Show Mom some love this Sunday
Hey family – just a reminder that Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 11. Here are five ways to spend time with your mom in the Tri-region, west of Edmonton.
Image: Tropical butterfly house at Devonian Botanic Garden on Facebook.
Tea in the garden
The Devonian Botanic Garden hosts a fancy Mother’s Day tea each year with strawberry shortcake, china teacups and a live harpist. If by chance they are sold out – I’ll remind you sooner next year – go for a walk in the Japanese garden, visit the butterfly house and the spring flowers in Primula Dell should be blooming now.
Walk in the woods
Maybe Mom is more of a wild-nature-loving tree-hugger type – then take her for a walk through the aspen parkland and pine forest at Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary. Watch for loons, herons and swans. Check the marshy wetland for water strider bugs. The meadows should be blooming with wildflowers and you can run around in circles ‘til you’re nice and dizzy.
Pansies for Mom
My mom loves pansies, so every year on Mother’s Day we go to a greenhouse and pick hers out. Sometimes they’re frilly with purple stripes or bright yellow with big happy faces. The Tri-region has eight greenhouses to browse around with your mom.
Home made brunch
The Homesteader’s Kitchen at the Multicultural Heritage Centre in Stony Plain is cooking up a feast for moms on May 11 from 9 am to 5 pm. If you read this blog, you’ll know I am crazy for the home baked pies here – and they also make their bread fresh and make soups and quiches from scratch too. If you are very hungry, do not read this menu.
Pie at the Pioneer Museum
The Stony Plain Pioneer Museum and tea house opens for the season on Friday, May 9. And if your mom is anything like me, she’ll want to try the home made baking here too! Dad will have Oma’s sauerkraut soup and everybody gets pie. Then take a spin through the heritage buildings looking at all the old artifacts from pioneer times – and they have big farming machines here too if you are a boy and love things that go.