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Everything you need to know for a quick and beautiful yard in the Chinook zone

Creating and maintaining the perfect yard in the Chinook zone isn’t as hard as you might think, but the short growing season doesn’t give you much time to transform your winter-weary yard into a glorious garden. To help Calgary-area homeowners get the jump on the short season, popular gardening expert Lyndon Penner has created the essential guide to a quick and beautiful yard in the Chinook zone.

With gardening smarts, style and wit, Lyndon covers everything both novice and expert gardeners need to know, along with tips you won’t find anywhere else. Contains more than 200 beautiful, colour photos.

  • Quickly find what you need to know about climate zones, soil, colour, texture, and shade.
  • Understand your yard’s potential.
  • Pick the best bulbs, perennials, trees and shrubs for your yard.
  • Deal with insects and plant diseases in environmentally friendly ways.
  • Shop smarter at garden centres.
  • Attract animals you want to your garden, and keep away the ones you don’t.

Another version of this book, The Prairie Short Season Yard, is available for gardeners who live outside the southern Alberta chinook zone. 

Listen to Lyndon talk about The Chinook Short Season Yard on CBC Calgary's The Homestretch.


The Gardener for the Prairies Magazine

Master Gardeners Association of Alberta

Table of Contents

Part I: Gardening Wisdom
1. Location, location, location
2. Soil: Tilling it like it is
3. Maintaining your garden
4. Nuts and bolts of gardening
5. Plant diseases
6. Creepy crawlies
7. Gardening with animals
Part II: Shopping with Lyndon
8. The garden market
9. Look like a garden genius with bulbs
10. The perennial question
11. Trees and shrubs

This is the ideal book for the hundreds of new gardeners that descend upon the garden centres each year.… For novice as well as veteran gardeners, this book is sure to be an agent for positive change in terms of how we approach gardening.

Alberta Horticultural Association

When you read this book, the first in many a long year written specifically for our gardening world here in the Chinook belt, you will know that you have found a gem and definitely one that belongs in your personal library. It’s in mine!

Master Gardeners Association of Alberta

For those of you who have heard Lyndon Penner talk, he writes in the same way: very down to earth and opinionated, and that’s why I would recommend the book.

Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society

Lyndon Penner

Popular radio gardening columnist, horticultural consultant, and professional landscape designer Lyndon Penner has been gardening since the age of three. He appears frequently as a guest speaker at universities, colleges, and gardening associations in western Canada.