Last year 3,400 Winnipeggers turned out to form Canada’s biggest-ever living flag in Memorial Park on Canada Day in response to a Downtown Winnipeg BIZ challenge. This year organizers hoped the number would hit 5,000.
Arboretums can be stunningly beautiful if carefully planned to combine spring blossoming, summer shade, fall colour and winter interest, with evergreens and berry bearing specimens to attract birds.
By Dorothy Dobbie
An arboretum is a place where trees are planted. Generally specimen trees, but you can make an arboretum anything you wish as long as it contains a collection of trees. In Manitoba, there is an arboretum at the Morden Research Station and apparently there is one in Boissevain. I know there is another, almost halfway between Roblin and Russell, created by the great Manitoba horticulturist, Frank Skinner (1882-1967), who bred and introduced many woody plants to Manitoba that today are staples in the world’s best gardens.
Follow these simple tips to avoid exposure to ticks this summer.
According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is the most common and fastest growing vector-borne, infectious disease in the country. Its increasingly virulent co-infections contribute to what is a major public health problem. At this time, there are no vaccines in use to prevent Lyme disease or the co-infections. Available diagnostic tools have not been proven to be 100 per cent reliable.
It must be almost 10 years ago, that Manitoba Gardener representatives helped judge a Winnipeg in Bloom Biz district contest. At the time, the Biz districts all made their own and varied decisions about what colour scheme to plant. Many were creative and charming and you could see the personality of each district as you travelled through the streets of Winnipeg.
As visions go, Manitoba’s Reh-Fit Centre’s aims high. The handsome Taylor Avenue medical fitness facility has set its goal as being “the best health and fitness centre in Canada in building the health of the community” . And to the great benefit of this province, the centre has now been recognized by the prestigious Medical Fitness Association as having nimbly crossed over that bar. As Sue Boreskie, CEO of the vast, state-of-the-art community wellness operation , announced in mid-June, the MFA has branded Reh-Fit “as Canada’s first and only certified medical fitness facility, placing it in the ranks of an elite few such facilities around the world.”