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Cochrane & Area Gardening Expo – April 28, 2024

Whether you’re an experienced gardener, taking your first steps into gardening, or newly relocated to Cochrane and realizing you may need a few tips for gardening in this zone – this event will get you excited about digging in the dirt!

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cochrane Lions Event Centre | Entry is free of charge

Here’s what you will discover at the Gardening Expo

  • Vendors: 40+ vendors selling seeds, seedlings, and gardening related products
  • Experienced Local Gardeners: take time to chat with subject matter experts about your gardening challenges
  • Seed Exchange Table operated by the Cochrane & District Horticultural Society: bring your extra seeds to add to the exchange and/or purchase seeds (by donation) to fill the gaps in your garden.
  • Guest Speaker Presentations: throughout the event you can take a seat in the speaker’s zone and have the opportunity to hear local gardeners share their knowledge, tips and tricks for making their gardens flourish.
    • 11:30 am – SEEDS TO SUPPER: ADVENTURES IN GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD. Rising food costs, diminishing food quality, and the environmental impacts of log haul transportation are all motivating factors to seek out homegrown solutions to our food crisis. Being able to grow your own food to supplement your family’s meals empowers you to address these concerns and gives you access to unparalleled flavour and freshness for your meal ingredients. We do face weather and soil challenges with gardening in Cochrane. Join Andrea Blonsky, local gardener and founder of the Cochrane Community Garden Society, for an information packed session on what and how to grow to optimize your harvest.
    • 12:30 pm – GROW A FOOD FOREST IN YOUR BACKYARD. Learn the secrets of transforming a part of your urban or rural yard into a flourishing perennial food forest. Join Callandra Caufield, Founder of the Backyard Harvest Project blog, as she shares insights on designing, plant selection, and the installation process for your very own cold-climate food forest. Whether your space is vast or compact, this session promises to ignite your excitement for perennial food cultivation and give you the practical tips to get started.
    • 1:30 pm – YEAR ROUND GARDENING WITH MICROGREENS. Join Christina Ambrock of Super Donkey Acres for a session on how to garden 365 days a year with mighty, mighty microgreens. These veggies are micro versions of their larger counterparts and packed with nutrition. Come learn tips and tricks to growing these year round in the comfort of your home.

Vendor List

The following includes vendors and community groups & organizations participating in the Gardening Expo. This list will be updated in the days preceding the event – check back for updates.

A’Bunadh SeedsHeirloom and open pollinated non GMO seeds of all types for zone 2B
Susy AlfaroSeedlings; Aprons
A Dome at HomeFlowers, herbs & tomato seedlings
Anything Grows Cochrane Garden CenterGardening education; Gardener’s handbook; Plants; Gardening accessories
Blooming Bee GardeningStarter kits for gardening (e.g. lettuce, tomatoes); Native starts/seeds (skeleton plant, lupin, yarrow, allium etc.)
Cochrane & Area Food ConnectionsCommunity awareness: food security & resources; Information: fall harvest & fruit cleanup.
Cochrane Community Gardens SocietyInformation / Awareness; Heirloom seed potato
Cochrane & District Horticultural SocietySeed Exchange Table; Information
Cochrane Public LibraryPromotion & Awareness: Gardening tools lending program; Seed Library
CoCreative SeedsVegetable seedlings; Seeds (140 varieties)
Common Sense SeedsSeeds (vegetable: tomato, peppers, and other veggies)
Cultivate CochraneSolar Roller demonstration; Food sovereignty educational activities
Super Donkey Acres | Farmers’ LeafMicrogreen starter kits.
Fig & Fern BotanicalsRare indoor houseplants
Linda FeeSelf-watering pots; Plants-books and other related material
Found Books & ShopNature, gardening & outdoor books.
Garden Soil-utionsSeedlings; Worm castings; Authored Books: ‘No Guff Vegetable Gardening’, ‘Gardener’s Gratitude Journal’ 
Doug Gardens Inc.Eco-friendly fertilizers.
Kate’s GardensSeedlings: tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, flowers, herbs, and more
Custom hanging baskets
Brenda LinkPlants: peppers, tomatoes
Catherine LegaryPepper plants
Liza’s Plants YYCSeeds and seedlings
Megan LuscombeAloe vera plants
Orange, ginger, citrus and avocado cuttings
Rafter 1 RanchVegetable Seedlings.
Sky May NotonVegetable and flower seedlings
Stealth FlowersHeirloom veggie bedding plants
Flower annuals/perennials
Summit Hill Farm Promoting CSA for summer veggies
Carrot, heat tolerant lettuce and radicchio trials through canovi seed trials (seed adaptation and saving in climate change).
The Guides for the Prairie GardenerGardening books for prairie gardeners.
Totally Hooked Indoor plants, planters, macrame hangers, metal plant stakes, seeds, garden decor
Town of CochranePromotion & Awareness: Town’s water conservation rebate program; Upcoming compost event.
Urban Farm SchoolPromoting Urban Farm Schools workshops
WestgardVegetable seedlings; Plants; Flowers
Worm Worked CompostingVermicompost; Seedlings

Vendor Information

Are you a local gardener that would like to sell your seedlings, collected seeds, or plants? Perhaps you’re a maker of yard & garden handcrafts? If you grow or make the items you wish to sell, you may be a good fit for this event. Vendor fee is $15 for a 6′ table (provided).

Applications for interested vendors are available for download:

Applications will require your name, contact information and a description of the items you would want to sell at your table. Submit a few photos if you create unique products (pictures of tomato seedlings not required…. 😉 ).

Questions? Email: cage@cochraneenvironment.org

The Cochrane & Area Gardening Expo is hosted by the Cochrane Environmental Action Committee (CEAC). Proceeds from the vendor fees and seed exchange table will be donated to a local organization to support environmental action in the Cochrane community.

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