Redefining Life Outdoors

One of the best things about living on Vancouver Island is the ability to enjoy the great outdoors throughout most of the year. Gardens, once limited to growing flowers and vegetables or providing a place for kids to play, are now considered outdoor living rooms.

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No Space? No Time? No Worries. Grow a Container Garden

Many of us have neither the time or space to grow a fabulous garden. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have one! Yes, believe it or not, this entire garden is a container garden!

Steve Silk promotes our favourite container gardening “recipe”: Thrillers, Fillers & Spillers. You can hear Steve explain this in this short video.

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Miniature Gardening

The hottest trend in gardening right now is miniature gardening.

You can create idyllic mini gardens in pots or directly into a small space in your garden, or you can create entire miniature villages as shown below.

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A Glass Garden!

Dale Chihuly is a renowned West Coast glass artist who has created a magnificent garden of glass at the Seattle Space Needle.

On a recent trip to Seattle, I went to see the exhibit and was blown away with how gorgeous his glass scultures looked in a natural setting.

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Create some early spring beauty

January is the perfect time here on the coast to try forcing branches to bloom inside your home because the weather is warming, days are getting longer and many spring shrubs are waking up to bloom. With a little bit of gentle prompting, we can hurry up spring a bit and create some early spring beauty indoors.

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Create a Stunning Seasonal Planter

Now that the weather’s turned cool, the plants in the pots by my front door have died back leaving bare earth. It’s the time to spruce them up for the winter. It’s so easy to do, especially if you have evergreens or other interesting branches in your garden.

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