HIS­TORIC GREEN SPA­CES

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Calgary’s gar­den­ers and land­scap­ers have a his­tory of ad­vo­cat­ing fiercely on be­half of their pas­sion, from move­ments call­ing for the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the city to grow­ing veg­eta­bles as a moral im­per­a­tive, and even the in­no­va­tive use of gar­dens for ad­ver­tis­ing. Cen­tral Memo­rial Park (1221 - 2 St SW) is an ex­am­ple of the push for beau­ti­fi­ca­tion that is still en­joyed to­day. Com­pleted in 1912, it was mod­eled af­ter a for­mal Vic­to­rian gar­den with geo­met­ric path­ways, elab­o­rate gar­den beds, and rows of im­ported and na­tive trees. The Lougheed House’s ex­hibit Cul­ti­vat­ing the Land­scape: A So­cial His­tory of Gar­den­ing in Calgary traces the fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory of the city’s green thumbs through archival pho­tos, ar­ti­facts, and more (page 27).

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