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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 on the edge 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. On the edge, there are eight greenhouses to browse around with your mom.