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Gnome News

ramblings of a plant lover

Canada (Niagara Region)

his summer we made two visits to Niagara-On-The-Lake, one of our favourite getaway spots nearby. The famous Shaw Theatre is the main drawing card, but this historic town and lovely vista on the Niagara River just north of the Falls, is simply exquisite. Not too far away is another stop we like, a town called, “Jordan”. My favourite store there is called, “The Copper Leaf Garden Store”. Not only do they have some really interesting things for your garden, the design and setting of their store is absolutely beautiful. I thought I might share some snaps of the store and by all means, if you have time drop in on them. They’re on the main street of Jordan, Ontario. “On The Twenty” is also worthwhile. A great place to eat.

 

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Hawaii

First time to Hawaii and second time at a Four Seasons. Does the word “WOW!” come to mind? Yes. Any garden featuring daily whale jumps in the Pacific and volcanic tropical backdrops is pretty hard to top. The meticulous care of the property and gardens, as well as the natural setting is about as good as it gets.

 

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Gardensode: Oleander

What is a “gardensode” you ask? Well, back in the day I partnered with Echo Bay Media to put a few videos together as a proposal to HGTV for a gardening show called The Fussy Gardener. Short story: the cost to produce it was beyond our reach and without the bucks up front, the network wasn’t prepared to take the risk. Oddly enough at the time, HGTV (Home & Garden Television) said their research had shown that there wasn’t enough interest in garden programs. . . hmm? Perhaps they should drop “Garden” from their brand acronym.

We’ve recently pulled some of these videos from the archives for your viewing pleasure and will be posting them over the next few weeks, so please enjoy. Who needs TV anyway!

Gardensode: David Graham White

Continuing our series of Fussy “gardensodes” from the archive here’s one called “David Graham White”. Hope you find it edutaining!

Gardensode: Riordon Design

Continuing our series of Fussy “gardensodes” from the archive here’s one called “Riordon Design”. Hope you find it edutaining!

Gardensode: Hedges

Continuing our series of Fussy “gardensodes” from the archive here’s one called “Hedges”. Hope you find it edutaining!

Gardensode: Garden Plan

Continuing our series of Fussy “gardensodes” from the archive here’s one called “Garden Plan”. Hope you find it edutaining!