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Up Table Mountain for a sensational, panoramic, top of the world view

Our decision to go up Table Mountain has been in the balance for a few days because of fluctuating weather conditions. The sky needs to be totally blue without a cloud in it for a...

Down the Cape Peninsula to spectacular Cape of Good Hope

For our second day in South Africa, we first headed downtown to visit the Company Gardens in the heart of the city. This was a lovely way to start the day. I told everyone that...

South Africa garden tour begins in Cape Town

Sept 8 - Today, I am in South Africa to lead an exciting 14 day garden tour out of Cape Town with visits to Namaqualand, the Western Cape and Stellenbosch wine areas along the...

Garden Tour Reunion Party was a blast with lots of fun memories

The Garden Tours Reunion Party on Sept 2 - a celebration of the 22 garden tours I have led over the past nine years - was a big success. Eight-two people attended the event at...

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...

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