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Thanks for a Great Season!

Dec 28, 2014



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We again have thoroughly enjoyed serving all your growing needs this year. We will be back in the spring to help you make your gardens and landscapes bright and beautiful.  And in the meantime, enjoy this winter season!

Even though the Garden Centre is now officially closed for the season, you can still purchase Gift Certificates in any amount to give your friends and loved ones.  Call us for more information: 905-689-6035.

Feature: Susan Magnolia

May 2, 2014



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Height: 20 feet

Spread: 20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade

Hardiness Zone: 5b

A hybrid magnolia selected for its spectacular reddish-purple cup-shaped flowers in spring before the leaves and improved hardiness; a large, mounded shrub, incredibly effective as a specimen tree in smaller home landscapes. Susan Magnolia is clothed in stunning fragrant purple cup-shaped flowers with shell pink overtones held atop the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The large pointy leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall.

Susan Magnolia is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Plant Characteristics:
Susan Magnolia will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils.

For more information on the Susan Magnolia, please visit our Plant Search feature.

Herbs Are Now Here

Apr 30, 2014



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Our herbs have just arrived! Come on in to see the great selection of over 50 varieties of different herbs we have available this spring.  Herbs are a great addition to your spring and summer cooking, to flavour dishes without adding salt.  They not only make your food enticing and tasty, they also have a lot of health benefits! If you don’t have a lot of room for a garden, herbs grow well in pots on the patio: a perfect addition to a small outdoor space.

In addition to all the common herbs we carry, here are a few of the special varieties we have for this season:

  • Summer and Winter Savory
  • Curry
  • Lemon Basil
  • Lime Basil
  • Thai Basil
  • Ginger Mint
  • Mojito Mint

(While quantities last)


DID YOU KNOW? (courtesy of Freeman Herbs)

BASIL – Put some sprigs of basil into a bowl of fruit or tomatoes and it will keep the flies away.

DILL – All parts of dill can be utilized: seeds, flowers and leaves. Dill also has been known as a cure for the hiccups!

MINT – If you place long stems of mint throughout problem areas of your home, it will help repel mice.

PARSLEY – Parsley has high levels of chlorophyll, which makes this herb a natural breath freshener.

SAGE – Sage was first used for a variety of random reasons. Greeks and Romans used sage to cure meat, enhance memory, stop bleeding, clean sores, and treat sore throats.

Spring Pruning Tips

Apr 27, 2014



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If you haven’t already begun to think about gardening, now is the time! Pruning is a very important step in maintaining the health and shape of your plants, and encouraging growth, aeration, and fruit/flowers.

Visit our Growing Tips page for general information on pruning shrubs and evergreens (including direction on when to prune different plants).

Right now (spring) is a great time to prune your roses. Here are some important tips and steps to consider for spring pruning of roses:

Pruning Roses

  • Before you begin to prune your rose bush, make sure you have a sharp pair of hand sheers.
  • First cut away any dead wood and remove any canes that are broken or damaged. Make your cuts at a 45 degree angle, and about 1/4 inch above a bud that is facing towards the outside of the plant.
  • It is also important to get rid of suckers that are growing from the ground.
  • Floribundas, hybrid teas, and grandifloras bloom on new growth, so it is important to prune them back to 1/2 to 2/3 the plant’s height. Remove interior canes to promote good air circulation.
  • For climbing roses, prune to remove winter damage and dead wood.

Spring is Here!

Mar 20, 2014



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spring butterfly

Happy first day of spring! Even though the snow still covers patches of the ground, we all know that it is only a matter of time until the sun shines warm and bright and our winter blues will melt away.

It is a bit of a ways off still until the weather is right for planting, but we are getting ready right now in the Garden Centre for you! Keep checking back here for updates on spring hours and what’s new in stock for the spring!