Home Garden Sesquicentennial Contest
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.