Get you green thumbs ready Calgary — the city’s growing season is short and temperamental.

The Calgary Zoo has visible success year after year with its gardens and plans to share its knowledge with Calgarians in the very near future.

Foolproof Plants runs for the bulk of the day on Saturday to teach attendees how to dress up a garden and choose the right plants for specific locations: $75.

Edible Gardening explains how to plan for successful vegetable and fruit growth in Calgary gardens: Sunday, $75.

Veggies from Seed on April 15 for $35 gives tips of how to understand seed catalogues and grow your own tasty vegetables. See for more Zoo gardening classes.

To get tips before everyone’s personal infamous May long weekend planting festivities, Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Continuing Education offers Designing gardens for the Calgary Region on May 1 for $49 to get practical advice from a professional landscape designer.

To make your green thumb a bit greener, Small Yard Organic Vegetable Gardens is offered on the evening of May 3 for $49 to teach methods of growing an abundance of organic vegetables.

Water Garden Feature explains how to start a water garden or introduce fish successfully into your existing one on June 12 for $49. Visit or call 403-440-6012 for more information.

The University of Calgary’s Continuing Education department offers the course Growing Your Own Food Garden to those interested in having fresh food as a healthy meal option. For two sessions ($70) on April 20 and 27, instructor Barry Erskine will explain how to do this even in small yards and on balconies. See for more information.