Premier Doug Ford’s March 30th extension of the Declaration of Emergency included shutting down all “recreational amenities” including community gardens. The immediate response from some community activists, food security advocates, and gardeners was to lobby to keep community gardens open. These efforts are now meeting with backlash. It’s about land, class, and privilege. As an …Continue reading "Community gardens provide food security"
For me, the main reason I want to take photos of my garden is to capture the beautiful combinations of colours and textures created by plants. I run inside to find my phone and hope the moment is still there when I return. I want the camera to see what I see. But it’s not …Continue reading "Click with your garden"
Is something terrible happening to your favourite shrub? Did you make a garden bed last year and everything died? Is your rock-hard soil growing a bumper crop of weeds? It’s natural for keen gardeners to tackle problems head-on. We want to fix them fast before they get any worse. And, like helicopter parents, we want …Continue reading "Give your garden time, not money"
Though his previous run-ins with Vinca (Periwinkle’s street name) had not ended well, Phlox still managed to grab the evergreen perennial and swing him around.Continue reading "Hort Court: the Amnesia Defense"
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]March had arrived with a blast of high winds and bitter cold–but the new tropical greenhouse at Gage Park was having none of it. Opening the door brings a welcome feeling of warmth and spaciousness. The foyer area is a long, conventional hallway that shares a glass wall with the tropical greenhouse. During public events, …Continue reading "A standing ovation for management and staff at Gage Park greenhouses"
“But in the garden, Goldenrod, you’re simply too much. You’re huge and you seed around everywhere. I have a statement made under oath that you routinely put seedlings in sidewalk cracks.”Continue reading "Hort Court: A public nuisance!"
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][dropcap style=dc_rounded color=#222222]W[/dropcap]ith a murder charge on the docket, security was tight at Horticultural Court. The usual shrubs on guard duty were joined by a contingent of red cedar trees who parted briefly to allow the accused, Ailanthus altissima, alias “Tree of Heaven” to pass. The stench was awful. Ailanthus moved quickly—too quickly—and put roots …Continue reading "LOVIN’ YOUR GARDEN: Murder!"