November 2014 - Lougheed House

Behind the Scenes: Lougheed House Gardens 2014 In Review

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Head Gardener Marie Gattinger gave us her insight into what worked and what didn’t this year in the Lougheed House Gardens. Glean some gardening wisdom from her tips and tricks for your garden next year!

Some highlights on what worked:


Begonias (Super olympia red) grew well with the consistent moisture under the evergreens.  We mixed them

amongst the hosta, which created a very pretty combination.


Begonias (Super olympia red) and hostas

Our godetia was a stunning display of silky blooms.  Next year we will plant them right down the first leaves to prevent twisted stalks. The helichrysum (Silver licorice) worked very well as a cascade in our north facing urns and it did well last year as a mounding plant around the geraniums. Orach Mountain spinach (Atriples hortensis) did extremely well as a tall back drop and the burgundy variety grew the best. Sapiglossis (Painted tongue) received many inquiries and was admired.  We will plant this flower en masse next year as a feature.

Painted Tongue both colorsSapiglossis (Painted tongue) 

The Cosmos flower did its job, as we asked it to provide the feeling of constant motion in the flower beds.  The snow in September halted the ripening of their seed heads and we were not able to save any Cosmos seeds.  However, they were a beautiful backdrop for our wedding photos.


Cosmos flower

Flowering kale always received rave reviews and still intrigues our guests.  Every year we are told “They look so real”! Butternut squash was rampant and over 50 pounds were harvested for the restaurant, and the Yukon gold potatoes were huge and scab free. 


What didn’t work:

Gypsophilia (Gypsy deep rose) was very short and was not visible from afar, while our Eggplant only produced 1 flower and 1 small fruit. Artichokes produced very poorly, although they did well the previous year.

All in all this was a very successful season.  It was the second one with no hail and no early frost.  Keep your fingers crossed we can have the same conditions next year. Thank-you to all the volunteers and our visitors for appreciating our pride and joy. We have put our gardens to bed for the season.

See you next spring.






WWI Opening Reception

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The Opening Reception of our current exhibit, “A Family at War: the Lougheeds, Calgary and the First World War”, was an evening to remember! We were very honoured to have many local representatives and dignitaries attend. We are grateful to all volunteers, staff and supporters for making the evening possible. Take a look at some of the highlights!


The Calgary Opera sang traditional songs from the era, captivating the audience.



Attendees got a first peak at exhibit artifacts.


Lougheed House Conservation Society Chair Gerry Meek introduced the evening’s remarks.


Board Member Carol Howes, Stephen Lougheed, MLA Wayne Cao and Executive Director Kirstin Evenden.

Marie and Gardeners

Garden volunteer Cindy Graham, Head Gardener Marie Gattinger, Carla Gattinger and long-time volunteer Evelyne Middleton.


Curator Mary-Beth Laviolette, Mayor Nenshi and Executive Director Kirstin Evenden.


Irene Kerr, President of the Alberta Museums Association (AMA) gave her remarks on the exhibit, which was funded by the AMA.


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