“The many great gardens of the world… all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.” –Thomas Moore (1478-1535)
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Facts

  • Last year, 62 people contributed $15,420 to help us maintain and develop the Gardens and the BP Forest trails.

  • The total distance from the Half Moon Garden to the south end of the Forest is 1.4 km.

  • The total area of the Gardens and the Birthplace Forest Park is 20 acres or 871 200 square feet. 

  • The total area of cultivated gardens is 39,735 square feet.

  • At the north end, by the Half Moon Garden, the elevation is 3,811 feet or a difference of 117 feet.

  • Ever wonder what happens to all the plant materials such as weeds, pruned plants and bushes, and autumn leaves? 

    • We use it to produce 2.5 tons of compost which is eventually spread on the various beds to keep them healthy and fertile.

    • Five tons of compost (donated by Bluegrass Nurseries) are also spread on the beds.

  • Over 200 truck loads of mulch have been used on the trails since the Gardens project first started. 

    • We now spread about 10 truckloads (20 000 pounds) a year to maintain the many trails.

  • Calgary is unique in that it has the only Shakespeare Garden in Western Canada. 

    • To complete the new pathway, 4023 bricks were used.

  • Since 2007, between 30 and 40 volunteers have put in approximately 30 000 hours developing and maintaining the various areas!

    • Last year, 33 people put in close to 6000 hours to maintain and develop the Gardens and forest areas.

  • Over the past 3 years, approximately 12,000 doggie bags have been donated by a local S.S. resident.

    • They are available at the south forest entrance close.

    • A sincere thank you to all who use the bags and pick up after their dogs.

  • Did you know that we have the largest outdoor Labyrinth not only in Calgary but in all of Canada!

    • One of the most spectacular sights in the Gardens and BirthPlace Forest area is the Labyrinth in spring when the wild thyme is in bloom. This is something you do not want to miss.

    • To establish the wild thyme in the Labyrinth, 700 plugs were planted.

    • To complete the Labyrinth, volunteers laid 8000 donated bricks and another 1000 that were purchased.

  • The oldest person to ever visit the Gardens is 103 year old Hugh from from the Garrison Green Lodge for Seniors .

    • Hugh was accompanied by his 101 year old wife Kay.