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at the Jardin Botanique in Montreal

Last weekend was the Great Gardening Weekend at the Jardin Botanique.  At this fair, there were many booths featuring cool products, rare plants, native plants, organizations and information.  Highlights for me included a chat with the guy who has been in charge of the Japanese and American bonsai specimens in the garden for quite some time and a chat with Marie from Urbain Culteurs about bee keeping in the city.

It set me back $12 to get into the garden because I did not have an Access Montreal Card.  And since I paid to get into the garden, I decided to walk around and check out what was blooming right now.  I walked through the lilacs in the arboretum.  If you love lilacs, and you live in Montreal, I suggest that you get to the garden sometime in the next few days.  All the trees are in full bloom and it is positively wonderful to walk amongst so many lilacs.

If you want to see more of the garden, purchase an Access Montreal Card for $8 and you will have unlimited access to the garden for most of the year.  You can also purchase a garden pass for $21 and have even more access to the garden.  Check this out, it is  a good way to go.

taking time to smell the flowers

Tammy Schmidt, Montreal.

not exactly Ideal Ikea Land, but it will be organised soon...

Today I moved. No, I didn’t move out of my home, I just moved all of my “studio stuff” (folding tables, chairs, assorted cabinets, drawing table, supplies… oh, and many large paintings) into my small loft-style apartment.

I am looking at this adjustment, this shift, as a challenge.

Whenever I have seen those Home and Garden Design television shows and magazines and websites, I’ve always been most impressed by the smaller scaled situations. How to make something practical, usable, and appealing? How to save space, store thoughtfully, and retain a pleasing aesthetic?

Some of my favorite TV and magazine examples are for small garden ideas. Honestly, I would love to have a balcony. I would tier my pots of vegetables and herbs and flowers… Or to have one of those “postage-stamp” sized yards! Again, pack all the veg you possibly can into the space, and think vertical. (With no balcony or yard, I’ll just have to remain happy with my Community Garden Plot.)

Back to my current reality I go… Sitting amongst the piles of paintings, boxes of goodies, and “new” cabinetry, I am up for this challenge. I think this is my impetus to clean for Spring (finally!) Out with the TV, in with creative storage! Maybe I’ll see about getting some tomatoes in a window, too!

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

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