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Gifts for Gardeners

Information about Alberta's native plants, as well as growing and maintaining healthy gardens makes a great gift! Alberta Agriculture has a variety of options for the gardeners in your life this holiday season.

Weed Seedling Guide – the second edition of this convenient, pocket-size book helps producers and others correctly identify weed seedlings. This coil-bound publication features information on 62 broad-leaved weeds and 10 grasses. The weeds are organized by cotyledon (seed-leaf) shape to make identification easier, and the book has seed-leaf shape drawings and full-colour weed seedling images, a table of commonly confused weeds and a glossary of terms. $10 plus GST

Alberta Yards and Gardens – gives a fresh, unbiased look at what grows best in Alberta. The book is packed with information about selecting ornamental trees and shrubs, lawns, small fruits and berries, flowers, vegetables, herbs and even water plants. Homeowners, hobby gardeners, serious horticulturists and landscape artists will find this book invaluable. It also gives tips and techniques for pruning, wintering roses, container gardening and attracting birds and butterflies. $15 plus GST

Growing Native Plants of Western Canada – with over 100 pages of text and photographs, this book takes an in-depth look at 48 species of native plants that have shown promise for ecological repair. This book will help anyone interested in collecting, growing and commercially producing native plants. Users might include private and public land managers, land reclamation engineers, conservation and reclamation consultants, range ecologists, wildlife and habitat biologists, seed producers, nursery operators, landscapers and gardeners. $30 plus GST

You can order any of these items online through Alberta Agriculture or by calling (780) 427-0391.

Happy Gardening!

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