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Community garden to host author Flanagan

JENNY BURKE – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
Author June Flanagan presents an illustrated program describing how to cultivate an amazing variety of fresh vegetables and fragrant herbs in a short-season climate on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at Fort Macleod RCMP Centennial Library.
From planting to picking, Flanagan describes plenty of tips so you can enjoy homegrown produce, harvested just a few steps from your own kitchen.
This event hosted by the Fort Macleod Community Garden Project is free to the public.
Trained as both botanist and horticulturist, Flanagan holds a M.Sc. in Plant Science and a B.Sc. in Environmental Horticulture.
Flanagan has more than 30 years experience cultivating plants in challenging climates, including 14 years in the Chinook region of southern Alberta.
Flanagan’s professional career includes work as a botanical garden specialist, research assistant in plant tissue culture and plant water relations studies, landscape designer, forestry and range technician mapping vegetation, and entrepreneur of a growing operation producing specialty crops.
Known for her environmentally sound designs and growing methods, Flanagan has published articles in Gardener for the Prairies, The Prairie Garden, Alberta Gardener, Alberta Views, Iris, Wildflower, Lethbridge Herald and Calgary Herald.
Flanagan is the author of Native Plants for Prairie Gardens, and co-author of The Prairie Gardener’s Sourcebook and Garden of Serenity: The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.
Flanagan’s fourth book, Edible Plants for Prairie Gardens: The Best Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs will be released by Fifth House Publishers in spring 2011.
Flanagan’s career is now focused on writing about and photographing native and cultivated plants.
Flanagan is a frequent public speaker and presents many horticultural workshops. Her recent community contributions include:

  • Designer of the Garden of Native Prairie Plants, Galt Museum, as a 2009 centennial project for the Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society.
  • Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden board of directors.
  • Alberta Native Plant Council Horticulture and Reclamation Chair.

For information about Flanagan’s presentation or the community garden project contact Jenny Burke at 403-634-5252 or e-mail erigeron.jenny@gmail.com.

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