Wak­ing up to spring

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - EDITOR'S NOTE -

When spring hits Ot­tawa it’s like the wake-up call we’ve all been wait­ing for. Sud­denly, the world is brighter and we feel more alive!

Mak­ing the most of the warm weather is stan­dard think­ing and in this is­sue we get tips from one of the city’s most re­spected land­scape ar­chi­tects. For in­stance, did you know that we have one of the long­est grow­ing sea­sons in Canada? Hurry up! Get out­side and start plant­ing!

I may not be a gar­dener – for no good rea­son other than I don’t have the pa­tience to wait for things to grow – but I am a wine drinker. Add that to re­lax­ing and loung­ing out­doors and you have one of my favourite hob­bies. Throw in a pool, like our stun­ning cover photo, or a hot tub, and I’m in my el­e­ment. So nat­u­rally, I can re­late to Der­ick Fage’s fond­ness for time spent in his back­yard refuge in our Liv­ing My Way fea­ture. I can also, most def­i­nitely, re­late to som­me­lier Natalie MacLean with her pas­sion for her cho­sen ca­reer, as told in Step In­side.

In Ot­tawa at Home, we like to show­case in­spi­ra­tional peo­ple with pas­sion who are ded­i­cated to mak­ing this city more vi­brant and dy­namic. For spring, our Pro­file se­ries looks at five men who have gone out on a limb to cre­ate more for Ot­tawans by weather­ing the storms of a neigh­bor­hood re­spected for pro­tect­ing its her­itage. I am hon­oured that they agreed to share a more per­sonal side of them­selves with our read­ers.

We visit an­other trea­sured her­itage site in Cather­ine Clark’s Giv­ing Back fea­ture. It high­lights vol­un­teer ef­forts that ed­u­cate chil­dren on the sig­nif­i­cance of the farm and an­i­mals at Canada’s Agri­cul­ture Mu­seum, with a photo shoot that brought back happy mem­o­ries of vis­its with my young chil­dren.

Paula Roy shows us how to cel­e­brate just about any oc­ca­sion in style in the food sec­tion. You can find the per­fect restau­rant to pop the ques­tion, along with ideas for host­ing and ca­ter­ing a spe­cial spring event. Korey Kealey con­trib­utes beau­ti­fully to this con­cept with a spe­cial Mother’s Day dessert that looks elab­o­rate, but is sim­ple to make.

And, of course, what is a spring is­sue with­out dec­o­rat­ing in­spi­ra­tions? Thanks to Jane Whit­ing’s visit to a glam­orous Rock­cliffe res­i­dence and An­drew Down­ward’s success with a young girl’s bed­room makeover, you will want to make a few changes in your own home. So, here is to re­ju­ve­na­tion – in Ot­tawa, the garden and in the home.

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