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 »

5 foods that will boost your mood

Feel better fast with these healthy pick-me-up foods, plus learn which foods will get you down

It’s 3 o’clock and all you want to do is march to the vending machine and grab a bag of chips or a chocolate bar. Sure, you’ll feel good for a while. But then, as your body crashes off that junk food high, you’ll come to regret digging around for that spare change. However, there are foods that you can eat throughout the day that will give you a more natural pick-me-up. [read full article] 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 »

Highlights from Canada Blooms 2010

Highlights from Canada Blooms 2010

There is no lack of botanical inspiration at this year’s five-day extravaganza for gardeners Read more »

What I’m excited to see at Canada Blooms 2010

Indulge your passion for gardening with a trip to this bloom-filled annual event

Last year was my first attending Canada Blooms. I was like a kid in a candy store: exploring all the booths, attending some of the lectures and shopping in the market—oh, the market! I had to leave to prevent myself from seriously overspending. Read more »

Share your fare

A wave of “fresh and local” enthusiasm has inspired us all to grow our own food. And some gardeners are using their traditional veggie plot to make a difference—by sharing their space or donating over-abundant crops. Here are some ways you can use your green thumb to give back: [PDF of full article] Read more »

Get ready to move

The house is sold and you’re finding it hard to leave your garden behind.

Belinda Gallagher, head of horticulture at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario, and a former real estate agent, recommends planning ahead, especially if there are plants you’d like to move with you. [PDF of full article] Read more »

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