Sec­ond an­nual Gar­den­ing Show fill­ing up fast

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

Delia Community Hall will be the hub of growth and spring fever as the Sec­ond An­nual Gar­den­ing Work­shop and Trade Show will hap­pen on Saturday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and reg­is­tra­tion is manda­tory in or­der to par­tic­i­pate.

“I think if peo­ple are in­ter­ested at all in gar­den­ing, shel- ter­belts, and build­ing up their soils it is def­i­nitely worth at­tend­ing,” said Dara Ku­dras, As­sis­tant Agri­cul­tural Field­man of Starland County. “You also get a great lunch and there is go­ing to be a ton of door prizes in­clud­ing live plants and trees and that sort of thing.”

Last year’s trade show was held in Mun­son and was con­sid­ered a hit amongst the 90 peo­ple that at­tended.

Con­nie Trem­blay of White Star Per­ma­cul­ture will be speak­ing on the var­i­ous ben­e­fits of per­ma­cul­ture. Per­ma­cul­ture is the de­vel­op­ment of agri­cul­tural ecosys­tems in­tended to be sus­tain­able and self-suf­fi­cient.

“She will be speak­ing on ed­i­ble for­age, the im­por­tance of soil and pol­li­na­tors in our gar­den as well,” said Ku­dras.

Me­gan Evans of the Al­berta Na­tive Bee Coun­cil will be speak­ing on na­tive pol­li­na­tors in the gar­den and fo­cus­ing on bum­ble­bees.

A Tree­time rep­re­sen­ta­tive will be on site as well to dis­cuss how to build a proper shel­ter belt and to talk about the dif­fer­ent plant species the com­pany car­ries.

“So af­ter all of our speak­ers are done, we go to our hand­son ac­tiv­i­ties for the af­ter­noon and Con­nie Trem­blay will be lead­ing the mi­crobe en­er­gize trans­plant so we will be transplanting toma­toes us­ing mi­crobe en­er­gized soil which she is bring­ing from home,” said Ku­dras.

The sec­ond work­shop will have par­tic­i­pants cre­at­ing bum­ble­bee houses which will be lead by the Al­berta Na­tive Bee Coun­cil. The max­i­mum num­ber of par­tic­i­pants will be capped at 60 and each one must bring their own drill.

The Al­berta Na­tive Bee Coun­cil could po­ten­tially be re­ceiv­ing funds to pro­vide th­ese bee boxes across the prov­ince. “If they get ap­proved we will be some of the first to do th­ese bee boxes,” said Ku­dras.

Ku­dras ex­plained that each par­tic­i­pant will come home with at least one trans­planted tomato and a bee box if they are of the first 60 peo­ple to sign up.

For tradeshow booths, at­ten­dees can ex­pect to see Rose­bud Val­ley Honey, P & J Home and Yard Im­prove­ments, Tree­time, Coun­try­side Green­houses, White Star Per­ma­cul­ture, Dani Doo­ley, Sandi Checkel of Checkel Green­houses and Cat­tle­munns Ranch­ing.

Any­one in­ter­ested in this event can call Ku­dras at the Starland County of­fice at 403772-3793 to pre­reg­is­ter.

Mun­son Community As­so­ci­a­tion

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