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Winterscapes are a lot of fun to create, and don’t require much equipment or materials.

Use your imagination to create winter-themed scenes, snow creatures and sculpture gardens, ice ornaments, and more.

  • Start with snow and ice, and other natural materials (such as rocks)
  • You can include visible plant materials (trees, plants that provide winter interest, branches, leaves, berries)
  • You can add lights, colour, and wildlife-friendly features (such as bird baths, feeders, and wildlife shelters)
  • Find new ways to use garden items such as planter containers, fences, and garden stakes

And of course, don’t forget to keep your walkways clear of ice and snow for your safety and the safety of neighbours and letter carriers.


  • Did you know that you can use sand/beach toys, buckets, old milk cartons, and everyday items to help create snow forts, igloos, ice ornaments, and more?
  • Lettuce knives can make great snow carving tools for kids
  • Food colouring mixed with water is an inexpensive way to add a splash of colour to your snow/ice creations.

Learn More about Plants with Winter Interest

Creative Winterscape Ideas and Suggestions

Winterscape Resources– We are still building our resource list, so if you have great ideas/resources to share, please email us at

Why Build a Winterscape?

  • It’s a fun way for everyone to beautify our Edmonton neighbourhoods
  • Get outside, exercise, and enjoy winter
  • Spend time with friends and neighbours and connect to your community
  • Begin a new Family Day tradition!

For More Information

Online Contact 311 Online

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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