How to Keep a Garden Journal

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The following article was sourced from BC Living, and written by Jordan McDonald. Garden journals should be sturdy books with room for photos and notes that can be added throughout the year. Depending on your needs, a garden journal can be anything from a record of what you’ve planted and where, a log of failures and successes from year-to-year, a planting calendar for the year ahead, a personal memoir of your accounts with nature and life in the garden, or better yet, all of the above. If you have never tried keeping a garden journal, now is also the perfect… Read More

Winterberry Wonderland

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The following article is sourced from GardenWorks newsletter, written by Scott Pearce. Like the stage lights slowly dimming at the end of a performance, the glorious colours of autumn inevitably fade. A more subtle drama soon takes the stage, with colourful branches, evergreen foliage and glowing berries responsible for lighting the winter landscape. When these same elements are combined and incorporated into planters, it is as if winter has shed its reserved nature – colour and contrast concentrated into bold, dazzling arrangements. Fresh cut winterberry branches are a favourite in winter planters and holiday arrangements. Each bare stem displays dense… Read More

The History of the Poppy on Remembrance Day

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Each November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of over half of Canada’s entire population. The Poppy Campaign inspires Canadians to Remember. In Canada, the Poppy has stood as a visual symbol of our Remembrance since 1921. However, its presence over the graves of soldiers, and in the fields of honour, was noted as early as the 19th century after the Napoleonic Wars. The reason for its adoption over 100 years later in Canada was due to, in no small part, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae and his now famous poem, “In Flanders Fields”. This poem, written in May, 1915 on… Read More

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