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January 15, 2012

Tidbits of Information

  • For those into fiber crafts here is a good article to read…The Eco-Fiber Art Attack by Mike Marino

  • Great New Bulbs for 2012

  • Got the Winter Blahs?

  • You Can Have Happy Houseplants

  • Repotting Houseplants

  • 2012 horticulture, turf and landscape online courses at the University of Guelph. Call 519.767.5000 or visit for course information and registration forms.

  • New Book Coming! Gardening from a Hammock - a guide to easy-care perennials, shrubs and trees with tips from some of our favourite experts, like Paul Zammit, Marion Jarvie, Aldona Satterthwaite, Dugald Cameraon, Belinda Gallagher and a slew of Master Gardeners. The photos from Paul Zammit and others are gorgeous.

  • The Book of 10 Neat Things is filled with beautiful photographs accompanied by ten unique, intresting and sometimes quirky facts about plants, trees, animals and weather. This 192-page, full colour, coffee table book takes you on a journey of discovery and is sure to inspire conversation among friends and guests.

    Makes a perfect gift for the Gardener who has it all!

  • The City of Victoria is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2012. The town site of Fort Victoria was incorporated as the City of Victoria on August 2, 1862 and in celebration a year-long anniversary program is currently under development. The program is expected to include a wide range of events that embrace Victoria’s rich history and its defining heritage characteristics, while maintaining a current and contemporary view. Celebrations will focus on arts and culture, community and Victoria’s neighbourhoods. The past 150 years has seen Victoria mature and change into the world class city we know today. Victoria is a city of beautiful contrasts, where the elegance of history mingles with the panache of modern life. Full program details visit

  • national color expert Kate Smith offers these trends..

    Trend #1 – Living Simply in a Complex World – This trend relates to people moving away from the old question of “what more do we want?” to the question of “would life be better with less?” The desire for a more streamlined life motivates people to select modern technology, products and materials that make our complex lives easier.

    Trend #2 – Give Me More “Me Time” – Younger buyers, who once would not be bothered by a home that was anything but brand new, are now changing their home buying strategies. These individuals are embracing older homes that they can personalize by adding newer products that require minimal maintenance. These Internet savvy people are relying on researching the best product options online for their homes. They’re looking for products that help blend the older bones of a home with their modern sensibilities in order to provide a sense of connection to history and their community.

    Trend #3 – Rules are Made to be Broken – Today’s homeowners are making their own rules. In the coming years, look for unusual mixing of materials and colors in ways communities haven’t previously seen. Homeowners want their homes to reflect their personalities, but they also want to express themselves on the exterior of the home. Look for attention-getting colors on front doors, a not-so-expected color on window frames and unique blends of color on the roof in the coming years as homeowners put their personal stamp on their homes.

    Trend #4 – Naturally Inspired and Improved – Colors and materials that harmonize with the natural surroundings of a home are increasingly important to homeowners. This goal becomes easier for people to achieve as manufacturers continue to introduce products that mimic nature (such as polymer slate roofing tiles). Homeowners are basing their purchasing decisions on their increased understanding that the manufactured products they select will have a longer life span, thus reducing the need for replacement. And, in many situations, these man-made products that look, feel and have natural colors incorporated, require less maintenance and reduce the negative impact on the environment.

    Trend #5 – Inside Out Harmony – Homeowners are finding that colors and materials that harmonize with their natural surrounding are increasingly important to them. Regional colors and materials on a home exterior help anchor people to their community, providing a unity within a neighborhood or subdivision. In many cases, homeowners are also bringing the outside indoors by adding plant walls, gardens and water features into the home. On the exterior, they’re adding fire pit areas, and outdoor living and dining room spaces that blur the boundaries of the living both inside and outside the home.

  • National Plant Trials database to launch in 2012

  • a Love of gardening creates peaceful paradise for this Sackville, Nova Scotia couple

  • The once-genteel fellowship of gardeners is fragmenting into factions, from hipster veggie growers who reject chemicals to ornamental traditionalists who aspire to perfect blooms.

  • the U.B.C. Botanical Garden has a bright future…

  • Meet Britain’s most influential gardeners


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