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Forsythe September Update


Centro Garden Fall Workshops

Centro keeps gardening front of mind. One of my favourite local haunts is Centro, a lovely gift store on Brant Street in downtown Burlington with an emphasis on urban / suburban garden lifestyle. I’ve featured them before, but I thought I’d share the upcoming fall calendar with my local gardening tribe – for those looking for adventures or just a stroll and see.

Take a look – maybe I’ll see you at one of the workshops!

Credit: Centro Garden

Photo credit: Centro Garden

Construction is Underway

For those of you in the western GTA and in need of a good, reliable, get-the-job-done-right landscape construction crew, might I recommend Garden Glen. Phone number is on the truck and let me confirm, these guys are “Fussy Approved”. They’ve been working hard at transforming our property into a lovely urban garden on time, on budget and on schedule. We’ll be keeping you posted on progress in the weeks to come.

Triple mix by the truck load has arrived to fill those beds with plant-friendly, nutrient filled dirt!

Triple mix by the truckload has arrived to fill those beds with plant-friendly, nutrient-filled dirt!

“Dirty Girl”

Our Creative Director Alan Krpan passed on this video blog by a former classmate of his. I really enjoyed it and wanted to share it with you. Erin (aka “Dirty Girl”) has created this really engaging site focused on gardening in the city. You can catch her new webisodes here – very “edutaining”!

The Evolution of the Pergola

It’s been quite a journey for both Fraser (our carpenter) and myself on this Pergola project for our new garden at Forsythe. Quite a difference from my crude thumbnail to the finished structure. We worked through the logistics and tension of expectation, budget and realities. And overall, I’m quite pleased with the outcome. The final coat of stain is on. We just have the feet to finish once the stonework on the terrace is completed. Fence is stained. Big trees in and the retaining wall is underway. Looking forward to the fountain being installed as a centre piece for the Pergola (that’s “center” for my American friends). One more thing to check off the list.


Mr. Fussy, your delivery has arrived!

The big trees have arrived and are lined up along the driveway in queue for planting. The guys doing my stonework asked if we could get the big trees here sooner than later so they can put them in position before building the retaining wall. First shipment arrived today. Let the planting begin!


Forsythe Begins

It’s been hard-going, but the transformation is well underway – stay tuned!