College of Agriculture and Bioresources
Spring Renewal

Saturday, March 4, 2017

  • 9:00 am–4:00 pm $85.00 plus GST for all day Saturday including lunch
  • Choose either the morning or afternoon session only for $50.00 plus GST, no lunch provided

In the morning, join us to welcome in a new gardening year with updates from Dutch Growers, Early’s Farm & Garden, and the U of S on what is new in the garden industry. For our keynote presentation, Sara Williams introduces us to the plants and gardens she visited while in Iceland. More than “Fire and Ice” (happy horses and hidden people), Iceland is a land where lupins, ladies mantle and larch colonize recent lava ows; where sidewalks, homes and greenhouses are heated geothermally; where permaculture and reforestation are widely practiced; and gardeners struggle (and succeed) with a growing season as short as that of the Canadian Prairies.

For the afternoon, choose one of the below:

Heritage Plants and Prairie Horticultural Pioneers

Sara Williams; Author and Retired Horticulturist, U of S
If you’ve ever wondered what plants would have been available to Prairie gardeners prior to World War I, or if you’re thinking of creating a “heritage garden”, here are some of the answers. And where would we be without the breeding work of such pioneers as Frank Skinner, Henry Marshall, Cecil Patterson, Bert Porter, Les Kerr and Percy Wright? Discover their introductions (‘Thunderchild’ owering crabapple, ‘Scarlet Trumpet’ Honeysuckle, ‘Adelaide Hoodless’ rose and many more) and their stories.

Indoor Gardening: Growing Vegetables, Microgreens and Sprouts in Your Home

Jackie Bantle; Horticulturist, U of S
Do you have an interest in eating fresh lettuce, herbs and other veggies grown right in your own home year round? Whether it is sprouting seeds, producing microgreens or growing full size lettuce, kale or spinach, this class will discuss everything about indoor food gardening from seeding to harvest.