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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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This hummingbird was worth waiting for

When I got this fabulous echeveria Blue Rose hanging basket the other day from WIG nursery in Burnaby, Alfred Kwan, the owner, advised me to cut off the flower stalks. "The beauty is in the...

Two new pillars lift my garden to new heights

Well, it certainly looks as if the obsession with honeysuckle pillars that I caught at Powis Castle Garden in North Wales earlier this month has already taken hold in my garden. At the weekend, I...

Who knew Irish gardens could be this exotic and eclectic

When I went to see gardens in Ireland a few weeks ago, I really expected to see pretty much the same kind of plant material we have in our gardens here in Vancouver. I knew...

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