What happens to your Green Bin, Toronto?

Toronto’s Dufferin Waste Management Facility Now I’m gonna talk garbage – more precisely, the stuff we Torontonians put in our Green Bins, and what happens to it. Ever wonder about that? Earlier this month, three other Master Gardeners and I were invited by the Compost Council of Canada to join a day-long tour of organic […]

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Gardening without gardening

Leaving your mind blank can give you space for other things. Like admiring this use of chives as an ornamental. I’ve been quiet for a few weeks on the blog and Twitter. You might call it Unsocial Media. Or, in garden terms, The Silence of the Lamb’s Ears. The quiet surface belies the currents beneath. […]

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Weeding, a poem on dandelions

Would we think they were beautiful if we didn’t know they were weeds? weeding by Helen Battersby A gardener must not love a dandelion. Its rays must not hook a gardener’s heart or show themselves as stars upon the hills, gold on the imperative of green.   A gardener must not love the silken spheres […]

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Garden Catalogs: A few helpful translations

From my 1948 edition of Taylor’s Encyclopedia of Gardening by Norman Taylor   Listen up, class. It’s garden catalog season. Time to review a few garden terms. These ones are sneaky words and phrases (aka weasel words) with a hidden agenda – seeming to mean one thing, but really meaning something else entirely. You’ve seen […]

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TTC Garden Tour, Part 2: Dupont Station

Designed by elusive artist James Sutherland, the TTC’s Dupont Station murals were unveiled in 1978 I hadn’t intended to continue our TTC Garden Tour so quickly. But there I was at Spadina Station with my camera. It was just a long tunnel trek and a one-stop hop over to Dupont. And no TTC Garden Tour […]

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