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local dirt Two ways to say “Happy Birthday Canada”

in red and white with 150th Celebration Gardens C

elebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary next year with a stunning display of red and white tulips, the international symbol of friendship and an enduring

symbol of our national ethos of kindness and hospitality. There’s no better way to say 'Happy Birthday' to Our

Home and Native Land, and the Canadian Garden Coun- cil and Vesey’s Bulbs of Prince Edward Island want to help make it happen. Community groups are invited to apply for a “150th Celebration Garden” of red and white tulips, and homeowners are invited to purchase their own scaled down version for their gardens. Community Groups such as public gardens, municipal-

ities, schools, service organizations, horticultural socie- ties and garden clubs are invited to apply for one of only 150 red-and-white Celebration Gardens, each containing 1,000 tulip bulbs, to be planted in the fall of this year and bloom in time to say “Happy Birthday Canada” in the spring of 2017. Applications for one of these gardens are being accepted on the Canada’s Garden Route website – Deadline for applications is August 8, 2016. Home Gardeners can join the party with their very own

Plan now for next year's 150 birthday with red and white tulips.

Celebration Garden. Vesey’s Bulbs is selling an exclusive, limited number – only 150 per region – of special Cele- bration Gardens for the home gardener, each containing 75 Red Impression and 75 White Hakuun tulip bulbs. Each garden comes with an official “150th Celebration Garden” certificate. Order now to avoid disappointment. Details available at:

Five resolutions for gardeners

will embrace as the season truly begins: 1.

T I will embrace nature

he following are five resolutions that we wish every gardener, no matter their level of expertise,


garden for the birds, the bees and the butterflies (and the bats too!). One of the most enjoyable benefits of having a garden is being able to enjoy the beautiful creatures who visit it. So plan your flowers and vegetables with that in mind then sit back and enjoy the show! Remember, planting a polli- nator-friendly garden is good for the pollinators, good for the earth, good for your veggie garden and good for you! 2. I will not blame myself for

gardening failures. Often times, Mother Nature is not our friend when it comes to gardening. Or life gets in the way. We do not want you to despair!

6 • Spring 2016

them. And learn you will! 4. I will share my passion. We have

Simply try again and learn from experi- ence. Your garden, and your gardening friends, are both extremely forgiving. 3. I will not be afraid to ask ques-

tions. How else can you learn? Take advantage of the experience of your neighbor, your aunt, the garden center employee or the local extension agent. If they are like typical garden fanatics, they will appreciate your interest and be flattered that you want to learn from

all seen the studies that show many of today's gardeners got their start by learning from someone else, usually a parent or grandparent. Can you be that mentor? Will you be the reason your son or daughter serves homegrown vegetables to your grandchildren? Can you be the reason your neighbor plants window boxes for the first time? 5. I will try something new. This

is kind of a no-brainer, right? Have you ever met a gardener who didn't want the newest of the new, for bragging rights if nothing else? But what about really a new growing style or completely new crop of vegetables. Find something irresistible that's out of your usual comfort zone. Provided by the National Garden Bureau.

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