Educational

Did you know we grow sacred medicinal plants?

This article is only scratching the surface of indigenous knowledge and talks about four sacred plants of which CES actually grows two. Ask us for sage and sweetgrass or start chatting with Dawn about the wide variety of edible and medicinal plants we grow!

https://www.alive.com/health/aboriginal-medicine/

Shinrin-yoku or forest therapy, has inspired a new industry in Edmonton

Journalist Madeleine Cummings tries to find out what distinguishes forest therapy from a walk in the woods. The article also explores what researchers have found out about the positive health effects such as improved self-regulation or lower blood pressure: http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/2017/11/22/a-japanese-health-movement

Native plants can help turn your yard into a nature preserve

We hope you all had a great Easter weekend! Here is another article about gardening with native plants. In it Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the American Association of Landscape Professionals points out that plants are actually proven to have mental health benefits, to reduce stress and improve attention and memory...

www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/03/17/native-plants-turn-yard-into-nature-preserve

Why Native Plants Are the Better Choice for a Changing World

This article by Emily Cook outlines how plants native are best used for landscaping around our buildings and filling our gardens with colorful, butterfly friendly flowers. Cook is the Outreach Specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network.

http://naturechange.org/2018/03/15/why-native-plants-are-the-better

Designing for Tomorrow: The Future of Stormwater Management

We're very excited to exhibit at the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership Summit in Calgary! This 2-day event is to discuss the evolving role of ponds and wetlands and how they fit in the stormwater management toolbox. Check out the great line up of speakers and training opportunities at:

http://www.alidp.org/events-and-education/dft18#SUMMIT

For the Love of Plants (Part 1)

One plant group I love the most are Lichens. Lichens are technically NOT a plant, as they are only occurring thru a photosynthetic partnership between fungi and algae or cyanobacteria. Lichens don’t have a vascular system, and typically spread through spores or fragmentation. Lichens don’t have any organized leaf, root or stem structures; they are only equipped with hyphae and mycelium (which are the vegetative part of the fungus). Lichens grow in 6 different forms, including crusts, scales, leaves, clubs, shrubs, and hairs.

There are over 500 lichens species in Alberta’s forests, but my favourites are Cladina mitis (reindeer lichen) and Cladina stellaris (Northern reindeer lichen). They are very similar to each other, with key distinguishing features being their colour and shape. Reindeer lichen is pale yellowish green, and forms mats on ground, whereas Northern reindeer lichen is yellowish white, grows upright & reminds me of cauliflower.

We will continue with our love of plants posts all month long!

What Are Green Roofs?

Green roofs are a means of utilizing, typically, unused space by growing vegetation on building rooftops. Green roofs are a collection of materials, including vegetation, growing medium, drainage filter, etc. These can be extensive by retrofitting them on existing building roofs or intensive through practices of incorporating them into the design of new buildings. They have a range of applications including capturing excess stormwater, aesthetics, insulation, wildlife habitat, and local food production. Check out the City of Edmonton website for more information and where green roofs are already established in the city.

https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/environmental_stewardship/green-roof.aspx