Gnome News

ramblings of a plant lover

Share Land, Share Life

A friend of mine, Armin Gottschling, had the idea that maybe someone might want to make use of the generous space in the backyard of his urban home to create a vegetable garden this summer. How things unfolded was actually quite remarkable, providing one of the most unique garden experiences of all my adventures so far. He contacted a local group online called the Newcomer Environmental Club, formed as part of a joint initiative between FutureWatch EDEP and Conservation Halton, connecting new communities in the area to their natural surroundings. The result was a bountiful harvest that was rewarding for all.


Summer Vignettes

The cool wet spring and sluggish summer has resulted in an extraordinary lush garden this year. It’s certainly advanced the maturity of many of the plants. Here are a few vignettes from early summer at Forestwood.


Kevyn Bashore’s Garden Sanctuary

Usually “Garden Adventures” are my garden adventures, but this time I’m featuring a Facebook friend, Kevyn Bashore’s garden project in Pennsylvania, designed as a tribute to his parents. I’ve only visited it virtually, but thought it made a great story of a garden being a gift of love and honour.

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Flora Farms

A friend of mine sent me a link of a place he stumbled on in Mexico, Flora Farms. He said their whole presentation “was almost Riordonian”. I think I get what he meant. Anyway I thought you might enjoy checking it out.

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Centro Garden

I can’t help but be slightly envious of this wonderful new store in neighbouring downtown Burlington. I love their aesthetic and the way they mix garden and lifestyle to create such an inviting and unique retail experience. Check out their website or better yet, pay them a visit at 437 Brant Street, Burlington, Ontario. They’re open all year around, but the store opens up outside once the warmer season arrives.


Unusual Garden Benches

I’m always snooping around for garden stuff. Everyone should have a character bench in their garden to enjoy the ambience of your outdoor sanctuary. Here are some interesting options, but if you decide the cost to ship from the UK is too much, then use it for inspiration to search for a bench closer to home or grab the images you like for Pinterest.