Rimbey Library and The Beatty Heritage House offer fun and information to celebrate Earth Day.

Hands on approach to Earth Day

Rimbey Library and The Beatty Heritage House is offering fun and information to celebrate Earth Day.

The talented individuals who will be part of Rimbey Library’s Celebrate Earth Day presentation probably have never considered themselves to be a library of knowledge.

However, each of them will be part of a ‘human library’ that will be available at the library on April 20 at 7 p.m.

The library will have each human “book” seated in a small grouping and people can move between stations asking questions and learning about topics surrounding Sustainable Living. Topics will focus on personal experiences in Small House Living with Rebekah Seidel, Straw Bale House Construction with Jim Anderson, Living Off-Grid with Claudia Boecking, Solar Energy with Frank Schwieger and composting with Gayle Rondeel.

See for yourself how local people are adopting sustainable, environmentally friendly practices at a residential level. Ask questions to people who have answered the same questions through direct first-hand experiences.

For more information, please contact the Rimbey Library.

Not to be outdone, the Beatty Heritage House will be the place with lots of action on Earth Day, April 21.

There’ll be three free activities, something for green and black thumbs of all ages, said ! With frost-free days just around the corner, this afternoon will give you lots of information to get your garden dreams off to a great start, said Bronwen Jones from the Beatty House.

At 1 p.m. the Beatty Heritage House Society will host a presentation by respected horticulturalist and educator Kath Smyth. A lifelong Alberta-grown advocate for a greener sustainable world, Kath, a key member of the Calgary Horticulturalist Society, lectures within the University of Calgary’s Environmental Design program and is a regular gardening expert on both CBC Calgary (radio and TV) and Global TV.

Kath has planned a presentation to inspire and inform. The topic – “What is Your Garden Style? – Do You Have a Plan for Your Future Garden?” – will cover how to design (or redesign) landscapes for change, whether for garden, the users, or the gardeners themselves. Kath will be showing examples of garden “makeovers”, designed to adapt gardens to changing owner needs and landscape conditions: how to tailor design to what works for you and your unique garden, where you can grow the flowers, trees, and shrubs you like, and the food you want to eat.

“She’s passionate about helping Albertans create beautiful yards that are both easy on the wallet and the environment and have a natural fit to local conditions,” Jones said.

The afternoon will focus on the youngsters and from 2 to 4 pm the Rimbey Early Childhood Development Coalition will be hosting craft and games for kids in the garden and the Beatty House basement.

“Young folk can get their hands in dirt, paint, rocks and other natural objects to create functional and fun projects such as feeders and planters. There’ll be games and challenges for kids as well,” she added.

Also during that time, a collection of local gardening mentors and landscape professionals will be in the House to answer gardening questions on a variety of topics, ranging from vegetable gardening with Martha Krause and landscape construction with Kelsey Korpiniski (Apex Landscaping). Also on hand will be Gerda Crell, (garden preparations for spring), Andrea Tarves, (planting design and container gardens), Dorian Rondeel, (biological/natural pest control) and Bronwen Jones (landscape design).

Gardeners are encouraged to bring in a photo showing gardening problem.

The Beatty House Historical Society will be offering refreshments, door prizes, and lots of fun and learning that afternoon. Admission is free, but reserving a seat for the talk is recommended as seating is limited.

To reserve call Teri at 403-843-6497 or email the Society at bhhsociety@gmail.com.

For more detailed information and how to reserve a seat for the talk (seating is limited), check out our Events web page link:


Hope to see you in the House!

Beatty Heritage House Society

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