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Creating a Therapeutic Garden at Home

Posted on: February 26, 2019 | Posted in Horticultural Therapy

Anyone that enjoys gardening as a hobby knows how relaxing and calming it is to potter around in the garden for a few hours, and an increasing amount of recent research backs up what us gardeners already know. In fact, it has been proven that one particular bacteria that appears in garden soil triggers the release […]

Cleaning Up The Garden After Winter Damage

Posted on: February 28, 2017 | Posted in Winter Gardening, Spring, Clean-up

Our gardens have had a rough time this winter in Vancouver. Lower than normal temperatures and a succession of snow storms has given lots of plants a real battering. But before you rush to dig out plants and throw them in the compost bin, here’s a few tips on how to revive winter damaged plants. […]

Gardening with the Climate in Mind

Posted on: January 14, 2016 | Posted in Climate

In November of last year the 2015 Climate Change Conference resulted in an agreement by the 195 member countries to reduce their carbon output “as soon as possible” and to do their best to keep global warming “to well below 2 degrees C”. Read more here. All the talk of the Climate Change Conference in the […]

Fall clean-up – to chop or not to chop

Posted on: December 15, 2015 | Posted in Fall, Clean-up

The Winter Cut When fall arrives, many home gardeners and landscapers rush to get the garden ready for winter. Among the many jobs that need to be done to ‘put the garden to bed for winter’  is the cutting back of herbaceous perennial plants (plants that are non-woody, and that die-back in the fall, reappearing […]

Drought tolerant plants for Vancouver

Posted on: October 27, 2015 | Posted in Climate, Vancouver

This past summer was a real tester for a plant’s ability to withstand drought conditions. With no significant rainfall since spring, and water restrictions in full force for most of the summer, it’s interesting to see which plants were able to cope, and which weren’t. I captured some shots of how plants did throughout the […]

Plants for Spring Interest

Posted on: April 20, 2015 | Posted in Spring

Think of springtime plants and it’s often daffodils and tulips that come to mind. But there’s more options out there if you are looking to add some springtime interest to your garden.

Spring has Arrived in Vancouver – it’s time to apply a spring mulch

Posted on: March 29, 2015 | Posted in Vancouver, Mulch, Spring

Spring has arrived early this year in Vancouver. The perennials are starting to peek above the soil, buds are getting ready to burst, and yes, weeds are already upon us. These signs tell us that the growing season has begun, and with that, it’s a great time to apply a spring mulch to garden beds.

Chewed up lawn? Could be Chafer Beetle Damage

Posted on: March 25, 2015 | Posted in Vancouver, Chafer Beetle

Does your lawn look like it has been chewed up and left for dead? You may have an infestation of Chafer Beetle

Children’s Gardening Workshops 2015

Posted on: March 9, 2015 | Posted in Vancouver, Children, Workshop

I will be running a series of children’s gardening workshops at City Farmer in Kitsilano starting this spring.

Forsythias are Blooming in Vancouver

Posted on: March 3, 2015 | Posted in Vancouver, Spring

Early Spring brings Forsythias out to bloom. Time to get the pruners out.