Gardens Manitoba

Festival of Trees and Lights

The 2014 Festival of Trees and Lights opened on Nov. 18 in the Gallery of the Manitoba Hydro building at 360 Portage Ave. The festival continues through Nov. 28.

This year's festival is a cooperative effort between Gardens Manitoba and the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation. It features 28 decorated trees and 20 beautiful wreaths.

Many events are planned throughout the festival including noon hour entertainment, a Family Day and Victorian Tea. The public is welcome to visit the festival for free between 10am and 6pm daily. Check the website for more information. 

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Gardens Manitoba held our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory with 30 members in attendance.

Business for the evening included the election of new board members, announcement of bursary recipients, updates on Gardens Manitoba events and a presentation on the Community Greenhouse initiative by Kenton Lobe and Jeanette Sivilay from the Canadian Mennonite University CSA Farm.

John Courtney 2014 Bursary Recipient

John Courtney receives his bursary from William Dowie, board member responsible for the Bursary Program

The event was also a celebration of the volunteers that give of their time to our organization. It was catered by Diversity Food Services from the University of Winnipeg.

A brief board meeting followed the general meeting to elect the board executive.

Board of Directors

Iris Ingram (President)

Mick Manfield (Vice President)

Richard Decka (Treasurer)

Jackie Zizic (member at large)

William Dowie (member at large)

Susan Leblanc (member at large)

Newly Elected

Dr. Eva Pip (member at large)

Igor Kaftan (member at large)

Tony Zheng (member at large)

Judy Schwartz (ex officio secretary)

Richard Baschak, Executive Director

2014 Festival of Trees & Lights Urban Greening 2014 Miracle Garden Order David Austin Roses

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benefits of membership

Your membership entitles you to many benefits including:
  • Free admission to most Gardens Manitoba events such as Program Evenings;
  • Bimonthly newsletter;
  • Volunteer opportunities, meet people who share your interest in plants & gardening;
Discounts at the following businesses – subject to change –  Check back at the website for updates.
  • Amma’s Tea Room & Gift Shop: 10% Food. 94-1st Ave, Gimli, MB
  • Glenlea Greenhouses – 10% - only open to public May to the end of June
  • Jensen’s Nursery  & Landscaping: 10% on regular priced merchandise
  • Lacoste Garden Centre: 10%
  • Lower Fort Garry Nurseries: 10% perennials & giftware, 5% on annuals
  • Manitoba Gardener: 30% discount on a magazine subscription
  • Ron Paul Garden Centre – 10% on all Ron Paul products
  • St. Mary’s Nursery: 10% on purchases, Mon. to Thurs.
  • Sage Garden Herbs: 10% on plants  and seeds only
  • Samborski Garden Supplies Ltd. – 10%
  • Shelmerdine Nursery  & Garden Centre: 10% on regular priced merchandise
  • The Needlepoint Place: 10% on regular priced merchandise
  • T&T Seeds: 10% on purchases over $50      

Please check and confirm with the staff at the store before you cash out. 

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