Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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 had noticed it once before but this time it had grown considerably. I stopped and went and knocked on the door of the house and Agnes...

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 at Stellenbosch and Knysna on route before leaving the Western Cape to jump over to Durban and Swaziland and on to Johannesburg. This time, we will...

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 spectacular Kochi backwaters. This is the most exotic, colourful and spicy destination we have ever visited. In the past, we have taken tours to China, Japan, South...

Love me tender: it’s the hottest new trend in clematis and exotic vines

People don't care anymore when they buy a clematis if it dies at the end of summer. They just want to have good flower impact on their patio, balcony or deck for a few months. After, they don't care what happens to the vine. This according to Rob Wein, one of the owners of Clearview Horticultural, the biggest grower of clematis...

Time to see great gardens in England, Wales and Ireland

Today I am heading to the UK to lead two garden tours in England, Wales and Ireland, starting in Manchester, then to the Lake District and North Wales, then over to Dublin and southern Ireland and from there down to London for the magnificent Chelsea Flower Show. More than 60 people are coming with me; 30 on each tour. It is going to wonderful. To get...

Hot new perennials for my sunny border

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First thing this morning, I found room for a bunch of new perennials in a sunny spot already home to some ornamental grasses and weigela and burgundy and lime green ninebark. I put in six Coreopsis Uptick, considered the “kings of summer” and have the added appeal of being hybrids of a native North America species. The names of the ones I planted...

BC garden centres still hoping for big sales

It's been a crippling spring for garden centres in Metro Vancouver. Rain, rain and more rain has kept gardeners indoors. And exceptionally cold weather has put flowering times behind, some say by as much as a month. It is May, but it feels like early April. Garden centres have had the worst April sales in years. Last year, it was the opposite....

Goodbye The Vancouver Sun

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April 21 was my last day at The Vancouver Sun, after 38 years, 26 of which were spent writing gardening stories. My last column was in the paper April 22. I am not forlorn, just sad that the decline of the newspaper resulted in such serious staff reductions. I still believe people here want a newspaper they can be proud of -...

Time to fall in love with rhododendrons

  Williamsianum Taurus Sappho PJM Ken Janeck Cinnabarium Impeditum Hotei Dora Amateis Augustinii 10 OF THE BEST FOR YOUR GARDEN AND WHERE TO GO TO SEE MORE April and May are prime months to see rhododendrons at their best. Since it has been such a cool, sunless spring, many rhododendrons have been slow to bloom. The good news is that the ones that did bloom were able to hold their flowers a little longer...

Hurrah for Garden Starters

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I just received by shipment of "plug plants" packages from Garden Starters, the mail-out service provided by DeVry's Greenhouses, of Chilliwack. This is a new service that allows you to select annuals, herbs and vegetables and have them grown for you and delivered as baby "plug plants" to your door. It is an interesting way of buying plants online. The saving...

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