Actions and Detail Panel
Lyndon Penner - Milkweeds and Greenflowers
Tue, 21 March 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM MDT
Tickets - $20 - register online to secure your spot; http://www.westhillhurst.com/whca-green-committee
Lyndon Penner, gardening rock star, has been getting dirt under his fingernails since the age of three. He's never forgotten the thrill of growing his first flower from a seed. Lyndon is a landscape designer and horticultural consultant, and has a growing following as a gardening columnist on the CBC radio in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He appears frequently as a guest speaker at universities, colleges, and gardening associations in Western Canada. Lyndon lives in Calgary.
Celebrate the second day of Spring Equinox with Lyndon learning about milkweeds and greenflowers!
MILKWEED & THEIR RELATIVES:
With the increased interest in pollinators and how we can help them, many gardeners are discovering milkweeds (Asclepias) for the first time! Their popularity is increasing so much that one species (with the pretty common name of butterfly weed) has just been named the 2017 perennial of the year! Not only are the flowers beautiful and the seedpods interesting, milkweeds are the only plants that monarch butterflies can use as the host for their caterpillars. Are milkweeds really weedy? Are they suitable for Alberta gardens? Are some better than others? Lyndon will answer all of these questions in addition to introducing you to some of the other beautiful plants found in this family. If you are interested in adding plants to your garden that are both gorgeous and helpful, you'll not want to miss this presentation!
GREEN FLOWERS: Gardeners are always interested in bright, vibrant colours but we usually think of green as being reserved for foliage and stems. In recent years, there has been a great deal of interest in plants with "green" blossoms! Have you tried any in your garden? They can add a fascinating depth to a cutflower arrangement or add some spice to the garden in unexpected ways. There are green flowered annuals, perennials and even shrubs! If you're looking for a way to add something fun and maybe even a little peculiar to your garden, you're likely to find something really interesting here!
- Coffee and Tea
- Pages book store on site selling top notch gardening books!
- Milkweeds for sale
- Monarch giveaways