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thu16apr7:30 pm8:30 pmGarden design – Looking at the Elements and Principles of DesignsGuest Speaker: Mary Ann Van Berlo7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Event Organized By: Nepean Horticultural Society

tue05may7:00 pm9:00 pmPostponedPOSTPONED! 2020 Master Gardener lecture "Colour through the Seasons"Master Gardeners Candace Dressler and Rob Stuart focuses on perennials that will introduce colour to your gardens throughout the year.7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Organized By: Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

wed06may7:00 pm9:00 pm2020 Annual General MeetingWith Lucy Liu, NCC landscape architect.7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Organized By: Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

sat09may9:30 am4:30 pmIODE Laurentian Chapter 59th Annual House and Garden TourDecades of Design9:30 am - 4:30 pm Event Organized By: IODE Laurentian Chapter




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Soil Calculator and Raised Garden Bed Basics

It is imperative that soil contains vitamins, nutrients, and organic matter that can feed the plants, as well as give the roots plenty of room to expand. As more people have limited access to large lots of land with loose, rich soil, raised beds and container gardens are becoming a popular option.

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Patio Trees: Best Potted Trees For Flower, Fragrance and Patio

Here’s the deal on potted patio trees. Every balcony, deck, and patio can use a least one small patio tree. These container trees range from 3′ to 8′ feet tall and are easy to move around if needed. Potted trees bring height to a small area and tight space, especially on a balcony.

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Make a Mini Formal Garden

Miniature gardens are adapted from Japanese bonsai gardens, taking the idea of shaping and caring for a miniature tree for relaxation and creating a new way of gardening.

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How Solar Powered Landscape Lighting Can Add Beauty To The Garden

Adding solar powered landscape lighting and other features to your landscape is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to make excellent use of the clean, abundant energy from the sun. Solar technology becomes more efficient and affordable by the day, and is an excellent source of low-voltage power for a wide variety of landscape features and functions.

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Backyard Landscaping Ideas For Small Yards

A townhouse garden can be a place to getaway, enjoy nature, go tropical or just getting outside. The smallest backyard and garden, well-arranged and decorated, can be a gem of artistic merit. A fortune does not have to be spent on plant material, landscape bricks or pavers, or a wealth of material used like decorative pottery and water features. Continue reading to learn more about small yard landscaping ideas.

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How to Mow Stripes in your Lawn

The striped effect is achieved when light reflects off of the blades of grass bent in different directions, creating the dark and light patterns. It’s the same effect you’ll notice after running your hand back and forth across a suede jacket or a thick carpet.

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How to Grow Your Own Topiary

Topiaries are plants that have been pruned and trained to grow into distinct decorative shapes. They’re basically slow-growing artistic masterpieces. Whether you grow them geometrically or fanciful like spirals, spheres or even elephants, the options are endless.

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Urban And Peri-Urban Agriculture Best Practice Catalogue

After almost a year of implementation, MADRE releases its Best Practice Catalogue on urban and peri-urban agriculture. Developed by ANIMA Investment Network, it highlights the best practices identified in the 6 metropolises associated with the project, in terms of farmers’ innovation, social innovation, consumer innovation, academic research, territorial innovation and transnational innovation.

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2018 Garden Trends: Containers, Privacy, Pollinators

With a year of conferences, tests, trials and garden visits under our belts, we’re excited to tell you about the big ideas we think will be influencing the gardening world in the months ahead. Beyond popular colors and new varieties, big-picture themes always emerge on the world (gardening) stage that prompt designers and plant breeders to shift their work towards our changing needs. This year, most of what we see heading your way has to do with population, technology, cooperation over competition, and plants that solve problems. Keep reading to see what we’ve been taking note of!

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Designing a Small Garden – Old Ottawa South Garden Club

Kevin talked about his experience working with several garden nurseries and a garden designer/stone mason, before establishing his design, build, plant and maintain business. During the evening, he illustrated principles for the garden design process and listed some favourite plants for the small garden.

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Tips for your Spring Pond To-Do List

That bane of pond health, organic debris, has slipped into your pond over the winter. There’s just no way that I’m aware of to avoid it. Every new Spring means cleaning out your pond.

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5 Things You Need to be Ready for Spring

…sludge and buildup that needs to be vacuumed out, and if you can get it out of there before the water warms up to let the rot and anaerobic bacteria really get revved up, you can save yourself a TON of troubles throughout the rest of the year

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