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Thought it was time for an update about the changes at Bow Point Nursery. Pam and Ken have left Bow Point to start a new venture – the start up of a new nursery 2 hours north of Calgary and area. It is time to change things up, the present BPN is essentially complete – all of the development, marketing, procedures and practices have been established and are working. We have left the nursery in the capable and eager hands of a young couple who have demonstrated their ability, desire and resources to own, operate and take over the operation of Bow Point.
Pam and Ken started the nursery in it’s present site in 1988, prior to that the original BPN was located just downstream from Cochrane, AB. The original site was started in 1981 and abandoned in 1983 due to a multitude of factors. The new start in 88 was better planned and more realistic. Planting started in the spring of 1988 and has continued to the present and into the future. The concept of native woody plants evolved as the nursery got established, the trials of local seed
Aspen is one of the very best, hardiest, most attractive tree we have available for our landscapes in Southern Alberta – probably all of Alberta… Wait, maybe even Canada …….. or how about North America !! The Aspen (Populus tremuloides ) is our most common overstory tree in the area west of the prairies – so common the eco-region to the north of us is the ‘Aspen Parkland’. It has been around this area since the ice of the last ice age melted. It was more than likely one of the pioneer species to start the revegetation sequence that took place 10,000 years ago. It is still a plant we recommend for reclamation of upland regions. It establishes quickly, forms good soil stabilizer root systems, does not mind the wind – hot and dry or cold and wet and provides good cover for birds and mammals. As the birds roost in the Aspen groves, they deposit the seed from other species that germinates helps to complete an ecosystem.
Aspen form groves – that is their nature, it what they do – it is what they are going to do. In a landscape design, allow for this factor, if you do not,
This is an article I wrote for the Calgary Horticulture Society newsletter ( Calgary Gardening July 2013)
Dwarf Birch ( Betula glandulosa) is one of our best kept secrets. A native shrub that has attractive green shiny leaves, smoky grey winter bark, orange fall colours, great form and a well-behaved nature.
Dwarf Birch have small round blunt leaves with a shiny surface. The leaves are very delicate and lend a fine texture to the plant. The leaves turn a variety of colours in the fall, ranging from orange to light red. This is different from our other birches that turn bright yellow in the fall.
The winter effect is smoky grey outer bark with the older interior wood a deep dark red. The wood is often used in floral arrangements for winter and Christmas decorating. The heavily lenticled wood gives an interesting texture and feel to it. The lenticels are taxonomic for Birch in general, a feature consistent within the species.
Dwarf Birch is one of the few species that has the flexibility to perform well in full sun or partial shade. Because of this feature, the plant looks equally good in a wide variety of sites. The form is upright roughly