Tropical Foliage Plants

By Colleen Zacharias, Master Gardener As gardeners, we have a deep interest in plants – even those we may not personally grow in our gardens or homes. As Master Gardeners, we have a deep interest in sustainable solutions …

Sweet Potatoes Sweet Research

By Dr. Sajjad A. Rao In recent years, the importance of growing sweet potato has increased considerably in Canada. About 1,700 acres are currently grown in Canada on a commercial scale, with southern Ontario’s Norfolk County hosting the …

Manitoba’s Provincial Flower – The Prairie Crocus

By Meera Sinha, Master Gardener in Training (MGIT) The prairie crocus, unlike its common name suggests, is not a crocus (Iris family) but an anemone, Anemone patens, syn. Pulsatilla patens, and belongs to the buttercup or crowfoot family …

Gardening for a Lifetime – How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older

By Sydney Eddison, Timber Press, 2011 A Book Review by Lenore Linton, Master Gardener Sydney Eddison is a garden writer who has lived and gardened in Newtown Connecticut [zone 6b] since 1961. By 2004 both the author and …

A Canada Nursery Inbound Trade Mission – Travelogue part 1 of 2

Alaska Peony Growers – on left: Rita Jo Shoultz, peony grower/owner of “Alaska Perfect Peony” farm By Colleen Zacharias, Master Gardener In June I was invited to participate in a Canada nursery inbound trade mission to Alaska, Washington …

The Scarlet Lily Leaf Beetle

An Update on the Activity of the Beetle in Manitoba By Ian Wise Whenever an invasive insect spreads to a new habitat, climatic and environmental parameters will determine whether the insect is able to establish. The scarlet lily …

It’s All About the Partnerships

  by Marcia Hamm Wiebe, Master Gardener Our garden known as Green Futures North, in Brandon, MB is the second largest community garden in the city. Samaritan House Ministries is able to tend this garden with the following …

Winter Bulbs

by Diana Dhaliwal, Master Gardener Having put our gardens to bed for the winter, we can now turn our thoughts to gardening indoors. The first thing that comes to mind is to start bulbs indoors. Amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp. …

Preparing your Garden for Winter Birds

Preparing Your Garden for Winter Birds by – Richard Staniforth It is the middle of October; we have already had snow and cold weather. But today as I write, the sun is shining, the snow has gone, any …

A Splash of the Tropics in the Garden – About Overwintering Tropicals

by Laverne Dahlin, Master Gardener I started growing canna lilies (Cannaceae), which is not a true lily, 4 years ago when a fellow gardener gave me a rhizome of a Red King Humbert canna lily. I planted the …