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Gnome News

ramblings of a plant lover

Furnishing the Garden

I’ve been on the hunt to find two matching solid Teak benches for our new garden. A couple of sitting options strategically placed for reflection and repose in the unfolding plan.

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Something Special

If you’re looking for something extraordinary for your garden, and you’re serious about gardening in the most tasteful terms, then look no further. Coivic Specimen Trees has spent nearly 40 years cultivating a reputation as a multi-faceted force in the landscape construction industry, building some of the most prestigious gardens in Southern Ontario.

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Spring-ing Up

The first sign of change for me is the ground flowers that flag us to the warmer weather coming and ultimately, gardening season. Hyacinths, Bloodroot, Daffodils, English Bluebells, Tulips and Vinca are a few of my favourites.

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“Wits End” with Beauty

A friend invited me to visit their home in the quaint southwestern Ontario town of Fergus to discuss a design and landscape project. I had been through Fergus before, but never long enough to tour about and fully appreciate what a remarkable town it really is. Resting on the bank of the Grand River is part of the original founding family’s John Black Estate and the former 1879 limestone “carriage house”, which is now their charming abode and property called “Wits End”.

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Mr. Chris Houston walks me through his lovely Carriage House property on the banks of the Grand River in the Canadian Scottish settlement of Fergus.

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Dan’s the Man

Of course when it comes to gardens the British often lead the show. I recently came across the work of Dan Pearson, British Landscape Architect & Garden Designer. Dan and his studio are doing some remarkable garden design work that I find most inspirational.

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Monty Don in Italy

Over the holidays there was much binge watching and one of the series I most enjoyed was the ever knowledgeable Monty Don taking me touring through some of the most interesting and stunning gardens of Italy.

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