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       Botanical Gardens enters new chapter in history


As of November 2013, the Botanical Gardens volunteer group are officially a Province of Alberta registered “Society.”

The first annual general meeting of the newly formed Silver Springs Botanical Gardens Society was held on January 15, 2014 at the Silver Springs Community Centre.

At that time, it was determined that the following volunteers would serve as the Board of Directors:

President                Duncan Badger
Treasurer               Jannette Daley
Secretary                Laurel Caddel
Member-at-Large   Tom Mayhew
Member-at-Large   Gail Fitzmartyn

This group will meet 2 to 3 times a year to plan and outline objectives for the future.

      

 
   Gardens pioneers honoured with Award of Merit 2013
   

Nov. 26, 2013: Congratulations to Duncan and Bev Badger who were recently honoured with the AWARD OF MERIT presented by the Calgary Horticultural Society at a Volunteer Recognition Event held on November 26, 2013.

They were nominated in a formal process reviewed by the Board of the Calgary Horticultural Society and subsequently chosen to receive this prestigious Award.

A perpetual plaque on which their names are inscribed is now on display in the Calgary Horticultural Society office.

This once in a lifetime Award is in recognition of their long term commitment and outstanding contribution to gardens within the Province of Alberta over an extended period of time.

Specifically, this Award recognizes the planning, creation, construction and completion of our Labyrinth which involved a two year commitment of volunteer time.

This Labyrinth, located within the Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs, Calgary, Alberta has become a focal point of the Gardens and is now enjoyed by the local community and beyond.

                    - LLC

 



Duncan and Bev Badger with Calgary Horticultural President Kenna Burima  
Photo by Winston Goretsky



 

     Fall 2013 Photos

        Poems by Agnes Leong


Our official photographer, Brenda Forsey, was very busy last year capturing unforgettable images of the glorious gardens and paths.

   
 


  
 


Agnes, a longtime volunteer with the BGSS  was recently inspired by the muse of poetry and wrote a poem about one of the passions in her life - sunflowers.
 She also wrote one about Ladybugs!
 


What a skyline!
Click on picture for larger view.


Besides maintaining the spectacular
Sunflower Garden located adjacent
to the Wall Garden, she also spends
her winters painting and restoring
the many garden signs that adorn
the various flower beds and
specialty gardens.

 


Click here to read Agnes' Sunflower and Ladybugs poems.

 

Labyrinth featured in Motivated by Nature Blog:

Lessons Learned from the Labyrinth


October 23, 2013: We receive many notes of thanks and praise from people who visit our Gardens and Forest Paths. Too many to print all.

However, we were quite taken with the following note written by Susanne Heaton who is an author and inspirational speaker. She recently visited our Labyrinth and wrote a blog about her experience.

From Susanne Heaton:

 

 

I just found out about your Labyrinth and I wrote a quick blog about my experience and lessons learned from walking it today.  I am in complete and total awe.   

In deep and humble gratitude,


 

Susanne Heaton

Owner, Motivated by Nature

Award-Winning Author, Inspirational Speaker & FUNdraiser

 

www.motivatedbynature.com




To read the complete blog, click here or on the above.

 Fabulous Flower Fotos
 
by Brenda Forsey

We get letters


      

 


Click on above images to view video montages
of the gardens taken in late spring and mid July and of special presentations featuring the Rose Garden and Peony beds.


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 it's 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

 

Bouquets to just a few of our many 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 to volunteers from the Church of Latter-Day Saints



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

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

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

 



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

 

Teens take time to enjoy Wall Garden

Volunteers needed!


On any given day, hundreds of people visit the gardens to enjoy the flowers the trees the paths and of course the wall.

What better perch is there to view downtown Calgary than atop our very own Wall Garden!




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

For example, there is the local resident who, without being asked, takes the time to cut the grass around the Shakespeare/Sandstone Garden. 

Thanks 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.

It is so important for people to pick up after their dogs now that we have so many school groups, families and tourists who visit our gardens.


Besides it is the law.

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

   
   
Deck the Paths with Boughs of Holly Dec. 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
B. G. 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

 

 


“Kindness in words
      creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking
      creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving
      creates love.”
               
- Lao Tzu