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3 09, 2021
  • Medicine Garden

Stinging Nettle is in the Medicine Garden

September 3rd, 2021|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, News and Events, Science|

Stinging nettle is a perennial herb scientifically known as Urtica dioica. The family Urticaceae is known as the nettle family and the genus name comes from Latin uro meaning “I burn”. Stinging nettle can cause skin irritation when handled - symptoms include intense burning and itching sensation but don't worry the sensation only lasts [...]

1 09, 2021
  • Medicine Garden

Plant of the week: Prairie Turnip or Indian Bread Root

September 1st, 2021|Academics, Events, Indigenous Initiatives, News and Events, Science|

Although we planted Prairie turnip (Psoralea esculentum) in our medicine garden you won’t see it until next spring. Prairie Turnip becomes dormant after flowering & loses its stems and leaves (see top right photo). While it is dormant (not actively growing) it's not dead but will regrow from its roots with the arrival of [...]

31 08, 2021
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Planting and Transplanting

August 31st, 2021|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, News and Events, Science|

On Saturday, our students with Dr.Mary Ann McLean reunited to talk about what to do with the area in the garden's center. Our students suggested that it would be interesting to include non-native medicinal plants that were introduced into Canada. To include non-native medicinal plants in the garden, some plants already in the diamond [...]

24 08, 2021
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Filling raised garden boxes with soil, planting forbs & grasses

August 24th, 2021|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, News and Events, Science|

Now that we have planted the hedges, built the raised beds & filled them with soil we were delighted to start our favourite part of the project, planting forbs & grasses in the raised garden boxes. Note that forbs are non-woody plants with flowers, eg. sunflowers, echinacea & giant hyssop (see last week’s post). [...]

23 08, 2021
  • Kyrie Bouscal

From Literature to Litigation – Former Valedictorian bids farewell to StMU to pursue Law Degree

August 23rd, 2021|Academics, News, News and Events, Student Success|

She’s been a part of the St. Mary’s University community for 5 years and is still not ready to say goodbye! Kyrie Bouscal began her journey at StMU in 2016, enrolling in a 3-year general studies degree with an ultimate goal of entering the Education program. She enjoyed the freedom of taking courses in every [...]

20 08, 2021
  • St. Mary's University StMU Star

Friday message 20 August 2021 – Packing for the Future: Fall Term COVID Protocol Update, Food Services Official Opening, and Healthy Campus Resources

August 20th, 2021|Academics, COVID-19, News, News and Events|

The StMU tipi was up on campus for last week for Indigenous Studies 301. Part of our responsibility to carry the tipi is to acknowledge it as a lodge and ensure someone sleeps in it every night. StMU students, staff, faculty and their families kept the lodge alive, despite some pretty cool -5 [...]

20 08, 2021
  • Medicine Garden

Plants you can find in our Medicine Garden

August 20th, 2021|Academics, Community, FNMI, News, News and Events, Science|

To help our readers learn something about native plants & their uses, we will present a featured plant every week. Today we will introduce our first plant: Giant Hyssop as it is commonly known. Its Scientific Name is Agastache foeniculum. Giant hyssop is a perennial aromatic plant that can grow up to 90-100cm [...]

18 08, 2021

Building Garden Boxes for the Medicine Garden

August 18th, 2021|Academics, Community, FNMI|

St. Mary’s students and volunteers gathered together last Saturday to build raised garden boxes for the medicine garden. We decided to build raised garden boxes since the ground near the flagpole has lots of poplar roots. Also, raised beds will prevent damage from mowing and weed-whacking, provide good drainage, look nicer, and warm [...]

16 08, 2021
  • Jack Nodwell

Going Green

August 16th, 2021|Academics, News, News and Events, Science, Student Success|

Going Green StMU alumnus Jack Nodwell bidding farewell to StMU after 8 years and heading to Ireland to pursue Masters in Science in Sustainable Resource Management Jack Nodwell has been a member of the St. Mary’s University community for 8 years and has decided to jump into a new adventure to pursue his Masters in [...]

6 08, 2021
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The team developing our Medicine Garden

August 6th, 2021|Academics, Community, FNMI, News, News and Events, Science|

We are biology students working under the supervision of the professor Dr. Mary Ann McLean to develop a medicine garden in the heart of St. Mary's University campus. We are very enthusiastic for this project and look forward to share with the community our progress but first let us introduce to the members of this [...]

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