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The New Natural Garden (Issue 30)

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Garden Making focuses on what we’re calling The New Natural Garden in issue #30. We explore ideas and suggestions to encourage gardeners to let nature help guide the design of their gardens.

“When you stop to think about it, making a garden is an unnatural process,” writes Editor-in-Chief Beckie Fox in her editor’s column. “I hope this issue’s theme helps add to the understanding of how our gardens can be more of a partner with nature.”

Articles about the theme include:

  • “Can We Embrace the New Natural?” by Belinda Gallagher, an instructor at the University of Guelph in Ontario.
  • “Wild-ish at Heart,” by Tony Spencer, who has studied naturalistic gardens around the world and writes
  • “Invite Wildness,” an excerpt from her new book, Grow Curious: Creative Activities to Cultivate Joy, by Gayla Trail of Toronto, who posts on
  • “Splendour of Our Native Grasses,” by Stephen Westcott-Gratton, with 10 suggestions for gorgeous native grasses.

Other articles in the issue include:

We also asked nine Canadians to write about gardens that inspired them and have contributions from:

Published May 2017