Garden Making list of magazine issues

Garden Making published the 32 issues listed below from 2010 to 2018 as well as the Container Gardening Guide:

No. 32 – Garden Solutions

Released March 2018

For our final print issue, we’ve posed a series of questions to Garden Making Guest Editor Stephen Westcott-Gratton who provided a range of suggestions and plant ideras that are a good fit for particular situations. Some of the scenarios:

  • I need more colour in early spring (more petals, more colour…)
  • What are a few easy-to-grow shrubs for a small space?
  • What are some under-appreciated perennials I should try?

The six sections in the issue cover:

  1. Spring colour
  2. Tried-and-true perennials
  3. Compact shrubs
  4. Shade plants
  5. Blue flowers
  6. Evergreen groundcover

Stephen Westcott-Gratton is a horticulturist living in Beaverton, Ontario.In summer 2017, he wrote the popular 20-part weekly online series Gardening in the Summer of Canada’s 150th.

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No. 31 – Garden Makers

Released August 2017

The focus is on people in Garden Making issue 31 – the garden makers of Canada’s past, present and future. The cover is a first for Garden Making – a photo of a person rather than a plant or garden scene. We’ve identified 20 individuals and organizations as examples of Canada’s “green gang” — people who care deeply about horticulture, community and the environment, and the connections between gardening and a healthy planet.

Articles in the issue include:

  • Echeveria flowers
  • Garden sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada wins gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show
  • Fall chives
  • Bunchberry wins national flower contest
  • Classic Canadian horticultural books
  • Horticultural heritage sites to visit
  • 20 passionate gardeners and organizers making our landscapes greener
  • Timelines of Canadian horticulture – before and after 1867
  • Community groups making a difference in Oakville, Ontario; Calgary; Dartmouth North, Nova Scotia
  • Autumn colour from native red maple trees
  • Tips for low-maintenance gardening
  • How and when to divide perennials
  • Autumn tasks that reap spring rewards
  • Adding a boardwalk to a garden
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No. 30 – The New Natural Garden

Released May 2017

In The New Natural Garden, we explore ideas and suggestions to encourage gardeners to let nature help guide the design of their gardens.

“When you stop to think about it, making a garden is an unnatural process,” writes Editor-in-Chief Beckie Fox in her editor’s column. “I hope this issue’s theme helps add to the understanding of how our gardens can be more of a partner with nature.”

Articles about the theme include:

  • “Can We Embrace the New Natural?” by Belinda Gallagher, an instructor at the University of Guelph in Ontario.
  • “Wild-ish at Heart,” by Tony Spencer, who has studied naturalistic gardens around the world and writes
  • “Invite Wildness,” an excerpt from her new book, Grow Curious: Creative Activities to Cultivate Joy, by Gayla Trail of Toronto, who posts on
  • “Splendour of Our Native Grasses,” by Stephen Westcott-Gratton, with 10 suggestions for gorgeous native grasses.

Other articles include:

  • Cilantro’s time to shine, by Laura Langston
  • The beauty of wildflower bouquets, by Janet Davis
  • Grand garden parties to mark Canada’s 150th, by Heather White
  • Garden profile of a modern classic, by Liz Primeau
  • Subtle charms of sanguisorbas, by Lorraine Flanigan
  • Tackling tree pests and diseases, by Stephen Westcott-Gratton
  • A sense of place, by Karen York

We also asked nine Canadians to write about gardens that inspired them and have contributions from:

  • Helen Battersby, garden coach and blogger at,
  • Janet Davis, photographer at the,
  • David Hobson, garden columnist for the Waterloo Region Record in Ontario,
  • Colleen Zacharias, garden columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press,
  • Veronica Sliva, garden and travel writer at,
  • Rob Howard, garden columnist for the Hamilton Spectator,
  • Niki Jabbour, author, blogger at and Halifax radio show host,
  • Mark Cullen, author, columnist and radio show host, at,
  • Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic, columnist for Focus magazine in Victoria
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No. 29 – Plants

Released February 2017

With a cover photo of a ‘John Cabot’ rose, we focus on plants. Articles include:

  • 18 plants born and bred right here in Canada, by Stephen Westcott-Gratton
  • Hardy David Austin English Roses for Canadian gardens, by Lorraine Flanigan
  • Profile: The ever-expanding garden in the Laurentians of a Quebec land developer. Photos by Perry Mastrovito and interview by Heather White
  • Eye-catching ice plants, by Tony Post
  • Fern believer: Texture, form and versatility make ferns a fan favourite, by Heather White
  • A guide to transplanting: How to move perennials, trees, shrubs, seedlings and more, by Karen York
  • New plants for 2017: Top picks from industry insiders, by Beckie Fox
  • Expanding the vegetable patch: New varieties and heirloom favourites, by Niki Jabbour
  • Setting the stage for pollinators: How gardeners can help them thrive, by Jodi Delong
  • Pruning needs of clematis, by Judith Adam
  • How DNA is changing the game of plant names, by Helen Battersby
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No. 28 – Design Small Spaces

Released November 2016

We asked five Canadian designers to provide plans on how to turn a small space into a plant-filled, yet practical, paradise. Their ideas and suggestions can easily be adapted to the dimensions and objectives for your garden area.

The cover is a scene from the garden of Phyllis Tresidder in Hamilton, Ontario, profiled in the issue with photos by Roger Yip and the story of the garden is told by Phyllis to Liz Primeau. The garden was included on the Grand Durand Garden Tour in 2016, which is organized by the Durand Neighbourhood Association located in the historic southwest section of Hamilton. Tour organizer Janice Brown says Phyllis’s garden was one of the favourites of the more than 800 visitors on the tour.

Articles include:

  • Compact shrubs ideally suited to sprucing up small spaces, by Judith Adam
  • Downsized versions of popular perennials, by Stephen Westcott-Gratton
  • Tips to beautify sheds and garages
  • Suggestions for columnar trees to fill a tall narrow space
  • How to turn your side yard into an attractive area
  • Design tips to make the most of a small garden
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No. 27 – Bulbs & Blooms

Released August 2016

The Bulbs & Blooms issue encourages more colour in your garden at both the start and end of the growing season. We help you select bulbs to plant in the fall so you can enjoy the colourful blooms next spring. And, we provide you with suggestions for 18 fall-blooming perennials as well as colourful shrubs to extend the show at the end of the gardening season

There are lots of favourite bulbs listed in the issue, and we’ve added more online in the cross-country round-up of beloved bulbs: 25 gardeners each recommend their favourite bulb selection.

Articles include:

  • Ultimate Guide to Planting Spring Bulbs: Charts for early, mid and late spring
  • Bulb FAQs: Answers to vexing bulb questions
  • On the Double: Delectable double tulips
  • More to Love About Lilies: New developments in the world of lilies
  • Tweet Success: Attracting birds to your garden
  • Autumn Epilogue: 18 fall-blooming perennials
  • Spring Sparklers: Dwarf daffodils
  • Bulb-Planting Tools: A rundown of helpful gear
  • Maritime Mosaic: Profile of a gorgeous garden in Nova Scotia
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No. 26 – Garden Projects

Released May 2016

The issue is full of great do-it-yourself ideas for garden projects. The gardening projects include rain gardens, summer containers, cutting gardens, raised beds, small roof gardens, espalier and more.

The articles on garden projects include:

  • Ease into Espalier: How to train an espaliered tree
  • Yours for the Taking: Plant a cutting garden for beautiful bouquets
  • Water Ways: Your guide to customizable irrigation systems
  • Container Quartet: Four designs to spark your imagination
  • Up on the Roof: Small green roof projects for DIYers
  • Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away: Create a special garden to hold rainwater
  • Heavenly Spheres: Make an elegant Japanese moss ball
  • Praise for Raised Beds: Join the raised bed revolution
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No. 25 – Plants & Plans

The Plants & Plans issue is full of garden design ideas for small gardens and big gardens. You can enjoy blooms all year long from spring to through fall with the planting plan outlined with sketches to show the diagram plan for planting. This is Garden Making No. 25.

Articles include:

  • Designing a border that blooms spring through fall, with diagrams to show the peak plants for each season
  • Big impact from small evergreens
  • How to grow bountiful blueberries
  • Highlights and recommendations from the major seed companies
  • New and notable plants for 2016
  • Planting with a purpose: Using plants for specific design purposes
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No. 24 – Garden Essentials

Released November 2015

Garden Essentials provides a delightful compendium of colourful planting plans, helpful plant lists for various situations, practical tips, advice about tools, planting plans for beds and borders, and much more.

The contents are designed for winter reflection, planning and inspiration for your garden.

Articles include:

  • 24 ways to dig, seed, plant, stake and prune your way to an amazing garden.
  • Smart choices for garden tools.
  • Perfect plants for shade, clay, slopes and more.
  • 6 planting plans for a beautiful border.
  • 10 pests you should care about.
  • Your guide to soil amendments.
  • What’s your planting zone?
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No. 23 – Great Gardens

Released August 2015

We celebrate 36 gorgeous home gardens in the issue with a newsmagazine sensibility. Many of the garden photos in the issue were taken this summer –  just a few weeks before going to press – because we wanted to provide a coast-to-coast sense of what home gardens were on tours this year in June and July 2015. (Usually, our photography is done nearly a year in advance.)

“One of the best ways to find out what will grow in your space or to pick a new design idea is to visit someone else’s garden,” says Garden Making Editor-in-Chief Beckie Fox. “Fortunately, gardeners are a friendly, sharing bunch, and many open their gardens to the public as part of organized fundraising events.”

The cover image is from the garden in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, of  Christopher Newton, who served as Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival from 1980-2002. This was one of the many gardens opened up to the public on garden tours this summer.

Other articles in the issue include:

  • How to organize a garden tour
  • Essays from gardeners in northern British Columbia, Manitoba and Newfoundland
  • Updates on 13 gardens previously featured in the magazine
  • The success of Open Garden Week in Hamilton, Ont.
  • How the Canadian invention of Seedy Saturdays has evolved
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No. 22 – Great Food

Released May 2015

“For this summertime issue, we decided to focus on growing edibles, because we think they’re the linchpins to the pleasures of a home garden,” says Garden Making Editor-in-Chief Beckie Fox. “After all, gardening keeps us healthy, and homegrown fruits and vegetables do, too.”

You’ll discover lots of expert growing tips for healthy fruits, vegetables and herbs in the issue. Some of the articles include:

  • Grow pop-in-your-mouth cherry tomatoes.
  • Rhubarb makes a grand entrance in the spring.
  • Foraging can result in a culinary cornucopia.
  • How to get the best from your basil.
  • Choosing a fruit tree.
  • Savour homegrown herbs year-round with easy preserving methods.
  • A profile of a stylish and productive kitchen garden in Ontario’s Northumberland Hills.
  • Simple, fun ideas to cultivate a child’s interest in gardening.
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No. 21 – Great Plants To Grow

Released February 2015

The cover features digiplexis, a tender perennial that’s a cross between the hardy common foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) and Isoplexis canarienis (also known as Digitalis canariensis), a tender Mediterranean shrub with orange flowers.

Digiplexis was available in Canada in 2014 and sold out quickly. One of the thrills of making a garden is trying new plants, and we have lots of suggestions for 2015 – both new plants and reliable favourites.

This is the 21st issue of Garden Making as we begin our sixth year of publishing. The issue includes articles on:

A fascinating profile of the garden of Mary Gore in Toronto, whose inspiring and enthusiastic love of plants results in a ravine-side oasis in the city.
Flowering spring ephemerals make a brief appearance, but a very welcome one.
Easy-going panicle hydrangeas for multi-season interest.
Ornamental grasses that take centre stage in a garden thanks to their fine textures, arching forms and alluring shades of red, copper, gold and green.
Succulents that can be enjoyed year-round, indoors and out.
Our yearly roundup of tempting new plants available in 2015. More new plant picks online.
A list of reliable favourites – flowers, shrubs, trees and bulbs – recommended by gardening experts. More favourite plant picks online.
How to use pest predators as biological controls to feast on insect pests that plague your plants.
Handy pruning guide with a seasonal schedule.
Much more, including propagating hellebores and plants for hummingbirds.

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No. 20 – Design Ideas

Released November 2014

Planning a new garden? Traveling to visit gardens for design ideas? Garden Making issue No. 20 focuses on garden design ideas. Articles in the issue include:

Articles in this issue include:

  • How to plan a new garden
  • Creating a dreamy white border
  • Punctuating your landscape
  • Gardens to visit for design tips

Beginning with this issue, and appropriate for our annual design issue, the cover was redesigned with a new placement for the Garden Making logo.

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No. 19 – Grow Easy

Released August 2014

Our approach to gardening: “Grow Easy.” Articles include:

  • Potentillas: Practically perfect shrubs
  • Low-growing sedums: Versatile and easy
  • A guide to storing tender bulbs
  • Learn how to vermicompost
  • Path to the past at a historic farmhouse
  • A sylvan paradise, complete with peacocks
  • Broccoli: Worth growing your own
  • A flower girl with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Excerpt from Des Kennedy’s new book, info on wasabi, saffron crocus
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No. 18 – How They Did It

Released May 2014

Three profiles illustrate the personal thinking and experimentation that characterize  beautiful home gardens. The process of finding and considering which gardens to feature is influenced by our mission to inspire and inform you. Our goal is to show how different situations and circumstances influence how a garden evolves. We then use a question-and-answer format to allow gardeners to tell the story of their garden – what influenced their design and the challenges they encountered.


  • Rural: A place to stop and unwind in Prince Edward Island.
  • Suburban: How choosing foliage over flowers created a colourful tapestry of texture and form.
  • Urban: Combining old and new in a downtown Toronto backyard results in carefully crafted vignettes.

Other articles:

  • Privacy matters: How to create a more secluded garden with style and substance, by Judith Adam
  • Edible hedges: How you can plant a barrier that yields berries, by Karen York
  • Plant combos: 8 combinations of plants for summer containers
  • Brugmansias: Tropical charmers for colour and fragrance, by Steven Biggs
  • Dwarf lilacs: Perfect choices for small spaces, by Judith Adam
  • Bees: Tips to help these vital pollinators throughout the year, by Lorraine Flanigan with photos by Janet Davis
  • Wildflowers: How to create beautiful wildflower bouquets, an excerpt from Miriam Goldberger’s new book, Taming Wildflowers
  • Cumcumbers: Growing cool and refreshing cucumbers, by Patrick Lima
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No. 17 – Plant Love

Released February 2014

By the time spring arrives, gardeners truly are lusting after plants, warm soil, sunshine and the chance to dig in, aren’t they?

This is a departure from our previous spring covers with images of spring trees in bloom (a magnolia in 2010 and crabapple in 2011), peonies in 2012 and pansies in 2013. We think the evocative image of an unfurling sweet pea captures the magical appeal of plants in our lives.

There was also a debate about whether sweet peas or primroses should be on the cover, and there are some enchanting images of double primroses with the plant profile in this issue. Of course, this is our “sowing and growing” issue with:

  • 40+ new plants to consider for 2014
  • 8 special veggies that add flavour to your meals, by Niki Jabbour
  • easy-t0-make hoop tunnels, also by Niki
  • guide to grow lights for seedlings and other plants, by Judith Adam

The garden profiles in this issue focus on:

  • enhancing a ravine setting in Toronto, by Lorraine Flanigan
  • a family garden of rescued plants on Vancouver Island, by Karen York
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No. 16 – Garden Design

Released November 2013

Foliage is front and centre. The design package includes articles about fancy-leaf begonias, plants with silver foliage and hardy ferns. You’ll also discover design ideas from features about Japanese-style gardens, three urban front-yard gardens and the best ways to light your landscape at night.

Our cover features a stunning urn planted and styled for Garden Making by Paul Zammit, the Nancy Eaton director of horticulture at Toronto Botanical Garden.

There’s a lot that goes into creating a new issue of Garden Making. Editor-in-Chief Beckie Fox, Design Director Gary Hall and contributors start planning a year in advance. Story ideas are discussed with freelancers and then assigned to writers and photographers from across Canada. Gary takes up the challenge of finding the right photography and illustrations for each topic and designing the pages.

In this issue, there are 36 pages on garden design as well as:

— The cross-country roundup of public gardens by Lorraine Flanigan, who toured Canada’s Garden Route by VIA Rail for us this summer. In the 12 pages you’ll find recommendations on what to see and do at each gardens.

— Plant Portrait: Astilbes, an easygoing perennial.
—  Growing sprouts, a good project for winter and fun for children.
— Gardener’s Notebook items about botanical art, the popularity of fairy gardens, how worms damage forests.

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No. 15 – Native Plant Know-How

Released August 2013

“Grow Easy” expresses our approach to gardening. This is issue No. 19 of Garden Making and includes:

  • Potentillas: Practically perfect shrubs
  • Low-growing sedums: Versatile and easy
  • A guide to storing tender bulbs
  • Learn how to vermicompost
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No. 14 – Roses

Released May 2013

“Roses tug at a gardener’s heartstrings, but they can bring heartbreak if they don’t survive our winters,” says Garden Making Editor-in-chief Beckie Fox. “Our feature describes 43 Canadian-bred roses that are as beautiful as they are dependable.”

And if roses aren’t your passion, there are plenty of other plant temptations in the summer issue:

  • Easygoing container plants
  • Excellent eggplants
  • Hardy haskaps
  • Edible flowers
  • Turfgrass alternatives
  • Downsized rudbeckia
  • Tall, columnar trees
  • Pondless waterfalls
  • Hand-held weeders
  • How to take great garden photographs
  • Figure-eight staking
  • Garden swings
  • Rooms for growth in a Toronto garden
  • A gardening life well tended in New Brunswick
  • Garden railways
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No. 13 – Pretty, Perfect Pansies

Released February 2013

Includes a roundup of 50 new plants for 2013 as well as a gorgeous feature on pretty, perfect pansies. In addition to features on new plants and pansies, plant portraits include:

  • Miniature irises with big impact
  • Triumph of trilliums
  • An urban prairie garden in Winnipeg
  • Passion for hostas in Sudbury, Ontario
  • Designing with natural stone
  • The great pesticide debate
  • Hardy azaleas
  • Growing cardoons
  • Downsized mock oranges
  • A visit to William Dam Seeds
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No. 12 – Design: Make a Great Entrance

Released November 2012

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No. 11 – Smart Tips Fall Planting

Released August 2012

Get advice and expert picks for easy-care succulents as well as smart tips for fall planting in the fall 2012 issue of Garden Making. Articles include:

  • Easy-care succulents
  • Smart tips for fall planting
  • 25 glowing Japanese maples
  • Forcing bulbs for gift-giving
  • Great vines for small spaces
  • Gourmet shallots
  • Winter squash
  • Saskatoon berries
  • A delightful garden in Nova Scotia
  • 12 scene-stealing asters
  • Garlic festivals.
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No. 10 – Creating Backyard Retreat

Released May 2012

The garden profiles will inspire your own garden making:

  • An artist in PEI uses colour for her inspiration
  • A couple in London, Ont., create a backyard retreat to suit their lifestyle
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No. 9 – Easy, Perfect Peonies

Released February 2012

Articles include:

  • Easy, perfect peonies
  • 40+ new plants for 2012
  • Sunny, showy forsythias
  • Lovely lungworts
  • Vegetables for small spaces
  • How to prune roses
  • How to select the right mulch
  • How to cope with clay soil
  • How to use landscape fabric
  • A serene urban garden in downtown Toronto
  • A West Coast garden with a collection of rhododendrons.
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No. 8 – The Design Issue

Released November 2011

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No. 7 – Smart Ways to Renew Your Garden

Released August 2011

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No. 6 – Captivating Clematis

Released May 2011

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No. 5 – Celebrate Spring

Released February 2011

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No. 4 – The Design Issue

Released November 2010

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No. 3 – How to Grow & Enjoy Dazzling Dahlias

Released August 2010

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No. 2 – Big, Bold Roses

Released May 2010

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Released February 2010

No. 1 – Magnolias

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Container Gardening Guide

Released April 2012

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