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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Wednesday, December 23, 1970 -Photo by Walter Kerber A portion of tlie Sicks'' Lethbridge Brewery Christmas scene ivhich greets visitors entering the city from the ivest Gardening magic turns scrap heap into top tourist attraction By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer From rubbish heap to an oasis in the Prairies. That describes the transfor- mation which has taken place over the last 20 years on a hill facing Highway 3 in Lethbridge. Sicks' Lethbridge Brewery Ltd., a subsidiary of Molson In- dustries Limited, was largely responsible for turning the hill into a rubbish heap. It was wholly responsible for turning it into the beautiful rock and flow- er garden it is today. The Garden, as it is known by Lethbridge and dis- j garden, trict residents, has gained an international reputation. It ha. been photographed by thousands Flower seeds are worth con- siderably more than gold, the brewery learned. Petunia seed, for example, costs S16.800 a pound and pansy seed runs an ounce. The garden is a large water user. In 1970 a total of 2.8 mil- lion gallons of water fed thi thirsty flowers, trees and lawr That's enough to keep 30 ave age Lethbridge families in wa ter for a year. A water reservoir is beta considered by the brewery a watering and resting place fo birds and as a source of suppl for watering Uie nursery an of tourists and professional pho- tographers. A visit to the garden is a "must" for all tourists in the area spring, summer, fal. and winter. City and district res- idents stop often throughout the year. The garden has done as much or more than any other single attraction to advertise the city. The brewery rock and flower garden and nursery covers 050 square feet or more than four acres. PROJECT Cost of development to date is estimated at There are establish e d trees on the hill and trees in various stages of develop- ment in the nursery. A total of 575 painted beer kegs crown the hill and form the garden perimeter in vari- ous areas. The company's annual garden- ing budget of is often ex- ceeded. In 1970 a total of bed- ding out plants were used in the garden. There were 123 varie- ties of annuals and 18 varieties of perennials. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic Capital Furniture Bldg. M PHONE 328-7684S The requirement for plant and flowers is such that th brewery had to build a green house and make additions. OWN GREENHOUSE Up to 1958 the brewery oper ated with one small green house. As the garden was en larged it became necessary t increase the size of the green house. Two sections, each 30 bv 51 feet, were built in 1958-5'j" In 1965 it became necessary to add two more sections, one 30 by 51 feet and one 6Vi by 50 feet. There now is more than square feet under glass. Bed- ding out plants now are being grown in the greenhouse in dou- ble layers during the spring to provide sufficient growing are; for the brewery's requirement ol plants. There also are four outside bot beds, each six feet by 85 feet, heated by electric cable. The tree nursery, located on :he south side of the garden hill out of view of the motorini jublic, has blue spruce in various stages of development 'or later transplanting. CHANGING SCENE The brewery garden scene is ever changing, partly through Mother Nature but largely hrough the firm's gardening staff of three full time em- ployees and up to seven cas- uals employed during the sum- mer. Head gardener Mike Djordjevic, named city garden- er of the year in 1966, has been with the brewery 15 years. and a Happy New Year It's ths season to pause and extend a special thanks io all OL--r many wonderful customers and friends and to them "health and happiness." HOLIDAY HOURS Open Christmas Day-10 a.m. 'til 8 p.m. Serving Special Christmas Dinners. We will closo Christmas Eve qt p.m. Closed all day Boxing Day and Sunday, Dec. 27th. We will close at 6 p.m. New Year's and remain closed all day New Year's Day. Open regular hours Saturday, Jan. 2nd. 508 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-3298 Each year there are scene depicting Valentine's Day, Eas ter, summer, hunting and bar vest, Halloween, Remembranc Day and Christmas. It has ta ken many years to develop th various scenes and while th theme remains the same, the; have been altered from year ti year. Valentine's Day is recallec by a huge heart with an arrow through it and the words, My Valentine." A monstrous multi colored Easter egg with baby chicks coming out a window, is the fo cal point for that occasion. Half a dozen bunny characters on the lawn complement the egg. Summer is heralded by four Maple Leaf Hags flying on the hill. The hunting and harvest scene is composed of a V-for- mation of geese flying across a large harvest moon. A hunter with shotgun aimed toward the geese stands among 13 corn stocks on the hillside. Halloween features a witch on a broom flying across a moon. Lights in her eyes and on the Jroom alternately flash. More .han 100 plastic pumpkins with ights inside are set up in lalf moon formation on the hillside. -EST WE FORGET Remembrance Day is marked by a black moon on which is affixed a white cross with a poppy in the centre. A lighted :andle is on each side. Below :he moon is the reminder, "Lest Ve Forget." The Christmas scene is by ar the most elaborate. Trees on he hillside are adorned with more than yellow, blue, red and green 10-watt ligl bulbs. There is a complete nativit scene with the manger on th brow of the hill and the Thre Wise Men riding their camel up the hillside in the snow through the rock gardens. Four pair of reindeer pullini Santa Claus in his s 1 e i g i through the blue sky form an other scene. A huge red bell with "S'ea son's Greetings" painted acros it, adds a feeling of warmth as doss a group of carol singer.. on another part of the hill. A giant snowman with eigh figures doing various things de light the youngsters. Four groups of candy canes in the same area further enhance the scene. The various scenes are floodlighted at night. Strung above the top of Uie lill is a sign offering "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year" in gold garland with 25- watt yellow lights. A public address system of- 'ers Christmas carols until Christmas, seasonal music until New Year's and then Uk- rainian Christmas music until Jan. 7. Brewery manager Jack Lalde sums up the garden develop- ment with: "We never expect- d anything like we have now vhen the first thoughts were broached in the '40s." In the early days the brewery ised coal to fire its boilers. The ishes were dumped on the side f the hill. Through the years ther rubbish piled up amongst lot of broken glass, cans and he ashes. Adjacent to the bottom of thi hill was a gravelled road use{ by the public to get to the riv erbottcm. In the 1940s brewery personnel started thinking abou cleaning up the eyesore on the hillside. Big pushes behind the cleanup were A. G. Baalim, director of the company, and Al Neils, brewery manager al that time. CLEANUP STARTED The cleanup was finally launched and the rubbish clear- ed away although the ashes re- mained. In 1950, a portion of land im- mediately west of the plant was covered with dirt fill and top- soil, levelled and the first de- velopment of the garden begun. It has taken cubic yards of dirt fill and cubic yards of topsoil (about 720 truckloads) to prepare the hill as it is now. Northwest poplars were plant- ed to keep the steep slope from sliding. Blue spruce were plant- ed between the polars. When :he spruce were established the loplars were cut out. There now are 410 blue spruce in the initial section which was 150 by 200 feet. A flower bed 'ormirig the figure "6" which designated "Sicks1 Lethbridge Brewery, was planted in vari- gated leaf geraniums, fibrou begonias and dwarf marigold Seven years later, in 1957, pop lar trees west of the initial d velopment were replaced wit 185 blue spruce covering an are 120 by 140 feet. In 1560 an area 66 by 125 fee was deve loped and becam known as the Pilsner section The Pilsner trade mark was created in live fibrous begonias blood red leaf ireissema an dwarf marigolds. Lawn wa planted. FIRST NATIVITY In 1962 the first Christma nativity scene was erected. The following year the Housi o[ Lethbridge (a castle) trade mark was erected on the top o the hill and an area 270 by 16: feet was developed into a rock garden. The area extended from the present waterfalls to wes of the House of Lethbridge. Lawn, shrubs, flowers and 40 spruce trees were planted, total of 210 truekloads of rocks were hauled from Chin reser rair, 20 miles cast of L e t h- )ridge, for the rock garden. In 1964 five huge rock beds were built and planted, lawn was laid and 15 trees planted in area 60 by 175 feet, west of he House of Lethbridge. lobbery suspect sent to hospital PART OF THE HILL 20 YEARS AGO MILK DELIVER! CHRISTMAS DAY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25 REGULAR MILK DELIVERY WILL BE MADE TO HOMES IN IETHBRIDGE, FOKr MACLEOD AND TABER ON BOXING DAY SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26 UNION MILK Division of 1VERWOOD DAIRIES PHONE 327.3576 PURITY CO-OP LTD, PHONE 327-1525 A 42 year old Lethbridge an, R a! p h John Weber, charged with the Oct. 23 armed robbery of the Canadian Impe- rial Bank of Commerce in War- ner, was committed to the Al- berta Hospital, Ponoka, for two weeks of observation when he appeared in court Tuesday. He will appear in magis- trate's court in Lethbridge Jan. 8. Weber was arrested Dec. 20 in Calgary by RCMP and re- turned to Lethbridge. He was the subject of an extensive search in Alberta, B.C. and the Northwest Territories by RCMP, assisted by other police forces. The Warner bank was robbed a sawed-off shotgun. Road- blocks were set up at the time but failed to stop the man's get- away. The following year i45 sprue trees were planted on the wes end of the hill covering an are 60 by 175 feet. The waterfall were built the same year. T date the waterfalls has cost 000. Because of the ash base leaks and the weight of the wa lerfall, that portion of the nil has been slipping and expense: have mounted in an attempt ti correct the problem. Since the first rock bed built they have bean altered some taken out to be replace? by something else, so that now there are a dozen left, includ ing the waterfalls. In 1966 the city built a view- point for motorists, adjacent to Highway 3. The brewery built information hut for the Tra- vel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta at the east- ern end of the viewpoint to an- swer the numerous questions ot tourists. In 1966 a huge diamond and a Welcome to Lethbridge sign was built in live plants "to commem- orate the city's diamond jubi- The following year the Maple Caf flag form was built and planted in live flowers to mark Canada's centennial. An illumin- ated sign "Canada's Centennial" vas also erected. The flag and the Welcome to jethbridge beds contain ilants. The white flowers in the lag are centaurs candidissima and the red plants are blood red ireissema. The Welcome to Lethbridge is planted in petite irange marigolds or fibrous be- jonias. Another 525 spruce trees were also planted in 1967 on the top of the hill, covering an area 75 by 510 feet, to mark the open- ing of the brewery's hew pack- aging centre and bottle shop. A wishing well was erected to 1968. FUTURE PLANS Besides the water reservoir the brewery is considering er- ecting a pedestrian bridge from the viewpoint to the hill. This proposal is awaiting develop- ment plans for the riverbottom. The brewery has literally re- ceived hundreds of letters from tourists singing the praises of the garden and since the in- formation hut was established the visitors book has received not a few .comments. One Edmonton family, hav- ing trouble accepting the idea of moving to Lethbridge to work and live, had all doubts dispelled when one member of the family said, after viewing the garden: "Dad, this can't be such a bad place after all." Perhaps the comment of a California woman sums up the feelings about the garden: "We must be dead 5 so heavenly." because this INSURANCE LIABILITY A BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. ESTABLISHED 1911 Lower Floor 5174th Ave. J. Phone 327-1541 of by a man brandishing 12511. New officee The office cf ttie JUthbHdge Association for the Menially Retarded will be moved to a nsw new location Jan. 1. Arrangements have been i s? completed for space in St. An-' drew's Presbyterian Chui'ch Hall, 1818 5 Ave. south. 11 Mrs. June Cuthbert, associa- tion secretaiy will be working full lime instead of just in the mornings. Telephone number of the new office will he 327- Winners of the Lethbridge Downtown Businessmen's Association (D.B.A.) Christmas Gift Draw i. Unemployment Insurance Commission NOTICE TO CLAIMANTS Your UIC Office Has Made Special Arrangements To Ensure That Claimants Receive Their Warrants During The Christmas Season. Warrants produced by the pay centre on Thursday, 24 December, may be picked up at your District UIC Office between 8 a.m. and noon, Saturday, 26 De- cember. Warrants produced by the pay centre on Thursday, 31 December, may be picked up at your District UIC Offico between 8 a.m. and noon, Saturday 2 Jan- uary. Claimants Must Have Their Social Insurance Number Card With Them For Positive Identification. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 3 Arrow Terracotta Perma-lron Dress Shirls from McGuire'l jj Men's Wear Robert Hamilton, Lethbndga J Bouquet of Flowers from the Marquis Flower Shop Mrs. Fred Henderson, Coalhurst x Lady's Tote Bag from Frank Walker's Men's Clothes J3 Mrs. Marie Morris, Purple Springs d Pair of Men's Forirel Washable Dress Pants from John j; Block's Men's Shop dale Jensen, Leihbridge if Bunny Hood from Candian Furriers Sheila and Denies ft SchweEgert, Lethbridge Pair of Lady's Red Carpet Shoes from Red Carpet and K Bsnefit Shoes Mrs. Ingrid Reule, HardicviHe Si0.00 Bouquet of Flowers from Fraches Flower Shop X 1 Mrs. Mary Peterson, Warner r 8. Pair of Boys' or Girls' Buster Brown Shoes from Don 1 Wilson's Junior's Shop Mrs. Duncan, Lelhbridga 9, Gift Certificate from Fraser's Fabrics 5 Pat Coutts, Lethbridqe 10. Bunny Hood from Canadian Furriers Mary Ann Crawford, Lethbridge ft 11. 510.00 Bouquet of Flowers from the Marquis Flower JJ Shop Marlene McCarfer, Taber K 12. 510.00 Gift Certificate from Marshall Wells Ed Gross, Grassy Lake 13. Bunny Hood from Canadian Furriers Margit Rach, K Coaldalc jjj 14. S10.00 Gift Certificate from Imperial Women's Wear A Mrs. Hope Olsen, Warner 15. Boys' or Girls' Go-Go Watch from the Lebern Jewellery 3 Company and Sandy's Jewellery Max Bradshaw, 5 LoHibridga 16. Pair of Lady's Lisa Deb Dress Shoes from Camm'l Shoes Enid Gaskell, Lethbridge 17. Black Beaded or Silver Beaded Evening Bag from Sterling Shoes Ltd. Enid Gaskell, lethbridge 18. Lady's Pearl Dinner Ring from the Peerless Jewellery Company and Sandy's Jewellery Mr. K. Pastoor, Leihbridge 19. S10.00 Bouquet of fmm Frachej Flower Shop Mrs. J. K. Peterson, Claresholm 20. 510.00 Bouquet of Flowers from the Marquis Flower K Shop-D. Maflhies, Coaldale. g 21. Girls' Silver Gold Cardinal Welch from Cardinal Watchei ft and Sandy's Janet Binns, Lethbridge. 5 Kodak Instamatic Camera from Stokes Drug Store Frances Mantler, tethbridga. K 23. Man's Alpaca Sweater Choice of color, sire and style from Gentlemen T. Taylor, Lethbridge. 24. RCA Victor Portable Radio from Hoyt's n Cliorlie Cox, Raymond. 9 25. Sanyo Cassette Tope Recorder from Bert and Mac's 5 Record Undo Marchuk, lethbridge. 5 26. Man's 3-position Block Vinyl Rccliner from Eaton's Jf Wally Lee, leldbrideje. (3 27. T2-ineh Philco Black and White Portable TV set from the Philco Corp. and Buker Appliances n Mrs. Teresa Simpson, Bow Island. 5 ;