Upcoming Events

If you missed Hugh Skinner in Grande Prairie there are a couple other events happening in the Peace worth mentioning in advance…

The Greenehouse in Farmington is having its seasonal opening on the weekend. Here’s Linda’s e-letter below with all the particulars:

Plus 22 degrees on Sunday?!  Do we believe it when we see it?  I’m sure I am like everyone else – enough winter, already…

But the plants don’t wait for the weather.  The greenhouse is FULL of lovely baskets and bedding plants, and this Saturday and Sunday is our formal opening and Yard Sale weekend!  Come out (wear your boots – the yard is still a bit wet) and see what’s new.  There are some new gardening giftware and yard décor items as well as the yard sale bargains.  The strawberry baskets are blooming, and the Martha Washington pelargoniums are gorgeous – in time for Mother’s Day on May 12.   Pick up your seed potatoes now before they are sold out.  And check out the popular FREE table! 

Many of the perennials are still frozen (what a surprise) and my shrub order of Haskap, Goji, etc will be arriving sometime around May 7th.    I do have some 1 gallon Haskap and Cherries for sale that have been started in the greenhouse and are ready to be hardened off outside (maybe by the weekend?!)  If you are waiting for the weather to actually BE spring, plan to come out again – I have some other annuals started that will be ready at the end of May. 

One other new item, for the Duck Dynasty and Swamp People fans – I have ordered a display of baseball caps that should be here by Father’s Day!  They apparently are new in Canada and VERY popular, so the orders have been delayed.  I had hoped they would be here new, but…I will send out another newsletter when they arrive. 

I will be back at the Dawson Creek Farmer’s Market starting Saturday, May 11, so come down if you aren’t able to get out to our Yard Sale weekend.  Feel free to pass on my newsletter, bring a friend, or call if you have any questions – 250-843-7244.  Directions again – Mile 11 ½ Alaska Hiway, turn right onto Road 233, and there are signs!

Happy Gardening


On Sunday Doris Brocke of Rhubarb to Roses (located on the old Hart Highway just a couple miles west of Dawson Creek) will be launching her new book The ABC Musical Garden at the Dawson Creek Public Library at 2 pm. It looks beautiful; a perfect gift for gardeners and their children. Or grandchildren!

ABC Musical Garden


Hugh Skinner Comes to Grande Prairie!

Got to meet Hugh Skinner on his recent stop in Grande Prairie on April 20th. What a great opportunity to learn all kinds of things about perennials, shrubs and trees for small spaces! Hugh is a wealth of information and a great presenter. A big thank you to the Grande Prairie Garden Club for putting on the event and to Hugh for braving our most un-springlike weather to share his knowledge and passion for plants with gardeners in the Peace. The lunch was pretty fabulous too!

I came away with lots of new knowledge as well as numerous ticks on Hugh’s helpful handouts of must-have plant material for my wish list.

During the presentation I was delighted to spot my mystery plant from the Dawson Creek garden tour at the Plenert home…it’s a purple  flowering raspberry!

Here are the specs…

Rubus odoratus Purple Flowering Raspberry

Zone: 3 to 8

Height: 3 to 6 feet

Spread: 6 to 12 feet

Requires full sun to part shade, medium water, features showy fragrant flowers from June to August. Low maintenance. Attracts birds and butterflies. Apparently native to many parts of the east including Nova Scotia!

Mystery Solved! This lovely specimen is a purple flowering raspberry Rubus odoratus...now to find a source!

Mystery Solved! This lovely specimen is a purple flowering raspberry Rubus odoratus…now to find a source!