Inside the Winter 2018 Issue!
Okay everyone, be honest with me: is there a single cool climate gardener who isn’t at least 50% relieved when the first frost arrives?
I know we’re always racing the clock to get everything in before the first frost/snow (and can rarely predict which will come first), but once it does happen, do you—like me—breathe a monumental sigh of relief?
I lived on the west coast for a few years when I was younger, and I loved the garden we had and the broader spectrum of perennials we could grow there. I doted over a monstrous cascading rosemary bush and happily picked thyme all winter long. But there was a moment, usually sometime in December, when I just checked out. I was done! I was supposed to get a break from this when the snow fell. While not all of us are keen on long, cold winters, those never ending months of coastal gardening made me long for lasting snows and hard frosts.
Our Winter issue features a wide selection of topics to inform and inspire during our climate-imposed rest from the garden. Enjoy virtual tours of several award-winning gardens, from a woodlot garden in cottage country, to a gold medal winning garden inspired by the boreal forest, to gardens inspired by Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.
We provide pointers on how to sharpen your garden tools and protect your trees from winter injury. Our annual gift guide in Sprouts has ideas for the gardeners in your life, and Rural Ruth offers a practical (and humorous) perspective on garden gift giving.
I’d also like to say goodbye, thank you and happy gardening to Rod McDonald, who penned the Anecdotal Gardener for the last several years. We have always appreciated his passion for gardening and tireless spirit, and wish him well.
Enjoy the rest from your garden as well as this season of garden planning.
Dianthus, Erythronium, National Heritage Gardens and more!!