25 articles

A Self-Reliant Man

By Hans Tammemagi on Apr 21, 2017

A large maple — we call him the Captain — commands the backyard and provides welcoming shade for our deck. His leafy limbs rise high above our two-storey house and his girth and rugged character suggest solidity and permanence. Read more...

Oasis in the Heart of Hong Kong

By Patti Shales Lefkos on Mar 7, 2017

Even if you can’t stand the heat, there’s no need to get out of the city. A peaceful haven awaits in the midst of an often chaotic metropolis. Listed by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten “must-sees” in Hong Kong, the Chi Lin Nunnery dates from the 1930s but was rebuilt in the style of the Tang Dynasty in 1998. Read more...

Hands in the Dirt

By Kate Robertson on Aug 2, 2016

A significant number of Canadians say gardening is a hobby they are passionate about. Victoria Carleton of Slocan Valley, BC, has taken it one step further. Read more...

Tulip Time

By Chris & Rick Millikan on Apr 1, 2016

Packing light, we rack up our bikes and head for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. A comfortable Arlington base awaits us in Washington State, an easy drive south of the border. Read more...

Ready, Set, Grow

By Joan W. Winter on Jun 1, 2013

President and founding member of Ladner Community Garden Society plants seeds - in the ground, and in the hearts and minds of local school children. Read more...

The Uninvited Guest

By T. Marenda on Sep 18, 2012

All I wanted to do was clear a small area of the yard so I could plant a few tomatoes. I figured I'd break a sweat, maybe get a blister or two. What I didn't count on was the wrath of my home's deceased former owner. Read more...

Island Greens

By Mike Matthews on Aug 2, 2011

When Jim Harris, retirement from teaching impending, contemplated leaving Ontario, he did some research to identify the ideal spot to accommodate him and his wife, Margaret, also a teacher, in their later years. Read more...

Mastering the Art of Gardening

By Janet Nicol on Jul 5, 2010

A stroll through Barry Roberts' yard in south Surrey reveals this master gardener's enthusiasm about cannas, a flower blooming in many colours and forms. And enthusiasm is a key ingredient for joining the Master Gardener's Association of B.C. Read more...

Don't Let Arthritis Come Between You and Your Garden

Summer is a time of renewal. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians mark this time of year by raking, pruning and planting to make their gardens beautiful. Yet for the more than four million Canadians living with arthritis, the bending, stretching and lifting that gardening entails can seem daunting. Read more...

Gardening with Arthritis

By Arthritis Society on Apr 21, 2010

For many on the West Coast, gardening is a true labour of love. There's nothing more satisfying than watching their garden burst into colour - but for people living with arthritis, this leisure time activity can pose some challenges. Read more...

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