Welcome to a day of learning from Saskatchewan gardening experts. There are 9 sessions in 3 time slots, please pick your first and second choice of session and then go to the Workshop Registration Form to complete the form.
The morning begins in the Luther College auditorium with a welcome to attendees and Spring is Coming, session with Jackie Bantle. Learn more about our expert presenters go to Speaker Bios .
Lunch is included with your registration fee. Parking at Luther College is free. Go to Luther College, UofR for map and directions
A block of rooms for workshop attendees has been reserved at The Atlas Hotel at a rate of $149.00 plus taxes and fees. Call 306-586-3443 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book a room Block Code 040524RHS. The block of rooms will only be held until March 8 so book early.
|8:30 – 9:00
|9:00 – 10:15
|Spring is Coming: Pull Up Your Socks for Spring Chores
The warm air of spring has everyone excited for the new gardening season. You may have many questions such as: where should I start, how early can I plant, when should I fertilize, what needs to be pruned, and what should I grow? This session will discuss various aspects of getting ready to ensure that you have a successful gardening season.
|10:15 – 10:45
10:45 – 12:00
|1A. Creating an Air Plant Display
Join Kaila Hamilton for an air plant (Tillandsia) workshop where you will not only create your own air plant display, but you will also learn how to provide the best conditions for air plants to grow and thrive. Bring your own piece of wood for mounting (cedar is preferred) or container (8-12″, glass is preferred).
|1B. Fruits for Your Backyard Orchard
Dr. Bob Bors
Some fruits are super hardy, others won’t survive Saskatchewan. Others have taken decades to improve hardiness and for those, one must be sure to pick the truly hardy varieties. Do you know which fruit plants are super aggressive and might escape and terrorize your neighbours? Other fruits are well-behaved. Have you ever heard of haskaps or dwarf sour cherries? Did you know that the best varieties of these two fruits originated from breeding efforts in Saskatchewan? Do you know which fruits are best for gardeners new to fruit growing? From strawberries to apples (and everything in between) Dr. Bors will provide expert advice for the first step in having a backyard orchard; discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various fruit as well as knowing what is worthwhile to grow.
|1C. Farm Your Yard
Candace Benson & Miranda Holt
Are you considering turning your lawn into a garden but unsure of how to get started? In this session, we will discuss the various methods we have used to transform lawns into productive vegetable and flower gardens and the various techniques we employ on our urban farm. We will share photos of the process, discuss the pros and cons of the different avenues we’ve tried, and aim to answer any questions you have about creating your own garden and show you how simple the process can be!
|12:00 – 1:00
|LUNCH Lunch is included and will be served by the Luther College cafeteria.
1:00 – 2:15
|2A. Herbs for the Prairie
Kaila Hamilton from “Bergamot and Basil Specialty Herbs” will share her expertise on the best herbs to grow including the classics, some unique favourites and a few pollinators. We will cover how to grow them from scratch and provide tips on how to maintain quality and preserve them to enjoy throughout the year. Each participant will design their own 10″ herb planter to take home.
|2B. Backyard Greenhouse Basics
Are you interested in setting up a small greenhouse in your backyard? Already have one and want to be more successful with it? This presentation will discuss some basic greenhouse structures that are available to homeowners, the best environmental conditions for greenhouse growing as well and how to prevent and control common greenhouse pests and diseases.
|2C. No-Till Gardening
No-till gardening involves never rototilling or digging the soil in your garden and using mulch in flower beds, around trees and shrubs, and in vegetable gardens. Transitioning to no-till, especially for vegetable gardening, raises lots of questions: Shouldn’t the soil be soft in order to plant? How do I plant seeds or transplants in mulch? How do I hill potatoes in this type of garden? How do I add compost if the soil is covered in mulch? Helen will show you how to install, manage and maintain a no-till garden. Discover how the no-till method improves the structure and health of your soil, increases yields, and reduces problems with pests and diseases. You’ll use far less fertilizer and water, and best of all, your weekly weeding chore will take three minutes, not three hours.
|2:15 – 2:30
2:30 – 3:45
|3A. Container Gardening
Are you dreaming of planting up lush, healthy outdoor containers for your balcony, patio, or deck? This workshop covers what you need to know about containers, potting media, and how to plant, water and fertilize. We will look at choosing the right plants for your site and explore design tips to make spectacular containers. You’ll learn money-saving tips so that you don’t have to spend a fortune, and how to prevent insect and disease problems. This workshop will give you the skills you need to plant and care for your containers with confidence. To get you started, each participant will plant up a container to take home. You’ll have so much fun, you won’t be able to contain yourself.
|3B. Basic Orchard Management
Dr. Bob Bors
Growing fruit is the pinnacle of gardening skill, or should I say the cherry on top of the cake. But it’s not that hard if you know the basics. People with “Green Thumbs” are those who have a well-rounded sensibility about what plants need. Combine some general information with tips for improving winter survival and you’ll be eating your just desserts. This presentation will outline the best planting, pruning and pollination tips for successful fruit harvests. Dr. Bob Bors will provide tips and tricks on how to establish an orchard and keep it healthy and productive for many years to come.
|3C. Everything Tomatoes
There’s nothing like fresh tomatoes from the garden. Whether it’s salsa, bruschetta or BLT sandwiches, a fresh tomato from the garden can make or break the recipe. Do you know the difference between an indeterminate and a determinate tomato? What is the best tomato to grow? And how about all that pruning and calcium that everyone talks about when growing tomatoes? Is it necessary? This session is geared toward novice and slightly experienced tomato growers. Join Jackie as she guides you through a no-fail tomato gardening session.