February 10, 2017

Back to the garden

Bed-of-Lavender

Gardener’s School designed to plant the seeds of inspiration

One of the perks of visiting dozens of private gardens here in B.C. as well as many famous ones around the world is that I’ve picked up all sorts of clever ideas for planting schemes, decorative touches and stylish specialty features.

At the Vancouver Sun Gardener’s School at BC Home + Garden Show (Feb. 22 to 26), I plan to share some of the great ideas with you in a talk called “Tips for a Great Garden: 20-plus ideas to make your garden even more fabulous this spring.” These are ideas you can rework in your own style to kick your garden up a notch.

But I also want to share some information about terrific new plants, products and services that you can use to enhance and enrich your gardening experience.

As well, I want to show you some sumptuous images and tell you about of some of the great gardens I have visited this past year, including exotic Tresco Abbey Garden in the Scilly Isles, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore and the amazing Buddhist temple gardens of Bagan in Myanmar.

The beauty of coming down to the Gardener’s School is that not only do you learn about new plants and new products for the coming season, you also get to listen to some of our most knowledgeable garden experts, such as Egan Davis, who will be talking about water-wise gardening, Janis Matson on the “star plants” that make gardening look easy and long-time gardening guru Brian Minter, who will be talking about the role plants play in our lives.

I would love to see you going home inspired about gardening and keen to get started on new planting ideas and gardening techniques that will give you success, satisfaction and happiness in the garden.

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