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on gardening. They tell us what has worked for them and what their experi- ence has taught them. Katherine Ferguson recommends


using large plantings and visualizing the results. At the back of her gardens, large dramatic clumps of tall grasses contrast with a chance-sown smoke tree, while the front has low-growing perennials, huge boulders and a few annuals for colour. “Start with what you can manage,”


Noreen Brodie advises, and “don’t get big too quickly.” Brodie knows all about big gardens, she has a 100-acre farm near Owen Sound. Large gardens can have large workloads but Noreen includes native wildflowers in the ditch- es and an existing old barn foundation. “I love bulbs,” she says, noting that they provide colour throughout the growing season without a lot of effort. Brenda Neczkar from East York in


Toronto recommends not using too much fertilizer. “I fertilize just before blooming, and not in August.” She gave away her phlox and most of her tradi-


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Top and bottom: Noreen Brodie’s rural garden near Owen Sound.


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