cen­turies. As a re­sult, ba­nanas are sus­cep­ti­ble to dis­ease.

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