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May 2011 Issue:

May 2011

Container gardens made easy! 19 expert ideas for planters that last all summer; Grow your own chartreuse mini oasis; Make your own water garden; Arthur Erickson's landmark B.C. garden; An iris collector's stunning showpiece; Urban garden makeover; 10 garden tools you can't live without; Best tips for a successful veggie garden and more!

Table of Contents


4 From The Editor

8 CG Online
What’s new on our website

8 Feedback
What you think about what we do

82 CG Dossier
News and notes from all across Canada

89 Shopping Guide

90 Natural Selection
We love our native Stylophorum


11 News
Fresh ideas and products for better gardening

14 Eco-minded Gardener
CG’s green guide to eco-friendly products, companies and ideas

16 Health
Natural remedies: Choose calen­dula for its skin-soothing benefits

18 Profile
Campanula: These pretty garden favourites are the belles of the ball

24 Stephen Speaks
The princess and the peas: Stephen’s thoughts on the royal wedding bouquet


26 Dirty Work
Beginner, intermediate and advanced container water gardens

32 Garden Rescue
Postage paid: A small Zone 5 plot with no room to breathe

36 Gardening 101
Tooling around: Frankie Flowers on all the tools you need to grow gardens

48 Private Practice
Located on a busy corner lot, an exposed front garden is turned into a secluded retreat

54 A Growing Legacy
How one Canadian architect’s designs continue to inspire around the globe and right at home

62 Green Envy
Four fresh and unique containers with ideas to bring home

70 Cool, Calm and Collected
A B.C. iris collector’s garden is an impressive testament to his passion and hard work growing

40 The Edible Garden
Decorative and delicious, this potager is vibrant and verdant year-round

74 Kitchen Gardener
In good company: Warm weather, fresh fruit and lazy days—the start of summer brings the best of being outside

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