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

Weekly Newsletter


June 22, 2020

Summer has arrived with lovely weather and lots of moisture.  The gardens are blooming.  This week will likely see the blooming of our Peony bed with the multitude of species.  These Peonies were grown from seed, so we have yet to fully identify the varieties that we have. 

Other flowers in bloom include Delphinium, Iris, Columbine, Coral Bells, Lilac, Fleece Flower and Oriental Poppies.  The Wood Lilies (native tiger lily) are also in bloom in the Low H20 Garden. 

Saturday saw a good attendance at our Summer Solstice Day.  We were pleased to see so many interested in the gardens. 


Also thank you to all who contributed to our fund raiser of engraved bricks for the new entrance.  We are looking to sell 100 bricks to install in the main entrance.  These will be installed this summer so you will be able to see your selection in place this year.  It is only $100.00 to have your 40 or less characters engraved on a brick. Forms are now available at the kiosk in the main entrance. 

Work continues in the gardens with weeding, deadheading and building new beds.  Thanks to all for your efforts.  Please consider volunteering.  We always welcome new volunteers.  

Want to become a volunteer? Let us know!

Want to help in other ways? Check out how to become a Sponsor or Donate!
“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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