Hugh Skinner Comes to Grande Prairie!

Got to meet Hugh Skinner on his recent stop in Grande Prairie on April 20th. What a great opportunity to learn all kinds of things about perennials, shrubs and trees for small spaces! Hugh is a wealth of information and a great presenter. A big thank you to the Grande Prairie Garden Club for putting on the event and to Hugh for braving our most un-springlike weather to share his knowledge and passion for plants with gardeners in the Peace. The lunch was pretty fabulous too!

I came away with lots of new knowledge as well as numerous ticks on Hugh’s helpful handouts of must-have plant material for my wish list.

During the presentation I was delighted to spot my mystery plant from the Dawson Creek garden tour at the Plenert home…it’s a purple  flowering raspberry!

Here are the specs…

Rubus odoratus Purple Flowering Raspberry

Zone: 3 to 8

Height: 3 to 6 feet

Spread: 6 to 12 feet

Requires full sun to part shade, medium water, features showy fragrant flowers from June to August. Low maintenance. Attracts birds and butterflies. Apparently native to many parts of the east including Nova Scotia!

Mystery Solved! This lovely specimen is a purple flowering raspberry Rubus odoratus...now to find a source!

Mystery Solved! This lovely specimen is a purple flowering raspberry Rubus odoratus…now to find a source!

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