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April 2010 Issue:

Fresh for Spring: Our 20th Anniversary Issue!

20 expert tips to make you a better gardener; Discover Canada's forgotten garden; Tips to naturalize our top 10 fragrant daffodils; 20 spectacular spring bulbs; hardy muscari and more!

Table of Contents


38 In Our Element
A carpet of intoxicating spring bulbs heralds the arrival of the gardener's favourite season

50 Hidden Treasure
Discover Canada's secret garden and the spirited woman behind it all

64 Close Encounters
In celebration of Canadian Gardening's 20th anniversary we're revisiting a Toronto garden and taking a closer look at what makes this layered and textured place so special


58 Up Close
Playing it cool: Once rarae in Canada, exquisite, cold-loving hellebores are now the hottest buy

74 Kitchen Gardener
In mint condition: Pick, crush, inhale, say "mmmmm"—this refreshing herb stirs all the senses

82 Kitchen Gardener
Pantry: Tops and techniques for mint


13 News
Fresh ideas and products for better gardening

16 Mindful Gardener
Assistant editor Karina Leimanis's green guide to environmentally conscious products, companies and ideas

18 Anatomy of a Tool
The cutting edge: A good pair of pruners is an essential tool for every gardener

20 Product
Fresh & clean: Lather up using these naturally flora-scented soaps

22 Profile
Daffodils: Editor-at-large Stephen Westcott-Gratton gives a nod to spring with these fragrant blooms

26 Stephen Speaks
Going to seed: Editor-at-large Stephen Westcott-Gratton plans a room with a view


28 Top 20 Tips
20 expert tips to make you a better gardener: Hard-won wisdom from the pros

30 Dirty Work
Gardening expert Marjorie Mason shares her techniques for better results—whether you're a beginner, novice or master green thumb

34 Display
Windflowers: Capture the fleeting beauty of anemones with these simple, sweet arrangements


6 From the Editor

7 Behind the Scenes

10 CG Online
What's new on our website

84 CG Dossier
News and notes from all across Canada

90 Shopping guide

98 Natural Selection
We love our native pitcher plant

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