More Than Just a Greenhouse

It’s a sunny afternoon in mid-May when I decided to visit Prevost Perennials in South Junction, MB. I’m greeted by the songs of birds, creeping vines, exotic fruits and potted flowers spilling out of every corner.

John and Margie Prevost started the greenhouse 24 years ago as a hobby – an excuse to do some creative landscaping.

“We wanted to start a business where people would come and be instantly happy,” Prevost says. “So we started thinking about it, and came
up with the idea to do some gardening, landscaping of the property, and it would be a place where people could come in spring and everything would be green and colourful.”
On their three-acre property, Prevost’s support 20 different kinds of grapes, countless trees and shrubs. Their greenhouse is full of potted flowers and vegetable plants for sale. Hummingbirds make themselves at home in the greenhouse, landing on the full grown tree over which the greenhouse was built. It’s a haven for life and creativity.

“Our business is more of an extension of our own personal gardening experience,” Prevost says. “My wife is the heart of the business …she’s the one – as soon as customers come, they’re drawn right to her and they start telling stories. She’ll often take them on a tour of the yard to see certain plants.”

Outside, Prevost shows me some of the many trees growing on their property. Apples, plumbs and cherries, not to mention the maples and black walnut tree towering over their little pond. Then he shows me the vineyards and all the young grape plants he’s started in pots. You don’t usually see vineyards in this part of Canada, so I was intrigued. Then we looked at the smaller plants they tend for fun – I even got to try a fiddlehead!

“We are always trying new things,” Prevost says. “Slowly we’re trying to plant in our yard an area that we hope to be a nice fall display area. So we’ve got a number of red maples, and this year we’re putting some red oaks into there. Those are not plants that are native to this area, but slowly breeders are getting plants that are more hardy to these zones … Before we sell them to customers, we want to know that they can survive the winter.”

For example, Prevost has a couple of banana plants that are braving the Manitoba spring in the greenhouse, and a fig tree basking in the light of their living room window. They also have unique fruits like hascap berries and yellow raspberries. I get the feeling the Prevosts are living out a dream, not just running a business.

“We’re just in the business for having fun …We just love sharing those experiences with the public,” shares Prevost. “I really value small businesses in our region and our community. You don’t recognize how much a small business does as a service until they’re gone …I think the life blood of the community is the small business, and as much as we can to
support each other.”

My time at Prevost Perennials made me want to start gardening, and that’s really saying something! It’s incredible what can all be done in Manitoba’s  climate.

You can check out Prevost Perennials on Facebook, or drive out for a visit. They’re only open in May, so the window is closing fast.

Thanks John and Margie for giving me a wonderful tour of their place!

(Also be sure to find the mini documentary posted to our Facebook page!)

Family-Friendly Events (that aren’t in the city!)

Want to get some fresh air this summer? Bring on the fun with these family-friendly events that aren’t in the city!

Get down to your roots, explore new places, and find relaxation with these action-packed events in Sunrise Corner. Here, you’ll find culture, community spirit and natural beauty all rolled into the place we call home.
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Welcome Our New Marketing Plan!

To kick off the summer, Sunrise Corner held a launch for our new marketing plan Friday, April 26.

Those who came out to Zhoda for our public event were treated to a recap of videos from past seasons, hotdogs and refreshments, a fun outdoor scavenger hunt and a summary of the new marketing strategies Sunrise Corner hopes to implement in the coming years.

Sunrise Corner’s goal is to promote the nature, culture and events here in the RMs of Piney and Stuartburn. Through the funding from Partner for Growth and the marketing firm Changemakers, we have researched and polled to come up with strategies to grow and develop our reach.

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Volunteer Tourism?

This summer has been exciting, not just because of all the great events we attended, but because we got to meet some of the great people behind these events!

The thing that lots of event organizers and helpers had to say about volunteerism: It’s fun, but there just isn’t enough of us.

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What’s Up in Sprague? Basketball and Old Cars

Sprague Fest – a gathering of community and friends in the beautifully treed river town.

It started off with a pancake breakfast served by the volunteer firefighters. Then local businesses paraded through town with their floats. If you stuck around for the rest of the day, you could watch basketball tournaments and participate in the ‘ugly Hawaiian shirt’ contest!

Just last weekend, the Sprague Show & Shine took place, raising money for the Sprague cemetery with live entertainment, free food and vintage vehicles from all over Manitoba and Minnesota.

What’s Up in August

You won’t be bored this August! Check out some of these unique events:

August 4, 2018

Angels Cabin Music Festival

Come out to the Gardenton Park to hear local, up-and-coming artists. From bluegrass, to country, to rock ‘n’ roll, this small town will be jammin’ to the finest covers and indie tunes. Gates open at 2 PM. This year, there will be a team survivor competition. Grab some friends and form a team! For more information, visit the Gardenton Park & Museum on Facebook.

Angel's Cabin Concert

August 11, 2018

Sprague Fest

Join this lively community at their annual themed festival! Come to the morning parade, join the basketball tournament, or come out to the evening dance. There’s fun for the whole family! This year’s theme is Hawaiian.

Prairie Days

Learn about the amazing tall grass prairie ecosystem; enjoy guided walks, activities for the kids, and find out more about specific species that live in the prairie. Activities start at 10 AM.

August 11-12, 2018

Carrick Days

This village is full of fun and games at Carrick Days! August 11 features a parade, horseshoe tournament, and live entertainment. Come August 12 for a pancake breakfast and beanbag contest. 

August 18, 2018

Sprague Show & Shine

Come to Sprague from noon to 4 PM to support the Sprague cemetery at this annual car show. Vintage cars and off-road vehicles, live entertainment, food, and raffles – it’s a day of community fun you don’t want to miss!show n' shine

Weekly (Fridays)

Southeast Farmers Market

Every Friday afternoon in South Junction, come support local vendors!

 

Take a Day Trip on Paved Roads

Is that July weather calling you? Do you want to drop the top down and feel the wind on your face?

Sunrise Corner has over 80 kilometres of paved roads! Along the way, you’ll find provincial forest, museums, good food and historical sites.
Let our highways be your next destination.

Check out the infographic below to plan your trip.

 

To download the map click here: Paved Roads Map To download the infograph, click here: Paved Roads Infograph

Happy driving!

Celebrate Summer this July

Get ready for heart-racing, boot-stamping’ country fun this July, heading into the heart of summer with Canada Day celebrations and much more!

Canada Day

Vita, MB June 30-July 1, 2018

vita parade

Take two days to enjoy live music, rodeo and perogy dinners at the Vita Canada Day celebrations! Heartland

Rodeo, local artists performing at night and kids activities – there’s something for everyone! And you don’t want to miss the best fireworks in the south, July 1st at dusk! For more information and a detailed schedule, visit Vita Canada Day on Facebook!

South Junction July 1, 2018

Out for a laid back Canada Day with friends and family? Join the community of South Junction for live music, hot dogs and fireworks at 8:30 at the South Junction park.

St. Labre 200

St. Labre July 6-7, 2018

At St. Labre 200, country fun goes wild! Watch on Day 1 as contestants build their own go-carts. Day 2 is race day – don’t miss as contestants speed around the track to bragging rights and glory. Visit St. Labre 200 on Facebook for more information!go cart racing

Gardenton Ukrainian Festival

Gardenton July 14, 2018

This tiny village will be booming as the most exciting cultural festival in Sunrise Corner heats up. Sing or dance along with the Ukrainian performers; enjoy a delicious traditional Ukrainian meal; and learn about the lives of Manitoba’s Ukrainian settlers with guided tours of the museum. The festivities continue all night with an old-time Ukrainian dance, complete with a live band to polka and two-step your heart out to! It’s definitely a festival to add to your bucket list! For more info, email Kelvin: Kdc0925@gmail.com

34th Annual Slow Pitch Tournament

South Junction July 28, 2018

Come out to the South Junction ball diamonds and watch local teams, made up entirely of families, play for bragging rights! Canteen, rainbow auction and beer gardens open till 1 AM – you’re not going to want to miss it!

 

Things to Do This June

As the weather heats up, there’s no better way to spend a day than outside with friends and family, or cool off with a community event. Here are some of the events you don’t want to miss this month! (Workshops and tours may require advance registration. Please visit their individual sites for more information!)

June-September

Gardenton Heritage Tour

Catch the tall grass prairie fever with botanist Laura Reeves, as she shares her passion for this endangered ecosystem with a walk around the Prairie Shore Trail (1 mile, easy terrain). Then step into the lives of early Ukrainian settlers by touring the Historic St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, while those dedicated to its preservation enlighten you with stories of years gone by. Feeling hungry? Local volunteers will be waiting for you at the Gardenton Museum with delicious home-made Ukrainian cuisine and an eagerness to share their memories and stories with you as you tour the Museum grounds and buildings. For more information about this amazing tour option, please visit the Gardenton Park & Museum on Facebook!

 

June 2, 2018 (Postponed to June 16!)

Star Gazing Party

Learn about the cosmos from the experts! Join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Nature Conservancy for a night of stargazing in the Tall Grass Prairie. Taking place at the Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre just outside of Stuartburn, MB at 9:00 PM.

Susydka Ukrainian Dance Recital

Come out at 2:00 to celebrate Ukrainian culture! Everyone is welcome to come watch the vibrant Susydka dancers as they light up the stage with traditional folk dances and colourful costumes from Ukraine. Takes place at the Shevchenko School in Vita, MB. Tickets at the door. susydka dancers

Spring Marketsoutheast farmer's market

Southeast Farmer’s Market presents the Spring Market in South Junction! Come visit the local vendors from 10-3 at the Pine Grove Seniors Club.

June 9, 2018

Highway 201 Garage Sale

Come one and all for the biggest community garage sale in Sunrise Corner! Takes place at the Vita Rec Centre in Vita, MB from 9-3.

June 10, 2018

Annual Museum Picnic

Come for community – come for history. Join the Sprague & District Historical Museum at 1:00 for the special opening of the trapper’s shed display. Local talent will be performing. Refreshments and lunch are provided. Free admission!

June 16, 2018

Supper and Dance

Come for an evening of socializing, music and Ukrainian food at the Vita Friendship Centre. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Tickets are $15. To get tickets, call: 204-425-3706

June 2 & 23, 2018

Ground Training Horsemanship Series

Join Eagle Ridge Ranch and Wellness Centre for two day-long workshops focusing on the horse/human relationship. These three-hour workshops are taught, hands-on, by a certified horsemanship instructor and will build successively on each other. See eagleridgewellness.ca for more details!

June 23, 2018

Family Foraging and Wilderness Skills Workshop

Join botanist Laura Reeves in this workshop tailored for families! Have fun foraging for wild edibles, learning to make ropes, build fires, and so much more. Interactive games will helps develop empathy and awareness for nature. Visit psbotanicals.com for more details!