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March 2016 Issue:

Spring in Bloom

Spring in bloom: 8 easy diy containers for every style; expert advice for shopping smart at the garden centre; 4 healthy smoothie recipes; Frankie Flowers's guide to growing veggies and much more!

Table of Contents


4 From the Editor

74 #CGfloweroftheday


7 CG Market
Fresh ideas and products for better gardening

10 Natural Beauty
Nourish your nails to counter all that time playing in the dirt

12 Stephen Speaks
Our senior horticulture editor waxes poetic about his favourite Canadian spud

4 Dirty Work
Gardening expert Karen York explains how to prune conifers

16 Trees We Love

The bright and majestic tuliptree

17 Native Plant
We love our delicate twinleaf

18 Design Inspiration
Landscape designer Judith Adam looks to a parterred English garden for inspiration

22 Profile
Hardy rhododendrons bring spring's colour palette to life

64 Up Close
Our favourite yellow flowers for a spring garden with a happy face

68 Kitchen Gardener
Four nutritious smoothies that make perfect on-the-go meals

72 Road Trip
Explore the historical public gardens of Connecticut


26 Make your Wisteria Bloom
Learn how to turn your barren wisteria into a prolific bloomer

28 How to Navigate the Nursery
CG columnist Judith Adam talks shopping smart at a garden centre

32 Spring Forward

In her new book, garden writer Emma Hardy provides instructions for stunning container displays

36 Maximize Your Bounty
Gardening guru Frankie Flowers tells us how to get the most out of our vegetable crops

42 Fine Tuning
A Victoria gardener orchestrates hundreds of rare and unusual plants into a harmonious whole

50 Pots of Plenty

These arrangements will inspire you to plant your own masterpieces

58 As it Happens
Tough growing conditions didn't keep this couple from building the garden of their dreams

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