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St. James Horticultural Society 
President: Jennifer Anderson
1st Vice President: Gayle Leverton
2nd Vice President: Iris Ingram
Secretary: Tina Pratt
Treasurer: Sharon Rude
Program: Sandy Venton
Membership: Leah Stawiarski
Flower Arrangers: Pat Roberts, Sharon Rude
Exhibition: Karla Pratt
Garden Chairperson: Linda Wall
Communications: Linda Rudachek
M.H.A. Area Rep: Linda Wall
Past President: Brenda Lucas


Thank you so much to Linda for her virtual presentation "Growing Healthy Fresh Food on a Shoestring" held March 15th. She introduced fast, easy and inexpensive options to growing fresh and nutritional foods in your home, without having to invest in expensive equipment, all year round, just by thinking outside the box.

Linda presented a variety of very innovative and interesting ideas including container gardening, growing microgreens, sprouting and hydroculture, all on a shoestring budget.

Truly a very informative presentation!


Please get your Glenlea Fundraiser orders in early as many greenhouses are backordered and ordering early will be key for folks getting the plants you want.

Please follow the link to the Glenlea Greenhouses fundraiser page.

Order deadline is April 15th. When your order is complete please be sure to select "To Support and Pickup at a Fundraiser Group" and to enter our name (St. James Horticultural Society) where it says "Please select your fundraiser group" in the dropdown menu.

The delivery has been scheduled for Friday, June 1, 2022 at Crestview United Church on Hamilton Avenue.

As we travel around the world our floral arrangements and the stories behind them are captivating! 

Tonight Evelyn demonstrated Milan - a free style arrangement in high heels!  Evelyn outdid herself with not one - but two renditions.  Shoe closets are about to be raided as we search for the right high heel to hold our free style next month.

The workshop tonight was a fan arrangement depicting an iconic feature from New York.  Amazing that we each selected something different to interpret.

Very interesting! Enjoy.


A fan arrangement depicting any New York icon. Examples: known as the Big Apple, Broadway, Central Park, major fashion houses. Material from any source.

A freestyle arrangement featuring fashion in a high heeled shoe
Demo by Evelyn

Contributing to Food Security in Our City as a Gardener
submitted by Jennifer Anderson
President - St. James Horticultural Society

In recent times food security as become a concern for many of us. As we approach gardening season it is worth thinking about how we can contribute to our own food security for our families and our community through planting fruits and vegetables.

Food security looks different for each one of us and has been described in terms of the 5A’s:
  • Availability: Enough food for everyone, all the time.
  • Accessibility: The ability to get food and afford it.
  • Adequacy: The ability to access food that is nutritious, safe and produced sustainably.
  • Acceptability: Access to food that is produced and eaten in a culturally acceptable way, that allows people to maintain their dignity.
  • Agency: Individuals can participate and help change the food system in a way that allows them to benefit from it.
A practice growing in popularity referred to as “grow a row” involves planting an extra row of vegetables, building a raised bed or using buckets and other receptacles to grow food that is designated for donation or members of the community not involved in growing the food to harvest for themselves and their families. Recognizing that not everyone is in the position to afford a plot and may not have the time and energy to grow food themselves, volunteering to pop a few seeds into a row or bucket that you tend for your fellow community members is a step to contributing to the ever-growing need for local food accessibility.

Another option is to donate what you grow in your own garden plot to organizations that can distribute food to people who need it. Harvest Manitoba provides information on how to grow a row and donate at Grow-a-Row | Food Bank Network - Harvest Manitoba.

The Leftovers is another non-profit where you can donate food including garden harvested fruits and vegetables at  Donate Food – Leftovers Foundation (

If you wish to learn more about food security in your community or ways you can contribute, there is the Food Action Hub where you can become a member and join groups to discuss issues around food security -at Food Action Hub – by Food Matters Manitoba

Winnipeg Art Gallery
Celebrating the Year of the Garden
You’re invited to join in the fun and “Live the Garden Life” during the Year of the Garden 2022, a celebration of everything garden and gardening related in Canada.

The Year of the Garden officially starts the first day of spring, and all Canadians – whether you already enjoy gardening, recently discovered the pleasure of spending time in a garden because of the pandemic, or want to learn more about how gardens impact so much of life – are invited to take part. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, celebrate our country’s rich garden heritage, and help grow important legacies for a sustainable future.

No matter where you live, in a house, condo or apartment, your gardens contribute to the enjoyment of life. From container kitchen gardens on a balcony, a landscaped backyard, colourful flower beds, to a community vegetable garden providing food to the neighbourhood, all need a little effort on your part to nurture their success.

Supported by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, The Canadian Garden Council, through its Year of the Garden 2022 initiative aims to inspire and inform Canadians about the many health and well-being, economic, and environmental benefits gardens and gardening provide, and along the way provide tips and tricks for gardening success and the enjoyment of gardens.

During 2021, with the help of Founding Partners: the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Québec Vert, the Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance, Garden Centres Canada, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, and Communities in Bloom, and Founding Sponsors: Scotts Canada, Premier Tech, and Proven Winners, the Year of the Garden 2022 was proclaimed by the Canadian Garden Council to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Ornamental Horticulture in Canada

The Year of the Garden 2022 offers many opportunities to “Live the Garden Life” and get involved, enjoy garden experiences, and get inspired in the garden.

St. James Horticultural Society Brochure PDF download
You can view this cutie and other photos from our gardens on our website.
Please view more images
on our website (link above) from our member gardens and plants

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