Measure your garden’s conditions

Whether your garden is a blank canvas waiting for colour, or an established landscape full of bushes and blooms—how do you measure its conditions? [read full article]

Published:
Growing Guide (February/March 2010) in Canadian Gardening magazine and on CanadianGardening.com
Notes: This piece was part of a ‘How To’ gardening package I wrote for the annual which has a different theme every year.

6 easy ways to organize a plant sale

If you have plants to spare, share them with your neighbours with these quick tips [read full article] Read more »

Know what’s stressing your plants

Plants exhibit signs of stress, just like we do. Paul Zammit, director of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden, identifies three plant ailments and how to nurse plants back to health. [PDF of full article]

Published: Growing Guide (February/March 2010) in Canadian Gardening magazine
Notes: This piece was part of a ‘How To’ gardening package I wrote for the annual which has a different theme every year.

Grow your garden on a budget

Visit plant sales or swaps. Check local horticultural societies or garden clubs for annual sales. Besides offering plants that thrive in your area, you might get some free advice or growing tips. [PDF of full article]

Published:
Growing Guide (February/March 2010) in Canadian Gardening magazine
Notes: This piece was part of a ‘How To’ gardening package I wrote for the annual which has a different theme every year.

Know what you grow

Spotting invasive plants may be harder than you think

The words “invasive plant” might seem self-explanatory, but in fact there’s a lot more to them than one might think. “With the development of Invasive Plant Councils in Canada in the last several years, people have started thinking beyond just invasive plants and weeds infesting crops,” says David Clements, professor of biology and environmental studies at Trinity Western University in B.C. ‘Backyard’ invasive plants are still something to avoid. [PDF of full article]

Published:
Growing Guide (February/March 2010) in Canadian Gardening magazine
Notes: This piece was part of a ‘How To’ gardening package I wrote for the annual which has a different theme every year.

Coax a little spring out of your bulbs

Get spring started early by growing tulips, daffodils and other early bloomers indoors Read more »

Anatomy of an Olympic bouquet

What’s in the bright green bouquets that make it onto the podium with the medal-winning athletes?

In those first minutes of pride, glory and disbelief, Olympic champions bask in their achievement and receive a bouquet before being whisked off for interviews and everything else a medalist does after winning an international competition. On the podium, the winners receive a second bouquet, which becomes immortalized in photos seen around the world. We all know how long and difficult the journey to the podium is for the athletes, but it turns out the journey from garden to podium is also an arduous process. Read more »

Vases for Valentine’s Day

Be ready for fresh-cut flowers with this assortment of modern, rustic and vintage-looking vessels Read more »

Garden-inspired design at the Interior Design Show

Head to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for decor ideas inside—and outside—your home Read more »

Explore the magical beauty of Ireland’s gardens

Take an inspiring stroll through Mount Stewart and Powerscourt, two must-see Irish gardens [read full article] Read more »

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