Six short years ago, if you walked down the areas where the current Botanical Gardens are now flourishing, you could not help but see that for the most part, there was nothing but stretches of grassland overrun with weeds, rocks, dandelions and dirt. Not the greatest environment for flower gardens.
Who could have imagined that these basically abandoned tracts of land would
one day be home to the spectacular Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs?
Well they are, thanks to the tireless efforts of a core group of 30 volunteers who spend three mornings a week from May to October doing what needs to be done to keep the gardens healthy and beautiful. Some exceptionally dedicated volunteers work far more than three mornings a week.
Duncan and Tom at work hardscaping
Volunteers Laurel, Nellie, Agnes and Bev taking a hard earned break
According to Volunteer Coordinator Laurel Caddel, “The whole project is 100 percent volunteer-based, and we believe it to be the largest community-based garden project of its kind in Calgary.
We plan to improve, expand and develop this project further with a ten year plan and the indispensable, ongoing support and dedication of our volunteers and the community at large.”
Volunteers are always needed and welcome - and you do not have to have a green thumb or special skills. All that is required is the willingness to be part of a project dedicated to making our world a little greener and more beautiful.
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Volunteers socializing after a "hard" day in the gardens
July 20, 2020
Our garden is now blooming everywhere with more varieties coming everyday. The recent rains have supported the wonderful growth, as has the recent heat. Things are a little slow because of the cool spring but the garden is now making up for lost time.
Our roses are looking wonderful, both in the rose bowl and throughout the garden. We have over 100 cultivars throughout. Our concentration is with roses that are hardy in Calgary. Many of them are Old roses which were developed before 1867. If you like roses this is a wonderful time to see the variety that will grow in Calgary.
Other parts of the garden are also blooming. Go and find Peonies, Asiatic Lilies, Oriental Poppies, Penstemon, Monkshood, Delphiniums, Peachleaf Bell Flower, Calendula, California Poppies, Vines (Jack Manii), Maltese Cross, False Sunflower, Mock Orange shrubs and many others.
New directional signs are now in place throughout the garden with up to date information.
We are in the final stages of our phase one campaign for engraved bricks. The deadline is July 31. Go to our donations page and sign up for one to show your support for the gardens. These will be installed by September this year in the entrance to the gardens. https://www.bgss.ca/donations