The Hamilton & Burlington Rose Society meets Sunday, May 26th(2:00pm) at Royal Botanical Gardens Centre(680 Plains Rd.West.Burlington) Room #3. Speakers E.Schleicher, M.Decker, A.Clark-Stewart on “What the judge is looking for on a rose flower to be exhibit and Floral Design tips” on preparation for upcoming Rose Show. Everybody is welcome. No entrance fees. Information on [...]
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Look up. Look down. Look all around. This year’s Canada Blooms Flower and Garden Festival at Toronto’s Direct Energy Centre will set your head a-spinning with all the wonderful scents, colours and signs of spring. In fact, this year’s theme, The Magic of Spring, says it all. Visiting the show is magic. But lest you [...]
Why we can’t afford to lose the Toronto Botanical Garden»
In an announcement released October 11, 2012, the Toronto Botanical Garden went public with the news of a financial crisis that threatens a cultural institution that’s at the heart of a community that values the gardens, parks and natural areas that green the concrete and steel of this city and provide a relaxing break from [...]
Although I enjoy spending as much time as I can in the garden, I know that many of you just don’t have the time to tend to finicky flowers or vigorous vines. But you still want a beautiful backyard, right? Modern-day flowering shrubs just may be the answer for you. Shrubs have always been easier to [...]
Falling in love with Helleborus x hybridus»
I’m in love. The handsome specimen that’s caught my eye is perfect in every way. Long-lasting flowers that bloom in a rainbow of colours, evergreen foliage that looks good all year-round (it gets a bit tattered after our long winters, but what doesn’t?) and it’s perfectly happy growing in shade. Oh, you thought I [...]
Once I find a great reference book I’m unwilling to part with it. Flags and tabs mark important pages so I can quickly and easily find information when I need it, and much-read sections are well-thumbed and annotated. So, it’s with great unease that I open a revised edition of any book, let alone a [...]
Look up the word “numinous” and you’re well on the way to understanding what you can gain by unleashing your creativity. Landscape architect W. Gary Smith opened his recent lecture at the Toronto Botanical Garden with a detail photo of a raked gravel garden at Philadelphia’s Chanticleer. He described a magical moment when cherry blossoms [...]