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The Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs were created and continue to be maintained by community volunteers.

Since the Gardens and forest areas are located in a City of Calgary park,
are open to the general public just like all other city parks.


There is no admission fee but we do appreciate your support
through donations and letters of appreciation.


Our Facebook page is back up and running -
thanks to volunteer and Gardens enthusiast
Kelly Heintz!  

Be sure to Like our page for instant updates
on what is going on with our Gardens.


What's New?

    Seasons Greetings from the Botanical Gardens


If you have ambled
recently through the winter Gardens and Birthplace trails, you could not help but notice the colorful seasonal decorations.
Hopefully, they made your perambulation more pleasant and cheerful.

   2015 Botanical Gardens calendars available for purchase!

Our beautiful 2015 Gardens Calendars are now available for purchase at $10 each. We are selling these at cost.

These are premium stock calendars with a spiral binding and they make ideal gifts.

Calendars are available at the Silver Springs Community  Centre.

Or, if you would like to order one or more,
contact us at:

Purchased calendars can be picked up in Silver Springs.

     Students wonder what happened to the sign

Tuesday, November 25, 2014:

The Birthplace Forest and Botanical Gardens were visited by a large group of Grade 1/2 students from W.O. Mitchell Elementary School.

Here is what teacher
Cynthia Engelbracht had to say about the purpose of their field trip:

We walked through the BGSS along the sound wall to the SS sign. Our classes have been investigating and wondering why the letters are all missing! This is our school's community and many students and staff live in SS too!

Students designed a plan for a new sign to make improvements to prevent future vandalism. 54 kids walked with about 8 adult volunteers.

Photo courtesy of C. Engelbracht
Click on photos for larger view.

Students in the Shakespeare Gardens
Click on photos for larger view.

We also looked at the Old Post garden to see a piece of history. We talked about the sound wall and the reason why some residents decided to make it a beautiful garden.

We also learned that volunteers put a lot of time and effort into the gardens for our pleasure to enjoy!


Mother Nature sends Message of Love to Volunteers

Just a few short weeks after the surprise snow storm in September, our photographer Brenda Forsey noticed something odd but beautiful as she took some fall pictures of the various areas - a message of love from Mother Nature to all who enjoy walking the paths and Gardens in Silver Springs:

              Red leaves in the shape of a heart!

She was so moved by the sight that she put her feelings into words.


The gardens feel the love of all

by Brenda Forsey

The gardens feel the love of all
who walk thru them,
and the love of the volunteers
that tend to them
so heartfully.
Mother nature is thanking everyone….
by creating a beautiful heart in the forest.

I walked thru the gardens late September
as the trees were changing colors.
I noticed this grove of green trees standing so tall,
and in the center - a heart
created by mother nature herself
in lovely red hues.

I was entranced completely
by this beautiful heart
created by the red leaves that formed it.

The park is thanking everyone
who has tended so carefully its trees,
flowers, and
is sending out a thank you to all.



Mayor Nenshi thinks Gardens are amazing!

Another letter of appreciation!

Sept. 20, 2014: On a beautiful Saturday morning, we were honoured to have Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi tour the Botanical Gardens and two of our feature areas - the Labyrinth and the Shakespeare Garden.

                    Mayor Nenshi walking the Labyrinth

He was amazed, to say the least, at the results of our volunteer community effort.


Hello Volunteers,

This summer I rediscovered the gardens, having last walked thru them about 6-8 years ago.

WOW you folks have done an amazing job at creating a beautiful environment – a special retreat – in the middle of a big city.

A big thank you to all of the volunteers that worked hard to build it and maintain it.

Absolutely WONDERFUL.

Laurie Moore

    Summer 2014 photo gallery
                              by Brenda Forsey

What happened?

Our official photographer, Brenda Forsey, has once again captured some unforgettable images of our glorious gardens and paths.

Check out the new gallery taken by our professional photographer Brenda Forsey.

Sunday September 7th will be remembered by many as being one of the finest days of the summer of 2014. The temperature reached a high of 25 and the sky was as blue as it can only get in Calgary.

And then ...


"Everyday Tourist" blog features Botanical Gardens

Blogger's amazing challenge

Our Botanical Gardens have been featured in the Everyday Tourist blog website.


Richard White who writes the blog has visited our Gardens twice and he is impressed to say the least.

Richard White in the Shakespeare Garden

really good news is that he will be sharing his experiences with his Tourism Calgary and Travel Alberta contacts.

Read the full blog here

Thank you Richard for honouring us with your article!

We received an email from a local resident and blogger who took on an interesting challenge.

Kelly Hipkin promised herself that she would visit the gardens every day for the month of August and she reports that it was a wonderful experience for her.

What is really neat is that she blogged about her visits each day on her website.

        The beginning of a sample blog.
 To read her daily blogs, go to:

     Oldest visitor ever tours the Gardens

August 16, 2014: The Silver Springs Botanical Gardens achieved another milestone in welcoming its oldest visitor ever on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Centenarian Hugh, his 94 year old wife Kay, and a bus load of seniors from the Garrison Green Lodge for Seniors toured the Gardens on this beautiful August day.

100 year old Hugh with wife Kay

More photos

       Sundre Garden Club tours the Gardens

August 14, 2014:
A bus load of 35 garden lovers made their way from Sundre to check out our flowers, bushes and trees.

Needless to say, a great time was had by all!


      Bluegrass Nursery visits the Gardens

The month of August was a busy one in terms of large tours visiting the Gardens.

One of our long time Friends and Partner, Bluegrass Nursery, spent a wonderful afternoon touring the various Gardens and trails.




      Sunflower Girl

August 6, 2014:  Recently, one of our volunteers saw the most adorable sight ...



      Shakespeare Garden gets glorious face-lift

Have you checked out the Shakespeare Garden recently?

 If not, you should do so soon!

The new brick path has been laid, new quotation signs have been placed and many new Shakespeare related flowers, bushes, trees and herbs have been planted.

The bard would be pleased!

Click here for more photos taken by Brenda Forsey



   They come from all around to walk the Gardens!

Scenic Acres Walking Group

June 11, 2014: It was a busy day in the Botanical Gardens and BirthPlace Forest.

A large walking group from the Winter Club paid a visit and were soon followed by a walking club based in Scenic Acres. This group chooses a different location every Wednesday.

We are honored that they would choose us for their weekly get-together.

Thank you Lucy Y. for recommending this area to this group.


Off-leash dog walkers express their concerns

Websites that Feature the Botanical Gardens

Recently, we received letters of concern from a group of off-leash dog owners. They made it know to us that they were not happy with the increasing development of garden areas and the presence of structures in the Birthplace Forest off-leash area.

We were aware of these concerns and as a result, we decided last year that we would not be developing any new garden areas. This was announced as part of our 2014 - 2016 Development Plan which was submitted last January.

On Wednesday, May 28, we met with members of this off-leash dog owners group, a City Parks representative, Silver Springs Association President, Jeremy Gukert and other community residents to discuss the issue.

At this meeting, we reconfirmed that we will not be developing new garden beds or building more structures in that area. Much of the discussion centered around perceptions of what an-off leash area is and what the responsibilities are of dog walkers in such areas.

To read more about off-leash areas and what the bylaws require of dog walkers, click here.

To read the Silver Springs Community Association Board of Directors' position on the issue, click here.

We recently did a vanity Google search on the Silver Springs Botanical Gardens and were pleasantly surprised by the large number of websites that have feature stories or blogs complimenting our Gardens and Birthplace Forest.

Here are just a few of the many. Click on picture to be taken to the sites.




For more of these webpages, click here.

We get letters - and we welcome them!

Hi There:
I am a resident of Silver Springs and recently walked along the entire length of the gardens starting up by the LDS church and working my way down to the oval garden.

I was completely blown away with the beauty and extent of the various gardens! Although I have lived in Silver Springs for the past 4 years, I had somehow never seen more than the oval gardens (unbelievable, I know).

I felt compelled to write to you to express my admiration for the hard work which has surely gone into this massive project. This must be one of the very best gardens in all of Calgary and it is wonderful that its enjoyment is made possible by your group of volunteers.

Thank you very much for your work and I can't wait to show it off to friends and family.

                  Arthur Kupper

Thank you for the garden:

Today I made my second visit to your gardens. The first was mid-September last year. I am awed by the beauty and the dedication of volunteers to create and maintain these gardens.

A beautiful area used by a variety of folks – walkers, cyclists, dog owners, gardeners, those looking for a space to meditate (love the labyrinth).

I sincerely hope your community can maintain this area for the enjoyment of all.

I am hoping to share this area with my Crown Jewels group the first week of June and I am so pleased we can park quite close as a few of the ladies are in their 80s.

I plan to be back for a few visits this summer and I tell lots of people about the Silver Springs Botanical Gardens.

Keep up the awesome area – such variety!!

                Linda Saunders

Bouquets to just a few of our many friends and volunteers

It would be an understatement to say that the Botanical Gardens in Silver Springs are anything but spectacular!

It should be also recognized that the ongoing continuing efforts of a small group of dedicated volunteers have made the long term success of this garden project possible.

With not much more than thirty active volunteers, we have created the largest and most unique gardens in all of Calgary.

Our thanks go out to each and every one of our regular volunteers who toil happily  at planting and watering and weeding and pruning and proving that flowers can brighten one's day and make the community a better and more beautiful place for all.


 Thank you Church of Latter-Day Saints volunteers

Volunteers needed!

We are so grateful for the continuing support and efforts of our great neighbours - members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

Elders Church, Owen, Burns and Ritter
from Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Knoxville.

A number of young people - Elders on a Mission - continue to do so much for us - from weeding to raking to spreading mulch and ... the list goes on.

If you see any really young men and women working in the gardens, be sure to stop and say howdy and thank you!




Laurel and Duncan are still looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks.
No experience or green thumb necessary.

If you would like to help, contact
    Laurel    at    (403) 288 4652   or
    Duncan at  (403) 286 9631.


Thanks to all the unknown heroes and secret volunteers

Besides our dedicated core of hard-working volunteers, there are a number of other people who should also be acknowledged for contributing to the quality of the gardens.

Friendly neighbour cutting the grass

Also to those who stop and pick up garbage that occasionally makes its way into the area.

We should also be grateful to the individuals who pick up after their dogs and a special thanks to those who pick up other people's doggie-doo.
Nothing can ruin a pleasant walk through the gardens faster than stepping into Rover's number two.

A sincere thank you to all who have in their own way contributed to the beauty of the Gardens.


News Stories - Archive

W.O. Mitchell students commune and learn with nature June 9, 2014
Rundle Academy Student Volunteers May 23, 2014
Check out the thyme at the Labyrinth!  
Botanical Gardens enters new chapter in history Nov. 2013
Labyrinth featured in Motivated by Nature Blog  
Poems by Agnes Leong  
2013 Photos by Brenda Forsey  
Gardens pioneers honoured with Award of Merit 2013 Nov. 26, 2013
Deck the Paths with Boughs of Holly Dec. 2013
Labyrinth featured in Motivated by Nature Blog Oct. 23. 2013
What do you do with a mountain of leaves? Oct. 26, 2013
Fall Clean-up 2013 - Just in Time October 2013
Botanical Gardens featured in Calgary Herald Sept 13, 2013
Gardens Open House & Labyrinth Official Opening August 24, 2013
Local couple create wedding memories in Birthplace Forrest August 24, 2013
The Botanical Gardens are green in so many ways July 2013
Labyrinth a-mazes all July 8, 2013
Rain don't stop student volunteers from Rundle College May 24, 2013
BGSS at Calgary Horticultural Society Garden Show April 13 - 14, 2013
Volunteers Honoured at Gala Awards Event December 5, 2012
More Winter Scene Pictures December 23, 2012
The beauty of Calgary's winters December 22, 2012
The Beauty of Winter Gardens November 1, 2012
The Botanical Gardens are What's Awesome about Calgary - Herald photo contest November 2012
Chartres Labyrinth created in Silver Springs October 2012
Spectacular Fall 2012 Flowers video October 2012
Workshop Official Opening Sat., Oct. 13, 2012
Working on the Chain Gang Tues., Sept. 18, 2012
City Parks Department tours the Gardens Wed., August 22, 2012
Wildlife shot in the Botanical Gardens! Tuesday, August, 21, 2012
Open Garden Tour for Horticultural Society August 12, 2012
August Silver Springs Spirit Article  August 2012