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Lectures and Workshops

Have a group or association that would benefit from hearing Jennifer Hoglin of Gooseberry Gardens speak? Live or virtual engagements can be supported. Each talk lasts between one and two hours. Thinking of something a little different? We can accommodate other formats or timelines as well.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Landscape planning and design
  • Introduction to Permaculture
  • General Garden Topics
    • Companion planting for the entire garden
    • Home scale pruning
    • Gardening for/with birds
    • Gardening for/with bees and butterflies
    • Water wise gardening and water saving
    • Introduction to gardening in Calgary
    • Gardening 101
    • Fall cleanup
    • Spring cleanup and garden prep
  • Food growing including:
    • Annual vegetables
    • Perennial vegetables
    • New and unusual veggies
    • Fruit trees
    • Berry and other fruiting shrubs
    • Specific vegetables or fruits in-depth
    • Edible flowers
    • Herbs (indoors, outdoors and propagation)
    • Crop planning
    • Crop rotation
    • Succession planting
    • Seed starting and transplanting
    • Companion planting for veggie gardens
    • Raised bed gardening
    • Sprouts, shoots and microgreens
    • Food forests
    • Specific vegetables with growing information and what to do with all the harvest (for example zucchini or tomatoes or apples)
  • Preserving food from the garden including:
    • Introduction to hot water bath canning (pickles, jams, jellies, conserves, chutneys, etc.)
    • Dehydrating/drying
    • Introduction to lacto-fermentation
    • Creating oils, vinegars, and salt
  • Specific dish types where we speak about growing the foods involved and then how to cook or prep the ingredients, including:
    • Garden salads
    • Garden soups
    • All the roasted veggies
    • Pizza and other flatbreads
    • Pies and tarts
  • Perennial plant focused seminars
    • Perennial ornamental grasses
    • Perennial shade plants
    • Perennials for spring blooms
    • Perennials for fall blooms
    • Drought tolerant plants
    • Fall planted hardy bulbs for spring blooms
    • Vining plants
    • Groundcovers
    • Top 10 (or 20) perennials for Calgary
    • Underrated perennials for Calgary
    • Dividing perennials

Upcoming Talks:

August 17th, 2023 @ Regina Public Library (Online)
               “Fermentation in the Kitchen”
September 11th, 2023 @ Medicine Hat and District Horticultural Association
               “Perennial Plants for Waterwise Gardening"


Previous Talks:

March 30th, 2023 @ Regina Public Library (Online)
               “Indoor Seed Starting”
January 18th, 2023 @ Kerby Seniors Centre
               “How to Grow Food Indoors: Preparing Seedlings” Workshop
October 19th, 2022 @ One Health Circle (online)
               “Creating Homes for Urban Pollinators”
October 19th, 2022 @ Kerby Seniors Centre
               “How to Grow Food Indoors” Workshop
October 13th, 2022 @ Calgary Horticultural Society (online)
               “Beauty and Function in the Winter Garden”
September 28th, 2022 @ Kerby Seniors Centre
               “How to Harvest and Store Vegetables” Workshop
May 17th, 2022 @ Calgary Horticultural Society (online)
               “Berry Fruit”
May 9th, 2022 @ Calgary Horticultural Society (online)
               “Edible Perennials”
April 25th, 2022 @ Calgary Horticultural Society (online)
               “Climbing Vines”
April 20th, 2022 @ Calgary Horticultural Society (online)
               “Planning Your Food Forest”
April 5th, 2022 @ Calgary Horticultural Society (online)
               “Digging Deep Into Crop Planning”
November 16th, 2021 @ Calgary Horticultural Society (online)
               “Veggie Garden Planning”
September 25th, 2021 @ CHS Garlic and Harvest Fair (online)
                “Garlic Basics”
July 24th, 2021 @ Oakridge Community Gardens
                “The Salad Growing Around You”
May 25th, 2021 @ Calgary Horticultural Society (online)
                “Food Forests”
April 29th, 2021 @ Calgary Horticultural Society (online)
                “Direct Seeding Cool Season Crops”
September 27th, 2021 @ CHS Garlic Fair Online Day of Learning (online)
                “Preparing Minced Garlic, Garlic Salt, and Garlic Butter”
September 12th, 2020 @ Sherwood Community Gardens
                “Pests in the Vegetable Garden”
August 1st, 2020 @ Oakridge Community Gardens
                “Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden”
November 12th, 2020 @ Calgary Horticultural Society
                “Sprouts, Shoots and Microgreens”
August 19th, 2020 @ Calgary Horticultural Society (online)
                “Community Garden Harvest Tips, Tricks and Q & A”
March 9th, 2020 @ Nose Hill Public Library
                “Growing Food in the Urban Garden”
October 19th, 2019 @ Golden Acre Home & Garden
                “Sprouts, Shoots and Microgreens”
October 5th, 2019 @ Golden Acre Home & Garden
                “Bulbs to Plant in Fall”
October 5th, 2019 @ Golden Acre Home & Garden
                “Fall Clean Up”
June 28th, 2019 @ Golden Acre Home & Garden
                “Grow Your Own Groceries – Fruit Edition”
June 22nd, 2019 @ Golden Acre Home & Garden
                “Creating a Food Forest”
June 15th, 2019 @ Golden Acre Home & Garden
                “Ornamental Grasses”
June 15th, 2019 @ Golden Acre Home & Garden
                “Plants for Shady Spots”
June 8th, 2019 @ Golden Acre Home & Garden
                ” Water Wise Gardening”
June 8th, 2019 @ Golden Acre Home & Garden
                “Gardening for Birds, Bees and Butterflies”
June 1st, 2019 @ Golden Acre Home & Garden
                “Pruning for the Home Gardener”
May 25th, 2019 @ Golden Acre Home & Garden
                “Grow Your Own Groceries – Veggie Edition”
April 27th, 2019 @ Golden Acre Home & Garden
                “Introduction to Gardening”
April 27th, 2019 @ Golden Acre Home & Garden
                “Spring Clean Up”
February 9th, 2019 @ Golden Acre Home & Garden
                ” Ready, Set … Start Your Seeds”

Welcome to Gooseberry Gardens! I can’t wait to garden with you.

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