Friday, May 11, 2012

Bloomin' Garden Show 2012

This is a fantastic event, tomorrow May 12 from 9am- 4pm at the Alberta Avenue Community League. It combines gardening information and products with an artisan market and gallery all in a beautiful, serene atmosphere with classical music. The event brings out over 1000 gardeners and shoppers from around the city to our Avenue. It'll showcase our great local talent and our revitalized community along 118 Avenue. You'll find great gifts for Mothers Days as well as seeds, plants, tips & treats for your garden.

You may also buy compost from the City of Edmonton Waste Management Centre for $6 a 30L bag.  Or catch me at 2pm- I'll be talking about Creative Raised Beds. 

Presentation & Workshop Schedule

Fruit Growing 9:30am to 10:30am

Learn what fruits to grow in our climate, planting procedures and care.

Presenter: Thean Pheh, horticulturalist and local back yard fruit grower. 

Thean Pheh worked in the Department of Agriculture in Malaysia (1968 to 1982) and Alberta Agriculture (1983 to 2007) in production, extension and research in various horticultural crops before throwing in the towels. Growing up on a small farm, Thean developed keen interests in growing fruits and vegetables, sustainable agriculture and edible landscaping. In his retirement he wants to continue to be an active and productive member of the community. Besides maintaining a fair collection of heirloom fruits and vegetables, he breeds fruits and potatoes for hobby, and presents talks to various horticultural organizations. He and his wife are vendors in a Farmers’ Market in Edmonton.

Soil Enhancement 11am to 12pm

Come hear what these panel members have to say about the number one building block of gardening - your soil. Short presentations followed by question & answer time.

Gary Chan, City of Edmonton Vegetation Management
Dr. Ieuan Evans, P. Ag., is an agrologist and plant pathologist who grew up on a small self-sustaining mixed farm in Welsh. He did Applied Research with Alberta Agriculture for many years; now he is an Agri-Coach. Dr. Evans is well known for his love of horticulture and is the developer of the popular "Evans Cherry".
Peter Dowd, owner/operator of Alberta Organic Garden who sells Seed & Sea organic balance blended fertilizer

Creative Gardening 2pm to 3pm

Learn about some interesting and creative ways to make and use raised beds for gardening. Raised beds can go virtually anyway and be made out of a variety of materials.

Presenter: Carissa Halton, local blogger, writer and gardener. Check out her creativity at

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