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October 2010 Issue:

Fall/Winter 2010

The lush life: 50 ways to get the most out of your garden (hint: use no-fuss native plants); Five spectacular all-season containers; Add privacy with small space design solutions; No-fail monkshood beats a bad rap; Create a colourful chrysanthemum wreath; Top 10 air-purifying houseplants

Table of Contents


4 From The Editor

10 Feedback

What you think about 
what we do

10 CG Online

What’s new on our website

88 CG Dossier

News and notes from 
all across Canada

94 Shopping Guide

98 Natural Selection

We love our native Indiangrass


13 News
Fresh ideas and products for better gardening

16 Eco-Minded Gardener
Contributing editor Karina Leimanis’s green guide to environmentally conscious products, companies and ideas

18 Anatomy of a Tool
What a rake!: Make autumn cleanup easier with this hard-working and eco-friendly rake

20 Farm to Fork
Head of the class: A simple and satisfying autumn salad

22 Health
Eucalyptus: A medicine cabinet must for cold and flu season

24 Profile
Aconitum: Look beyond the label and appreciate monkshood’s allure

28 Stephen Speaks
In good company: Stephen’s garden favourites of the year


30 Privacy Preferred
Small-space solutions for seekers of seclusion

32 Dirty Work
Techniques for beginners, novice and master green thumbs

36 Garden Rescue
A Zone 5 property has too few plants and too much hard surface

38 Display
The Hanging Garden: A colourful chrysanthemum arrangement


42 Blaze Of Glory
An urban garden’s colourful plantings get fired up for fall

50 The Accidental Naturalist
A Muskoka gardener goes native with a new philosophy for planting her lakeside plot

58 Making Good Time
A garden shaped by memories blends texture, form and colour for a glorious display all year-round

74 From The Ground Up
Rich, fertile soil sets the stage for two ready and willing gardeners to make their mark growing

66 Design
Standing proud: Beautiful winter container arrangements that will last until spring.

80 Kitchen Gardener
Sweet on beets: These double-duty, must-have veggies have become a harvest-time habit

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