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Lougheed House celebrates Year of the Garden

Spend part of the Year of the Garden at Calgary's Lougheed House.
The gardens and home of Lougheed House are free to see, open to the public with special florals to honour the Year of the Garden. Photo submitted.

As part of Canada's Year of the Garden Celebrations, Lougheed House Gardens has a special centennial year of festivities planned.

Lougheed House head gardener Jane Reksten is busy leading volunteer gardeners to plant the seeds and prepare the popular tourist site in Calgary for the coming season. Lougheed House relies on community support to maintain and enhance the gardens, and is launching the annual #LoveLougheedGardens campaign to raise over $25,000 needed to keep the free urban oasis healthy and available to all.

"We pride ourselves on creating a peaceful and beautiful space where visitors can find refuge and learn about plants and gardening," said Reksten. "This year we will expand our collection of native plants, and add plants that have been identified as important for the Year of the Garden, the first being a new red peony."

“Every year, 80,000 people enjoy the Beaulieu Gardens, made possible by Lougheed House’s commitment to sharing Calgary’s diverse history and natural resources,” said Karla Palardy, director and chair of the Lougheed House fundraising committee. “We have big plans to continue expanding the organization’s ability to create a natural respite and support a 2.8-acre quiet oasis in the heart of Calgary’s densest and most populous neighbourhood. This is a Calgary treasure.”

Lougheed House (est. 1891) is a National and Provincial Historic Site with flower and vegetable gardens, museum, restaurant and shop, all on the original 2.8 acres. 
This sandstone prairie mansion was built in 1891 by Senator Sir James Alexander Lougheed and his wife Lady Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed. They raised their family and made the home one of the finest residences in Canada's west, providing a political and social hub of fast-growing Calgary until 1936.   Today Lougheed House aspires to create experiences (in person and online) that connect people to Calgary and to their own identity as a citizen of, or visitor to, the city.

Lougheed House is at 707-13 Avenue SW, Calgary.