Green envy

Watching container connoisseur Paul Zammit put together an arrangement is like observing an artist at work—plants in a range of green hues are his medium. A walk around the property that he shares with his partner and fellow gardener Uli Havermann in Toronto reveals a keen eye for combining texture, shape and a bold aesthetic. Pops of colour in the form of purple, bronze and chartreuse are interspersed among a lush, green canvas of perennials, along with terracotta pots that Paul enthusiastically collects. [read full article] Read more »

Style at Home’s Shops etc: Garden Chic

In this double-page spread for the May 2011 issue of Style at Home magazine, I compiled a list of gardening stores across Canada and garden-inspired favourite things. Read more »

A walk through the Keukenhof

Experience acres of multi-coloured, spring-flowering bulbs at this magical flower park

I’m standing at the gates to the Keukenhof, listening to the cheerful, tinkling sounds of a barrel organ. This colourful park with its extensive gardens is home to over seven million flowering bulbs. And it’s my very reason for being in Holland. My visit falls between the opening and closing of the Keukenhof—a short window of bloom-filled opportunity that lasts from about the third week of March until almost the end of May. (This year, it’s open from March 24 to May 20.) I set off with my guide, Elisabeth, eager to put my new camera to work. [read full article] Read more »

Highlights from Canada Blooms 2011

From blossoms and bulbs, to eco-friendly landscaping, this year’s show provided endless inspiration for gardeners Read more »

10 hot trends from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

We thought it might be hard for landscape designer Robert Myers to encapsulate the gold-medal winning garden he designed for the 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in just one word. How do you describe something that is at once lively and peaceful, colourful and monochromatic, wild and orderly? When he answered “elegant” we were a bit surprised, but as we explored the elements of his design—one where even the shadows were planned—we had to agree. [read full article] Read more »

Standing proud: Designing winter pots

With a little special attention, a beautiful arrangement can hold its own through the cold season. We asked Jim McMillen, president of Landscapes in Bloom, to create lush planters that will last until spring. Read more »

My blog: The Budding Gardener

Since 2008 I have been writing a novice gardening blog called The Budding Gardener on CanadianGardening.com. Coined by former Canadian Gardening editor-in-chief Aldona Satterthwaite, it was created as a column of sorts where I would write about all my adventures in the garden. As someone who is new to gardening, everything is still fun and fascinating and fresh to me. Read more »

CG Dossier: Focus on Northern Alberta

Discover Slave Lake and Athabasca

Connect with nature by exploring these two regions in the heart of Canada’s boreal forest. From fishing and bird watching to kayaking and offroading, this is a place where you can leave the hubbub behind and chart your own outdoor adventure. [PDF of full article] Read more »

Fresh gift ideas for Mom

Trying to brainstorm a unique Mother’s Day gift? Browse through these garden-inspired ideas for every budget. Read more »

Essential gardening books for 2010

Add one or all of these fantastic new gardening tomes to your library

Grow Great Grub
Organic Food From Small Spaces
By Gayla Trail

I really wish I knew about Gayla’s first book, You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening, when I first bought my house. Gayla has a way of making gardening sound so fun and easy and attainable. This fantastic follow-up inspires readers to grow their own fruits, veggies, herbs and edible flowers. [read full article] Read more »

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