Gnome News

ramblings of a plant lover

Spring Tips

For you “fussy gardeners” out there, there’s nothing better than a good straight spade to edge all of your garden beds. This defines your garden area shapes from the lawn and dramatizes the visual distinctions within your property. I like to bevel cut the edges of the grass around the beds to further enhance a crisp aesthetic.


Cheekwood Botanical Gardens (Nashville)

I’ve just returned from a business trip to Nashville, one of my favourite American cities. The charm of the city extends well beyond my favorite pockets like The Gulch, Belle Meade, Green Hills, Hillsboro village and 12 Avenue South, to off the radar spots like Franklin and Liepers Fork – a couple of my two favourite haunts. Neighboring the famous Belle Meade Golf and Country Club of Nashville is the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art. This is the original Cheek family home and estate, of Maxwell House Coffee fame, which is now a public destination. It is serene and picturesque. A good place to spend a morning or full day if you have children.




Spring Finds

I’d like to share one of my favourite brands of organic fertilizer for potted plants, Grotek Life. I find it works really well and is easy to use. They have a range of organic products.




Growing Up



I thought I would include a few images to update everyone on the progress and maturity of our garden. It’s actually quite amazing in three years with some care and attention how nature flourishes, even on a newer landscape.


Best time of the Year!

This spring has been toggling between quite warm and quite cool. Not a lot of rain, but the plants are coming up beautifully nonetheless. I love this time of the year because of how fertile and lush the garden looks. All of the new growth adds a vibrant green to the existing palette. Everything is fresh and in bloom, not yet fatigued by summer heat.




Christopher Campbell

I had the pleasure this spring of visiting my good friend and Canadian Landscape Architect, Christopher Campbell, at his residence studio in Guelph, Ontario.