Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Stop by the Helen Shculer Nature Centre anytime between 10am - 2pm to pick up a map of the gardens.

10:15am - Xeriscaping Presentation at        Helen Schuler Nature Centre by local xeriscape expert Steve MacRae of Prairie Xeriscape Designs


2pm - Rainwater Harvesting & Lawn Management Presentation by Verlin Torkelson of BlueGrass Landscaping at Park Place Mall.

View gardens from 10am - 4pm at your leisure



Helen Schuler Nature Centre
Click here for map


Leta Pezderic, Program Coordinator
Oldman Watershed Council

Event brought to you by:

The Oldman Watershed Council's (OWC) much anticipated and inspiring Prairie Urban Garden Tour has been set for Saturday, June 21st, 2014 and we hope you can join us!

The OWC is pleased to bring you the tour, as part of our mission to promote water conservation and improve stormwater quality in the Oldman watershed. The tour highlights the beauty and benefits of having a xeriscaped yard by showcasing Lethbridge xeriscapes that feature low maintenance, drought-tolerant and native plants that require little to no water to thrive, once established. Xeriscapes improve stormwater quality by reducing or eliminating the need for unnatural fertilizers and pesticides in order to thrive, therefore reducing pollution in runoff. Find lots of resources to build your own Prairie Urban Garden at www.prairieurbangarden.ca.

How it works:

  • Arrive any time between 10am - 2pm at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre to pick up your map to the gardens, view informational displays and enjoy complimentary refreshments. 
  • Xeriscaping presentation by local garden design consultant, Steve MacRae of Prairie Xeriscape Designs, at  10:15am at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre.
  • Presentation at 2:00pm  about rainwater harvesting and lawn management to reduce weed growth and pesticide use by local landscaper Verlin Torkelson of BlueGrass Landscaping. This presentation will take place in the Centre Court at Park Place Mall.  Check out BlueGrass's garden in the mall, enter to win this rain barrel, view informational displays, ask questions of Verlin and the OWC and enjoy complimentary refreshments.
  • Native plants will be available for purchase through ALCLA - Native Plant Restoration Inc. at the Nature Centre. Note: cash or cheque only. Visit their website: alclanativeplants.com 
  • Tour is FREE and SELF-GUIDED - you must provide your own mode of transportation. View the gardens at your leisure from 10am - 4pm. People will be at the gardens to answer your questions.

Please register. When you register, it helps us plan better for snacks and coffee. Bring your own mug if you want to take coffee to go!


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2011 tour participants


 Right: 2011 Prairie Urban Garden Tour
participants admire the xeriscaped garden
at the Galt Museum & Archives

In past years, up to 145 people have come out for the self-guided tour.  It is obvious that  prairie urban gardens are making their mark in Lethbridge - not only because they conserve and protect water quality by utilizing plants that naturally thrive in our dry prairie environment and therefore require less water, pesticides and fertilizers (maintenance!) than traditional lawns, but because they are absolutely beautiful and aesthetically pleasing - it is possible!