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Upcoming Events

Monthly meetings are usually the second Thursday of the month, except July, August, and December. Meeting Social (beverages & snacks available, a chance to meet and talk with fellow gardeners) at 6:30 p.m., meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.

Meetings are held at the Lakeview Community Association Hall (see map), 6110 – 34th Street SW, parking is free.

Past Events

Sun June 10, 2018: Workshop on Planting Troughs

Now that you have a trough, how can you plant it so that the plants are happy and the design is dramatic?  This will mostly be a demonstration unless you can transport your own trough to the workshop.
Instructor: Rob Staniland and others
Cost:  $25 members, $35 non-members
Location: Bearspaw
Time:  1:00pm to 4:00pm
Contact: president@crags.ca   

Beaver Creek (Roger Barlow) returns to CRAGS Plant Sale

Roger Barlow of Beaver Creek Greenhouses is returning to the CRAGS plant sale on Saturday, June 2 from 12 pm to 3 pm at Lakeview Community Centre, 6110 34 St SW. This nursery specializes in alpine, winter hardy cactus and dwarf dryland plants.

Saturday June 2, 2018: CRAGS Plant Sale, 12 noon to 3:00pm

Open to the public.  We are pleased to again offer alpine and rock garden plants for sale. Plants suitable for various environments will be available; whether rock garden, alpine bed, or container. Many of these plants are not available at local garden centers. Our special home grown tomato plants and Martagon Lily plants will again make an appearance.  We have an assortment of styrofoam troughs for sale that have been crafted to look like rock material.  Bid on silent auction items.  More info on Plant Sale tab.

Sun May 27, 2018: BGSS Spring Celebration

Come visit the Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs on Sunday May 27, 2018 at 1 pm for a Spring CelebrationThe highlight this year is  the official opening of the Alpine Crevice and Native Plants Gardens, which were built in strong collaboration with CRAGS and the BGSS (Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs).   The two new gardens were built with over 800 volunteer hours in two years, using tons of sandstone and some 450 plants representing over 115 species.  There will be garden guides, entertainment, dignitaries, and refreshments.  The ceremonies will take place on a grassy area just below the new gardens.  Please refer to the map at bgss.ca, the new gardens are number nine.  We hope to take a group picture of everyone that helped build the two new gardens.

Thursday May 10, 2018: Jay Akerley (Vancouver) “Western Cordillera Plants for the Western Canadian Garden”

Jay will discuss montane and great basin plants from the Southern Rockies to Western Canada. He’ll focus on genera native and familiar to us in Western Canada, such as Penstemon, Eriogonum, Castilleja and the hardy cacti, etc – but with the added twist of the many additional hardy species and forms in the Southern Rockies and Great Basin.

Jay Akerley is a rock and alpine gardening enthusiast with gardens in both Greater Vancouver and high on the Thompson Plateau in BC’s Interior. His background is in geography and horticulture. He collects seed in rugged environments across Western North America, for seed exchanges , his own gardens, and those of specialized growers around the world. He has published ten articles in various journals, and participated as a volunteer with the North American Rock Garden Society, Alpine Garden Club of BC and other gardening clubs.

Thursday, April 12, 2018: Julia Corden (Scotland) “Plants of Wengen and the Bernese Oberland”

Feast your eyes on the wonderful carpets of wildflowers and the magnificent scenery of Switzerland.  Many of our prized rock garden plants such as Trumpet Gentian come from the European Alps, and Julia Corden has led botanizing trips in this area.

Julia Corden is Manager of the Explorers Garden in Pitlochry, Scotland, which specializes in the plants brought from around the world and introduced into horticulture by such explorers as Menzies, Douglas, Lyall, and Forrest. Julia trained at the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, achieving her diploma in horticulture. Following work in New Zealand, plant hunting travels through Hawaii, Delhi and Bangkok and restoration work on an East Sussex estate, she returned to Scotland to take over management of Explorers. She also leads botanical tours and explores for plants in many areas, most recently Bhutan.  For non-members, this talk is $10.

Thursday, March 8, 2018: Rob Staniland “So you want to build a rock garden in Calgary …”

Based on Rob’s experiences with his own gardens, his incessant questioning of many other local gardeners, and also experiences at the recent crevice garden project in Silver Springs, Rob will talk about materials and techniques specific to Calgary.  He will cover planning, styles, costs, materials, and construction, all aimed at dealing with the particular requirements of rock garden plants.  For non-members, this talk is $5.