Lac Ste. Anne County's Rural Beautification Contest & Tour began in 2008 with the simple goal of showcasing the beautiful yards of the region's avid gardeners. After more than a decade of stunning yards, avid participants, and countless great learning and networking experiences, this annual event has blossomed into an eagerly anticipated summer tradition.

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, we've reimagined Rural Beautification 2020. This year, we're encouraging our gardeners to stay close to home with our theme: “Explore Your Own Backyard.”

What's the County's plan for Rural Beautification 2020?

To participate in Rural Beautification 2020, just use the interactive form on this page to identify and record the trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials in your yard. Then click Submit to send this form to the Canadian Plant Hardiness Project (Natural Resources Canada) and Lac Ste. Anne County's Horticulturist.

Why would I do that?

As a gardener, it's is good to know what you have so you can take the best possible care of them. People visiting your yard might be interested too. When you submit your information, you'll get a copy via email too. This is a great way to keep records about what you’ve planted and when.

When you contribute your information to the Canadian Plant Hardiness Project, you're helping create plant profiles for western Canada.

The Wilkinsons won the People's Choice Award in 2019
The Tufton family's entry was a highlight of 2019

Will there be prizes?

Yes! Every person who participates by sending information about their plants will receive:

  • A tree and shrub booklet from Landscape Alberta
  • A full-colour wall map of the Canadian Plant Hardiness Zones
  • A gift coupon for a Lac Ste. Anne County restaurant, grocery store or greenhouse (to be confirmed)
  • A $10 discount on the 2021 Rural Beautification Tour (maximum 50 participants)

What's more, every participant is eligible to win one of ten prizes (including a Lee Valley gift certificate, and other great items for gardeners).

Last but not least, every participant will be included in a draw for the grand prize (final prize to be confirmed).

How do I sign up?

Simply fill out the form below and hit Submit. Try to be as accurate and complete as you can with the information, but don't stress if some of the details escape you. We've included resources on this page to help you in this process, like plant profile templates, ways to help you identify your plants, links to finding new plants for your yard, and photo galleries from previous Rural Beautification Tours.

Not an online form sort of person? Registration packages can be picked up in paper format from the Lac Ste. Anne County office.

To participate in Rural Beautification 2020, and to be eligible for your gardening kit and entry into the prize draws, you must complete the form below by August 31, 2020.

Stunning Szybunka garden/hardscape entry in 2019

Send in your Garden Details to Participate in Rural Beautification 2020

Applications are due by August 31, 2020.

When you submit your plant and garden details via the form below, a Rural Beautification 2020 kit will be sent to the rural address you provide. Your name will also be entered into a draw for the grand prize, plus one of ten subsidiary prizes. Applications are due by August 31.

If you're a winner, you willl be contacted via the contact information you have provided on this form. Thanks to all the avid area gardeners out there for taking part in this year's event. The details you provide will add value to the Canadian Plant Hardiness Project.

Useful Horticultural Reference Resources

Interested in identifying your plants, or learning more about the native plant species you can cultivate in your garden? Use the links below to explore related websites, access great books, or download a useful plant identification app.

While we strive to maintain the accuracy of information on the County website, we can't control changes to links or content on the third-party websites listed below. We will make every effort to fix any of these instances as we find them.

Useful Books

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Trees in Canada
John Laird Farrar

Trees In Canada builds on the popular Native Trees of Canada (out of print), which, for 8 editions and over 75 years, guided amateur naturalists and forest science professionals in tree identification.Trees In Canada is an essential tool for the amateur naturalist and forest science professional, landscape architect, student, or teacher, and a collectible for all those fascinated by trees and forests.
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Trees and Shrubs of Alberta
Kathleen Wilkinson

Seventy-seven of Alberta's native and naturalized trees and shrubs are described and illustrated in this comprehensive pictorial field guide. Featuring such common coniferous species as spruces, pines and junipers, it also reveals the wide range of Alberta's deciduous trees. Trees and Shrubs of Alberta is an invaluable resource for professional and amateur naturalists alike.
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Guide to the Common Native Trees and Shrubs of Alberta
Various Authors

This guide has been prepared to assist vegetation managers in the identification of the 29 most common woody plants found in Alberta. it is hoped that the knowledge thus gained will assist vegetation management personnel and pesticide applicators to make sound vegetation and management decisions and provide recreationalists with additional enjoyment when they are in Alberta's woodlands.

Mobile Apps and Online Resources

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Leafsnap Plant Identification App
Free iOS app

Leafsnap is a free mobile app that helps identify tree species from photographs of their leaves. It contains beautiful high-resolution images of their flowers, fruits, petioles, seeds, and bark. The app was created by Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution.
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Online Plant Identification Tools
Various Websites

Many nurseries have plant search features on their websites. Use these resources to confirm the names of your plants and to learn more about them. A few of these links are listed below.

Downloadable Resources

Plant Hardiness Zone Maps

Canada's plant hardiness map provides insights about what can grow where. It combines information about a variety of climatic conditions across the entire country to produce a single map. The original map was developed in the 1960's for trees and shrubs. Click the links below to download letter or poster-sized versions of this map.

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