Category: Community

Edmonton Horticultural Society Affiliate Organizations

Alberta Horticultural Association
Contact: Lorna McIlroy at lorna.mcilroy@gmail.com

Alberta Invasive Plant Council
Contact: Barry Gibbs at aipc.executivedirector@gmail.com

Alberta Native Plant Council
Contact: Kelly Ostermann at info@anpc.ab.ca

Alberta Regional Lily Society
Contact: Laurie Hepper at pres@arls-lilies.org

Edmonton and Area Land Trust
Contact: Pam Wight at pamwight@ealt.ca

The Edmonton Naturalization Group
Contact: Cherry Dodd at engedmonton@gmail.com

Evergreen Garden Club (information posting)
Contact: Josanne Thiessen at prairielily1@gmail.com

Friends of the Devonian Botanic Garden
Contact Dana Wallace at info@friends-devonianbotanicgarden.org

Cactus & Succulent Society of Alberta
Contact: Mike Gibbins at michael.gibbins@ualberta.ca

Calgary Horticultural Society
Contact: Elizabeth Jolicoeur at office@calhort.org

Master Gardeners Association of Alberta
Contact: Patricia McKendrick at patmckendrick@me.com

Orchid Society of Alberta
Contact: David Whitaker at secretary@orchidsalberta.com

Orchid Species Preservation Society
Contact: Dave Nixon at 780-450-0790 or dnixon@shaw.ca

St Albert Botanic Park
Contact: Mary Meyer at sabotpk@telus.net

St Albert & District Garden Club
Contact: Derrick Harrison 780-458-7430 or at StAlbertGardenClub@telus.net

Sangudo & District Horticultural Club
Contact: Marlene Petersen at hpt1960@telus.net

Stony Plain Horticultural Society
Contact: Ericka Unterschultz at info@sphsociety.ca

Strathcona Garden Club
Contact: Brenda Brooke at Brook_eb@yahoo.ca

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Contact: Lessia Petriv at uchv@gov.ab.ca

Wetaskiwin Horticultural Society
Contact: Barb Lucas at bmlucas@telus.net

EHS Centennial Garden

The Edmonton Horticultural Society planted the Centennial Garden to commemorate one hundred years (1909 - 2009) of horticultural presence in the City of Edmonton.

It was a century that witnessed social and economic adversities that brought out the best in Edmonton gardeners. The years of the Victory Gardens and Vacant Lot Garden Club attest to that. The mature trees that grace our city boulevards and older neighborhoods, and the development of hardy hybrids of roses, lilies and berried shrubs reflect the productive and creative spirits of gardeners responding to the challenges of a harsh growing environment. (See History for more information.)

Situated in the Henrietta Muir-Edwards Park just off 98 Avenue, the garden was planted on land donated by the City of Edmonton. This was a supportive gesture on the part of the City in acknowledgement of its Partners in Parks relationship with EHS. The City also helped with preparation of the site, including the removal of old dying trees, placement of hardscape and delivery of top soil. The EHS supplied the plants and volunteer labour for the planting of the garden. Since there is no ready access to water, the City's Park Maintenance crew includes the garden in its watering schedule of City's landscape plants.

An EHS committee started planning for the Garden in 2004 and continued right up to the actual planting of the Garden in 2007. Kevin Napora, a professional garden designer and Diane Pilling, a well known local plantswoman guided the committee from planning to completion of the project. Many EHS volunteers helped with the mass planting of the Garden in June of 2007. Since then, a volunteer team known as the EHS City Gardeners provides ongoing maintenance.

The design of the Centennial Garden is centered on four color-themed borders: red, pink, blue and yellow. Thirteen ornamental trees, sixty-two shrubs and evergreens and two hundred and twenty-six herbaceous perennials and grasses were planted on the day of mass planting in June, 2007. The color themed borders are separated by wide walkways, with park benches strategically placed for full views of the floral displays.

On any given day throughout the growing season, joggers, dog-walkers, cyclists, strollers, families on park outings, city workers on lunch breaks and nearby condo owners pass by. They cannot help but feast their eyes on a cool blue bed of delphiniums (Delphinium grandiflorum), pincushions (Scabiosa caucasica), peach leaf bellflowers (Campanula persicifolia 'Telham Beauty'), speedwells (Veronica spicata 'Sunny Border Blue') and phloxes (Phlox paniculata 'Laura' and 'Nicky').

On the other hand, the riotous red bed of Explorer roses (Rosa 'Champlain,' 'George Vancouver' and 'Hunter') and scarlet blooms of the Maltese cross (Lychnis chalcidonica) may attract them, if the cheery yellow bed of false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides 'Loraine Sunshine'), swaying feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster') and golden ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Dart's Gold') has not already claimed their attention.

Then again, who could miss the romantic pink bed of Rosa 'Lambeth Closse', Annabelle hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle') and the airy sprays of sea lavender (Limonium latifolium).

By 2009, the Garden was well-enough established to bloom profusely in celebration of the Edmonton Horticultural Society's Centennial year. Since then, the EHS Centennial Garden has evolved, and will continue to evolve, with replacement plantings necessitated by the conditions of the day (e.g. weather damage, disease, vandalism). May it mature gracefully through the next one hundred years.

For a selection of photos of the Centennial Garden and some of the volunteers who maintain it, see our photo gallery.

Root for Trees Run

Root for Trees Run:  Summer Solstice Tree Festival

The EHS is a key partner in the Summer Solstice Tree Festival (aka the Tree Festival). This  Edmonton festival was begun in 2012 as a way to celebrate trees in our communities on the longest day of the year.

Partners include:
City of Edmonton
Edmonton Horticultural Society

As part of the festival, the EHS hosts:

  • Root for Trees: a 5km run/walk for adults
  • Kids Tree-athlon: 1.5km run/walk for children

All participants plant a tree at the finish line and receive a planting kit to grow a tree at home.

The 2013 Festival will take place on Saturday, June 22 at Grant Notley Park (100 Avenue & 116 Street).

For more information on the current year’s Festival and Runs or to register, click here or select Root for Trees in Contact Us.

Interested in volunteering for this event? Complete our online volunteer form.




Partners in Parks

The Edmonton Horticultural Society partners with the City of Edmonton to promote and encourage public interest in community beautification through the Partners in Parks program.

The EHS supports the program by offering other Partners (participants involved in the program) a time-limited “Horticultural Society Partners Membership” each spring. Benefits include:

  • Show Your Card and Save discounts of 10% at participating garden centres and greenhouses
  • One copy of the EHS newsletter, Gardener’s Gate
  • Access to the EHS Plant Exchange (bring a plant and exchange it for another)
  • Free entry to the EHS Speaker Series.

EHS active involvement in the Partners in Parks program includes responsibility for the maintenance of one rose bed, a perennial bed, and a lilac bed on the grounds of the Muttart Conservatory.

The EHS City Gardeners maintain these beds. Follow the link for more information on the flower beds and the City Gardeners.

EHS in the Community

We beautify, support and encourage

Working in the community is a long-standing EHS tradition.

Partnerships with the City of Edmonton enhance public spaces, support local horticulture, and educate and encourage gardeners. We work together annually on Communities in Bloom, Front Yards in Bloom, Partners in Parks and the Summer Solstice Tree Festival.

Under the Partners in Parks initiative, we plant and maintain rose and perennial beds on the grounds of the Muttart Conservatory.

We plant and maintain the EHS Centennial Garden in Henrietta Muir-Edwards Park for the pleasure of all who pass by or stop to enjoy.

We connect with other like-minded groups (affiliates) and welcome community garden and corporate memberships.