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Cool green living — the wonderful world of plants

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Cool Green Living Have you ever grown a garden in a truck bed? Or on a roof? Join best selling gardening author Jim Hole as he introduces the fascinatin­g world of growing living walls, micro-greens and more. His talk, Cool Green Living, is all about the world of plants. “It takes it to another level about some of the cool things happening in the green world,” says Hole, who is part owner of Hole’s Greenhouse­s in St. Albert. Green living, he explains, includes everything from green walls, green roofs and rainwater collection, to biodegrada­ble containers, bio controls for pest control and the new trend of eating micro-greens, which are a wide range of sprouted vegetables eaten at the seedling stage. Micro-greens can be grown indoors, even in winter.

Contain Gardening Your isn’t Enthusiasm restricted to beds and borders, says Hole, who explains the ins and outs of container gardening in his talk, Contain Your Enthusiasm. “Container gardening has really taken the world by storm. We all want our little sanctuarie­s in the backyard — but we don’t want to spend an enormous number of hours doing backbreaki­ng labor to achieve that result of having a gorgeous backyard,” says Hole.

increasing Because of the this, number people of containers have begun they have in their backyards. Container gardening is about more than pots: it’s a defined area, typically raised, “that makes your life a lot easier in the garden.” In his talk, Hole will provide hands-on informatio­n for people, to help them achieve great results with their containers. Hole’s current challenge is the relocation of Hole’s Greenhouse­s to a new facility next to Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park in St. Albert. Opening this spring, the Enjoy Centre will feature greenhouse­s, a restaurant, food store, deli, wine store, home décor shop and European spa.

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