Gardening & Horticulture
Healthy Okotoks Coalition Community Garden
The Healthy Okotoks Coalition operates the Community Garden at Kinsmen Park at the east end of McRae Street. Raised garden beds are available for residents to grow their own produce. The gardens are pesticide-free, and there are 56 individual plots. A $30 fee is charged to cover the cost of water.
The Okotoks Food Bank Association has a community learning garden in this space, which is a large growing area that helps the Food Bank provide fresh produce to their clients.
Contact Info: 403-995-2773 or contact us online.
Selecting the types of trees and shrubs that will thrive in Okotoks can save you time, money and disappointment. Heat, drought, hail, Chinook winds and lack of winter snowc over all affect the health and longevity of plants here. As well, many diseases threaten our urban forest. Below are a list of hardy trees and shrubs that will survive the environmental challenges in Okotoks. To get them off to a good start, plant them in the right location, use mulch and water regularly:
|Amur Maple (single-stemmed, red fall colour)||Bur Oak (brown acorns) - slow growing|
|Colorado Spruce (green or blue foliage and columnar choices)||Douglas Fir (green foliage)|
|Golden Willow (yellow branches, distinctive in winter)||Japanese Tree Lilac (cream flowers)|
|Laurel Leaf Willow (shiny green foliage)||Limber Pine (green foliage)|
|Lodgepole Pine (green foliage)||Ohio Buckeye (cream white flowers, yellow fall colour)|
|Little Leaf Linden (yellow – green flowers) - requires wind protection||Swedish Columnar Aspen (tighter form and more drought tolerant)|
|Tower Poplar||Swiss Stone Pine|
|Trembling Aspen||Ussurian Pear (white flowers, thorns, yellow fall colour)|
|Amur Maple (multi-stemmed, red fall colour)||Canadian Buffaloberry|
|Double flowering plum||Evans Cherry|
|Hardy Prairie Shrub Roses (white, pink, yellow, red flowers)||Highbush Cranberry (red fall colour, edible fruit)|
|Honeysuckle||Hydrangeas (hardy varieties Snow Ball or Pee Gee)|
|Junipers (various, try upright varieties instead of less hardy cedars)||Lilacs|
|Mock Orange (spectacular white flowers and fragrance)||Nanking Cherry|
|Nannyberry||Potentilla (yellow, pink, white, orange flowers)|
|Saskatoon||Silver Buffaloberry (red fruit)|
|Spirea (various varieties)Sumac (red fall colour) – needs wind protection||Sumac (red fall colour) – needs wind protection|
|Wayfaring||Weigela (hardy varieties)|
|Wild Roses (three species)|
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The Horticulture Hotline provides information and advice on landscaping and gardening, water use reduction strategies, and pest and disease diagnosis.