March 2014

Gardenscape is around the corner and we all know what that means – Spring IS on the way!

While you are taking it all in at Gardenscape March 28, 29 and 30 at Prairieland Park, stop by the SHS booth.  You can renew your membership, purchase a cherry pitter and / or cherry cookbook, get ideas and become inspired for the growing season ahead. 


Membership Renewal

Your membership purchased in 2013 will be expiring at the end of April, 2014.  To renew your membership,, click on the   membership link, just below this paragraph, print and  complete the membership form  and either bring it to the Saskatoon Horticulture Society booth at Gardenscape or mail it to the address on the form.  Remember that you need to have a valid membership to take advantage of the member benefits, and to  take advantage of the discounts, the sooner you renew, the better.  All memberships purchased this year are valid until the end of April 2015.

Membership renewal form link

Member Benefits 2014

The following is a list of businesses agreeing to take part in our Green Gift coupon promotion or offering members a discount this year.  Please check future newsletters or the website as additional sponsors may be recruited or offers may change.  We hope you will support these businesses as they support the Saskatoon Horticulture Society

Green Gift Coupons

Clement Farms             Dutch Growers             Mother Earth                    Floral Acres

Green Gift coupons entitle you to receive two SMALL  packs of annuals (usually called 1204 or 1206).  Take your coupon to one of the participating greenhouses listed above and trade it for the annuals.  This is in effect from May 15 – June 15.  You must have your coupon with you to take advantage of the offer, and relinquish it when you get your plants.  If you’re not sure what plants are included please ask.


SHS Member Discounts

Please note that discounts usually apply to regular priced items – if in doubt, ask!

Floral Acres and Sutherland Garden Mart – 10% discount on regular priced items 

Earlys  (either location) and Dutch Growers -  10% discount on horticultural items

Shaughnessy---  10% discount on regular priced items

Wild Birds Unlimited – 10% discount on birding / gardening supplies

To receive your member discount you will need to present your valid membership card BEFORE paying for your purchase. Please realize that not all merchandise in a store is eligible for the discount and the products included may vary from time to time.   If you are not sure that what you are planning to buy is included in the promotion, please ask!!

If you or someone you know has a garden related business and might like to be involved as a sponsor for a member benefit, please email the SHS at


SHS Directors for 2014

President:  Vacant                     Secretary:  Janet Jesney 306-978-3910

Treasurer:  Jane Zaleschuk 306-380-3920                    Programs: Connie Lynch 306-934-1414

Membership:  Vivian Laturnus  306-381-5515

Directors:  Marj Meger 306-249-1329                         Bonita Lundberg 306-683-6465          

Bob Novak  306- 374-6990                Ingrid Major 306-955-4239                 Jennifer Osachoff  306-934-4638

Pat and Harvey Heshka  306-934-6001           Carol Lahey-Wiggs  306-978-8066    

Norman Waters 306-382-4061            Edwin Zarycki  306-373-6842

Angie Skiba 306-242-2320        Chris Zerebeski  306-281-8921         Frank and Agnes Zunti 306- 249-4522



We are looking for a few helping hands for:

Plant Sales –To help set up, sell and clean up for the garden plant sale held in May

Garden Bus Tour – a few helpers are needed. If you would like to act as a “tour guide” or “assistant tour guide” or to help in some other way, please email the SHS or call Marj at 306-249-1329.

Garden Passport Tours– we need people to act as “Greeters” at the gardens on the tour and to do a few other jobs.

Garden selection committee – These people “preview” gardens for inclusion on the tours.  If you know of a garden that might be suitable for a tour – your own or someone else’s, please let us know.

Qualifications:  Cheerful, helpful, and want to meet other gardeners.  Time commitment can be a little or a lot - it depends on you!  Meet interesting people, see interesting gardens and get ideas for your own place whether you have a “monster” yard or a “tiny balcony”.   You won’t be on your own, so don’t be shy about volunteering.  

If you would be able to volunteer for one of these activities please call Marj at 306-249-1329 or email the SHS.

If you are interested in volunteering in some other way or have ideas for the SHS to try, please email the SHS at:   or contact one of the directors.  Suggestions are always welcome.


Cherry Pitters

The SHS is happy to be selling Norpro Cherry pitters to help in funding the scholarships described below. These cherry pitters are excellent- easy to clean, quick (a 4 litre pail takes about 10 minutes) and easy on the hands.  For more info call Frank at 306-249-4522 or come to the SHS booth at Gardenscape.



As part of our commitment to the encouragement of horticulture in this area, the SHS is proud to provide scholarships to assist in horticultural education.  There are three scholarships:

            - $1000 is awarded annually to a horticulture student at the University of Saskatchewan 

            - One $1000 scholarship yearly for a student in the Prairie Horticulture Certificate through the University of Saskatchewan.  For more information contact the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education at the U of S or the SHS website.  Info will also be available at the SHS booth at Gardenscape.

            - The Butterfield Scholarship for students in the Master Gardener program at either the University of Saskatchewan or the Saskatoon School of Horticulture.  For more information visit the SHS website or the SHS booth at Gardenscape.



March 28,29 and 30 – Gardenscape – Come to the SHS booth to find out about this year’s programs, ask questions, get gardening advice and renew your membership.  Contact Bob at 306-374-6990

Saturday May 25 – Garden Plant Sale Fundraiser –   Donate your extra plants to the SHS plant sale and buy a few new ones!  Save your used gardening books and magazines to be donated for use by other gardeners.   Sale will be held at 18 and 22 Churchill Drive.  Time:  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Contact Bob at 306-374-6990 or Frank at 306-249-4522.

 July 11 -  5 p.m. – SHS Home Grounds Award entry deadline.   Judging will take place the following day with the award presented the next week.   You can enjoy the winning garden on our garden bus tour.  Contact:  Norman at 306-382-4061

Saturday July 12 and August 2– Garden Passport Tours  – These are “drive yourself” tours of some great gardens.  You will receive a “passport” detailing garden locations.  Since these are “drive yourself” events, you can decide how much time to spend at each location

Sunday July 27 Garden Bus Tour – Let a city bus take you around the city to visit interesting gardens.    August 11- Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue.  Details TBA

For information on any of these events call Connie at 242-6159 or email the SHS at