Building Resilience via a Community Nursery Network

Forest City Plants will be hosting a session at this year’s Resilience Festival on Saturday, April 28th at the Waldorf Independent School. The session will be held from 9:00 until 10:30 am and will explore Edmonton’s hidden horticultural gems such as the Capilano Apricots, Wild Goji Berries, and Russian Almonds. We will cover how the community can create a distributed nursery to discover and propagate new plant varieties and how you can get involved. All participants will receive experimental seeds and an invitation to join the Forest City Plants community.

Edmonton’s Secret Plants – City as a Nursery 

Scattered across the City are secret horticultural gems. They are tucked behind backyard fences or hidden in plain sight. They are the products of horticultural innovation, cultural exchange, or happy accidents – and most people don’t know that they exist! For the last few years, Forest City Plants has been hunting for these unique and exciting local plants. From wild goji berries, that have escaped their cultivated roots, to mature apricots, guerrilla gardened along busy streets. The main goal is to discover and propagate new varieties for the local community. In this session, Dustin Bajer will share what he’s discovered and how we can create a distributed nursery to identify and propagate new plant varieties.

Purchase Capilano Apricot Seedlings and Russian Almonds for Session Pick-Up

Capilano Apricot seedlings

Capilano Apricot seedlings, Summer 2018

Purchase Capilano apricot and Russian almond seedlings in advance for pick up at the end of the session (930) on Saturday, April 28th. Apricots and Russian almonds are between ten and twenty-four inches tall. See the descriptions below for more information or to place an order.

Capilano Apricots Seedlings (Prunus spp.)

Capilano Apricot Tree, Forest City Plants, Edmonton, Alberta

One of Three Capilano Apricot Trees. Edmonton, Alberta

The Capilano Apricots are three large fruit-producing trees growing to a height of twenty feet tall and wide. The trees produce white and pink flowers in early spring before leaves appear and freestone fruit with yellow skin and flesh ripening in August. The fruit is good for eating fresh, baking, preserving, or wine.

Capilano 1
A multi-stem tree spreading 25 feet. Capilano 1 is the earliest Capilano Apricot to flower and fruit. The tree’s fruit is typically larger than its siblings

Capilano 2
Large tree with good growth habit and fully developed grown. Flowers and produces fruit later than Capilano 1 which helps protect against a late frost. Though its fruit is smaller than Capilano 1, it is sweeter.

Russian Almond (Prunus tenella)

Prunus tenella, Russian Almost, In Bloom

Prunus tenella, Russian Almost, In Bloom

Russian almond is cold hardy shrub native to Eastern Europe and Western Syberia. Commonly used as an accent plant along borders for its showy Spring flowers turning to hairy green fruit in the fall. Like commercial almonds, Russian Almond is not an actual nut but a drupe – a shelled pit surrounded by an outer green flesh.

 

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