Visit Our Own Back Yard

Visit Our Own Back Yard

Summer Beautification Promotion  

The Promotion

In an effort to increase local tourism and encourage residents of the County to get out, explore and discover our beautiful County, Saddle Hills County sponsors the 'Visit Our Own Back Yard' promotion.

LilyIn order to participate all you need is to be a resident of the County and have a patch of garden on your property which you can devote to beautifying your yard and your community. In order to qualify to have your project judged during the week of July 15 - 19 you must register with the County by July 5th. Judges and the public will only be allowed on participants’ properties by invitation for the purpose of judging.


Everyone who participates will receive a $50 gift certificate to be used at one of Saddle Hills County’s three greenhouses (in 2019 or 2020).

There will also be three winners who will each receive gift certificates as follows:

1st Prize  - $300 and a metal gate ornament

2nd Prize - $200

3rd Prize - $100

Participating Greenhouses

Anne's Greenhouse
Twp. Rd. 820 (NW 31-82-7-W6
Fourth Creek

Bay Tree Bloomers
79172 RGE RD 132
780-864-8827, 780-864-0988

Purple Posies
80074 Rge. Rd. 114
780-251-0332, 780-353-2288


Projects will be judged on the following criteria:

1) Plants used in the project must be non-invasive*

2) The Project should be a new project

3) The project should fit in well with the surrounding area

Clematis4) The project could use existing structures/features (farm implements, trees, rocks, features in the existing setting

5) The project could contribute to the health of the local environment and ecology and help the farming community and the growth of other species (e.g. supporting and encouraging bee population)


Self-Sustaining Gardens

Part of the purpose of the project is to emphasize the importance of adding plant species to your garden which are not only attractive and hardy to our area but are crucial in sustaining bee, butterfly and bird populations.  

It is also hoped that gardeners in Saddle Hills County embrace the  value of a self-sustaining garden, e.g. fruit trees, vegetable garden and berry bushes.


The public is welcome to judge. They must register with the County NO LATER THAN June 28th. Transportation will be provided. If needed a bus will be arranged. Depending on the number of participants and their geographic location, judging may have to take place over two days. Lunch will be served on judging day.


Winners will be announced after the week of July 15 - 19 and will be invited to attend a Council meeting in September to be honoured and receive their prizes. 


Register by downloading and filling out the form below, which includes a waiver, to the County office by Friday, July 5th.

- Registration Form and Waiver

Return to:
SaskatoonSaddle Hills County Complex, Junction of Highway 49 and Highway 725.
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm.

By Mail:
Saddle Hills County, RR 1, Spirit River, Alberta, Canada, T0H 3G0

By Fax:

By Email:

Saskatoon Berry

Suggested Plants
Together with the three greenhouses, the Saddle Hills County Rural Development Department has arrived at a list of plants which satisfy the criteria of the contest.

This by no means an exhaustive list and we urge residents to consult any of the greenhouses for advice on plants that will do well in their particular circumstances. Our greenhouses have a large array of plants which satisfy the criteria of the contest and will add beauty and functionality to your garden.

We urge you to rely on the greenhouse owners to advise you on the best choices for your garden.

AHS Revised Community Garden Handbook


Alberta Health Services has released an updated version of their community garden handbook.  To download the handbook (and perhaps get a few ideas) simply click here 



1) Plants must are non-invasive*

2) Plants should will help your project add to the beauty of the property and the County

3) Plants should bring benefits such as:

· Encourage the growth of other, non-invasive plants

Delphinium· Help the farming community and/ or other plants (e.g. supporting and encouraging bee population)

· Contribute to the health of the local environment and ecology (e.g. fruiting species, etc.) 



SuggestedLate spring to early summer: Chives / Clarkia / Clover / Dianthus / Larkspur / Lupine / Osteospermum / Pea / Poppy / Alyssum / Viola.

Mid-season: Bachelor's Button / Basil / Black-eyed Susan / Gaillardia / Asclepias / Calendula / Echinacea / Cosmos / Dill / Feverfew / Foxglove / Monarda / Portulaca / Squash, pumpkin / Thyme / Coreopsis / Yarrow / Verbena / Petunia / Nasturtium / Nicotiana / Snapdragon.

Late season: Asters / Dahlia / Cleome / Marigold / Salvia / Scabiosa / Sunflower / Zinnia.

Shrubs for a border: Honeysuckle / Dogwood / Mock orange / Roses.

Food producing: Strawberries / Haskap / Blueberry bushes / Saskatoon bush / Cherry / Gooseberry / Rhubarb / Apple / Crabapple / Raspberry.

Additional:  Peony / Sedum / Bleeding Hearts / Veronica / Monks Hood / Iris / Liatris / Nine Bark / Hydrangea / Potentilla / Cedar / Snowball Bush.

Additional Zone 2/3 Perrenials 
Click here for a full list.

Prohibited Plants


ProhibittedOrnamental species on the prohibited noxious weed list in Alberta:

· Pale yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus)

· Flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus)

· Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)

· Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

· Bighead knapweed (Centaurea macrocephala)

· Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

· Knotweeds (Fallopia species)

· Tamarisk or salt cedar (Tamarix species)

Ornamental species on the noxious weed list in Alberta:

Common Tansy· Yellow clematis (Clematis tangutica)

· Baby’s breath (Gypsophila paniculata)

· Dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis)

· Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris and Linaria dalmatica)

· Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

· Common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

· Creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides)

Common tansy