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Thursday, March 16, 2017

16 Stunning Hellebores for 2017

Hellebores are one of our favourite flowers for the later winter and early Spring. Given our never e...
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

November 2016 In Your Garden

Well this is turning out to be an interesting month and that’s even without mentioning politics! Fas...
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

10 Favourite Plants for November Gardens

November can be a tough month for gardens. In our case, we've just been pummelled by nearly 30 days ...
Friday, October 7, 2016

7 Unique and Rare Bulbs for 2016

The other day our bulb grower mentioned that they had a number of exceptionally unique and rare bulb...
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Canadian Celebration Tulips

Ok, ok its hard to get too excited about bulbs. Well... this Fall we have a treat for you! As you ma...
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Fall Bulb Combinations 2016

Every Fall our bulb growers deliver the Colouful Companions Bulb Combinations that will be available...
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September In Your Garden

I think someone flipped the instant fall switch!! There are some trees that have begun to colour up...
Friday, August 12, 2016

13 Sizzling Succulents

Let’s face it, everybody has an addiction to succulents. These unique little plants are everybody’s ...
Friday, June 17, 2016

Zone Denial-15 Plants for a Tropical Garden

At this time of year, the nursery is filled with wonderful water plants, succulents, tender perennia...
Friday, June 17, 2016

Your Garden in June 2016

We are starting to get into the swing of things by June. Mowing, planting, fertilizing, trimming, de...
Friday, May 20, 2016

Hydrangea Basics

Oh the fabulous hydrangea! Of all the flowering shrubs this one has always been a show stopper but in 2016 this is not just your grandmas pink or blue hydrangea anymore.
Friday, May 6, 2016

May 2016 In Your Garden

Hello everyone! We’ve been very busy here at Art’s and I hope you come by and see our new look!! We ...
Friday, May 6, 2016

10 New and Unusual Plants for May 2016

This month, May 2016, we are featuring ten new and unusual plants that are available at Art's Nurse...
Friday, May 6, 2016

Roses Simplified

Growing Roses is easier than you think. Roses have been around for millions of years yet they someti...
Friday, November 13, 2015

Wonderful Winter Planters

Laurelle shows you how to create a bit of WOW with a winter planter or grouping that will add a bit of welcome sparkle and light to brighten up the dark days of winter!
Friday, November 13, 2015

November In Your Garden 2015

Early November has blown in attempting to make up for an entire summer of no rain all at once…on bot...
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Heavenly Heucheras 2015

Heucheras are a perennial plant grown most often for their striking, long lasting, colourful foliage. Also known as Coral Bells or Alum Root, they are an excellent addition to the garden or container.
Friday, October 16, 2015

How To Plant Fall Containers and Baskets

By October, your colourful spring and summer patio planters or hanging baskets are probably looking ...
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Your Garden in October 2015

Happy Fall everyone!!! October is one of my favorite months in the garden. I love the soft rustli...
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Colourful Berries For Your Fall Garden

In this video, Shelley Levis introduces you to four of her favourite shrubs that produce colourful b...
Thursday, October 15, 2015

What's New In Bulbs 2015?

I have to say, no plant gets me as close to feeling like a kid in a candy store as bulbs do!! The en...
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Pansies, Kale and Painted Grasses | Video

In this video, Shelley Levis introduces you to Pansies, Violas, Ornamental Cabbages & Kale as well as a hot new item Painted Grasses.
Monday, September 14, 2015

2015 Colourful Companion Bulb Collections

Colourful Companions are beautiful, well thought out combinations of flower bulbs that take all the ...
Sunday, September 13, 2015

September 2015 In Your Garden

The Fall switch has quite clearly been flipped and now it’s time for us to switch from iced tea and ...
Sunday, September 13, 2015

How To Grow The Best Garlic

Nine months may seem like a long time to wait for just some garlic, but it's well worth the wait! W...
Friday, August 21, 2015

7 Feature Plants for August 2015

As we enter the 'dog-days' of summer our gardens are smothered by heat, shorted on water and deprive...
Friday, August 21, 2015

Mini Mouse Hostas Take The Stage

The latest wave in the hosta craze, miniatures, make the perfect addition to your Victorian Fairy Ga...
Thursday, August 20, 2015

August 2015 In Your Garden

As we move through the lazy hazy days of August I can’t help thinking that I haven’t even scratched ...
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rethinking The West Coast Garden

After surveying the casualties of my water restricted garden I have decided to rethink my design. T...
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Drought Tolerant Plants For Your Garden

While many plants are drought tolerant once established, they still need ample moisture until their ...
Thursday, July 9, 2015

July 2015 In Your Garden

The lack of rain is on everyone’s mind this summer and not surprisingly watering is on the top of my...
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

11 Summer Watering Tips For Your Garden

Rebecca shares 11 great summer watering tips to keep your plants healthy and your garden looking great through the heat of the summer.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Canada Day in the Garden

While we celebrate Canada's Birthday grilling up burgers, sipping cool beverages and hanging with ou...
Friday, June 12, 2015

Ten New and Unique Plants for June 2015

Gardening is all about trying out the newest, the different and the unique. It’s about having plants...
Friday, June 12, 2015

June 2015 In your Garden

Holy heatwave Batman! I am spending my mornings watering my newly grafted baby apple trees and then...
Thursday, June 11, 2015

How to Grow The Best Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most rewarding edible plants you can grow you can grow in your garden. A sin...
Friday, May 15, 2015

6 Enchanting Hydrangeas for Your Shade Garden

If we had a dollar everytime someone asked, I have a shady spot, what can I plant?, we would be livi...
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Three Small Space Garden Designs

A lot of food can be grown in just a few square feet. Especially when it comes to lettuces and green...
Friday, April 17, 2015

April 2015 In Your Garden

An excellent start to April thus far and as far as therapy’s go…weeding is an excellent calmative th...
Thursday, April 16, 2015

New and Unusual Edibles for 2015

When it comes to gardening, nothing has been more popular in the past several years than edibles. Wh...
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Growing Hellebores

Also known as Lenten Roses and Christmas Roses, Hellebores are wonderful winter and spring blooming...
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dealing With the European Chafer Beetle

European Chafer Beetle or Rizotrogus majalis if you prefer the scientific name, is an introduced spe...
Monday, March 16, 2015

New Dahlias for 2015

Dahlias are one of the most delightful plants for the summer garden. With hundreds, if not thousands...
Monday, March 16, 2015

What's In Bloom - March 2015

Introducing our new video feature - What's In Bloom for March 2015! This short video will be produced periodically and will showcase great plants available in each season.
Monday, March 16, 2015

March 2015 In Your Garden

Happy almost Spring everyone!! The weather is warm, we’ve had sunshine and lots of it. A little bi...
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

February 2015 In Your Garden

Welcome back to the start of another garden season. We’ve had a little break, we’ve painted, power ...
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

6 Beautiful Shrubs With Winter Interest

As February begins, we gardeners begin to experience a common malady called 'Gardenius addictus'. T...
Monday, February 9, 2015

10 Heirloom Seeds to Plant In Your Garden

One of the joys of planting edibles from seed is the opportunity to try new and unique varieties fro...
Friday, December 12, 2014

December 2014 In Your Garden

I’m pretty excited…I think I’m going to go for a real Christmas tree this year an...
Friday, December 12, 2014

Outdoor Christmas Decorating Inspiration

Let's be honest. At this time of year your deck, front door or garden can look a little drab, dreary...
Friday, December 12, 2014

Indoor Christmas Decorating Inspiration and Trends

If you are busy with shopping, visiting and other events this season but still want to pull off a bi...
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Enjoy Amazing Amaryllis

Amaryllis, or Hippeastrum are flowering bulbs from the subtropics of Central and Southern America. I...
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Berrious Seasons of Interest

When our flowers have faded and the leaves have fallen, its time for the workhorses of the garden to...
Sunday, November 9, 2014

November 2014 In Your Garden

November had blown in with wind, rain, a bit of cold, more rain and uh…rain. Welcome to winter on t...
Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hooray for Holly!

And as, when all the summer trees are seen So bright and green, The Holly leaves a sober hue display...
Thursday, October 9, 2014

October 2014 In Your Garden

Happy October to you!! Did you know that the leaves of trees change colour in the fall in reaction ...
Thursday, October 9, 2014

6 New Plants From Monrovia Fall 2014

As one of the largest North American growers, Monrovia is constantly introducing new and exciting pl...
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Shrubs From Proven Winners

Looking for something new and unique for your garden? We have just brought in some new Proven Winner...
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Perennials for Moist Sites

Well here is a topic many gardeners will be keen on - what types of perennials will tolerate moist o...
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pots and Perennials

With yards becoming increasingly smaller and people's lives so hectic and busy it is no wonder we en...
Saturday, September 13, 2014

September 2014 In Your Garden

I’ve noticed the almost ghostly rising of the fog on the golf course while driving by at night and t...
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Growing Winter Vegetables

I am new to winter vegetable gardening. This year I’ll be trying a few greens and possibly some rad...
Sunday, September 7, 2014

New Flower Bulb Varieties for 2014

Every year in September our fall planting, spring blooming flower bulbs arrive. Colourful tulips, de...
Friday, August 15, 2014

Sensational Succulents

Succulents are some of the most versatile and easy plants to care for in the garden. They require l...
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Creating a Butterfly Oasis

One of my favorite planters to make is the Butterfly Oasis. Not only is it a beautiful and EASY pla...
Thursday, August 14, 2014

August 2014 In Your Garden

July was a whirlwind of activity for this gal, looking forward to the leisurely pace of August! Wit...
Monday, August 11, 2014

Are You Looking At My Grass?

In the age of instant gratification, high-tech and time poor, homeowners everywhere have cried out f...
Thursday, July 17, 2014

July 2014 In your Garden

Let me interrupt your regularly scheduled summer holiday plans with a tiny little bit of work and a ...
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How To Get Rid Of Your Neighbors Part 1

One of the more common questions we get at the nursery and one that has often caused the most stress...
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Flowers of Summer

If you're like most gardeners, you'll make one or two trips to a garden centre in Spring and call it...
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Secrets of Growing Tomatoes

There is no comparison to fresh off the vine tomatoes. There are some, like Black Krim with that sm...
Friday, June 13, 2014

Ten Awesome Plants With Black Foliage

No other colour gets as much attention as black. While purists would argue that black is not a true ...
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ten Beautiful New and Unique Hostas

Hostas are one of the darlings of the shade garden. Very few plants offer the variation in colour, t...
Thursday, June 12, 2014

HGTV Home Plant Collection

Now available at Art’s Nursery – HGTV’s HOME Plant Collection - Smart, stylish gardening solutions from the experts at HGTV.
Thursday, June 12, 2014

June 2014 In Your Garden

Well folks, summer is officially almost upon us, but judging from the number of customers coming in ...
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Martagon Lilies The Next Plant Craze

Martagon lilies are a great addition to the garden as they are easy to grow and low maintenance. Al...
Friday, May 9, 2014

Rebeccas Plant Picks May 2014

So many plants, so little time. During the craziness of spring at a garden centre, it's sometimes ha...
Friday, May 9, 2014

Got Fruit-The Secrets of Fruit Tree Pollination

I am noticing a huge increase in popularity among gardeners to plant edibles. There is an upswing i...
Friday, May 9, 2014

May 2014 In Your Garden

I am aboard the Queen of New Westminster, the sky is blue and I have a London Fog in my thermos mug....
Friday, May 9, 2014

Six Luscious Lavenders

Lavenders, or Lavandula, in horticultural circles is arguably one of the most popular summer bloomin...
Thursday, April 17, 2014

April In Your Garden 2014

Well, we’ve had quite a mix of sun, wind, rain, frost but best of all…no snow, at least not here in ...
Sunday, April 13, 2014

Daves Not So Secret Lawn Strategy

In the spring Dave gets tons of questions about lawns. We thought we’d share…with Dave’s ok of course, some of his tips, tricks and timing to help you have a glorious lawn this year:
Sunday, April 13, 2014

Polygonatum King Solomons Seals

Polygonatum - hands down one of my favorite genus, they are hardy, maintenance free and certainly ad...
Friday, April 11, 2014

9 Cool Plant Picks for April 2014

This month we're featuring a collection of interesting and unique plants that can grace any garden or plant collection.
Monday, March 10, 2014

Summer Flowering Bulbs

Summer flowering bulbs are easy to grow and give a big impact in your flower garden. I use the term...
Monday, March 10, 2014

March 2014 In Your Garden

That was an interesting end to February!! It’s been a while since I’ve gone tobogganing and gotten ...
Monday, March 10, 2014

Woodlanders Plants For Shade

Probably my most favorite place in any garden is a cool shady woodland setting. Such reprieves are...
Monday, March 10, 2014

Double Flowering Hellebores for 2014

While Hellebores have been the rage for some time now, it's the doubles that always seem to catch my...
Sunday, February 16, 2014

New Hellebores for 2014

Hellebores are versatile, evergreen perennials and reliable winter blooming favourites. Winter is wh...
Sunday, February 9, 2014

Starting Seeds Indoors

Nothing excites a gardener more than starting their own seedlings, especially at the end of winter w...
Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mason Bees-The Master Pollinators

The Mason Bee is named for its habit of using mud to build nest compartments. The orchard mason bee...
Sunday, February 9, 2014

February 2014 in Your Garden

You can’t go wrong by staying inside. Browse through our old articles on the website. Download som...
Thursday, December 12, 2013

December 2013 In Your Garden

December came in with a frosty blast of winter cold. We might actually make a winter of it this yea...
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Choosing a Christmas Tree Video

Laurelle helps you choose the best Christmas tree from some of the best trees available in the Pacific Northwest
Sunday, December 1, 2013

Great Gift Ideas For Gardeners - Part 1

If you're like me, Christmas shopping can be painful as you carefully seek out something interesting...
Sunday, December 1, 2013

How To Care For Poinsettias

To be perfectly honest with all of you I know only enough about these Christmas wonders to be danger...
Saturday, November 16, 2013

November 2013 In Your Garden

I was beginning to wonder why friends in California were so smug about their weather, they didn’t have it that good did they? Our summer was stellar and continued right through September.
Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Hellebores are Here 2013

I’m always excited about plant arrivals at the nursery –especially about Hellebores. Looking out the...
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Berry Nice To Meet You

As flowers fade and foliage drops, berries are a great way to add fall and winter interest. In this post, we'll share with you 6 of our favourite plants for fall and winter berries.
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dwarf Conifers for the Garden

As a designer I have always been attracted to conifers as they offer an indispensible pallet of colo...
Saturday, October 26, 2013

Six Seriously Sinister Halloween Plants

Halloween is just around the corner and if you are feeling in the mood to design up a ghostly garden or a petrifying planter here are some of my favorites…bwhahaha.
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Plants for Fall and Winter Containers

When the fog hides the sky and the winter chills set in, odds are that your planters are starting to...
Sunday, October 20, 2013

Awesome Trees For Fall Colour

With the onset of autumn we look toward putting the garden to rest for the winter months but while w...
Sunday, October 20, 2013

October 2013 In Your Garden

Alright I’ve been getting the hairy eyeball from Rebecca so I’d better write this. Fall is apples a...
Monday, September 30, 2013

Ten Unique and Unusual Plants For Collectors

Some people plant geraniums and heucheras, while others seek out the new, the unusual and the unique. This collection of rare and unique plants is sure to set the heart a flutter amongst plant nerds.
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Five Uncommon Plants For Fall Colour

When everyone thinks of fall colours, all eyes turn towards the japanese maples. However, there are many other lesser known plants that can also provide striking fall foliage colours.
Friday, September 27, 2013

Six Colourful Companions

Six colourful companion bulb packages to make bulb planting easy
Monday, September 16, 2013

Tulip Mania 2013

In 1593 Tulips were brought from Turkey to the Netherlands. They quickly became sought after and the...
Sunday, September 8, 2013

Encore Azaleas

Encore® Azaleas are the world's best-selling reblooming azalea with rich, colorful blooms in spring, summer and fall.
Sunday, September 8, 2013

Fab Five Fall Container Plants

I have tried many fall container additions over the years with some successes and some not so much. ...
Sunday, September 8, 2013

Five Plants for the Adventurous

I have a number of favorite plants around the nursery and if you ask any one of our garden crazy sta...
Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sept 2013 In Your Garden

Well, that was an amazing summer! So far so lovely for September, one of the most exciting months for gardening and harvest and fall fairs.
Sunday, September 8, 2013

In Praise of Pots

Well I thought I would touch on something other than plants but no less important to the garden- ...

Friday, August 16, 2013

Some Like It Hot Part 2

Last month I wrote about perennials that would be good for those hot, dry locations. This month I will touch on a few woody plants that can exist comfortably in those same conditions.
Friday, August 16, 2013

August 2013 In Your Garden

Thus far it has been a spectacular summer! My boot tan is coming along wonderfully as are the mosqu...
Friday, August 16, 2013

Growing Figs In The Pacific Northwest

Fig trees are large rambling deciduous plants with lush tropical looking leaves and sweet, highly sought-after fruit. While heat loving, fig trees can grow exceptionally well in the Pacific Northwest.
Friday, August 16, 2013

My Favourite Summer Flowers

As we near the middle of August and round the corner to the dreaded ‘Back to School’ time of the yea...
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Some Like It Hot

I find it interesting when people ask me what types of plants are good in hot dry locations; we live...
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Perennials With Summer Fragrance

Every time I walk by a patch of Garden Phlox, I am brought back to my grandparents backyard, where I...
Thursday, July 18, 2013

July 2013 In Your Garden

What a lovely spell of weather we’ve been having!! I have a my touristy to-do list like the Richmon...
Monday, July 15, 2013

Sunset Western Garden Collection Part 1

The Western Garden Collection from Sunset magazine features 25 striking new plant varieties for discerning gardeners and collectors. Here is part one of our showcase on these wonderful new plants.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

8 Informative Gardening Videos

Here is a collection of 8 informative gardening videos from our good friends at Monrovia Growers.
Friday, June 14, 2013

Shrubs The Garden Workhorses Part 1

Deciduous flowering shrubs are the workhorses of the garden. They are the infill of the garden, the middle part or depth of a good design and very, very necessary.
Friday, June 14, 2013

Jelly Bean Grape Tomatoes

These sweet, little gems are really like garden candy: no one will be able to resist plucking them off the vines and popping them into their mouths
Friday, June 14, 2013

Your Garden in June 2013

Happy June!! Summer is almost here. The baby tomato plants I grew from seed are lookin’ good! The...
Friday, June 14, 2013

Home Composting

I imagine all you gardeners are picking veggies and flowers from your garden now. Wonderful isn't i...
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

In Praise of the Hosta

I have written about hosta (Plantain Lily) before but I cannot emphasize enough how wonderfully vers...
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Great Grasses For Summer Interest

I must admit, ornamental grasses are one of my favourite summer time plants. If you're time starved as much as I am, then the low maintenance, easy care nature of these ornamental grasses is for you.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Fargesia Clumping Bamboo

Fargesia is genus of clumping bamboo which generally prefers color climates as opposed to tropical o...
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Japanese Barberries

As a plant in our region, Japanese Barberries are highly underused. Very few plants offer the vivid colours, interesting forms and impenetrable thorns offered by these deciduous plants.
Thursday, May 30, 2013

More Great Plant Picks From Lyle

With this wonderful spring weather, what better opportunity is there to visit Art's Nursery and scope out those choice additions. There is always room for one more...
Sunday, May 19, 2013

My 11 Top 10 Picks For May 2013

One of a kind. Unique. Different. These words describe my 11 top 10 plant picks for this month. Each...
Friday, May 10, 2013

Raymond Evison Clematis

Raymond Evison is renowned as a clematis breeder with over 5 decades of experience and history creat...
Friday, May 10, 2013

Peonies

Peonies are a bit like the hats worn by ladies attending the Royal Ascot or even the Kentucky Derby ...
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bringing In The Good Bugs

Unless we use pesticides, our gardens are crawling with bugs! To have a beautiful and healthy gard...
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Your Garden in May 2013

Well now, this is a rather nice start to May! My farmers tan is off to a stunning beginning, the ev...
Thursday, May 2, 2013

5 Plants With Huge Leaves

Sometimes size does matter. These 5 plants have huge, tropical looking foliage that just demands attention in your garden. Have a look and add one or two to your garden for dramatic effect.
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dwarf Cherries-An Exciting Edible

One of the exciting new edibles I’ve added to my collection is the University of Saskatchewan’s Bush...
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Great Soil Makes a Great Garden

Well, the few spates of good weather we've had between rain and wind have me out in the garden. It'...
Saturday, April 13, 2013

Five Early Blooming Clematis Vines

One of the first vines to bloom in spring are the evergreen and early blooming deciduous clematis. T...
Saturday, April 13, 2013

Four Petite Little Hostas

When it comes to Hostas, no quantity is too much. Some people collect stamps, others collect cars, a...
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April 2013 In Your Garden

I’m still in awe of the sunny spring break weather. April kind of caught me by surprise this year. ...
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lyles Eclectic Plant Picks For April 2013

Here is a nice mixture of perennials to keep an eye out for this spring.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Brazelberry Collection

Since the 1970’s, the Brazelton family of Oregon have been the pre-eminent grower of blueberries and...
Monday, March 18, 2013

More Seed Sowing Tips

Well, the rain keeps coming down, and I find myself continually checking on my seedlings to remind m...
Monday, March 18, 2013

Must Have Gardening Tools

The right tools can not only save your hours of time and a visit to the chiropractor. They can also...
Monday, March 18, 2013

March 2013 In Your Garden

It’s blowing in like a lion with a few glimpses of the spring to come. An interesting month March i...
Monday, March 18, 2013

Rebeccas Plant Picks March 2013

In every month and every season, a few plants arrive at the nursery that really catch my eye. Some a...
Saturday, March 9, 2013

6 Deadly Agaves

On a recent trip to the southern California desert area of Palm Springs, we couldn’t help but fall i...
Saturday, February 9, 2013

Seed Sowing Success

Lynne our newest garden writer shares her secrets to seed sowing success.
Thursday, February 7, 2013

February 2013 In Your Garden

Laurelle shares her light hearted look at your garden to-do list for February 2013.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Gardening 101

An introduction to gardening from our own in-house garden designer and horticulturist Laurelle.
Saturday, January 26, 2013

First Signs Of Spring 2013

Nothing piques our interest more than seeing the first plants of the season emerge from dormancy and...
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Choosing a Christmas Tree

Real or Fake, cut or live, this is one debate that gets family members more riled up than the Turkey...
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

December 2012 In Your Garden

Ah, December, you have enough to do this month so don’t worry, the list will wait. For those of you ...
Saturday, November 17, 2012

2012 Christmas Open House

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Berries For Winter Gardens

There is just something about plants with bright beautiful berries in the fall that I absolutely lov...
Saturday, November 10, 2012

Bulb Layering In Containers

Wish you could enjoy a spring bloom of tulips but find yourself with limited gardening space and tim...
Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fall Colour Supporting Cast

The rains have finally come and we walk briskly under the lead players of fall colour; Acer, Fraxinus, Liquidambar. While we scurry about all bundled up trying to keep dry...
Saturday, November 10, 2012

November In Your Garden

Hello all, I trust you’ve had yourselves a merry little Halloween! I have less than usual left over ...
Thursday, November 8, 2012

Growing Tillandsia Air Plants

Tillandsia is the largest genus in the Bromeliad family of plants. Commonly known as Air Plants, the...
Sunday, November 4, 2012

BlueBerry Care Video

Learn to care for blueberries from our partners and fantastic growers, Monrovia Nursery.
Saturday, November 3, 2012

Seven Camellia Sasanquas For The Winter Garden

Camellia sasanqua or Christmas or Yuletide Camellia is a species of evergreen shrubs from the coastal forests of southern Japan and many other Asian islands as far south as Okinawa.
Sunday, October 28, 2012

Buy an Amaryllis Support Huntington Society of Canada

Support the Huntington Society of Canada by purchasing one of the unique Orange Sovereign Amaryllis Bulbs.
Monday, October 22, 2012

October 2012 In Your Garden

Thus far a pretty darn good front half of October. I’m almost ready to call it even for the soupy Ju...
Monday, October 22, 2012

Tough and Hardy Winter Grasses

As you may or may not know, grasses and grass-like plants are divided into two main groups, warm sea...
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Three Fantastic Ferns For Foliage Fanatics

Ferns are one of those plant groups that just gets no respect in the garden. While most people consider them dull and boring, the reality couldn't be any further away.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bud Blooming Heathers

What is a bud blooming heather? Simply put, a bud bloomer is a variety of heather, more specifically, a Calluna, whose flower buds swell and colour up, but never open to reveal the flower.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Spotlight on Euphorbia

Euphorbia are a massive collection of plants with something in the order of 2000 species and varieti...
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Designing With Flower Bulbs

Gone are the days for straight soldierly rows of single variety bulbs…unless you are colour blocking...
Monday, September 10, 2012

September 2012 In Your Garden

Not a bad start to September! For many of us this month will be a bit of a blur. Don’t forget to sit...
Sunday, September 9, 2012

Tulips for Tomorrow is Back

Support the tulips for tomorrow fund raising campaign by purchasing a pack of princess irene tulips for $10 at Arts Nursery.
Friday, September 7, 2012

Arts 11th Annual Fall Garden Event

Join us for the 11th Annual Arts Nursery Fall Garden Event. This year we're featuring another great lineup of guest speakers, product demos and many instore sales & specials.
Thursday, September 6, 2012

Gold Fever

For those occasional dreary days here on the west coast try planting some "living" sunshine into your garden.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Bring the Tropics To Your Garden

It is possible to enjoy the look of the tropics in your own garden by selecting the right plants and...
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

An Introduction To Growing Grapes

When I moved into my present location the front yard was a massive jungle of weeds and "garden" unfo...
Monday, August 13, 2012

8 Sun Loving Plants for Hot And Dry Locations

Now that the summer heat is finally here, it's a great time to look at plants that love the hot and ...
Monday, August 13, 2012

August 2012 In Your Garden

August is turning out rather nice. It’s patio time folks so stock up on the ice cubes and little um...
Saturday, July 14, 2012

Echinacea Excitement

Looking for something interesting to add to your garden for some summer and Fall interest? Echinacea might just be the perennial for you.
Saturday, July 14, 2012

July 2012 In Your Garden

July has arrived and has brought summer along with it. I have been enjoying the sun and the warm toasty weather and yes I know it’s hot but don’t you dare complain after the spring we’ve had.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Selections for the Discerning Gardener July 2012

Lyle shares his favourite summer blooming perennials in this installment of Selections for the Discerning Gardener. These aren't your Grandma's perennials! A new twist on some old garden favorites.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

11 New Japanese Maples for 2012

Rebecca and Laurelle introduce 11 new japanese maples for 2012.
Monday, July 2, 2012

Six Pack of Plants July 2012

With summer approaching, the emphasis in most gardens is colourful foliage and flowers. With so many...
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Itoh Peonies

My first experience with Itoh peonies was over 15 years ago when a colleague of mine from Alberta se...
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What is a Grafted Tomato?

Grafted tomatoes are the most exciting thing to hit the herb and veggie business in a long time. The...
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Growing Remarkable Raspberries

Raspberries are one of the most delicious and most delicate of the small fruits. Growing a remarkable crop of raspberries is not difficult as long as you follow these simple guidelines.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rebeccas June 2012 Plant Picks

Hello! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Rebecca and one of my many responsibilities is to keep Art's Nursery well stocked with new, interesting and eye-catching plants.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 2012 In Your Garden

Hmmmph. My lawn is so soggy that unless root weevils and leatherjacket grubs are aquatic I don’t think I’ll have much of a problem with them this year.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Growing Pumpkins

Well Mother Nature is certainly throwing us some curves with the weather this spring again, especial...
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May 2012 In Your Garden

We’ve had enough of the showers, now I can really use some flowers!!! This is one of my fave flower months…Lilacs, Mock Orange, Apple trees.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Laurelle's Favourite Rhodos Part 2

Well here is the long awaited part of my favourite Rhododendrons. These beauties are somewhat harder...
Monday, May 7, 2012

Selections For the Discerning Gardener May 2012

Lyle shares a few more gems to add a splash of colour, fragrance or curiosity to your garden in May 2012.
Saturday, April 21, 2012

Laurelles Favourite Rhododendrons - Part1

In this post, Laurelle shares 5 of her favourite tried and tree rhododendrons. Part one of two.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April 2012 In Your Garden

The Easter weekend was absolutely fantastic. My neighborhood looked like an elementary school playground at recess. People streamed out of their houses in their freshly unpacked summer clothes...
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Selections for the Discerning Gardener

The planting season has kicked off to a great start, so here are five of my favorites that you can try out in your garden this Spring.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Grow Your Own Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the easiest and most rewarding vegetables to grow in your garden. All you need is a little bit of space, sunshine and potato seedlings.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Three Wonderful White Camellias

Camellias are evergreen flowering shrubs that offer so much to the garden in early spring. While the...
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cool New Plants For March 2012

Read on to discover two great new plants available at Arts this March 2012.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

First Signs Of Spring

There is a light at the end of the drizzle, really. It’s time to get out of the house and stare bl...
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 2012 In Your Garden

Geez talk about March blowing in like a lion! In one day we’ve had sunshine, gale force winds, rain,...
Thursday, February 9, 2012

Monrovia - Camellia Video

What's the difference between a Japonica and a Sasanqua Camellia? Nicholas from Monrovia Plants explains and describes the world's first prostrate Camellia, and Pink Yuletide, a rare fragrant variety.
Thursday, February 9, 2012

February 2012 In Your Garden

I appreciate and admire the groundhog Punxsutawny Phil. I even think he’s cute. But 6 more weeks of winter?? I think he is mistaken this year.
Thursday, February 9, 2012

Starting From Seed

At this time of year, with a few days of sunshine under my belt I start to get a hankering for a nic...
Thursday, February 9, 2012

Winter Garden Highlights

Even in winter the garden can hold some interesting surprises, here are just a few plants that break with tradition and offer us a splendid display when all else is the garden is asleep.
Thursday, December 15, 2011

My Favourite 5 Medium Sized Conifers

Picea omorika or Serbian spruce; this stiffly upright form of spruce with it’s proudly upswept branches reminds me of a soldier standing stiffly at attention.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wolong Ghost Silver Veined Wintercreeper

Prominent white veins stand out on the narrow, deep green leaves for an unusual appearance on this strong-growing groundcover
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Morgan Chinese Arborvitae

This woody chameleon, native to Australia, is known for its gorgeous changing year-round foliage col...
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December 2011 In Your Garden

Looks like we’re starting December off rather nicely on the Wet Coast, sunny and cool. After dipping...
Saturday, November 12, 2011

November 2011 In Your Garden

We get more rain this month than any other, so with that in mind here is the list! Take your vitamin C and vitamin D. Wash your hands often.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My Favourite Conifers - Part One

I’ll admit it, even though I graft heritage Apple trees and adore herbs and veggies and grasses, con...
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fall and Winter Planters

Fall and winter planters should include plants that are hardy and can withstand the winter months wi...
Saturday, October 22, 2011

Six Beautiful Japanese Maples

our second in our ongoing series of youtube videos featuring everybody's favourite tree, the japanese maple.
Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fantastic Fall Plants

Our first youtube video clip featuring many fantastic fall plants!
Friday, September 16, 2011

Five Cool Plants For September 2011

With so many plants available these days, its hard to bring attention to just a few. With that said,...
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Bulb Planting Website

As Fall is the ideal bulb planting time, why not launch a new bulb related website at the same time.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Garden In Autumn

Fall, autumn… the final season before winter sets in once again. It can be rather depressing as the...
Monday, September 12, 2011

September 2011 In Your Garden

So far this September is shaping up rather nicely! Perhaps this is the make-up part of the summer fo...
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lavender - A Summer Favourite

There is something a bit magical about Lavender. It can shout summer even in the dead of winter. Ev...
Thursday, July 21, 2011

Gardening In Summer

Well summer has finally rolled around (no really it has) and we leave the garden to the sprinkler sy...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July 2011 In Your Garden

I’ve just come back from walking the dogs this lovely evening in a tee shirt, shorts and sandals at ...
Saturday, July 9, 2011

Five Interesting Plants for July 2011

What would gardening be without exciting new plants. Here's a collection of 5 unique and interesting plants to consider adding to your garden for July 2011.
Friday, June 17, 2011

Hydrangeas in Your Garden

There is no good reason why you shouldn’t have at least one of these in your garden. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite shrubs and lend themselves nicely to almost any garden theme or style.
Monday, June 13, 2011

Hostas - A Garden Essential

Even after more than 30 years of growing Hosta I am still awed at the versatility of these amazing and adaptable perennials.
Sunday, May 8, 2011

June 2011 In Your Garden

Mow! Once the warm weather hits…and it will, raise your mowing height. Your grass will be less stressed, more vigorous and require less repairs come fall.
Saturday, May 7, 2011

How to Grow Great Tomatoes

Tomato growers unite! Perhaps one of the most popular plants at this time of year is the plain old tomato. No other vegetable/fruit gets the masses excited more than these tasty little gems.
Friday, May 6, 2011

4 Great Groundcover Sedums for Rock Gardens

For many people today, a low maintenance, easy care garden is the next best thing to utopia. In many...
Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Flowering Cherry

In honor of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival which runs from March 26 until April 22, I thought...
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 2011 In Your Garden

At least its April showers not April snow drifts! Ladies and Gentleman let’s rock and roll! Spend ...
Monday, April 11, 2011

Goji Berry - The Tibetan Wonder Food

Lycium barbarum, or more commonly, the Goji Berry, is a large 7-10 foot high shrub grown for its inc...
Monday, April 11, 2011

Hellebore Onyx Odyssey

This unique, purple-black hellebore has a fitting name Onyx Odyssey. It is a large double flower wit...

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