Cathy Kobza tells gardeners the buzz on bees at a recent Beach Garden Society meeting.
PHOTO: Mary Fran McQuade

Celebrating the B(ee) list

Everyone oohs and ahhs when they see butterflies in their garden, but most of us probably don’t get too excited when we see bees there. That’s changing – and for good reason. Those little bees that buzz around the flowers are indispensable to human life. I talked with apiarist (a.k.a. beekeeper) extraordinaire Cathy Kozma recently […]

Bulbs – something old, something new

At this time of year, you often see creatures bottoms up, digging in the ground, frantically burying things. I’m talking about gardeners. (Hah! Bet you thought I was referring to squirrels – which do act in much the same way.) Fall, of course, is prime time for planting bulbs that will flower in the first […]

Tips for surviving puppies in your posies

Mention dogs, and you have the immediate interest of every Beacher. Many of us (yeah, I’m one) love our dogs passionately. Some of us can’t stand the nosy, messy beasts. I’m not going to get into questions of courtesy, noise, leashes and poop-picking-up here. My focus is on gardens, and it’s occurred to me that […]

Small garden is big on personality

I have a soft spot for small gardens. It’s my belief that it’s easy to have a nice garden if you have lots of space. There’s room to experiment, to indulge in great patches of your favourite plants and to create an exciting design. I’ve seen plenty of the biggies: London’s Kew Gardens, the historic […]

This garden gang grows for others

Our beaches are full of fascinating things – swans, cygnets, ducks, ducklings, sweet-scented pineapple weed underfoot, four-leaf clovers. And the latest addition: the Beach Community Edible Garden. It’s been in the works for months, as you may have heard, and now it’s really putting down roots. Unlike other community gardens, this one isn’t there just […]

Gardening should be child’s play

Digging and seeding and watering in the garden is hard work, right? But look at it another way – through a child’s eyes – and it’s play. Digging is piling earth on toy trucks and moving it from place to place. Seeding goes along with getting on hands and knees to examine all the tiny […]

Things to grow in April

April is the naughty kid that holds the ball just out of your reach. You know, the kind who likes to tease dogs by holding out a treat and then snatching it back before they can get it. And April really likes to play tricks on gardeners, long after April Fool’s Day is past. She […]

Going for glam at Canada Blooms

“Look for the palm trees,” says Canada Blooms general manager Terry Caddo. We were talking about the upcoming garden show, running March 13 to 22 at the Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place. There’s been a lot of buzz about changes at Canada Blooms this year, so I tracked Terry down to get the scoop. […]

A weird and wonderful garden quiz

The days are longer, but the snow is deeper. While we wait out February and March, here’s a true/false garden quiz to amuse you. If you know how, you can grow a vampire orchid. Plant an onion, and you may find it “walking” to a new spot. The oldest living thing on earth is a […]

Meet the savories, beans’ BFFs

’Tis the season for announcements of “The 2015 [whatever] of the Year.” Depending on your interests, this is the Year of Light (United Nations), of Soils (UN again, its Food and Agriculture Organization) of the Coleus and of the Sweet Pepper (the last two declared by the U.S. National Garden Bureau). The Perennial Plant Association […]