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Alberta legislature garden - Canadian Shield roses

Canadian Shield roses taking hold nicely

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The Canadian Shield rose, released in 2017 as the first in a series of roses called Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection, now have been through one or two winters in gardens across Canada. We checked in on this hardy, disease-resistant repeat bloomer with vivid red blooms and glossy green foliage.

Roses to inspire our sense of place

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The Chinook Sunrise is the newest hardy rose for northern gardens. The Chinook Sunrise bloom colour is described as a delicious kaleidoscope of shades, from deep coral to pale pink, by Amy Bowen, research director at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland Station, Ontario.

Veseys conflower

Local groups sell Veseys’ items for fundraising

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Veseys Seeds, based in York, PEI, is now in its 40th season of running a fundraising program where groups sell from a menu of mostly bulbs, perennials and seeds, keeping 50% of the sticker price.

Veseys Seed Annual

After 80 years, Veseys still growing

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Veseys Seeds, based in York, Prince Edward Island, celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2019. The mail order pioneer has clearly taken root in a broad swath beyond its Atlantic Canada origins.

A collection of Japanese string art, also known as kokedama. (Photo by Wikimedia)

How to make kokedama

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Elegant in their simplicity, Japanese moss balls, called Kokedama, are easy to create. We show you how, but be warned—there are strings attached.

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