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Edible landscaping workshop offered

By: By Jessica Patterson

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 11:28 am

drian Buckley, owner of Big Sky Permaculture will be running a free workshop on edible plants in Airdrie on April 10.
drian Buckley, owner of Big Sky Permaculture will be running a free workshop on edible plants in Airdrie on April 10.

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Gardeners in Airdrie are encouraged to learn about edible landscaping at an upcoming workshop held April 10, at the Airdrie Agriculture Centre from 7 to 9 p.m.

Adrian Buckley, owner of Big Sky Permaculture, will be facilitating the free workshop, and says the event is open to anyone with an interest in gardening.

“I’ll be focusing more on the design and use of perennial food plants that grow really well in our area,” he said. “They’re generally lower maintenance and these plants are permanent, and are used a lot in edible landscaping.”

Plants like Sea Buckthorn and Saskatoon berries are examples of plants that not only provide food and function, but also look quite nice in a green space as well.

The first in a series of three workshops, hosted by Rocky View County in partnership with the City of Airdrie, the workshop will discuss how gardeners can landscape with function in mind, using herbs and other plants.

Buckley said he’ll talk about changing a lawn or a little piece of land, to an edible landscape or food forest.

“A food forest is a term that is gaining popularity in permaculture that takes from the architecture of forest, which are systems that don’t need to be managed from the outside,” he said.

This workshop encourages residents to gear up for summer in a sustainable way, using edible plants to create lush gardens and combat weeds and pests. The next workshiop, “Acreage Living: Weeds and Pests,” takes place April 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cochrane RancheHouse, followed by “Vegetable Gardening” April 30, from 6. to 9 p.m. at the same venue.

For more information, or to register online, visit


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