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The Crowsnest Pass Gardening Club
Why fight it?
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LORRAINE HALTON
Crowsnest Pass Gardening Club
For me, gardening started about 35 years ago, but only as a passing interest.

My mother-in-law had lovely flower beds and she was generous enough to share some of her surplus perennials with me.

I was surprised to discover I seemed to have a bit of a knack for growing things, perennials especially. From there, the appeal of gardening started to grow and it became a serious pastime. Not only did I find joy in the vibrant colours of the plants that were gradually taking over my back yard, but I found digging in the soil therapeutic and a stress buster.
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This pastime soon turned into a fascination with learning about anything that could thrive in a garden located in a short season region with the added challenge of chinooks. And from there, the infatuation grew to the point that I found myself needing to apologize to friends for eventually turning every conversation around to the topic of gardening.
This growing fixation has been responsible for a large, but continually expanding, library of resource books. So why not turn this obsession into a career?

One winter I drove to Olds College every weekend for two months to take a landscape design course. Another year, I drove to Calgary every weekend for two months in the spring, again for four winter months to participate in the Master Gardener training sessions that the zoo has available as part of their Botanical Education program. This was followed by numerous trips to the zoo over the following year to fulfill the 50 hours of volunteering in the Botanical Education program required to complete the Master Gardener program.
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I have also been continuing to take courses from an on-line horticultural program offered by Olds College.

The result is, I have a head bursting at the seams with information, ideas, inspiration, challenges and many personal-experience stories about both successes and failures. Why not share some of it with you?

Lorraine Halton is a member of the Crowsnest Pass Gardening Club. For information about upcoming events she can be reached either by phone, (403-563-5152), or email, ( lshalton@gmail.com.)
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