Here we are in September. Kids go back to school, evening temps start to cool down, the days are a bit shorter and there are signs that Fall is here. It doesn’t mean outdoor activities are over for the season however. It can be a great time to tidy up any loose ends with yard projects you couldn’t get to because it was just too hot or the lake was calling. Mature native plants can be planted right until freeze up so you can still complete your landscaping projects! Check out our Regenerative Landscapes

Regenerative Landscapes

podcast episode “How to Prepare Your Yard for Winter” for some tips on do’s and don’ts for prepping your yard for the snowy months to come. We should be back to recording some new episodes soon as well since the TreeO’s busy summer season is winding down. As always please Listen, Like, Share, Subscribe and Comment on your favourite platform. Please share pics of your regenerative landscapes this season  at: info@mmgardens.ca. We love to see your creative ways of incorporating native plants into your projects! 

Now is a great time to prebook plants for larger landscaping projects for next season, as well as nature hikes and workshops for the winter season if you have a group looking for something a bit different or a time slot you need to fill for your indoor location. 

Goldenrod Cornbread Muffins

Canning, baking and cooking are typical fall activities to use the bounties of your harvests, but consider incorporating some native plant tastiness to make it even more extraordinary! If you are looking for access to some wild tastes, our Feral Fare condiments, flavourings and garnishes should be up and running for next season (we do have some samples available for this year though).

Teachers, a great idea for fall or spring for your students is to arrange for one of our in person garden workshops. Whether you wish to create a pollinator garden, food forest, or mini ecosystem (woodland, prairie or puddle garden) for your students to engage with and learn from, MM Gardens can create an experience just for you!

Gift certificates are a great way to gift something in advance or if you are unsure of what someone may like. Delivery is also available to a number of areas.

Stay tuned to our website and Facebook pages and subscribe to our monthly newsletter to keep up to date on our regenerative nativescaping project at Akesi Farms near Sundre and other cool events and projects in the works for this year! If you have a group interested in having us run a workshop or hike for you, or are looking for some consultation regarding a planting project, by all means contact us to arrange something. We do not take any deposits until we know it’s a go and can always change dates if required.

Our aim is to provide native and cold hardy edible and medicinal plants for commercial projects like landscaping and reclamation, community groups, and retailers such as garden centres. We do offer some retail as well including some natives and our own excess bedding outs (online and at live vendor events), but as our wholesale clients expand we encourage retail clients to support them (they will be listed on our Affiliates page). This way we can focus on education and growing more plants! We are also looking for restaurants, microbreweries and other specialty food and beverage producers that would like to add some local, unique and/or wild fare to their creations.   

Virtual tours, online workshops and videos are works in progress but will take time to develop.

Blanket Flower

***We now have a direct local connection to the Ukraine through friends of ours that still have family over there. They have helped form a group that is receiving a frequently updated list of what supplies are needed most. They ship directly to Poland where items are inventoried, grouped and sent out to where they are really needed. Medieval Manor Gardens has decided to donate 60% of all of our sunflower family related sales this season (including Native Sunflowers, Jerusalem Artichoke tubers, Blanket Flower, Arnicas etc.) to this cause to purchase the desperately needed items, and to have them distributed where they will be most beneficial. We will be as transparent as possible while keeping safety a top priority. We hope this will give people further insight as to what is transpiring in the Ukraine.  ***Update, we do have a few potted Jerusalem Artichokes available now as our tubers were sold out for the season. Please inquire.

Stay safe and thank you for supporting local business, the Ukraine and for going back to your roots to grow your future,

Dawn Watts,

Owner and creator of Medieval Manor Gardens