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26 Plants that Clean and Purify Air

26 Plants that Clean and Purify Air

15 min read
Among plants that clean and purify air by filtering gases such as formaldehyde, xylene, ammonia, toluene, and benzene, Florist’s Mum is best.
The weird and wacky plants quiz

The weird and wacky plants quiz

2 min read

Weird and wacky plants is one of my favourite subjects to talk about. I just can’t believe how many amazing and unusal plants there are out there –…

Pollinator-friendly Perennials for the Fall Garden

Pollinator-friendly Perennials for the Fall Garden

1 min read

By Colleen Zacharias, Master Gardener The signs are all around us. The shrinking populations of insects the world over is due to the effects of climate change and…

How to Grow, Plant, Cure and Store Garlic

How to Grow, Plant, Cure and Store Garlic

10 min read
This is a complete guide on growing garlic, including how to plant garlic, when to plant, weed control, watering, curing and more. Read on.
How To Preserve A Carved Pumpkin

How To Preserve A Carved Pumpkin

6 min read
Take steps with your carved (or uncarved) pumpkin to keep it looking fresh and beautiful, and preserve your carved pumpkin to last longer.
October: Preparing Your Vegetable Garden For Winter

October: Preparing Your Vegetable Garden For Winter

1 min read

Add organic matter to your vegetable garden to restore the nutrients that this summer’s crops have absorbed.  Remove all crop residue and weeds.  Once the soil surface is…

Do You Have A Check List Of Fall Gardening?

Do You Have A Check List Of Fall Gardening?

10 min read
Cool weather makes getting things done easier, especially when you’re in less of a rush than when doing spring chores.
On the Meaning of a Lily: Colour is Key

On the Meaning of a Lily: Colour is Key

6 min read
While the delightful white lily is a popular choice to adorn weddings, learn the other ways to give lilies as a gift full of deep meaning. 

Latest Posts

Filoli’s Medicinal Garden

October 26, 20214 min read
Filoli’s Medicinal Garden

Temperatures are cooling and autumn is taking hold of the landscape. It’s time for us to bid a fond farewell to the Fruitful Garden exhibit! This horticultural display highlighted the gifts of edible, medicinal, and pollinator plants with a vibrant…

Bird-friendly holiday giving guide

October 26, 20214 min read
Bird-friendly holiday giving guide

With the holiday season coming up quickly, our team at Birds Canada wanted to share these gift ideas with you. Find something special for your loved ones AND make a meaningful impact for birds!   Bird-Inspired Yarn For those who…

A new guide to support action on climate change and biodiversity loss in the Prairies

October 26, 20213 min read
A new guide to support action on climate change and biodiversity loss in the Prairies

By Ian Cook, Grassland Conservation Manager, Birds Canada   A new guide has been released to support cattle producers and landowners in the Prairies in taking action against climate change and biodiversity loss. The Climate and Biodiversity Friendly Production Practices…

Can you help? Volunteers needed to survey birds along the British Columbia coast

October 26, 20212 min read
Can you help? Volunteers needed to survey birds along the British Columbia coast

By Dr. Rémi Torrenta, BC Projects Coordinator, Birds Canada   Birds Canada is currently seeking new volunteers for our BC Coastal Waterbird Survey and BC Beached Bird Survey. Please take a look at the program information below to see if…

Word of the Week: Trimorphic

October 25, 20211 min read
Word of the Week: Trimorphic

In botany, a species is trimorphic when three distinct forms of leaves or flowers are found on the same plant or on separate plants of the same species during a life cycle. A familiar example is Sassafras albidum, a native…

How to Properly Store Herbs & Spices (Are They Still Good?)

October 25, 20211 min read
How to Properly Store Herbs & Spices (Are They Still Good?)

Learn the best way to store dry herbs and spices for best flavor and how to know when it’s time to replace them. ©2021 Melissa J. Will | Empress of Dirt

Our Top 10 Dahlias of 2021

October 24, 202112 min read
Our Top 10 Dahlias of 2021

As the dahlia season draws to a close, it’s time to celebrate those that dazzled during this uniquely cool and wet year. We ended the last growing season by lifting all of our tubers from our allotment – over seventy…

Climate Change Adaptation for Gardeners

October 24, 202111 min read
Climate Change Adaptation for Gardeners
We discuss climate change adaptation strategies which gardeners can control. How can gardeners help mitigate and adapt for positive effects?

Featured Plants

Cup Plant

Cup Plant

Cup plant, Silphium perfoliatum, is a beautiful native Ontario plant. Its large stature, (6 to 9 feet tall), and wide, tapered leaves are further complemented by an abundance of open yellow…

Lesser pyrole

Lesser pyrole

A bit of a mystery plant, there is very little information on it. Research shows 5 main types of Pyrola plants. Wintergreens prefer damp and shady locations in woods. They…

Wintergreen

Wintergreen

Excellent ground cover for shady areas auch as woodland gardens, rock gardens, foundations or native plant areas. Plants are an interesting complement to other acid-loving shrubs such as azaleas, rhododendrons,…

Blue Cohosh and Its’ Benefits

Blue Cohosh and Its’ Benefits

Blue Cohosh is popular due to its’ benefits as a women’s health supplement. Blue Cohosh roots and flowers were widely used by Native Americans as an herbal medicine to treat a…