© 2016 Mary Beerman

August 15, 2019

There is a house on a hill with a welcoming red door. Handsome timber frame trim blends the home into the well-treed neighbourhood. I am drawn to the red swing under the largest Locust tree I have ever seen in a landscape. Although resisting the urge, I can imagine mys...

November 30, 2018

Anna was coming home from school, kids in tow, stroller loaded, knapsacks piled on, lots of talking and no one walking in a straight line. I was gardening when she came up to me waiving one of my flyers calling out, This is what I need! In brief sentences we concl...

November 26, 2018

On the edge of the GTA, just outside the village of Cannington is a log home neatly tucked into the hillside. It is barely visible behind the large Lindens, Spruce and Maples, all planted by the owners, David and Margaret Greaves. 

David is the gardener. He says he has...

September 27, 2016

 Award winning French chef, Alain Passard, and myself are worlds apart. Three Michelin stars are just the beginning. 

We meet in the garden. Gardens are inspiration, contemplation, completion. 

Gardens are good. 

A garden is a single pot of parsley, your yearly tomat...

July 19, 2016

We love what we love. We are drawn to certain plants or elements of design for often instinctual reasons. 

"I don't care what anyone says. I love periwinkle."

"I know it grows crazy but it looks great around the house and I can't kill it."

"It was always in my gramma's ga...

June 29, 2016

5 great ideas for small gardens jammed packed with fabulous vibe.

It's never too late to put one together! 

1. The Wheelbarrow

Painted white. Flat tire left as is. Throw in a frame for visual focus. Awesome. 

2. 3 Giant Pots, 1 plant

How much easier could it get? 

Choose 3 o...

June 25, 2016

You may not have great plans for your landscapes this season. Sometimes none are needed. Lucky you! Take the season to relax and enjoy it all.  

There is one practice every garden benefits from: Weed, Edge and Clip. It's the quick tidy up for any landscape. So...

June 25, 2016

Everything looks so different with each piece of the gardenscape puzzle fitting in. When I came to finish installing the gardens to the right of the driveway the sod had been laid. The gardens look less like large brown berms and more like compliments of the whole land...

May 19, 2016

I recently read a conference seminar list and found a topic that perplexed me: Is Ecosystem Gardening A Thing Of The Past?


On my way to work on a woodland garden that I had designed and was now planting out I heard rapper, Royce da 5'9 on CBC's q, talk about learning...

May 2, 2016



The first thing that comes to mind for most people is: No Chemicals




A second concept is: Healthy.




Other ideas are: Costly Production. Expensive. Weedy. Low Yields


The answers are: Not True!



The Canadian association for the organic industry is the C...

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