We are now in 2024 and are busy behind the scenes updating our web page, stratifying and starting our seed, planning workshops and other events, and so much more! I’m not sure if we will ever complete our seemingly endless to-do list, but we will make our best effort.

We’ll be working on our next Celtic Zodiac and Plants blog. This next one will feature Hazel, Crane and Amethyst among other things so follow us on FB and here on our website to make sure you don’t miss it!

Winter Chicken Coop Build

I am writing about our journey of building our chickens their insulated winter coop including how, why, what worked, and what we would change on our next one. It should be available to share with you soon!

We are now on Step Five in the Firecircle program which has been a great program so far to

Step 5 Firecircle

help get our business on track for our new location and engage with the tourism sector. I’ve already met some other great business owners whom we’ll be collaborating with on some workshops, tours, products, and special events. 

We are working on getting the new property in shape for visitors in the spring including our onsite market stand or anreg (gift in Welsh) shop, now christened Hiraeth, which really has no words when translated to english. Hiraeth (pronounced Hee-rye-th) is a deep inborn sense of yearning for a place beyond this plane of existence. It is more of a deeper feeling. It is in the wind, the rocks, and the waves. It is nowhere and it is everywhere. It is perfect for our little place of connection and to enable

Dragon Wagon

guests to bring a piece home with them to maintain that connection.  The “Dragon Wagon”, our mobile vardo or “gypsy wagon” will finally be going into the shop for its makeover to be ready for this season’s pop-up markets, so that we may bring Medieval Manor Gardens to those who might not be able to make it out to our location. Our greenhouse and gardens will take time to get in order, but piece by piece we will have more things growing and available to peruse.

Then there is the livestock. Our rare and heritage flock of poultry will be increasing in order to meet the needs of our clients (thank you so much for your ongoing support through purchasing our Rainbow Protein Pearls, AKA Farm Fresh Eggs!). Saphira and Proof, our 2


Curly horse mares are looking forward to receiving visitors and providing some luscious hypo-allergenic wool this spring. We hope to get a few Mammoth donkey jennies to add to our little herd and help expand the equine experience. Some driving clinics with an end goal of sustainable logging are possible over the summer thanks to Christine Beattie. Reach out if you are interested – even if you do not have a horse, as we can work with you to make things happen! Romanov, Wiltshire, and Painted Desert Sheep are also on the list this season. All of these projects will require a lot of infrastructure, and elbow grease! MM Gardens is therefore looking for some great volunteers who wish to learn and share their skills to join our Crewyrs (Creators) tribe. More information will be coming, but in the meantime, anyone interested can contact me at dawnw@mmgardens.ca.

With so much going on we are taking a more subdued approach to our offerings for the next while, but

Wild Forest Adventures Dog Sledding

we do have a few! Wet Noses Introduction to Dog Sledding will be taking place Mar. 16th and 17th. Shari and Remi will be coming down from Grande Prairie with their dog sled teams from Wild Forest Adventures to provide tours throughout our beautiful wooded property and hopefully out on Lake Isle. We will also have an educational workshop where you will be able to learn about the rich history of dog sledding, the equipment required, and of course, meet some of those wet noses face to face! Monique Collins from Dragonfly Cree-Ations will be guiding a crescent moon fire circle at the end of the first day complete with indigenous teachings and a delectable bannock making experience over the open fire. More amazing experiences are hoped to be offered throughout this spectacular event weekend so be sure to watch our Facebook and website pages. There will be a package deal offered for the complete weekend of experiences or you are also welcome to book components separately. Please contact info@mmgardens if you have questions or would like more information.

If you have a group interested in having us run a workshop or hike for you at your location or ours, 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.

We currently do not generally ship live plants out of province as they are overwintered outdoors to ensure hardiness, and may therefore contain organisms not native to other places. Some areas near us can receive free shipping so please inquire if you are unsure or our website is not cooperating. 

Teachers, groups, and corporate team builders, a great idea for this spring, is to arrange for one of our in-person workshops or tours. Whether you wish to create a mini ecosystem (woodland, prairie, or puddle garden), go on a nature walk, or engage with and learn from our unique livestock and regenerative farming practices, MM Gardens can create an experience just for you! Contact us at info@mmgardens for details.

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.

Our aim is to provide completely immersive nature and agricultural experiences and products to educate

Black Spruce Trail

and connect people back to the land, thus instilling a desire to take action regarding the health of Mother Earth and her children.    

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

Dawn Watts,

Owner and creator of Medieval Manor Gardens