For those who have not yet heard, I am sad to announce that this will be the final year for the Alberta Perennial Trials. Unfortunately, we have been unable to secure enough funding to continue after this year.  


The perennial trials first started at the Calgary Zoo in 1999. In 2002 the program was expanded to two additional sites, one at Olds College and the other at the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton. Since 1999 approximately 350 new varieties of plants have been tested for their hardiness and landscape qualities in Alberta. As anyone who has gardened here knows, Alberta’s climate is certainly unique. 


Knowing that this was likely to be the final year for the project, no new perennials were planted in the trial gardens this year. The plants in the 2008-2010 series will complete the trial this year and the results will be published on CD and on the website. Data will also be published at the end of this year for the plants in the 2009-2011 series, with the knowledge that those plants were only monitored for one winter and two growing seasons. 


For the past two years, I have been very fortunate to have been a part of this project . This has been a dream job! But please, don’t go away yet. I will continue to post on this site until after all of the results are complete and have been posted on the Alberta Agriculture website, hopefully by the end of October.