Category Archives: Gardening

Road trip: Brondanw Estate gardens, Wales

Nestled in Wales’s Snowdonia National Park, the historic Brondanw Estate gardens, designed by celebrated architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis (creator of Portmeirion tourist village), draws visitors in with its gorgeous Arts and Crafts-style landscape, and keeps them there with its whimsical accents. Peppered with winks of turquoise, the property is as unexpected as it is unforgettable. Here are the highlights. 1

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Road trip: Brodanw Estate gardens, Wales

Nestled in Wales’s Snowdonia National Park, the historic Brondanw Estate gardens, designed by celebrated architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis (creator of Portmeirion tourist village), draws visitors in with its gorgeous Arts and Crafts-style landscape, and keeps them there with its whimsical accents. Peppered with winks of turquoise, the property is as unexpected as it is unforgettable. Here are the highlights. 1

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Garden tour: Elegant backyard retreat

It’s easy to see why Montreal-based interior designer Scott Yetman and husband Jean Michel Lavoie named their country home Sans Souci, French for “without a care.” The house, a 1950s-era bungalow, sits on 2.5 hectares in Knowlton, Quebec, that include an oval-shaped swimming pool, a tennis court and extensive gardens. The couple had been visiting the home as guests for

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Plant profile: Ornamental onions

The jaunty, spherical blooms of ornamental onions (or alliums) add colour, height and architectural interest to the late spring/early summer border and come in an enticing array of shapes and sizes guaranteed to suit virtually any garden style from field to formal. DRUMSTICK ALLIUM Not as widely planted as The Big Three spring-flowering bulbs (crocuses, daffodils and tulips), alliums perform

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Sugar maple

Together with paperbark birches and red maples, our native sugar maple (Acer saccharum) is one of the three trees most responsible for the magnificent fall colours that have made our eastern forests famous all around the world. Hardy to Zone 4, individual sugar maples often live to more than 200 years old, and shortly after the autumnal equinox their dark

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How to: Preserve flowers and herbs

Time is on your side when it comes to making dried flowers for arrangements, potpourri and all sorts of crafts, or preserving delicious herbs to use all winter. FlowersAir-dryingOne of the simplest methods, this can be done several ways: Pick flowers, such as baby’s breath, goldenrod, heather, lavender and statice (Limonium sinuatum cvs.), just before they peak, strip the leaves

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How to outwit winter

“I’m turnIng over a new leaf and stIckIng to zone-approprIate plantsfrom now on.” – Stephen Westcott-Gratton It was another crazy “reverse summer,” with record-breaking hot, dry conditions in the West, severe drought on the Prairies and wet, cooler weather in much of the eastern half of the country. Given these anomalies, it may surprise you to learn that I’ve spent

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Natural beauty: Oats

Oats (Avena sativa) are a highly prized natural ingredient. The ones you find at your local market are lightly roasted (which makes them shelf stable), then rolled out or split (steel-cut oats). In addition to making our favourite stick-to-your-ribs breakfast cereal, oats contain amino acids that may maintain the skin’s natural barrier function, calm inflammation and repair damaged skin. They

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