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Seasoned gardeners at Mountain Side Village in Fruitvale bought many plants from local sources to grow this season. But this particular bounty of purple tomatoes, called the Indigo Rose, is something new to them. Photos: Submitted

Perplexed by a purple tomato? Learn about the ‘Indigo Rose’

Indigo Rose is a new breed of cherry-tomato that contains anthocyanin

 

Butchart Gardens - Handout

Creating the Japanese Garden

A place to think, meditate and be at peace

  • Aug 11, 2021

 

Morris Flowers has offered some advice on gardening in the Creston Valley. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

The best plants to add to your garden this year

Morris Flowers Garden Center offered some suggestions for creating visual interest

 

The Fruitvale community garden is located on Beaver Street across from the municipal office. Photo: Submitted

Harvest Central Community Garden opens in Fruitvale

A growing opportunity for all Beaver Valley residents, from kindergarten and upwards

The Fruitvale community garden is located on Beaver Street across from the municipal office. Photo: Submitted
A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)

B.C.’s wild bees need messy gardens to survive

The year-long nesting period makes habitat a primary concern for wild bees

A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)
B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. bee supply threatened this year by wasps, COVID

No, bees aren’t getting COVID, it’s the supply chain that’s been disrupted

B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)
Protecting sacred Camas
“Indigenous community leader Kim Robertson and CiB teamed up to protect the stand of camas that grows along the waters edge near Gyro Park,” says Rachael Brown. “After many of the bulbs were removed last year, we covered a large section of the stand with chicken wire. This allows the plant to grow through while impeding any shovels looking to dig down. Next for the camas is proper signage.” Common camas is a native perennial herb in the lily family. The beautiful blue flowers grow in moist meadows in southern B.C. Camas is a rare find in the Columbia Basin, restricted to low-elevation sites in the West Kootenay. Camas was a dietary staple for Indigenous peoples wherever it grew, and is a cultural keystone species. Photo: Submitted

Trail’s blooming volunteers are back for a 19th season

Dan Rodlie remains chair of the Trail CiB committee this season

Protecting sacred Camas
“Indigenous community leader Kim Robertson and CiB teamed up to protect the stand of camas that grows along the waters edge near Gyro Park,” says Rachael Brown. “After many of the bulbs were removed last year, we covered a large section of the stand with chicken wire. This allows the plant to grow through while impeding any shovels looking to dig down. Next for the camas is proper signage.” Common camas is a native perennial herb in the lily family. The beautiful blue flowers grow in moist meadows in southern B.C. Camas is a rare find in the Columbia Basin, restricted to low-elevation sites in the West Kootenay. Camas was a dietary staple for Indigenous peoples wherever it grew, and is a cultural keystone species. Photo: Submitted
Reiner Jakubowski American Peony Society Registrar Nomenclature has named his latest Creation Castlegar. Photo: submitted

New peony hybrid named for Castlegar

Reiner Jakubowski has named his latest peony creation after Castlegar.

Reiner Jakubowski American Peony Society Registrar Nomenclature has named his latest Creation Castlegar. Photo: submitted
A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)

New blend by West Coast Seeds to bloom in Dr. Bonnie Henry’s name

Cosmo blend designed to attract bees, and marketed with tagline ‘Bee Calm, Bee Kind, Bee Safe’

A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)
Planting for a year round harvest

Planting for a year round harvest

The mid-July sowings produce crops that will become large enough to take them through the winter

  • Jun 9, 2020
Planting for a year round harvest
Anyone willing to dig in and help keep Trail in bloom this summer, is asked to call Rachael Brown 250.368.7024. (Submitted photo)

On the bright side, Trail will soon be in bloom

Trail Community in Bloom Committee has been part of CiB since 2002

Anyone willing to dig in and help keep Trail in bloom this summer, is asked to call Rachael Brown 250.368.7024. (Submitted photo)
Gardening community blooming in Boundary

Gardening community blooming in Boundary

Column by Jensen Edwards

Gardening community blooming in Boundary
Craft your own Vancouver Experience – for less!

Craft your own Vancouver Experience – for less!

Combine and save as much as 35% on tickets to 21 top visitor attractions in Vancouver

  • Mar 9, 2020
Craft your own Vancouver Experience – for less!
Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre

Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre

Buying business included a steep learning curve for owner Robin Knox

  • Jun 24, 2019
Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre