The gardening season for Thunder Bay parks in Ontario starts on the first full moon in June — that’s when parks staff start emptying the greenhouses of the thousands of annuals grown for the many parks that green city streets and byways, and plant them into the carefully prepared beds. When I visited on June 14, Canada’s Garden Day, the lilacs were perfuming the air and … [Read more...] about Thunder Bay parks make the most of a short season
Marvelling at the creative plantings of the perennial borders, the herb garden and the colourful rose garden, you could be forgiven for not realizing that you’ve just walked into an outdoor classroom. This garden is one of a kind. Modelled after Britain’s Kew and the only horticultural teaching garden in North America, the School of Horticulture at the Niagara Parks Botanical … [Read more...] about Learning by growing at Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
You never know what you might encounter at Vancouver's VanDusen Botanical Garden. From the strikingly beautiful rammed earth wall that hugs the "living building" at the entrance, to the breathtaking laburnum walk in spring, the display of roses in summer and the brilliant fall foliage of the Japanese maples that surround Heron Lake, this city garden entices exploration, no … [Read more...] about Vancouver’s VanDusen: An ever-changing garden
So many of the gardens I’ll be visiting on this cross-country tour of Canada’s public gardens are putting me to work! On May 15, I’ll be reporting for duty at Victoria’s Butchart Gardens bright and early at 6 a.m. (so much for lingering over a sumptuous breakfast at Abigail’s…), ready to assume my job as the newest member of the gardening crew. My instructions are to “wear … [Read more...] about Have Blundstones, will travel to Canada’s public gardens!