Spring Workshop Dates & Themes

Sage Garden is introducing a whole new way of offering workshops this spring! Building on the success of our fall/winter Garden Club, we have decided to offer our spring classes in this format: FREE! 

The Garden Club is a weekly, themed session that opens up the opportunity for more participants to enjoy the information, and there is no need to pre-register. Our only request has been that you bring shareable baking (with recipe), or a non-perishable food donation for food bank collection. 

The workshops are facilitated by Dave, with a variety of guest presenters and often include free take home projects or other hands-on experiences. 

Our Garden Club is going to transition to Thursday evenings from 7 - 8:30 pm for the spring months (was Saturdays September - February). See full schedule bellow:

Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 10 - 11:30 am  FREE... just bring shareable baking + recipe or donation of non-perishable food item for food bank collection

Kozy Koats in snowy gardenEarly season extenders! Learn how to get the most out of March - May, when local gardeners often assume no outdoor gardening can take place. Bring a clean 4L milk jug to participate in the FREE take home project!

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 7 - 8:30 pm  FREE... just bring shareable baking + recipe or donation of non-perishable food item for food bank collection

Ken Fosty with oyster mushroomsManitoba mushrooms and maple syrup! Join special guest Ken Fosty, local guru on these matters, and get inspired to try these delicious projects for yourself. Ken sells mushroom kits and syrup taps, which he will make available that evening. 

 

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017  | 10 - 11:30 am, or longer if staying to create a terrarium  *FREE... just bring shareable baking + recipe or donation of non-perishable food item for food bank collection

Terrarium Its all about terrariums! Guest presenters Jen and Maguire will talk about creating and maintaining both open and sealed terrariums, and then will be on hand to help anyone who wants to *build your very own terrarium right then and there!

Great spring break project, and very younger gardener friendly: Jen and Maguire are a mom and daughter team.

(*Note: Sage Garden is covering the cost of the instructors for this session; terrarium supplies will be offered at easy prices for a variety of options, if you are interested in creating a terrarium with Jen and Maguire)

 

Thursday, March 30, 2017  | 7 - 8:30 pm  FREE... just bring shareable baking + recipe or donation of non-perishable food item for food bank collection

Seedlings in trayGrowing great plants from seed. Seed starting is a huge opportunity, as you can grow many plants cost effectively, plus get the satisfaction and benefits of starting the garden 100% organically. We'll cover all kinds of tips and tricks for getting the most out of your seed starting for spring transplants. 

Includes a FREE take home project too... join us to find out what! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 7 - 8:30 pm  FREE... just bring shareable baking + recipe or donation of non-perishable food item for food bank collection

Front yard gardens:  Ever dreamed of getting rid of the grass and turning your front yard into a garden that everyone can see and enjoy? Guest presenter ... will share her amazing experience of putting it all out there, and the many ways this has benefited her and her community... even if there were some uncertain looks from neighbours at the start of her project! 

Feel free to bring photos and stories from your own front yard gardening adventures, to share with the group! 

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 7 - 8:30 pm  FREE... just bring shareable baking + recipe or donation of non-perishable food item for food bank collection

Square foot garden at Sage GardenWe are lucky to have certified square foot gardening instructor Mick Manfield as our guest presenter this evening. If you have ever wanted to better organize your beds, all the while growing your garden organically in an ideal soil blend, this is the theme for you! 

Thursday, April 27, 20177 - 8:30 pm  FREE... just bring shareable baking + recipe or donation of non-perishable food item for food bank collection

Highbush cranberrySometimes the plants we want to eat are not found in the garden at all, in fact they may be only available through wildcrafting or foraging. Join guest presenter Tom Nagy for an evening focused on the joy of foraging, with particular focus on edible mushrooms, and edible and medicinal plants. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 7 - 8:30 pm  FREE... just bring shareable baking + recipe or donation of non-perishable food item for food bank collection

Permaculture garden, WinnipegPermaculture is a term we often hear these days... but what is it and how does it relate to our gardens? We have husband and wife duo Monika and Mike Thiessen as our guests to help us learn more about permaculture, using their incredible whole yard urban landscape transformation as a backdrop to their story. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 7 - 8:30 pm  FREE... just bring shareable baking + recipe or donation of non-perishable food item for food bank collection

Espalier is an ancient technique for shaping fruit trees to grow horizontally against a flat surface (looks amazing). We have had many requests over the years for a workshop on training espalier, so we are excited to have finally found a local guru willing to share their secrets with our garden club group! Guest presenter Muhammad has 25 years experience training fruits trees in our extreme climate, and seeing them thrive! 

Thursday, May 18 & 25, 2017

No Garden Club these weeks... just a little too busy helping excited gardeners find the plants they have been dreaming about all winter!

Thursday, June 1, 2017  |  7 - 8:30 pm  FREE... just bring shareable baking + recipe or donation of non-perishable food item for food bank collection

Sweet potato plants at Sage GardenSweet Potatoes! We will be heading to our garden area for this session, and getting a real hands-on feel for the unique planting techniques required for successful prairie sweet potatoes. Great opportunity to get creative with the baking you bring for garden club too...  

Thursday, June 8, 2017 | 7 - 8:30 pm  FREE... just bring shareable baking + recipe or donation of non-perishable food item for food bank collection

Straw bale garden at Sage GardenDave has included straw-bale gardening as a theme in classes in the past, and thought it a good time to revisit this very interesting planting strategy. Some of the benefits of planting in straw-bales include no weeding, reduced watering, and a closed-loop system that feeds itself. This will be an in-garden hands on session (we are going to plant some straw-bales), and you can come back to check on the garden's progress through the season! 

Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 7 - 8:30 pm  FREE... just bring shareable baking + recipe or donation of non-perishable food item for food bank collection

Dot Ball at Sage GardenOur guest presenter is Dot Ball, hops grower, home brewer and part of the team at Peg Brew Co. Dot is going to share her extensive knowledge of growing urban hops for harvest, and ultimately brewing. Feel free to dive in with all of your questions about varieties, hoppiness and anything else that might take your home grown hops - and home brew - to the next level! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017 7 - 8:30 pm  FREE... just bring shareable baking + recipe or donation of non-perishable food item for food bank collection

Solstice celebration at Sage GardenIt is Solstice season, and we are going to have fun celebrating the start of summer together! Dave will lead his famous Solstice garden and plant tour, followed by a bonfire and (magical) Solstice wish ceremony. Yes, this is similar to our Solstice Garden Magic class that always sold out... but here it is available for free! Looking forward to a fun evening.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 | 7 - 8:30 pm  FREE... just bring shareable baking + recipe or donation of non-perishable food item for food bank collection

Is planting season over? It always seems that after months of anticipation, planting season comes and goes so fast! But we are going to focus on some ways to keep our trowels busy, whether continuing to work on a landscaping project, filling in some garden holes, planting new trees/shrubs, or sowing fall (planted in summer) crops.