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 TheNewPerennialist.com
- “Invite Wildness,” an excerpt from her new book, Grow Curious: Creative Activities to Cultivate Joy, by Gayla Trail of Toronto, who posts on YouGrowGirl.com.
- “Splendour of Our Native Grasses,” by Stephen Westcott-Gratton, with 10 suggestions for gorgeous native grasses.
Other articles in the issue include:
- Cilantro’s time to shine, by Laura Langston
- The beauty of wildflower bouquets, by Janet Davis
- Grand garden parties to mark Canada’s 150th, by Heather White
- Garden profile of a modern classic, by Liz Primeau
- Subtle charms of sanguisorbas, by Lorraine Flanigan
- Tackling tree pests and diseases, by Stephen Westcott-Gratton
- A sense of place, by Karen York
We also asked nine Canadians to write about gardens that inspired them and have contributions from:
- Helen Battersby, garden coach and blogger at TorontoGardens.com
- Janet Davis, photographer at the paintboxgarden.com
- David Hobson, garden columnist for the Waterloo Region Record in Ontario
- Colleen Zacharias, garden columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press
- Veronica Sliva, garden and travel writer at gardenersworld.ca
- Rob Howard, garden columnist for the Hamilton Spectator
- Niki Jabbour, author, blogger at SavvyGardening.com and Halifax radio show host
- Mark Cullen, author, columnist and radio show host, at MarkCullen.com
- Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic, columnist for Focus magazine in Victoria