Thursday, June 10, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Calgary Rock & Alpine Garden Society
Calgary Rock & Alpine Gardening Society
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Wilding or perhaps more appropriately “rewilding” the garden looks at gardens in a different way than the usual tamed spaces that have dominated gardening for the past few decades.
Instead of attempting to control nature the goal is to invite nature back to our gardens.
In our current environment where climate change, loss of habitat and unceasing human incursions into wild areas are putting all species at risk, letting go of old values and ways of gardening and embracing the wild side is an important way for gardeners to contribute to creating healthy ecosystems, with habitat for wildlife, and even cumulatively modify our climate.
Overview of the situation
Principles and practices of rewilding, including designing a new garden or “retrofitting” an existing one, including the lawn
Cultural practices, including building biodiversity of plant life and providing shelter
Specific projects to engage interest in providing habitat, such as nesting boxes, feeding and water stations, as well as shelter
Citizen science and advocacy
This workshop will look at the down-to-earth design and cultural practices that we can use to make our gardens refuges for pollinators, other beneficial insects, birds and other life.
Janet Melrose is a well-known Calgary garden expert, specializing in garden education and horticultural therapy, and advocates for a sustainable local food system. Co-author of the “Prairie Gardener’s Go-To” series of books. Find her on Facebook as “Calgary’s Cottage Gardener.”
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