Please note this event has been postponed due to COVID-19. All those registered can automatically register for the event when it is safe to host.

Come join us for a day filled with gardening know-how, fun and laughter as Lyndon regales us with his stories, experiences and quirky sense of humor!

Registration Deadline is March 11th at 7:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Lunch and coffee break included.

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

9:30 a.m- 4:30 p.m.

Luther College Auditorium, U of R Campus

Unconventional Edibles: Beauty Meets Utility

The French and the Italians are masters at creating gardens that are both functional and beautiful. So are the Dutch. So are the Japanese. How come here in North America there is such a strong divide between “edible” and “ornamental”? You need not choose one over the other! There are vegetables so beautiful they can be used in place of flowers and a great many edible flowers and herbs that are phenomenal in our beds and borders. We tend to see gardens in terms of one category or the other but this need not be the case! Join us for an in depth look at gorgeous vegetables, unusual edible plants that are also stunning ornamentals, and some trees and shrubs that can enhance your garden or yard as well as providing food and privacy. 

Using Whites & Silvers in the Garden

After looking at the snow all winter long, many prairie gardeners avoid using white and silver in their gardens! This is a common error and our designs are definitely lesser for it. Using whites, silvers, and greys in our garden can make other colours significantly brighter and better, as well as creating richer and more complicated textures! Vita Sackville-West’s white garden in Sissinghurst, England is the most copied garden in the world and has inspired generations of gardeners. When used well, whites and silvers can make your garden brighter, livelier, and more vibrant! Join us for an exploration of refreshing and brilliant ways to use white in your world. 


Step 1 – Fill out the online registration form

Step 2 – Pay via paypal or e-transfer

Step 3 – Join your fellow RHS Members on March 21st for a day of fun filled gardening education!

Lyndon Penner grew up in Saskatchewan and has been gardening since he was a small child. With a burning interest in ecology, forests, and horticulture, Lyndon has spent his entire life and career pursuing a deeper understanding of plants and how they function. With over 20 years professional horticultural experience, he has designed gardens in western Canada, China, and Australia and has often worked as a botanical guide in Waterton Lakes National Park and the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in Lethbridge. Over the years he has been a frequent guest speaker for the University of Saskatchewan, Olds College, the University of British Columbia, and the Calgary Zoo Botanic Garden in addition to writing several best selling books about gardening in short season areas. You may have heard him talking about gardening on CBC Radio or bumped into him while hiking in one of our many national parks. He is always thrilled to be able to share his passion and expertise with prairie audiences!