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September 2009 Newsletter
by Donna Dawson
September 19, 2009

Did You Know..? Plants that are "propagation prohibited" can't be replicated by anyone - retailer or consumer. Just as when a design is patented it cannot be duplicated by competitors or when an article is written it cannot be plagiarized by anyone. Most importantly, when consumers take their own cuttings - ultimately the breeder who worked on this for years is not getting paid for his/her work.

Hamilton's Royal Botanical Gardens has just developed three demo gardens called No MOW! No BLOW! No H2O! providing ideas for replacing lawn. http://citygardeningonline.com/2009/09/11/no-mow-no-blow-no-h2o

Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) Canada - Only available for the 2009 tax year! The Home Renovation Tax Credit* is a non-refundable tax credit based on eligible expenses for improvements to your house, condo or cottage. It can be claimed on your 2009 income tax return. It applies to eligible purchases made after January 27, 2009, and before February 1, 2010. The HRTC applies to eligible expenses of more than $1,000, but not more than $10,000, resulting in a maximum non-refundable tax credit of $1,350 [($10,000 - $1,000) × 15%]. http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/sgmnts/hmwnr/hrtc/menu-eng.html

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/sgmnts/hmwnr/hrtc/lgbl-xpns-eng.html

Mark Cullen is on Canada AM each Friday at 8:45 a.m. with Jeff Hutcheson. Or you can view them streamed at www.ctv.ca/canadaam/. His blog is posted each Wednesday at http://ca.lifestyle.yahoo.com/home-garden/blog/markcullen. Mark is also a writer on our site – please type his name in our Search Box to bring up his articles.

The new Gardening Guide – How To Get Green Fingers endorsed by the RHS, is a must have for any novice gardener. Designed for the Nintendo DS, this guide will offer instant advice on how to care for the owner’s real garden, or alternatively, offer budding gardeners the chance to indulge their passion in a virtual world. Complete with a plant encyclopedia, information on pests and diseases and the ever helpful online gardener, Paul, the Gardening Guide is the perfect tool for plant lovers everywhere. The Gardening Guide – priced at £24.99 (RRP). Proceeds from the sale of the Gardening Guide will help to support the charitable work of the RHS. http://shop.wisley.co.uk/product_info.php?product=MULTIMEDIA_GENERAL&dpi=5390102504069

Canadian Institute for Sustainable Biodiversity (CISB) "Living Plants, Liveable Communities: Exploring Sustainable Horticulture for the 21st Century" Mark your calendars for 17-19 February 2010 at Royal Botanical Gardens for this special symposium. http://www.rbg.ca/cisb/index.html

The pine bark beetle, whose progress was once thwarted by winter kill in the mountains of B.C., is now making its way eastward, where it could threaten all manner of pine forests, which were free of infestation. Even Christmas tree farms are at risk. Source – Harrowsmith Country Life Magazine

Read more about other types of beetles here… by Art Drysdale http://www.icangarden.com/document.cfm?task=viewdetail&itemid=5564

Where Did All the Flowers Come From? A GREAT article!

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/08/science/08flower.html?_r=2&th&emc=th

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