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.
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