Real Community Conversations

Bringing the Outside In

With frost around the corner, now is the time to think about salvaging some of these living air cleaners—plants are very good at cleaning the air in your house, removing illness-causing agents and humidifying the air. It’s also about saving…

Boulevard Maintenance

In my travels for my horticultural consulting and design business, I pass through a lot of different towns and cities. It's remarkable to me how beautiful some municipalities are. Burlington, Oakville, Brampton—these are all beautiful…

Garden stars of summer…and fall

Many folks think that as summer is winding down, the garden is too. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, it’s my favourite time of the year in my garden. With a bit of planning and faith—because the plants don’t look like…

Dangerous Giant Hogweed

One of the worst culprits is both invasive AND officially noxious. Giant Hogweed is a huge problem and a HUGE plant, reaching 5.5m high with flowers over a metre across! It can cause burning, lifelong scarring and even blindness! Homeowners…

To globe or not to globe…

It's incredibly common for landscaping companies to trim shrubs into perfect or imperfect globes. I expect some homeowners see this and think it's the right thing to do, so they mimic this. Unfortunately, very few plants can tolerate this…

Garlic Mustard, Be Wary

Do you have this pretty white flower in your garden? Beware. It'll slowly kill your other plants, moving into nature and affecting our wildflowers and forests. From a garden-science-nerd (yep, that's me!) point of view, it's almost nifty.