A Celebration of
Cherry Blossoms- The cherry blossom is
possibly the most important flower in Japanese culture, and is nationally
adored and respected. Here in Alberta, we can also take part in the importance
of the cherry blossom (sakura) festival by growing our own cherry blossoms! There are
actually hundreds of species of cherries, some of them are hardy here and some
of them are not. Many provide us with shade, beautiful autumn colour, as well
as edible (and delicious!) fruit! Join us for an in-depth examination of both
the cherry blossom in Japanese culture as well as which cherries to plant in
your own prairie garden! Whether you are interested in attracting birds and
pollinators, growing your own fruit, or simply the history of these enigmatic
trees, this presentation will have a lot to offer!
This workshop will be lead by renowned gardening author and
columnist Lyndon Penner. Penner brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and
dynamic energy to all things green. You will be sure to increase your gardening
knowledge and receive some inspiration for your backyard or gardening project.
Participants will meet at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden at
9:00am. There will be morning instruction until 1:00pm, when the class will
break for lunch. A bento box lunch and refreshments will be provided during the
one-hour lunchbreak. The afternoon will feature a guided bus tour of Lethbridge
apple trees (cherry blossoms) from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Guests will arrive back at
the Garden to enjoy sake and refreshments while the sunset shimmers.
Your take-home gift from the workshop will be an authentic
wooden sake cup and the Garden will provide two free YK3 Nikka Yuko Sake
samples. Cash bar will be available to those 18 and above. Those that are not
18 years of age will receive complementary Japanese pop, tea or coffee.
Cost of the Cherry Blossom Workshop is $125.
Reverse your spot in this workshop by call the Garden at 403
Located on the corner of 9th Avenue South and Mayor Magrath Drive
(Next to Henderson Lake) in Lethbridge, Alberta - Canada Phone: (403) 328-3511 Fax: (403) 328-0511