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From the Portland Tribune: Portland Collector Shows Off Prized Japanese Art

Having begun on November 20 and running through January 30, “Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Changing Tastes in Japanese Woodblock Prints” is Portland…

Weaving Transformation

Overnight, it seemed, the Kapnick Caribbean Garden lawn transformed from grassland to wonderland as sculptor Patrick Dougherty — the “Stickman”…

The Ultimate Lucky Bamboo Care Guide

The lucky bamboo, with its twisty shape and sculptural design, is a plant that’s hard to miss and resist! These…

Word of the Week: Deciduous

Deciduous trees fall mostly in the category of broadleaf trees, though there are a few conifers, such as larches and…

Saving Seeds from Onions and Leeks

Various varieties of onions (Allium cepa) are widely grown in home gardens. They, and related species such as leeks (Allium…

Mushrooms in the Wild

By Mary-Jane Pilgrim, Master Gardener Go for a hike in the woods in November, and you’ll see plants you’ve probably…

TOWARDS A BOTANICAL GARDEN CENTERED IN OTTAWA – FUN IN THE FALL GARDEN!

Welcome to Autumn in this most capital garden! When Canada glows with red, yellow and orange, Canadensis – The Garden…

The Great Chrysanthemum Comeback

Chrysanthemums are making a comeback. You heard it here first. How do I know? I’ll tell you; because it’s inevitable.…

Toxic Plants for Dogs and Cats, and Safe Flowers

It is important to be aware of plants and flowers are toxic for dogs and cats. This list can vary…

An afternoon of gin making

 “How do you fancy spending an afternoon making gin?” was the irresistible question from my friend.  We were having one…

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SHRUB: Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic It is in autumn that…

Veggie Bites – Rose Petal Jelly

Veggie Bites – Rose Petal Jelly

The rose I went for is the one I know as Frontenac.…

“Annuals” You Can Overwinter!

“Annuals” You Can Overwinter!

By Linda Peacock, Master Gardener, SCMG It is that time – frost…

Container Gardening

Container Gardening

Article for the Puslinch Pioneer, by Heather Rajotte Q: I want to…

Growing nutritious vegetables

Growing nutritious vegetables

Jim Fitzgerald has shared the presentation he made to the Stratford Horticultural…

Featured Plants

Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed

This milkweed species is known for its ability to thrive in swampy areas and wet meadows. Despite its love of…

False Solomon’s Seal

False Solomon’s Seal

This plant grows from 30 to 75 cm tall. It has a zigzagging stalk at the tip of which is…

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

The bloodroot flower resembles a water lily and has 8–16 white petals around a golden yellow centre. There are two…

Silver Maple

Silver Maple

The silver maple is very similar to the red maple. The difference is its leaves turn yellow or brown and…

Balsam Fir

Balsam Fir

Other names: Canada Balsam, Sapin blanc It is widely used as a Christmas tree and for wreaths. It smells great!…

Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus

Canada’s only native cactus is a great conversation piece. Prickly Pear Cactus (Opundia) is a unique addition to any garden,…

On treating Bugs – Good and Bad

Best Bugs: Beneficial Insects For Your Garden

Best Bugs: Beneficial Insects For Your Garden

Not all insects are pests! In fact, the opposite is true. There are many beneficial insects – aka good bugs…

OBA & CAPA Winterloss Reports

OBA & CAPA Winterloss Reports

 Recently, the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) released a preliminary report on the reported winterloss percentages across Canada. The report shows…

I’m sharing my herbs with caterpillars

I’m sharing my herbs with caterpillars

Days after I was moaning about seeing no butterflies in my garden, a big rain came – and soon afterwards…

2018 Garden Trends: Containers, Privacy, Pollinators

2018 Garden Trends: Containers, Privacy, Pollinators

December 26, 2017  With a year of conferences, tests, trials and garden visits under our belts, we’re excited to tell…

How To Get Rid Of Aphids (and Save Plants)

How To Get Rid Of Aphids (and Save Plants)

Aphids, small piecing, sucking, leaf eating, troublesome pests, are common on outdoor plants and on houseplants. Aphids are easily brought…

Rain Garden Attracts New Species at Risk Bumble Bee

Rain Garden Attracts New Species at Risk Bumble Bee

The post Rain Garden Attracts New Species at Risk Bumble Bee appeared first on Royal Botanical Gardens.

Choosing Plants for a Butterfly Garden

Choosing Plants for a Butterfly Garden

What are good butterfly garden plants? What child isn’t fascinated by butterflies? Butterflies are charming and beautiful, they are also…

FERTILIZER FOR GROWING COFFEE AT HOME

Many people cannot get enough coffee and start growing coffee plants in their homes! It is essential to…

Growing nutritious vegetables

Growing nutritious vegetables

Jim Fitzgerald has shared the presentation he made to the Stratford Horticultural Society. Lots of good stuff in…

Veggie Bites – Broccoli

Veggie Bites – Broccoli

I will try growing some radishes around my broccoli to distract the flea beetles; they love radish leaves.…

Veggie Bites – A Egg!

Veggie Bites – A Egg!

As I opened up their enclosure, I noticed something that made my day. An egg!! They had not…

Value Your Food! Food Saving Tips for Reducing Food Waste

Value Your Food! Food Saving Tips for Reducing Food Waste

As Extension Master Gardeners, we help educate our local communities about the benefits of growing our own tasty,…

Pollinators

I’m sharing my herbs with caterpillars

I’m sharing my herbs with caterpillars

Days after I was moaning about seeing no butterflies in my garden, a big rain came – and soon afterwards came three butterflies. One was an Eastern Black Swallowtail, and I…

How Smart Are Bumblebees?

How Smart Are Bumblebees?

We often wonder about how smart certain non-human animals are, including bumblebees. There are numerous creatures whose intelligence is on full display and has been observed and analyzed to a…

Have you noticed fewer pollinators in 2020?

Have you noticed fewer pollinators in 2020?

Have you noticed fewer butterflies in your garden in 2020? For me, the bees have been plentiful, including the native ones, but butterflies of any sort? Remarkably few. It’s probably not…

Governments Providing Additional Supports for Ontario Beekeepers

Governments Providing Additional Supports for Ontario Beekeepers

 The Governments of Canada and Ontario are launching a new targeted beekeeper intake to support and strengthen the health of managed honey bees and Ontario’s beekeeping sector. Under the Canadian Agricultural…

Essential Practices for Beekeepers in Ontario

Essential Practices for Beekeepers in Ontario

A comprehensive resource for beekeepers, and developed in partnership with OMAFRA and the OBA, with input from the University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre and Niagara College, Essential Practices…

Douglas Tallamy and Nature’s Best Hope

Douglas Tallamy and Nature’s Best Hope

This is a summary of a video posted on YouTube by Doug Tallamy, an entomologist and author of Nature’s Best Hope. You are nature’s best hope. There are millions of…

Choosing Plants for a Butterfly Garden

Choosing Plants for a Butterfly Garden

What are good butterfly garden plants? What child isn’t fascinated by butterflies? Butterflies are charming and beautiful, they are also very important for the health and well-being of the world…

Special Interests

5 Things You Need to do to your Pond for Spring

Spring is coming at us fast, and I can’t wait for it to get here (and not only because my kayak paddle is in the…

Don’t Hit That Ice!

Don’t Hit That Ice!

An ice cap over your pond is not a great thing. It prevents gas exchange between the air and your water. Gas exchange is important…

Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice and Gale’s Garden & Water Feature Installation

Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice and Gale’s Garden & Water Feature Installation

The Greater Ottawa Water Garden Horticultural Society (GOWGHS) has been raising funds to install community projects around the Ottawa area…

How to stop Koi fish from flashing

How to stop Koi fish from flashing

traditional ornamental fish in pond, beautiful koi The other day, I was at a friend’s place, admiring her pretty koi pond in the backyard. However,…

Book Review: The Overstory

Book Review: The Overstory

I just finished reading The Overstory by Richard Powers. I highly recommend it to any gardener who would typically hold a set of values related…