25 07, 2022

Tobacco – St. Mary’s University Medicine Blog Post

July 25th, 2022|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, Science|

There are many species of Tobacco (Nicotiana species) all of which are native to the Americas. Tobacco has been cultivated in the Americas for several thousand years for its medicinal, ceremonial & social benefits. Unlike other plants in the garden, Tobacco is an annual & needs to be seeded every year. The species we grew [...]

20 07, 2022

Prairie Restoration Blog: Restoration and Native Bees

July 20th, 2022|News, Science, StMU Stories, Uncategorized|

Eastern pasqueflower (Pulsatilla patens), a species of native flower found in Fish Creek Provincial Park. Native species such as Eastern pasqueflower, Northern bedstraw and silky lupin are often pollinated by native bee species. Last week we talked about Richardson’s ground squirrels, a species of vertebrate that plays an important role in prairie ecosystems. [...]

18 07, 2022

Itsemseemo in its Second year – St. Mary’s University Medicine Garden Blog

July 18th, 2022|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, Science|

  The St Mary’s University medicine garden, named Itsemseemo, a Blackfoot word meaning “Where we plant” by Elder Casey Eagle Speaker in fall 2021, was built by a group of former Biology students as their senior project. The idea was to grow native prairie & woodland plants from southern Alberta, particularly those which have [...]

20 05, 2022

Learn about our 2021 – 2022 Biology Student Capstone Projects

May 20th, 2022|News, Research at StMU, Science|

  Our Student Capstone Conferences are a distinctive annual tradition at St. Mary’s, where all of the four-year arts and sciences degree programs hold conferences in which their graduating students deliver presentations on the research they’ve conducted in their senior seminar courses. Our graduating biology students worked both separately and in teams on senior projects [...]

13 04, 2022

Digging Deep at Deep Bay

April 13th, 2022|Academics, Experiential Learning, News, News and Events, Science|

St. Mary’s BIO-317 students get hands on experience at Deep Bay Marine Field Station as part of field study trip Taking educational lessons out of the classroom and into the field with experiential learning is a cornerstone of the St. Mary’s University Biology Program. This year students in [...]

13 10, 2021

The Gardening Club

October 13th, 2021|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, News and Events, Science|

The Gardening Club The Garden Club was created to help us with the maintenance of the medicine garden while creating an inheritance plan of responsibility for yeas to come and to provide an opportunity for interested community members to learn about native plant species and how they can be used. Currently, we are [...]

4 10, 2021

Bee Balm

October 4th, 2021|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, News and Events, Science|

Bee balm or Monarda fistulosa, is a perennial herb. This herb contains an antiseptic that is commonly found in mouth washes. It was used by the Blackfoot to help treat infections on both the skin as well as in the mouth and throat (was used as tea). Bee Balm is part of the [...]

1 10, 2021


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

One of the concerns we received about our garden is that our perennial plants are dying, and we want to clarify that they are not. Despite the hail in August and frost this last week, most of our plants have developed well. We observed new foliage in our dogwood, stinging nettle and Tobacco [...]

27 09, 2021

Sweet Grass

September 27th, 2021|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, News and Events, Science|

Sweet grass is an aromatic herb. Scientifically it is known as Hierochloe odorata, but more commonly it is known as vanilla grass for its distinctly sweet smell. The most common use of sweet grass is by the indigenous people of Canada and the United States. It is used for basket making, its aroma, and [...]

16 09, 2021
  • Medicine Garden

Tidy up the garden

September 16th, 2021|Academics, Indigenous Initiatives, News, News and Events, Science|

On Monday, the medicine garden team and Dr. McLean reunited to tidy up the garden. They worked together to remove weeds, add soil to level the ground and add mulch to the hedge. They hope they can finish adding mulch this coming Friday. Everyone who has time on Friday, September 17th, from 8:30 am [...]

Interested in one of our programs?
Click here to chat with us!