A Regal Miscanthus: A Plant for Every Gardener
"Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’ is one of those charming plants that endears itself to the gardener because of its diminutive form. It is half the size of the cultivars previously mentioned yet seems to retain all of their desirable attributes...."
A Successful Landscape Starts with what is Below
Often little thought is given to this very precious and important resource and consequently one can spend years correcting soil related problems caused during construction while trying to establish a landscape....
A Year At Kew
I will spend the year completing an MSc in Plant Conservation (seed banking) and a foundation year for a PhD. Hence the term sabbatical and rest again....
Black Walnut Toxicity
Annual Success: Simple Steps for an Exotic Display
By following these simple steps, your annual display should pay dividends and reward you with an exotic display that is the showcase of the neighborhood....
Annual Success: The All-Stars
The annual scene was once passé; it was the fools that planted Marigolds and Petunias, Cosmos and Portulacca. The refined and knowledgeable individual pursued the perennial, the tree and the shrub with passion and dedication....
Before Winter: Large Caliper Tree Care
Although the tree may appear mature when purchased it is essentially in its infancy until it is fully rooted into the native soil. Success with newly planted trees can be ensured by following a few simple steps....
Classy Containers: Potscaping
"People have the ability to garden almost anywhere. In my travels, to remote parts of the world, there is a desire to grow plants even where local soils will not support the practice. The locals simply grow them in containers where almost any vessel is found as a suitable pot for that prized plant...."
"The cottage garden is a challenge; we often have to deal with minimal maintenance, dry rocky soils, windy venues and occasional wildlife problems, yet we want it to look good so that we can enjoy it...."
Dream Home, Dream Garden
"To ensure that your dream home is really your dream home, enhanced by a beautiful verdant landscape..." Originally published in 'HOME' Magazine.
Dressing for Winter: How To Keep Your Evergreen Warm
The idea behind wrapping or dressing evergreens is quite simple, by enclosing a plant in a cloth tent or cover, less foliage is exposed to drying winter winds reducing stress and ensuring happy healthy plants greet you in the spring....
Dressing the Garden: Decorating for Winter
Garden urns and planters can be further enhanced with a little creative dressing. Using material from the garden, that would otherwise be under the cover of snow, you can seasonalize and theme your landscape.
Elements of Design: Interplanting.
Putting plants together is one of the greatest challenges facing the gardener. There are so many variables that must be considered....
Fall of the Norway Maple (pt 2)
"I am not favoured amongst industry peers when I discuss my opinions of the Norway Maple..." Originally published in The London Free Press
Garden Colour: The Smart Way
Colour is a matter of eye and acceptance, what is good for one person and garden may not be acceptable elsewhere....
Gifts for the Garden Guru
"All I want for Christmas is my Felco Secateurs..."
Going Small: Dwarf Conifers
"Dwarf evergreens are an oddity in our landscapes. These miniature versions of their stately cousins are often viewed as ‘genetic freaks’ which in actuality, for most of them, bares true...."
Greening The Desert
Landscaping in this climate has severe limitations, water, heat, soils, plant availability, dust and of course the ongoing maintenance in such a dramatic climate....
Houseplant Help: Soil-salt and Showers
"While flushing these toxic salts from the soil, you are also washing the dust from their leaves. Leaves have pores, called stomata, which can become clogged...."
Icicle Pansies: For Spring and Autumn
"It really does not matter if you plant Icicle Pansies or ordinary Pansies, if you follow a few simple steps you are almost assured of success both in the autumn and spring...."
Leaf Litter: The Magic of Leaves
"Neighbours watch and wait, and shout across the street “that’s a lot of leaves you got there”, or the rare brave individual will volunteer to offer a leaf rake...."
Mulch Musings: Wood chips, compost, plant debris and leaves
I am a mulch fanatic, in fact if I had my way I would mulch the whole world, bare soil would never be seen amongst the plants....
"We are no longer interested in planting Aunt Betty’s Peony and are now becoming a nation of gardeners demanding and expecting much more from our local garden center...."
"Now that Christmas has passed, what to do with this Winter Rose?"
Pruning Improvement: Sharpen your Skills
"The first thing a horticulturist looks for when pruning is damaged, diseased or dead wood. The three D’s of pruning..."
Rules for Entertaining a Horticulturist
"Now there are a few rules you must adhere to if you have a horticulturist in the family or invite one to dinner...."
Seedy Business: Growing Plants from Seeds
"To grow a plant from seed is a miracle that all should experience. That tiny dried lump has the energy and desire to become the grandest tree or the most majestic flower...."
"Thailand gives gardeners a reason to smile..." Originally published in 'Landscape Trades' magazine.
The Best Job
"This interest and passion gave birth to a corporate policy that all company properties exemplify the finest in horticultural and landscape management practices..." Originally published in 'Ontario Gardener Beautiful Gardens' magazine.
"Seeds are a wonderful source for developing a new garden. Those with the temperament to grow one's own seeds will find it a rewarding experience..." Originally published in The London Free Press.
Time To Bloom: Communities in Bloom
"Communities in Bloom is a non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride and environmental responsibility through community participation and the challenge of a national competition...."
Tomorrow I Plant the Bulbs
"In the hope of encouraging my fellow gardeners to explore new bulb varieties, I will share some of my favourites with you..." Originally published in The London Free Press.
Tree Toppings: Topped or Crown Reduced?
Trees should not be topped but should be crown reduced, making smaller cuts but adhering to proper pruning practices....
A list of trees, classified by height and by form.