A good year

Canadian Gardening Annual 2016 - - From The Editor - Erin Mclaugh­lin, Ed­i­tor-in-chief

Ev­ery

I most look for­ward to putting to­gether our an­nual 100+ Great Gar­den Ideas win­ter is­sue. I think it’s my favourite of the Cana­dian Gar­den­ing mag­a­zines we pro­duce. I love the thought that, while my plants peace­fully slum­ber un­der their pro­tec­tive blan­ket of snow, I have carte blanche to dream about what my land­scape will look like in the com­ing months, and that I can find all the in­spi­ra­tion I need right at my fin­ger­tips.

At CG, we see this is­sue as a plan­ning tool to help in­spire you to new heights not only in your hor­ti­cul­tural en­deav­ours, but also in en­joy­ing your gar­den and all it has to of­fer from a holis­tic per­spec­tive. To that end, we make sure th­ese pages are chock full of help­ful in­for­ma­tion that cov­ers botan­i­cals for all four sea­sons, ev­ery grow­ing re­gion and gar­den­ing skill level, as well as a fo­cus on wider in­ter­ests – from craft­ing to cook­ing to car­ing for your skin – that will en­sure all that beau­ti­ful gar­den bounty is put to good use.

Per­son­ally, I’ll be read­ing about how to cul­ti­vate more gar­den and less grass in my front yard (see “Front & Cen­tre,” page 58), brush­ing up on my prun­ing skills (see “Prun­ing 101,” page 40) and fig­ur­ing out what to do with a heat trap that plagues the side of my pa­tio (see “10 Fixes for Finicky Spots,” page 44). And choos­ing some new bearded iris cul­ti­vars to plant this year (see Pro­file, page 16). And plan­ning a new flag­stone path in­ter­spersed with mother-ofthyme (see “The Won­ders Down Un­der,” page 72). Oh, and think­ing about adding a nat­u­ral swim­ming pool to my property (see “Sink or Swim,” page 64).

Not sure what to do first? Take our “What’s Your Gar­den Style?” quiz (page 32) to get a sense of your own botan­i­cal bent, then let your imag­i­na­tion flow. The sky’s the limit.

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