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May 2015 Issue:

Early Summer 2015

Your go-to guide for garden success: expert tips to maximize your deck, yellow annuals, $5 garden fresh dinners, modern clematis, nature walk, training roses, super fruit smoothie and much more!

Table of Contents


4 From the Editor


9 Feedback

82 #cgfloweroftheday


11 CG Market
Fresh ideas and products for better gardening

14 Healthy Ingredient
Rich in antioxidants, berries pack a healthy punch

16 Smoothie of the Month
A nutritious super fruit smoothie with acai and cardamom

Natural Beauty
Freshen up your summer beauty routine with rejuvenating roses

20 Stephen Speaks
Senior horticulture editor Stephen Westcott-Gratton digs into the soil beneath our feet

22 Dirty Work
Gardening expert Karen York explains how to transform ordinary roses into showstoppers

24 CG Solutions

Deck designer Paul Lafrance on maximizing your outdoor space

26 Maintenance
How to keep your resin wicker patio furniture pristine

28 Trees We Love
The eye-catching yellow birch

29 Native Plant

We love our showy blue flag

30 Design Inspiration

Landscape designer Judith Adam takes cues from a historic French garden

34 Profile

Modern clematis have held garden lovers in thrall for centuries

70 Up Close
Our favourite new sunny-coloured annuals

74 Kitchen Gardener
Appetizing and affordable family-friendly recipes

78 Road Trip
Exploring Alberta's Cowboy Trail


38 Nature Walk

The wild world of mushrooms

42 It's All in the Details
A Victoria gardener brings a love of all things tiny to a scree garden

48 Apple of their Eyes
This former apple orchard now serves as a lush backyard paradise

56 Cottage Courageous

A pair of passionate gardeners creates a colourful oasis

62 Family Practice
Filled with unusual plants, this garden is the ultimate retreat

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