|Photograph by: Tom Lusk|
Winter is here – technically speaking. Some of us have been experiencing the cold and snow for a few weeks, whereas others are yet to have a proper taste of it. Either way, we’re all experiencing less daylight and reduced activity in our gardens – it’s the perfect time to slow down and read a bit more.
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Why Grow Native Plants?
By Peter Scholtens Verbinnen’s Nursery
Many of the popular plants in today’s gardens are imported from other parts of the world. In fact, there are companies that specialize in going overseas to find new plants to introduce to the North American landscape..
Gardening from the Heart
By Sarah Coulber
Janice Weidman bought her Winnipeg, Manitoba, property back in 1979 and has lovingly tended this small urban lot ever since. And while she only has 650 square metres to play with, Janice has nevertheless packed it with a host of plants that benefit both her and the remarkable variety of wild animals that visit – in a manner that benefits us all.
In 1982, Majella Larochelle was known in the U.S. as a seed source with a selection of more than 4,200 items. With time, and after visits to many rock and alpine gardens, he decided to specialize in alpine plants.
By Sarah Jones
The black-capped chickadee is one of six species of chickadee in Canada and occupies a wide range, spanning across the provinces of Newfoundland to British Columbia and north into the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
By Sarah Coulber
The eastern white cedar can grow to 15 to 20 metres tall, its western relation, the western red cedar, can reach a whopping 60 metres. Both can live several hundred years.
Our native trees and shrubs provide important year-round habitat for many animals, including this male northern cardinal, found in eastern Canada..
1. Photos within Guest Column: John Verbinnen
2. Photos within Feature Creature: Jeff Sorbie
3. Photos within Feature Garden: Carla Barkman
4. Photos within Feature Nursery: Majella Larochelle
5. Photos within Feature Plant: Sarah Coulber
6. Feature Wallpaper Photo: Tom Lusk