Yard and Garden
Classroom or Field Trip
Our yard and garden courses, designed especially for Calgary's climate, are offered every spring. Registration for the spring 2017 semester will be open in March 2017.
Growing Wildflower Gardens
Wildflower gardens are attractive and require much less time and money to maintain than non-native cultivated flowerbeds. They help preserve native plant species lost to urban development. Learn how to create your own backyard ecosystem that will attract butterflies and birds and provide bursts of colour throughout the summer.
|Subject code: XFLD 10077||3 Hours. Fee: $49+GST||Not offered this semester. Only offered in spring.|
Design an Eco-Friendly Rain Garden
Learn how to create a rain garden in your yard. Participants will learn which native or indigenous plans are best suited to our local climate as well as learn the economical factors that the rain garden will produce.
|Subject code: XFLD 10127||5 Hours. Fee: $85+GST||Not offered this semester. Only offered in spring.|
Growing Food in the City
Growing your own vegetables can save you money and time, as well as providing food security, variety and quality nutrition. Discuss best garden locations, enhancing your soil with compost for planting, and natural pesticides and herbicides. Learn what, how and when to plant, manage your crop and when to harvest. Discover how to store your vegetables after harvesting them.
|Subject code: XFLD 10125||4 Hours. Fee: $69+GST||Not offered this semester. Only offered in spring.|
Growing Culinary Herbs
Examine techniques to create your own herb garden. Discuss proper soil and drainage requirements, location, feeding and maintenance, and how and when to harvest. Discover which perennials survive in Chinook country. Plant a seedling to take home.
|Subject code: XFLD 10075||3 Hours. Fee: $59+GST||Not offered this semester. Only offered in spring.|
Creating a Biodiverse Garden with Insects
Provide a home to pollinators and pest controllers. Tidy gardens, lawns and lack of dead wood mean less habitat for bees, spiders and lady bugs. Learn about our beneficial insects, their life cycles and how to harbour them. Add to your garden biodiversity by building a bug mansion to take home. Course includes all materials and supplies.
|Subject code: XFLD 10124||4 Hours. Fee: $79+GST||Not offered this semester. Only offered in spring.|
Designing Gardens for the Calgary Region
Meet a professional landscape designer and get practical advice about designing a residential garden for the Calgary area. Learn about formal and informal designs, colour, focal points, basic design principles, creating contrasts, edges, fountains, choosing shrubs, activity areas and more. Create and take home a design for your yard. Includes paper and professional drafting supplies to create your plan.
|Subject code: XFLD 10109||6 Hours. Fee: $79+GST||Not offered this semester. Only offered in spring.|
Small Yard Organic Vegetable Gardens
Obtain great yields in small spaces, naturally! Be introduced to growing vegetables organically in raised beds using French intensive and companion planting methods.
|Subject code: XFLD 10073||3 Hours. Fee: $59+GST||Not offered this semester. Only offered in spring.|
Low Maintenance Landscaping
Low maintenance landscaping includes a variety of practices that are eco-friendly and cost effective. It includes water conservation, planting right for your yard, building healthy soil, practicing natural lawn care, mulching and rain water harvesting. Reduce your use of pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers. Explore the benefits of composting, irrigation techniques and beneficial insects.
|Subject code: XFLD 10085||4 Hours. Fee: $65+GST||Not offered this semester. Only offered in spring.|
Is your time or space for gardening limited? Why not create your own container garden. Cover container choices, planting techniques and maintenance. Discuss design considerations including colour, form, viewpoint, scale, setting and texture. Explore the use of annuals, perennials, succulents, herbs, shrubs and tropical plants in your container garden.
|Subject code: XFLD 10091||4 Hours. Fee: $75+GST||Not offered this semester. Only offered in spring.|
Landscaping with Water-wise Plants
Discover the beauty and variety of hardy, drought-tolerant shrubs and flowers that are easy to maintain. Discuss which hardy plants flourish in the Calgary climate. Spend a morning touring a local nursery and explore the types of irrigation, mulch and compost low water shrubs and flowers need.
Note: Check registration confirmation for location. You will be meeting your instructor at a local nursery. You are responsible for your own transportation. You must sign a waiver form.
|Subject code: XFLD 10084||4 Hours. Fee: $69+GST||Not offered this semester. Only offered in spring.|
Create Your Own Water Garden
Create and take home a small water garden for your yard, deck or balcony. Explore choices for containers, hardy and tropical water plants, small fountains and fish you can incorporate into your water garden. Discuss design principles to achieve interesting visual effects and biological factors to help you maintain a healthy ecosystem. Beginners welcome.
|Subject code: XFLD 10086||4 Hours. Fee: $135+GST||Not offered this semester. Only offered in spring.|
Create Your Own Hanging Basket
Create a beautiful hanging basket for your yard and garden. Plants have been pre-selected for great results, taking into consideration the colours, textures and fragrance of plants. Examine how to care for and maintain your hanging basket so it will bloom continuously throughout the summer season.
|Subject code: XFLD 10032||2.5 Hours. Fee: $85+GST||Not offered this semester. Only offered in spring.|
For information about these courses:
403.440.6867 or 1.866.616.3606
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6
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