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April 2011 Issue:

April 2011

Blossoms abound!
Exquisite tender bulbs; Fabulous colourful annuals; Cool crop veggies; ornamental flowering cherries; Pretty in pinks: Long-lasting dianthus; Soothe your soul with chamomile; 5 ways to rev up your front garden and more!

Table of Contents


4 From The Editor

8 Feedback
What you think about what we do

10 CG Online
What’s new on our website

86 CG Dossier
News and notes from all across Canada

89 Shopping Guide

90 Natural Selection
We love our native Dodecatheon


13 News
Fresh ideas and products for better gardening

16 Anatomy of a Tool
Dibber: A traditional garden aid used for sowing seeds

20 Health
Natural remedies: Chamomile has a multitude of healing powers

22 Profile
Dianthus: Gardens are coming up rosy this year with pleasing pinks

26 Stephen Speaks

Stephen’s last stand: What can we do with weeds?


28 Gardening 101
Let it grow: Frankie Flowers shares his secrets for starting from seed

30 Dirty Work
Beginner, intermediate and advanced pruning techniques

34 Home Grown
Early risers: Cool-loving peas, carrots and radishes


36 Easy Street
Classic updates and a fresh foliage makeover for a suburban semi

44 Where The Wild Things Are
A suburban Toronto plot recalls the rambling gardens of the English countryside

52 Spring’s Sweetest Splendour
Hundreds of cherry blossoms transform the Brooklyn Botanic Garden into a canopy of pink

60 Rock Star
A showstopping alpine garden that’s rough around the edges

66 Bright Young Things
Exotic tender bulbs are our favourite starlets in warm-weather gardens

40 In Season
On the table: Fiddleheads are only here for a short period, so get them while they’re fresh

72 Kitchen Gardener
A simple plan: A handful of herbs give garden-fresh flavour to any meal

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