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As a University of B.C. student, living with my wife in a basement suite on Oak Street, we often enjoyed the green space of parks close by and I became an admirer of the Vancouver Parks Department.
In later years, I was privileged to either host, or co-host, three international symposiums or conventions that showcased Vancouver’s lush green-scaping. The Garden Writers of America, the International Garden Center Association, and others in the ‘green’ industry were truly impressed with Vancouver’s world-class parks and gardens.
Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Festival is something to appreciate each spring and well-planned tree plantings across the city create spectacular fall colour. Vancouver really is one of the top green cities in the world, thanks to the many brilliant horticultural leaders, dedicated staff and the many park board members over the years.
After a city council decision to eliminate the park board, I received a phone call from Bill Manning, who has worked in Vancouver parks for over 25 years. Initially he was the horticultural manager and then operations manager for one of the three city parks areas into which the city is now divided.
I asked Manning about the role of the park board and he confirmed its mandate was to oversee and advocate for parks and recreation in the City of Vancouver, looking ahead 10 to 15 years and beyond. As with most boards, they set strategic plans for development, generate budget projections, secure funding, and provide governance and policies that allow management to fulfil these obligations.
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The winter doldrums are a reality in the Midwest, especially for gardeners, but an immersive plant adventure at your local conservatory is a sure way to lift your spirits. Fortunately, midwestern cities and towns are blessed with many gardens under glass where visitors can experience the warmth and color of the growing season any time of the year. For me, an annual winter trip to the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, just a two-hour drive from my home in southern Wisconsin, is the perfect way to get my plant fix and keep my sanity.
We all want a houseplant that keeps on thriving and needs a little care – to add a cherry to this cake, how about having a one, which gives you so many plants that you can gift to all your friends and family members? Surely a lottery, right? Keep reading!
Small, hardy, evergreen shrubs which grow wild in many parts of Europe and in a few localities in North America. They belong to the Heath family, Ericaceae. The name is derived from kallunein, to sweep. Branches are used as brooms. Only one species. is known, Callunas vulgaris, the common Heather or Scotch Heather, but it has many varieties which differ widely in stature, the color of flowers and color of leaves.
Britain and Ireland have between 32 and 35 native tree species. Numbers differ depending on how many individual species of elms and whitebeam are included, whether hybrids are listed, and which species are counted as trees and which as shrubs.
Plants in this list are slow-growing and prefer poor soil; this is why it is fine to fertilize them less often if you want. If you’re busy, forgetful, or don’t want to care much, grow these and feed them using a slow-release balanced fertilizer before the start of their active growth period once in a year.
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