Not All Flowers are Friendly: Burdock

  • Burdock. City of Edmonton

As the seasonal thaw begins and the first signs of spring begin to show, many of us turn our attention to the greenery that warm weather brings. While many will focus on the bountiful harvest of backyard gardens, the City is asking Edmontonians to be on the lookout for Burdock, a noxious weed.

Noxious weeds must be controlled, meaning their growth or spread needs to be prevented. These weeds push out native plants, infest waterways, impact natural habitats, and spread rapidly. The easiest way to control Burdock is to simply mow it down before it goes to seed.

Interesting fact: people brought burdock to Edmonton as a garden vegetable – you can still buy it in the grocery store as “gobo” root. However, if left uncontrolled it will quickly take over other vegetation.

Here’s what to look for:

  • The flowers are pink or white and bloom late June to early September.
  • The leaves are green with a red middle vein with pointed tips.

Starting in May, the weed enforcement program performs in-person visits to areas reported to have issues with these weeds. Property owners who do not control or destroy invasive weeds may be issued a notice to control or remove the weed. If action is not taken, the City has the authority to go onto private property to take weed control measures. Mowing is the only control measure the City uses for noxious weeds – the City does not use pesticides and chemicals on private property. Prohibited noxious weeds need to be destroyed. Contractors will be hired to physically remove prohibited noxious weeds.

Information provided by the City of Edmonton.

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  • Ukrainian Community Easter Celebration – On March 17 and 18, the exhibition of archive photos “History of UNF, UWO & UNYF in Pictures” took place at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall located at 10629 98 Street. The exhibition featured photographs from 1934 to 2012. Pictured above is the youth ensemble Dzherelo during a concert featuring young performers. Mykola Vorotylenko

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  • Ukrainian Community Easter Celebration – On March 17 and 18, the exhibition of archive photos “History of UNF, UWO & UNYF in Pictures” took place at the Ukrainian National Federation hall located at 10629 98 Street. The Ukrainian National Federation (UNF) celebrated its 85th anniversary last year, and on March 23, 2018 the Ukrainian Women’s Organization (UWO) celebrated its 85th anniversary. The exhibition featured photographs from 1934 to 2012. Pictured above are participants in a watercolour workshop by artist Valeriy Semenko (front, kneeling). Mykola Vorotylenko

  • Speaking Truth to Power – The annual Outdoor Way of the Cross took place on March 30 (Good Friday). Around 300 people took part in the walk, with numbers down a bit due to the cold weather - the coldest temperatures in the walk’s 39-year history. This year’s theme was “Speaking truth to power,” a Quaker saying used in the 50s and 60s in anti-war activities (and based on Jesus saying “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”). Stations looked at housing security, Truth and Rec- onciliation recommendations, police/courts/prisons, the environment, working people, and older people/isolation. For the first time, the Cross was carried past the new Royal Alberta Museum building. Michael Hoyt

  • Fuel for Hunger Feeds Thousands – Moe Duval (front) and his crew of volunteers served chili lunches on the street by Bissell Centre and other inner city locations every Sunday during the winter months. The group, which is not affiliated with any agency, made the chili them- selves and served about 6500 bowls of chili between December and March (approximately 500 bowls each Sunday). For more information, search for “Fuel for Hunger” on Facebook. Jim Gurnett

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