August 2014 - Lougheed House

Head Gardener Marie Gattinger On Lily Beetles

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flowersblogThe 2014 Lougheed House Gardens

Our Head Gardener Marie Gattinger knows how to get a garden in tip-top shape. She has worked hard this year with her team of volunteers to create a garden rich in colour and symbolism.  She calls her inspiration for the year’s garden “beds in motion”. Commemorating the WWI centennial, the gardens reflect the movement of flags and include flowers symbolic of WWI, such as Ladybird Poppies.

Creating and nurturing a large garden presents many challenges, one of which is the Lily Beetle pest. Marie explains this problem, and how her team has remedied it:

We have discovered within our gardens a nasty little pest call the Lily Beetle in our Gardens.  It was discovered in the United States in 1945 and has spread throughout North America since then.  Lily leaf beetle (Lilioceris lilii) is known to lay its eggs and develop only on true lilies, Lilium species (Turk’s cap lilies, tiger lilies, Easter lilies, Asiatic and Oriental lilies) (not daylilies), and fritillaria (Fritillaria sp). Although lilies and fritillaria are the primary hosts, lily leaf beetle also feeds, sometimes just lightly, on a number of other plants, including lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis), soloman’s seal (Polygonatum sp.), bittersweet (Solanum sp.), potato (Solanum tuberosum), hollyhock (Alcea) and various hosta species. It is however, a devastating pest to true lilies.

lilliessLilies in the Lougheed House Gardens. Photo by Lia Kozlik
Red Lily BeetleThe Red Lily Beetle. Photo by The City of Calgary

Luckily, we have found them going about their business only on the lilies.  Some damage has been done in our west bed and the wildflower garden. Our volunteer Heather Lowe first spotted them and we have been removing the insects individually, removing the infested leaves, applying talc powder and washing the stems with a strong water stream.  Once the irreversible damage was done the plants are cut back to bare stems.  We will continue to monitor them and divide the bulbs in the fall and relocate them to uncontaminated areas.

The good news is that this is the only insect problem we currently have.  Ants are under control and the flowers are thriving.  A magnificent display this year and we encourage you to come to view the hard work that has gone into them.

– Marie Gattinger

Ride Through Time 2014

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Ride Through Time 2014 celebrated our neighborhood and city’s heritage with a Royal Union Flag raising by the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). Old-fashioned fair activities manned by our volunteer team were available for the whole family. If you weren’t able to attend, fear not! We’ve included photographs of the highlights here. Ride Through Time is an annual Mid-Summer fair, and the next one is only a 354-day wait away!

As part of Historic Calgary Week running from July 25th to August 4th, Ride Through Time had the pleasure of offering booths from the following partner organizations: Chinook Country Historical Society, the Calgary Heritage Initiative, the Firefighters Museum of Calgary, the Calgary Public Library, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Museum, and Memory Lane Fashions. We’d like to thank all of our partners, volunteers and participants for making the day a huge success!

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Executive Director Kirstin Evenden,Captain Alan Younghusband CD – Regimental Adjutant, Warrant Officer Jason Yardley CD – PPCLI Museum Manager, Captain Dave Peabody PPCLI Museum General Manager, Corporal Andrew Mullett PPCLI Museum Registrar, MP Joan Crockatt, Secretary Treasurer Len Polsky, General Manager Cathy Olson

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Warrant Officer Jason Yardley and Corporal Andrew Mullett 

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Stiltwalker Carisa Hendrix with members of Memory Lane Fashions

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Our magician James Jordan entertained the bustling crowds!

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Music from WWI and the 1920s were played by local act Mantis with a Fork.

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At the Garden Tent, Head Gardener Marie Gattinger and volunteers Mary and Heather gave tours of the Gardens.

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Fiddler Bruce Leinan filled the fair with great music.

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The Upal family traveled back in time at the Antique Photo Parlour.

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Kesia Kvill, Shannon Quigley and Owen Melenka from the Firefighters Museum of Calgary showed off a 1929 fire truck from Saskatchewan.

Visitors browsed the heritage organization booths available during the fair.

Visitors browsed the heritage organization booths available during the fair.