The 2005 Prairie Garden:
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Table of Contents
A Lily Note from Frank Skinner of Dropmore, Manitoba
"The experience of the past 20 years has shown that the Lily is one of the most satisfactory bulb plants for Western Canada and should equal the Gladiolus in popularity. Gladioli are preeminent as cut flowers, but as a garden plant the Lily has certain advantages not possessed by the Glads. In the first place the Lily does not require annual lifting and storing of the roots over winter. Also, the flowering season is a long one as the sweet scented yellow (Lilium) monadelphum sometimes offers its first flowers towards the end of May and can be relied upon to flower during the first half of June. Then there is a long procession of colour until the end of September when Lilium henryi makes a good display."
A1938 article by F.L. Skinner includes the following far sighted quote:
Here was simple encouragement with excellent instruction from a premier pioneer in Horticulture.
The 2005 Prairie Garden, featuring lilies, is the 66th edition of this annual digest-sized publication. A wide variety of theme-related topics are covered, of relevance to both the novice and the expert prairie lily gardener. An interesting range of general gardening topics are also covered, including hardy shrubs, houseplants, garden insects, native orchids, coniferous evergreen care, and vegetable gardening. The articles are complemented by a 16-page colour section, featuring many photos of beautiful hardy lilies. Guest Editors for the 2005 book, Jennifer Bishop and Barbara-Jean Jackson have worked hard to bring you yet another great issue of The Prairie Garden. Theme-related topics that are covered include:
- Lily Basics
- Prairie Lily Hybridizers
- The Backhouse Hybrids
- Martagons and Martagons Breeding
- Hardiness Trials of Interdivisional Lilies in Alberta
- The Upcoming NALS Conference
- Lily Humour
- Propagating Lilies
- The Western Red Lily: Saskatchewan's Floral Emblem
- Lilies that Aren't "Lilies" - The Water Lily
- Controlling Diseases Affecting Lilies
- Lily Myths: Martagons
- The Lily Beetle
- The Lily Larvae - A New Lily Pest?
- Preventing the Spread of Lily Pests
- Northern Gardening with Lilies
- Lilies on the Move
- Lilies as Houseplants
- The Gloriosa Lily
- Lily Gardening on the Internet
Topics of a few of the non-theme articles for 2005 are:
- The Western Prairie Fringed Orchid
- Bumble Bee Adventures
- Ten Years of The Prairie Horticulture Program
- Managing Diseases and Pests in the Vegetable Garden
- Current Problems of Coniferous Trees on the Prairies
- Adventures in Butterfly Gardening
- Lasagna Gardening
- The Travelling Prairie Gardener
- Rustic Gardens
- The Western Prairie Fringed Orchid
- The Dandelion
- Assiniboine Landing
- Photographing Garden Flowers
- Growing Roses on the Prairies
- Heritage Landscapes
- Upcoming Book Announcements
As well, each issue of The Prairie Garden includes yearly feature articles such as:
- 50 Years Ago: A Glimpse into the Past - an article carefully chosen from the issue of The Pairie Garden that was published 50 years ago,
- Houseplants: Hibiscus - this year's featured houseplant has striking flowers and is easy to grow if you follow these simple directions,
- Annual Book Review - this year Fran Wershler reviews "A History of Canadian Gardening,"
- Insects in the Garden - bumble bees are this year's featured garden insect, and
- The Prairie Garden Award for Excellence - the recipient of The 2004 Prairie Garden Award for Excellence is the Memorial Rose Garden in Pilot Mound, Manitoba.
Read all about it!
Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum / Western Red Lily
Saskatchewan's Provincial Floral Emblem and a protected plant! Please take a picture rather than picking the flower or digging up the plant. Buy plants from a reputable nursery, and make sure they're propagated from seed, or tissue culture. D'nA Gardens has a great web site and offers this plant for sale.
Photo by Lorne Heshka. Copyright The Prairie Garden Committee.
This beautiful image was almost on the cover of the 2005 book, but the cover you see at the top of this page with a very eye-catching photo of Lilium 'Malta' taken by John Rempel was the final choice. It was a very hard decision. This picture begs to be shared. Watch for Lorne's upcoming native orchid field guide. You can bet the photography will be wonderful. You can read all about this soon to be released publication in The 2005 Prairie Garden.
Alberta Regional Lily Society
Manitoba Regional Lily Society
South Saskatchewan Lily Society
North American Lily Society
Ontario Regional Lily Society
Western Red Lily Project
Hillcrest Harmony Flowers, Churchbridge, SK
The Lily Nook, Neepawa, MB
ValleyK Greenhouses, AB