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April 2009 Issue:

Spring garden primer

What to plant for all-season blooms; Small-space lawn alternatives; Prep, prune, plant: 29 top hand tools; Start your best-ever vegetable garden right now; Easy-to-grow fritillaries make a comeback and more!

Table of Contents


Editor's letter (6)
Snapshots (10)
Mailbox (12)
Coming up (87)
Source guide (89)

Clippings (15)
The latest news, tips, timely tasks, ideas and more

Hort couture (22)
Our favourite hand tools to get you going this spring

Star plant picks (26)
Forsythias: Golden blooms are the reward for the gardener who favours this beauty


Design matters (32)
Up in the air: This house begs for plant and architectural anchors

Small talk (34)
Turn grass into garden: Ideas for gardens where lawn once grew

Techniques (38)
Preparing a vegetable plot: Homegrown is the way to go


transCanada (78)
Our correspondents give us their regional updates

Down to earth (88)
Seeds of regret: Weeping for what you don't sow

Groundswell (98)
Experts share their choices for the most beautiful garden plant


Improvised impressionism (42)
A bloom-filled West Coast garden is returned to its former glory, but with an Asian twist

Paradise found (50)
Nature meets nurture in this idyllic Vancouver garden

Against the odds (62)
This Zone 2 garden defies the elements to bask in the splendour of its bounteous blooms


Dramatic effect (58)
No garden should ever be without spectacular spring bloomers

Early to rise (70)
Leaf lettuce is the pick of the crop

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