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How’s retirement? It’s about time and making the most of it

It’s been a few months since I stopped working at the Vancouver Sun after 38 years - although it was closer to 50 years in journalism as I started in newspapers in 1968 in...

Why I’m feeling glad all over because these flowers are all mine

Some friends brought us a huge bouquet of gladioli the other day - four bunches containing red, purple, orange and peach ones. They were barely in flower when they arrived, but they have since started...
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Why my garden deserves a much better gardener

You might think I am making excuses, but I'm pretty sure all the problems I have with my garden today can be traced back to the fact that I wasn’t here to do work...
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Do hostas look better with or without their flowers?

Do hostas look better with or without their flowers? Many people don't like the flowers and cut them off the moment they appear on their long stalks. Other love the flowers and would never think of...

Japanese courtyard a lovely addition to Agnes Mendoza’s East Vancouver garden

I remember the first time I met Agnes Mendoza. It was back in 2004. I was driving west along McGill in East Vancouver when I spotted this garden at the corner of Slocan. I...

Next stop, Cape Town, South Africa for a 15-day tour

In September, I will be heading back to Cape Town, South Africa, to lead my second garden tour there. In 2012, I led a tour out of Cape Town along the Garden Route, calling...

See the wonders of India on this exciting 14-day tour

  July 9, 2017 Today, I am happy to announce the launch of my next garden tour - an exclusive 14-day trip to India in February with the option of a six-day add-on to explore the...

Grand Garden Tour Reunion Gala planned for Sept. 2

If you've been with us on a garden tour, you'll be interested to know that we have a Grand Garden Tour Reunion Gala planned for Sept. 2. It will be held at the Shadbolt Centre...
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Amazing art of stone balancing but is it garden sculpture?

Not sure what this has to do with gardening, except that I saw this demonstration at the Chelsea Flower Show in May and was quite amazed. Here you see artist Adrian Grey balancing a very...

Return to Free Spirit to see old friends, buy new plants

It’s been ages since I last saw my friends Lambert and Marjanne Vrijmoed, owners of Free Spirit Nursery on 32nd Avenue in Langley. I’m not sure why we haven’t seen more of each other over...

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