A fairy tale garden in Cuba

Upon a recent visit to Vinales village, in Cuba’s tobacco growing valley, the most intriguing attraction in town was the Jardin Botanico de Caridad.

Book Review // Gardenista: The definitive guide to stylish outdoor spaces

Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces by Michelle Slatalla with the editors of the website Gardenista (2016)  389 pages, $24 U.S. I enjoyed reading this book from Michelle Slatalla, by the editor-in-chief of the lifestyle blog, also named Gardenista.com.  This would make a wonderful gift for someone who is into garden design and home renovating. All the case…

Book Giveway and Review // The New Canadian Garden

First of all, I am having a book giveaway!  Mark Cullen has kindly donated a signed copy of his recent book, The New Canadian Gardener (2016), for me to give away to a reader.  All you need to do to enter is go to the end of this article, and leave a comment!  I will select a winner and mail…

Finca agroecologica El Paraiso: an organic farm-to-table delight

In March 2015, I visited a wonderful organic farm in Vinales Valley, Cuba, called Finca agroecologica El Paraiso.  Cuba is known as the most valuable demonstration of organic farming in the world today as it has been farming without petroleum inputs since the collapse of the Soviet Union around 1989. Here is the recipe for their famous…

Plants for the shade garden — from Through the Garden Gate Kingsway

Last June (2016), I attended the Toronto Botanical Garden’s Through the Garden Gate tour of 18 Kingsway gardens. These upscale homes are in south Etobicoke, mostly on large ravine lots overlooking the Humber Valley. Their visionary developer Robert Home Smith, who built them around the First World War, wanted to create “A bit of England, far from England.”  Robert…

Frankie’s story

This is the story of a famous musician’s cat and how my fellow gardener Steve at Edwards Gardens gave him a new home.

Niagara College Apiary’s first honey harvest promotes new beekeeping program

October 21, 2016 at Niagara-on-the-Lake Curious students and teachers watched as bee technologist Jay Thatcher stood on a ladder in the Niagara College greenhouse, inserting a wooden tray into a stainless steel honey extractor. The tray from a beehive was covered with honeycomb and glistening liquid-filled cells. After the honey extractor was turned on, it…