(Black Press file photo).

(Black Press file photo).

Snowshoeing on Feb. 5 in Red Deer

Red Deer city council has declared 2022 Year of the Garden.

And the first planned event is on Feb. 5 with snowshoeing at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre.

Council designated this year for gardening, in conjunction with the Canadian Garden Council, to get more residents outdoors in natural or man-made green spaces.

“Throughout the pandemic, many Red Deerians, including myself, took to the outdoors to boost mental and physical well-being,” said Mayor Ken Johnston, who’s excited to highlight “some of the special places in our beautiful city …and hopefully inspire Red Deerians to try their hand at gardening – a passion of mine.”

The city works with community organizations to ensure local residents have plenty of places to garden and learn about food production and landscaping.

“From home gardens to community spaces, pollinators to parks and everything in between, it’s a year to celebrate the great outdoors,” said Gloria Beck, co-chair of the Year of the Garden Advisory Council Board for the CGC, and owner of Parkland Garden Centre.

Visit www.reddeer.ca/yearofthegarden for more information.

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