Tag: Edmonton

  • How To Grow a 1000-Year-Old Tree

    How To Grow a 1000-Year-Old Tree

    Edmonton Public Library How-To Festival What would it be like to live in a world where people tended 1000-year-old trees? How might planting long-lived trees change our thinking about the future and our role in its creation? The following is a recording and edited transcript of a talk I gave at the Edmonton Public Library’s…

  • Alberta Tree Register

    Alberta Tree Register

    Cataloguing Alberta’s Heritage Trees In 2019, with support from the Edmonton Heritage Council, I embarked on a year-long project to catalogue Edmonton’s heritage trees and plants. While doing so, I came across Lethbridge arborist Maureen Sexsmith-West and the two of us teamed up to start the Alberta Tree Register. The Alberta Tree Register attempts to pick…

  • Edmonton Youth Beekeeping Club

    Edmonton Youth Beekeeping Club

    The Northlands/Prince’s Charities Edmonton Youth Bee Club From Spring until Fall, students from across the Edmonton gathed at Northlands to learn about honeybees. Sponsored by the Prince’s Charities, twenty students, acged 13 to 18, managed ten beehives on site. Each week, weather permitting, we covered important beekeeping topics and performed routine hive inspections. By fall, student…

  • Researching Edmonton Heritage Trees

    Researching Edmonton Heritage Trees

    Supported by the Edmonton Heritage Council On the edge of downtown Edmonton, on the river valley slopes, grows a wild patch of goji berries, descended from seeds imported and tended by Edmonton’s early Chinese community. A few blocks West, surrounded by asphalt, the chestnut seed Walter Holowach collected in Vienna stands forty feet tall, casting…

  • What Makes A Heritage Tree? Part 1 -Time

    What Makes A Heritage Tree? Part 1 -Time

    Time, Novelty, and Narrative and the Value of Heritage Trees The 2008 book Heritage Tree of Alberta lists 28 trees in Edmonton that are said to have “heritage value,” but what does that mean? How can we define “heritage tree”? This article attempts to synthesize a definition of a heritage tree by comparing the twenty-eight…

  • Cultivate McCauley

    Cultivate McCauley

    McCauley is Edmonton’s Gardening Community In the Fall of 2014, I found myself looking at a house off Church Street in the inner-city neighbourhood of Edmonton McCauley. I was familiar with the community due to frequent visits to the Italian Centre Shop and Coffee Shop Cafe, Zocalo. I was also familiar with the area’s reputation…

  • When to Plant Your Edmonton Garden

    When to Plant Your Edmonton Garden

    Stop Waiting Until May Frost Day to Plant Your Garden Are you wondering when to plant your garden? Historically, you would plant your Edmonton Garden the third weekend in May, but is that the best time to plant? I’d argue that you can plant your garden much early. Waiting Until After the Last Frost Date…

  • Decorative Tree Lighting Can Kill Trees

    Decorative Tree Lighting Can Kill Trees

    The Dark Side of Decorative Tree Lighting Edmonton has embraced year-round decorative tree lighting, and it’s hard not to love it! A 2015 Edmonton Journal article states that the City’s forestry department “installed lights on 1000 city-owned trees in six business revitalization zones.” Walking Whyte, Churchill, or Giovanni Caboto amongst twinkling giant elms is magical.…

  • An Edmonton Root Beer Opportunity

    An Edmonton Root Beer Opportunity

    Edmonton Has a Root Beer Deficiency In June 2016, the City of Edmonton enacted an Herbicide Ban with the aim to “eliminate non-essential uses of herbicides on city-owned land.” It’s been a year since, and despite the fact that some people are losing their shit, I’m proud of the City for sticking with their decision – going so far as…

  • Edmonton Bee Swarm – Relocate a Swarm or Colony

    Edmonton Bee Swarm – Relocate a Swarm or Colony

    Report an Edmonton Bee Swarm or Colony Report an Edmonton bee swarm by calling or texting seven-height-zero, two-three five, zero-two-two three. Not sure if you have honeybees? Read below or take our quiz. If you are an Edmonton beekeeper, join the Edmonton Bee Swarm Catchers List. If you’re interested in beekeeping in Edmonton, check out these…

  • Gardening in Edmonton

    Gardening in Edmonton

    Tending The Landscape I want to acknowledge the First Nations communities that have long lived and tended the land on which Edmonton stands. From passive actors, indigenous communities were active participants who managed the landscape in ways that increased biodiversity and tipped ecologies in ways that benefited culturally significant plants and animals. For First Nations…

  • Why The Magpie Should Be Edmonton’s Offical Bird

    Why The Magpie Should Be Edmonton’s Offical Bird

    11 Reasons Why the Magie Should Be Edmonton’s Offical Bird No other Edmonton resident is more controversial than the ubiquitous Magpie (Pica hudsonia). While many Edmontonians resent its 4 am wake-up calls, many of us find the Edmonton magpie fascinating. It’s the bird that Bird Studies Canada refers to as a “charming and charismatic species…easily recognized by its…