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About those May flowers
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About those May flowers

As I write this, a small patch of snow and ice stubbornly clings to the grass in the southeast corner of our back yard, shaded from the sun by our neighbour's garage. This melting pattern has repeated itself in each of the 15 springs we've lived in this house, and over the years I've learned that this area of the yard will be too damp to rake or dig or mow for a week to 10 days after the last of the snow disappears.

I'm not much of a gardener. Indeed, I'm much better at digging things up than planting and nurturing them but, for whatever reason – probably the long winter, delayed spring and a pent-up, pandemic-related urge to get out and do things – I've found myself especially eager to be outside this spring. So much so that I found myself curiously excited couple of weeks ago to learn that the St. Vital Agricultural Society will be hosting an event called A Gardener's Evening on Weds., May 11 at St. Mary's Road United Church.

Reading about that event sent me down an internet rabbit hole to learn more about local gardening clubs and groups, where I stumbled across Gardens Manitoba and the Manitoba Horticultural Association, both of which offer group listings and events for interested local gardeners and horticulturists. While rooting around on that search, I was reminded that The Gardens at The Leaf in Assiniboine Park were officially opened last summer – six distinct outdoor gardens set around the The Leaf indoor biome project, which is slated to be completed later this year. The Gardens at The Leaf and The Leaf itself are the replacement for the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, which was demolished in 2018 and everything I've seen of both projects has been impressive.

And then I learned that the Canadian Garden Council and Communities in Bloom have declared 2022 the Year of the Garden in Canada!

Well then... if that isn't inspiration to get out into our yard and finally create the flower beds we've been talking about for over a decade, I don't know what is. I am certain, however, that whatever we do plant and grow won't be ready in time for Mother's Day, which is this Sunday, May 8 across North America.

Consider yourselves duly reminded.

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John Kendle

John Kendle, Managing editor, Canstar Community News

John Kendle



Tuesday evening bingo • Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre (26 Molgat Ave.). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Early birds start at 6:45 pm, regular bingo at 7:15 pm. Pots are listed at

Mother’s Day Market and Plant Sale • Lord Roberts Community Centre, May 8, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fireweed Food Co-op indoor and outdoor market, Brunch by Winnipeg chef Keith Csaback, Visit for further details. Free admission. Wheelchair accessible venue.


Out & About

Winnipeg Comedy Festival • Various venues, May 2 - 9. Canada’s funniest comics converge in Winnipeg for hilarious stand-up comedy. This nationally televised festival delivers the laughs at venues ranging from the Burton Cummings Theatre to Gas Station Arts Centre. Full schedule and tickets at

First Fridays in the Exchange •  Exchange District, May 6, 5 - 9 p.m.  The Exchange comes alive, with Galleries, artist spaces, shops & cafés open late to welcome your visiit. Free.



Kaleo • May 3, 7 p.m., Centennial Concert Hall. With Bones Owens. Tickets $74.75 - $40 at

Electric Six • May 3, 8 p.m., Park Theatre. With Volk. Tickets $20 plus fees at

The Small Glories • May 3, 7 p.m., Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Cluy. Tickets $30 plus fees at

Winnipeg Boys’ Choir Spring Concert – When Music Sounds • Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, May 3, 6:30 and 8 p.m. Tickets $15 adults, $10 youth (13-18), 12 and under free at the door or

James Taylor • May 5, 7:30 p.m., Canada Life Centre. With Jackson Browne. Tickets $145, $99, $75 plus fees at

Nahre Sol, Victoria Sparks, Lizzy Hoyt and the MCO • Westminster United Church, May 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m. Nahre Sol performs Pixels, Victoria Sparks performs Waking the Lion, mezzo Lizzy Hoyt performs baroque arias, and MCO plays a string quartet by Ravel. Tickets $36 adult, $34 senior, $15 under at

The Arrogant Worms • West End Cultural Centre, May 6, 8 p.m. Tickets $30 plus fees at

Chris Stapleton • Canada Life Centre, May 7, 7:30 p.m. With Elle King. Sold out.

Apollo Suns • West End Cultural Centre, May 7, 8 p.m. With Zrada, The Remedies. Tickets $20 plus fees at

Martyn Joseph • West End Cultural Centre, May 8, 8 p.m. Tickets $20 plus fees at

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra: Swingin’ in Time • May 8, 2 p.m., Centre culturel Franco-manitobain. Tickets $25 adult, $29 student at


The Rez Sisters, by Tomson Highway • John Hirsch Mainstage, Royal MTC, May 5 - 28. Ticket info and showtimes at

Outside Joke: The Improvised Musical • Prairie Theatre Exchange, May 4 - 22. Ticket into and showtimes at

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