What We Do
Vision: Gardening for Life!
Mission: To encourage gardening for the enhancement of our environment and quality of life.
- Put the fun into gardening;
- Connect and support new and experienced gardeners;
- Promote learning and successful gardening;
- Work with the environment to minimize our footprint;
- Lead in making Calgary a city of gardening excellence.
The Society’s mandate has a strong focus on gardening education and offers Calgarians the knowledge and skills to do it well. It is driven by the belief that as the gardening community grows, the city’s quality of life is enhanced, and so is the environment. Gardening is a healthy activity growing in popularity in Calgary and across the country.
The Calgary Horticultural Society contributes to the city of Calgary in four important ways:
- Educates Calgarians on ways and means to garden successfully in this challenging climate, and as a result, assists gardeners to enhance and beautify the city one garden at a time;
- Works to reduce negative water quality and quantity issues through yard smart education;
- Encourages rebuilding of the urban forest canopy by providing tree education; and
- Contributes knowledge to food growing and building community connections through the supportive community gardens program.
Society participants can achieve these things because of our strong education focus and the philosophy that gardening is a lifelong pursuit and the mandate is creating experiences to capitalize on “gardening for life”.
In addition to providing educational opportunities, staff and volunteers work together to operate an office, host a website, publish eight online newsletters and e-news throughout the year. They host talks and workshops on site and in the community, organize and host garden tours, biannual plant shares and provide fun volunteer opportunities. Key volunteer positions include a 11-member board of directors; newsletter managing editor, writer and editors; a gardening expert advice volunteer on the website; membership administration team; office maintenance and carpentry; three open garden tour coordinators; workshop monitors; speaker program coordinator; garden show committees and volunteers to assist in the running of the show (220 in all); a plant share committee and volunteers to assist running two events a year; and community gardens team assisting with events and working in the demonstration and teaching garden.
Volunteers work alongside the staff, which includes one full-time director and part-time employees who support and deliver the programs. Current part-time staff includes Administrative Assistant, Volunteer Coordinator, Community Gardens Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Master Gardener Coordinator and a Horticulturist.