Out in the woods

Now that we are officially into 2023 it’s time to start ramping things up for the new season here at Medieval Manor Gardens. More trays are being seeded and stratified, early sprouters are being planted under our grow lights, events and projects are being planned, wild teas packaged, and attempts at updating our website are being made.

Customers have been trying to purchase live plants to ship out of province and/or during the winter months. We currently do not have a method to separate our products into what can and cannot be shipped when and where, so please be patient with us. We currently do not ship live plants out of province as they are overwintered outdoors to ensure hardiness, and may therefore contain organisms not native to other places. We also do not ship live plants during the winter as temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on both sleeping and actively growing plants. You are still welcome to place advance in province live plant orders now, but just do not expect shipment until April/May. Dormant plants can be purchased for pickup throughout the winter as long as you have somewhere appropriate to keep them until spring and as long as we can dig them out from under the snow! 

Goldenrod Cornbread Muffins

Baking and cooking are typical winter 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 this season. I ran out of time for planting larger plots and swaths out at the farm, but will get to it as soon as the ground and weather permit in the spring. In the meantime we do have some samples available.

Teachers, a great idea for 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! Winter is a great time to plan for these.

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 and coming up! 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. ***UPDATE!*** We now have eco conscious limited edition canvas totes from UKIYO available for purchase! Natural colour with our tree of life logo and a few extras including a magnetic closure and an inside pocket. Only $25.00 and you can order them here.

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

***The connection we had to donate to the Ukraine is no longer accepting donations, so we are looking at donating the money raised from the sales of our sunflower related plants in 2022 to another Ukrainian cause. We are just awaiting details and will keep you posted. Thanks to all the caring people that purchased our plants last season we are able to donate $100. Medieval Manor Gardens hopes to add to this in 2023! 

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