Our New ‘Old’ Garden
Our Heritage Garden is in its early stage of development. The plan was conceived in 2015 to mark the 25th anniversary of our incorporation on September 19, 1990. As the Park is located on land rich in agricultural history, it seemed fitting to plan a garden with ornamental plants that early settlers had growing at the time.
On early homesteads, rows of trees were planted and used as a windbreak and for shelter. Large vegetable gardens were important to provide food that could be stored or preserved for use during the months until the following summer's harvest. Of lesser concern were ornamental plantings near the home itself. However, over time, plants were brought over by settlers. These plants were generously shared and soon there were hardy flowering perennials and shrubs around many farm homes. When complete, our Heritage Garden will be a representation of plants grown by our grandparents and great-grandparents.
The Heritage Garden is adjacent and west of the Cottage Garden. Volunteers (and a few grandchildren) planted the first plants on August 5, 2016 with more plants and features to be added in the next few years. By fall of 2017, considerable progress had been made with many of our native 'unplanned weeds' finally under control and replaced by several beautiful perennials. In spring 2018 many annuals, perennials, shrubs, vegetables and items that were likely to be found in homesteads back in the day were added to the garden. A special feature added in June was an antique plough. Be sure to come by and see what we have done!
150th Celebration Garden
The St. Albert Botanic Park was the only location chosen in St. Albert for a special planting of 1,000 tulips to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary in 2017. The 150th Celebration Garden in the Botanic Park is one of 150 locations across Canada and will be part of 'Canada's Garden Route'. A planting ceremony on September 28, 2016 saw the first tulips planted by St. Albert's Mayor Nolan Crouse, Park President Joan Johnson, Park founder John Beedle and Keenooshayo Elementary School Principal Michael Erickson in a special bed within the Heritage Garden. 500 white 'Hakuun' and 500 'Red Impression' tulips were planted in the shape of a red maple leaf surrounded by white. A blooming ceremony was held on May 24, 2017 with full participation from the tulips which were in full bloom.