Stainless steel garden sculpture

Gardening forecast: Hello, tech-nature!

As trend predicting goes, you’d think proclamations about gardeners and gardening would be a snooze fest. I mean, what’s there to say? Pink roses are in, yellow daffs are out? Now’s the time to rock that shorter handled spade you’ve had your eye on? Surprisingly, the Garden Media Group‘s annual trends report has consistently dished up…

5 best garden ideas from Canada Blooms

Going fabulously fake. Super-sizing. Turning the practical into art. There are plenty of I-can-do-that garden ideas designed for maximum wow at Toronto’s Canada Blooms, the annual festival of all things horticultural in full swing all this week. Here are my top five ‘likes’. Click on any photo to start each slideshow for more details. 1. Try un-natural:…

Stone sculptures of sheep

Forget shamrocks, plant stones

The “Wild Atlantic Way” at this week’s Canada Blooms garden festival brought a bit of green and lovely Ireland to frozen Toronto. Like the country itself, the bright pop-up garden sprouted a variety of hefty stones representing the monumental, the practical and the hysterical. A mini dolmen or portal tomb (a low arch created by two…

Living wall attached to brick-like fence.

Growing up: The vertical garden

At Toronto’s Canada Blooms, the country’s largest flower and garden festival, the trend in growing vertically has grown up–gorgeous, smart, sophisticated examples were everywhere. This should come as no surprise given the appeal: great for small urban spaces and for turning plants into art, literally. Here are some highlights.

View of the forest near Island Lake Lodge, Fernie, B.C.

Take a forest bath

March Break is here. Have all your friends headed south for some de-stressing and re-warming? Same here. But, while everyone I know is about to hoist a margarita on a beach somewhere, I’ve got my own instant mood-alteration strategy. I’m going to take a cue from the Japanese and go on a shinrin-yoku–a forest bathing…