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Deer-Proofing the Garden

There are all kinds of deer-proofing strategies we never bothered to pursue. For example, we’d heard that deer soon learn...

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Deer-resistant and Drought-hardy Garden

Bowen Island may be only a short ferry-ride away from West Vancouver, but for Kathy and David Leishman, it was...

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Forever Green

Whether we meticulously plan pleasing colour compositions or haphazardly combine the plants we like, the predominant colour in our garden...

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Viburnum Leaf Beetle

Recently a distraught gardener approached me with leaf in hand from his well-established snowball bush – it was riddled with...

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Poinsettias herald the festive season

Few plants evoke the festive season more effectively than poinsettias.

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The hydroponic garden

Keep your thumb green all year long with a soil-less growing system.

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Coming Up Rosehips

When the warm, flower-filled days of summer end with the first autumn rains, I find myself seeking consolation in the...

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Holly

And at Christmastime, my first thought was to jump out and search for the holly’s distinctive red berries. At the...

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Great Scots

I have long admired the majestic beauty of the Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), and being a native of Scotland myself,

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The “Other” Marigold

The common name “marigold” may cause some confusion. The original wild pot marigold (Calendula officinalis) is a native of...

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Hardy Flowers for the Winter Garden

David Tarrant's favourite winter-blooming flowers brighten up the season's bleakest days.

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Marigold Magic

The early Christians dedicated the marigold to the Virgin Mary. On her bodice the golden flower shone to remind churchgoers...

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Preparing Blueberries for Winter

A few careful steps to harbour your blue­berries from the elements so they will emerge in the spring with health...

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Ornamental onions

Did you know that the Allium genus, including onions, garlic and chives, encompasses about 700 species, many of them wonderfully...

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Vine Maples

The Canadian flag says it all – the bright red maple leaf is a symbol of the true north, strong...

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Dutchman's Pipe Cactus

How to grow Dutchman's Pipe Cactus from a cutting.

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