Tomato Extravaganza!

August 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hole's Greenhouses and Gardens
101 Riel Dr
St Albert, AB T8N 3X4
5.00 (free for kids age 11 and under)
Donna "Top Tomato" Bagdan

If I say that in my garden I am growing Pink Ping Pongs, Green Zebra, Bumble Bee Purple, Mamma Mia and Rapunzel, then what do you think I am growing?


Advance tickets are now available!

Rules for the Friendly Tomato Competition now posted! Click HERE!

How are your tomatoes growing so far this year? Are you expecting a big crop? The Tomato Extravaganza planning team is hoping you will have a bountiful supply of tomatoes and will share a big basket full with the Edmonton Food Bank on August 29th.

This is really good news!

The Tomato Extravaganza event at the Enjoy Centre at Hole’s Greenhouse and Gardens will feature guided ‘behind the scene’ tours in the enormous greenhouse to view ‘tomato alley’. Actually it is several alleys with hundreds of tomato container plants.  There is a huge variety of both hybrid and heritage tomatoes, growing and producing in their best form possible. Some of the heritage tomatoes will stretch ‘way up’ like the delicious Sungold which has the potential to reach 60 feet. Let’s see how high it will get!

The heritage tomatoes will be in all colours, shapes and tastes. It will  make you wonder why we have immortalized the red tomato for so long.

Be sure to mark August 29th on your calendar. It will be an educational and fun-filled day. Over the next two months, check the EHS website and the Tomato Extravaganza! Facebook site for more details about this event.

What’s special right now on the Tomato Extravaganza Facebook site? New videos! Tomato talks from Tina Burback and Bob Stadnyk from Greenland Garden Centre and Jim Hole from Hole’s Greenhouse and Gardens.

We will need volunteers on August 29th at the Enjoy Centre, Hole’s Greenhouse and Gardens. Let Donna at know if you are interested.

What fun it would be to try some unusual tomatoes with unbelievable colours, stripes, colour blends and shapes along with some quirky growing habits!

This year Arch Greenhouses is growing 76 heritage tomatoes along with the tried-and-true hybrid tomatoes. This kick-started the idea of the Tomato Extravaganza. We think the Edmonton Horticultural Society is on to something big because people love growing tomatoes and love eating locally grown tomatoes!

We have some partners who are thinking the same way when presented with the opportunity to be part of this event.

  • The ‘Tomato food and drink‘ magazine editor Mary Bailey is advertising this event. Watch for great tomato recipes in the summer edition.
  • Hole’s Greenhouses and Gardens offered the Enjoy Centre for the big August 29th event
  • ArchGreenhouses is running tomato talks.
  • Jim Hole is doing a total of 5 tomato workshops.
  • The Edmonton Food Bank is over the moon thinking about the tomatoes that the Capital Region gardeners will share with them and will promote the event on their website, their newsletter, and so on.
  • ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen will be there sharing preservation methods, cooking with tomatoes, and great recipes.
  • Greenland Garden Centre is giving children Tiny Tim tomatoes and an instruction sheet how to take care of them and featuring us on CHED

We are in the early planning stages but we will certainly have more partners and sponsors.

From the standpoint of the Edmonton Horticultural Society, the Tomato Extravaganza will:

  • celebrate the many types of tomatoes that we can grow magnificently in the Capital Region
  • engage the gardening and food community to raise the profile and the merits of food gardening
  • expand the EHS’ community outreach regarding support for food gardening interests
  • motivate more people to grow tomatoes
  • foster excitement about growing more varieties of tomatoes
  • encourage people to enjoy eating tomatoes in more ways because tomatoes are healthful
  • share the crop of tomatoes with the Edmonton Food Bank

The Tomato Extravaganza takes place on August 29 from 2 to 8 pm at Hole’s Greenhouses and Gardens, the Enjoy Centre. It will be an educational and fun-filled day.

There will be talks. Cooking demos. Friendly tomato competitions – biggest, ugliest, best tasting. Tomato themed art, photos, and paintings. Gardening with children. Preserving tomatoes. Tomato recipes. Making salsa, pesto, sauces, and pickles. Green fried tomatoes.  Companion foods – herbs. Tomato themed appetizers. Chef cook-offs. We’ll have wine and food pairings. Tasting. Eating. Door prizes.

The Edmonton Food Bank will collect all the tomatoes that we ‘bring to share’ on August 29th.

One measure of success for this event will be the tonnes of locally-grown tomatoes to the event which can be shared with citizens in need via Edmonton’s Food Bank. From the current Edmonton’s Food Bank Fast Facts, the approximate value of the food distributed is $23 million and it:

  • serves more than 20,000 hampers per month of which 40% of the recipients are children
  • works with more than 230 organizations providing them food from the warehouse
  • provides, through affiliated agencies, close to 500,000 meals and snacks to 44 schools

What can you do?

As an EHS member or a non-member please grow way more tomatoes and plan to show them or share them at our August event. Encourage your neighbours, friends, children and grandchildren to plant lots of tomatoes and share too.

Try some of the unusual heritage/heirloom tomatoes and try to convince/show your neighbours you are growing black and white and striped tomatoes! Have fun! Take photos of your unique heritage tomatoes and show them at the event.  

Talk up the Tomato Extravaganza so we have a big turnout!

What else can you do?

With a tomato theme… take great photos; get out the paintbrush; make some organic tomato art… involve children or grandchildren in this! Find some favourite family tomato recipes to share.

And YOU can volunteer on August 29th. Just let us know that you will be able to help and we will be most thankful.

We hope you are enthused about the Tomato Extravaganza. Now is the time to plant more tomatoes in your garden!

And mark your calendar right now for our big event! Tuesday August 29th, 2 – 8 pm at the Enjoy Centre.

Watch for more details on ENews, the EHS website, and Facebook.

If you would like more information, or would like to volunteer, please let us know. We will need lots of help on Tuesday, August 29th!

For more information, contact Donna “Top Tomato” Bagdan – or call 780-436-0478 OR Brian Heidecker – or call 780-718-6584



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