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Highlights of helpful gardening articles here to explore -

Coping with the 
dastardly Lily beetle.

Shrub Pruning Tips

Black Walnut allelopathy
and the toxin, Juglone

Winter Garden Protection

Seed starting 

Correct planting of 
new trees & shrubs

Increasing Drought Tolerance.

"Low"maintenance gardening?

 

 

 

York Region is home to many independent businesses of interest to gardeners, from small outdoor landscape contractors or specialty plant growers, to custom ironwork artists, organic gardening consultants, ornament crafters, tree service experts, and more. 

To help you find the product or you're hunting for, we've collected names and business cards where ever we go and listed them here.  Feedback on your favourite places to shop is always welcome.   
                                                                       Cheers!, Evelyn

 

ACORN TO OAK TREE SERVICES,  Jeff Marrin.  Holland Landing, (Newmarket) Ont.  Outdoor contracting services since 2000.  Tree removal, landscaping stonework, decks, etc.  905 836-6877.  JeffMarrin@AcornToOak.ca  www.AcornToOak.ca  ACORUS RESTORATION 519-586-2603, 
722 6th Concession Rd., Walsingham, Ont.   Native Plant nursery & farm, where you can tour 95 acres of large and small scale ecological restoration projects.  www.ecologyart.com 
ADDISON CUSTOM IRON, 18175 Ridge Road, Sunderland  Ironware, glassware, candles, baskets, iron gates, railings, garden accessories, etc.  647 831-0831 www.addisoncustomironinc.ca  ADD YOUR BUSINESS HERE, 123 Home and Garden Way, York Region. Looking for a permanent spot where gardeners throughout York Region can find you?  Send me some basic info and I'll post your business here.  Free Service.  email Evelyn.
AMHERST GREENHOUSES INC., Uxbridge. 1720 Concession #8, (416) 213-5623.  Plant rentals, tropical & native, for special events, trade shows, stage backdrops, whatever!  www.amherstgreenhouses.com  AURORA HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.  
Click here for current contact information.
The BACKYARD BIRDER, 228 Main St. S, Newmarket.  905 898-2329.  Bird Feeders, seed, books, gifts, etc.  ALPINE TROUGH, Pefferlaw / Sutton 905 722-6035.  Alpine troughs, Bird Baths.  Alpine plants, custom made troughs or make-your-own workshops.  alpinetrough@rogers.com 
ATMOSPHERE, Visual Event Makers  905 713-2650 or shannon@atmospherefx.com  Decor, Floral, Prop Design/Build, plant rental, interior plant maintenance.   www.atmospherefx.com  BLOSSOM HILL SERVICES, Delphinium Hybridizers & Growers   blossomh@pipcom.com  www.blossomhillnursery.com  Cook family, RR2, 681 Fife's Bay Road, Peterborough 705 742-9923 
BLUE WILLOW GARDEN & LANDSCAPE CTR.  905 722-5849 Hwy #48, Baldwin (S. of Sutton).  Full range garden center plus design/ landscaping service.  Also, Butterfly Conservatory tours spring thru fall.  www.BlueWillowGarden.com  BLACK FOREST GARDEN CENTER 1544 King City (s. of St. John's SdRd.)  Full range garden center and landscaping service, plus garden ornament and more. Plus plantings to tour  Specialize in spectacular hanging baskets. 
CATHY'S CRAWLY COMPOSTER'S, Cathy Nesbitt 1-888-775-9495.  Vermicomposting bins and Red Wiggler worms.  Sales, workshops, and seminars. www.CathysComposters.com  CEDAR LANE GARDEN, 705 887-3086, Fenelon Falls.  Linda & Craig McLeod.  138 Cedartree Rd. (off Country Rd. 121).  Native plants and specialty perennials. lgmcleod@sympatico.ca 
DREAMRIDGE ORGANIC SOILS, Stouffville, 905-888-0517.  Fine Organic Soils.  Also carry DriWater, a gelled product used to release water as needed to roots, made from 98% water and 2% food quality gum as the gelling agent. DRY STONE WALL ASSOC.  Based in Southern Ontario, this is a developing network of amateurs and professionals devoted to the art of building stone walls, arches and dykes.   www.jboyweb.com/drystonewall 
ELIZABETH JURECKI LANDSCAPE DESIGN CONSULTANT Elizabeth Jurecki, Newmarket 905 830-1325.  Serving the York Region and GTA area with fine landscape design plans and horticultural advice since 1996.  www.ElizabethJ.ca  
David Hobson's GARDEN HUMOUR    Lots of fun reading, interesting facts and useful links from the garden columnist for the Kitchener Waterloo Record. www.gardenhumour.com THE FOUNTAIN FORGE, 9004 Woodbine Ave., Gormley.  fountain and waterfall structures.
GARDEN SENSIBILITIES.  York Region garden design services.  www.gardensensibilities.com GARDENS PLUS,  Extensive listing of Hosta & Daylilies.  Info. on seasonal events and free plant listing on website.  Mail order or visit anytime at 136 County Rd.#4/Parkhill Rd., 2 min. east of Peterborough, or www.gardensplus.ca
THE GARDENER'S ART, Marilyn Ruddies, Residential Garden Design Consultant. 905 898-7445.  From one hour consultations to full layout and construction  plans.    

 

CLIFFORD'S HAULAGE, (formerly GREAT GARDENS COMPOST), Aurora Rd. just E. of Woodbine.  1-888-742-2649.  All natural, fully composed & odourless, proprietary blend makes up our Aurora Gold weedless soil mix - an ideal top dressing for lawns & gardens. Delivery in 1yard bags. www.1888picamix.com   GREEN SIDE UP ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, 121 Grassy Rd. Omemee, Ont.  705 799-2610.  An award winning natural resource mgmt company.  Managed Forest Tax-Incentive Plans; Landscape Construction; Ecological Restoration, Native Plant Nursery, Remote Wilderness Training. doug@greenservices.ca
  HANDLEBAR HOSTA FARM,  675 Wagg Rd., Uxbridge. mail@handlebarhostas.ca 905 852-7024  www.handlebarhostas.ca  160+ varieties of Hosta plus other shade lovers.  Tour wooded gardens, and purchase the ones of your choice.
HOLLAND VALLEY NURSERY, Queensville Sdrd. west of concession #2, and on Yonge St. Newmarket.  Full range garden center and home landscaping services serving Newmarket, Aurora, Keswick and wider York Region gardens. HOSTA FEVER,  Hosta Fever is a family owned business in Barrie, an hour's drive north of Toronto, that specializes in - you guessed it - Hosta!  Over 500 varieties and growing!  Will ship anywhere in Canada.  Visit www.HostaFever.com for list. 705 725-5771 (Cindy) / hostas@hostafever.com / 38 Summerset Dr., Barrie 
KATE'S GARDEN on the SW corner of Hwy #7 & McCowan Rd. 905 475-7674. www.katesgarden.ca A wide selection of garden accents, obelisks, arbours, trellises, sculpture, fountains, plaques, pillars, sundials,...  KETTLEBY HERB FARMS 15495 Weston Rd., Kettleby 905 727-8344, 2km south of Aurora/Lloydtown SdRd.  Medicinal, culinary and aromatic herbs.  Also, lectures & workshops. www.kettlebyherbfarms.com
LAKE SIMCOE SOUTH SHORE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.  Serving Keswick to Sutton area gardeners.  Click here for current contact information.  THE LILY POOL 3324 Pollock Rd., R.R.#2, Keswick 905 476-7574.  Complete line of products and services for the water gardener.
MADSEN'S GREENHOUSES, Newmarket 905 853-5628, Bayview Pkwy N. of Davis Dr.  Tropical plants, garden ornament & furniture, organic gardening products, florist ... , and greenhouse/banquet room rentals. www.Madsens.ca MERLIN'S HOLLOW, Aurora 905 727-8979 .  Designed by David Tomlinson as a series of garden "rooms" on 3/4 acre.  Tour dates, rain or shine - 2nd Sat. in May; 1st Sat. in July & Sunday of the following week.
MOW-TION PROPERTY SERVICE, serving Newmarket, Sharon, Queensville, Mt. Albert,  Holland Landing, Keswick, Georgina. Gary Baldwin 705 437-1306 or 416 303-3720 Mow-tion@rogers.com. Organic lawn and garden maintenance for home or office.    MOUNT ALBERT GARDEN & HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.  Meets at 7:30pm, 3rd Tuesday. February to November, at Mount Albert Community Center on 53 Main St. Click here for current contact information.
MILLER COMPOST, S.W. corner of Bloomington & Leslie Sts, Richmond Hill. Serving York Region and GTA.  Wide assortment of mulch and natural soil amendments for lawn and garden.  Pick Up or delivery. 1-866-887-6457 or 905 773-9876   NATURE'S RAINBOW.   Aurora.  Heirloom vegetable plants and seeds.  Tomatoes, Melons, Greens, Squash, etc.  A rainbow of colours, shapes, and sizes, all sold along with historical and nutritional information.  Mail order or visit us at the Aurora Farmer's Market.  www.naturesrainbow.info
NEWMARKET HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. Meets at 8:00 at Newmarket Community Center on the 3rd Tues. of every month. New members always welcome.  More info -  www.nhs.usethis.com .    
NEW AGE SEED 57 River Dr., Holland Landing 905 895-8833 www.newageseed.com Thousands of exotic and unusual seeds and herbs. NEWMARKET COMMUNITY GARDENSFor information call, Nancy Wood 905 841-6287
NORTH SHEDS 20473 Hwy 48, at Queensville Rd.  905-473-5895 badams@ils.net www.northsheds.ca ORCHIDS IN OUR TROPICS 15 Wilmac, Gormly 905 727-3319 www.orchidsinourtropics.com Orchid experts Doug & Terry Kennedy offer a large selection of exotic orchids with plenty of helpful advice.
PATHWAYS TO PERENNIALS  Full service landscape design/construction firm, plus garden boutique and outdoor cafe. 4681 Lloydtown-Aurora Rd, RR#2, King, Ont. L7B 0E3  939-8680 or 800-551-0355 www.pathwaystoperennials.com  THE PERENNIAL PLACE 3236 St. John's SdRd. (between Kennedy & Warden)  Over 200 perennials available throughout spring & summer, focusing on what's in bloom at the time.  See the gardens then buy the plants.
PERENNIAL PETALS 3332 Stouffville Rd., 905 887-5151 (9km north of Hwy #7 between Kennedy & Warden).  Pick your own flowers for drying, or purchase finished dried flowers. Workshops held throughout summer. RICHMOND HILL GARDEN & HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.  Click here for current contact information.
SILOAM ORCHARDS 905 852-9418, 7300 3rd Conc., Uxbridge.  Fruit trees & bushes, tried and true for our zone.  Over 100 varieties of apples to pick and a maple festival March - mid April. www.siloamorchards.com for more information. TAKEN FOR GRANITE 905 830-9222 LeeAnne Bloye, Newmarket.  Original Hypertufa garden art.  What exactly is hypertufa you ask?  Click here and visit our gallery of whimsical and affordable creations.  www.takenforgraniteart.webs.com:80/
TEEMING WITH NATURE, Paul Cray 905-715-2139  Offering property owners a cost effective, completely natural, soil food web based, alternative to chemical fertilizers for the lawn and garden. Unique approach of employing aeration, soil feeding and aerated compost teas.  pcray@sympatico.ca  
THORNHILL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. 
 Click here for current contact information.
VAN BAKEL GREENHOUSE & GARDEN CENTER 905 478-8063 vanbakegreenhousel@yahoo.ca Mount Albert Rd. east of Woodbine on the north side.  Annuals, perennials, shrubs, and  hanging baskets. www.vanbakelgreenhouse.ca
WILD CANADA, Scott Martin, Ecologist. 705 429-4936 www.wildcanada.ca.  Native plants of central and southern Ontario.  Plant sales, retail & wholesale and ecological consulting services. WILD GINGER NATIVE PLANT NURSERY, R.R.#1 Port Hope, Ont. www.wildgingernursery.ca 705-740-2276,  Emony Nicholls.  A wide and growing list of plants native to our Ontario region.
WILDFLOWER FARM 905 859-4809, Pick your own annuals, perennials and herbs.  Showroom of wreaths, baskets, and floral arrangements.  Also, wildflower / native plant landscaping services featuring Eco-lawn. www.wildflowerfarm.com  WOODSIDE FORGE, Schomberg.  Custom Ironwork.  woodsideforge@yahoo.com
YIELD OF DREAMS HYDROPONICS Newmarket. 559 Stevencourt, Unit 12.  1-877-778-7960.  Complete Hydroponics information, classes and products.  www.hydroponics.com   YORKSHIRE GARDEN SERVICES, Lindsay Drake Nightingale H.L.T.   Garden Care, Potscaping, Design and Bulb Planting.  Servicing gardens throughout York Region.  416-804-2212
www.yorkshiregardenservices.com
WORDS THAT WORK. Evelyn Wolf, Freelance Garden Writer.   Catalogue copy;  gardening articles & consumer how-to handouts; web site promotion; newsletters;  magazine articles, etc.  Many samples on this web site.  evelyn@gardenpossibilities.com ZEPHYR PEAT LAND HARVESTING  Mount Albert 905 473-5244.  Verified natural soils and mulch.  Enviro-Mix compost blend is weed & disease free; free of residual pesticides, and rich in nutrients. Great for lawns & gardens. 
WATER FOR TOMORROW free spring gardening seminars, and a web site loaded with info. on reducing the water we use in our gardens.  Start watching their web site in January for spring seminars and register early - they fill quickly. www.WaterForTomorrow.com  

Native Fern in a Haliburton cottage garden.Huge native fern  (4' tall & wide by now) transplanted at the Wolf family cottage 25+ years ago to a 100% shade position.  Native plants are often a good answer for difficult gardening situations.   

 

 

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consultations - design & planting - expert shrub pruning - garden maintenance - workshops and classes. 
Over 25 years experience designing, creating, maintaining, talking about, teaching, and writing about, perennial plants and gardens!

This type of loose topiary, or bonsai-like pruning is the best thing to do with an old overgrown evergreen, instead of ripping it out.Email:   Evelyn@GardenPossibilities.com

GARDEN POSSIBILITIES  Perennial Garden Services
Evelyn Wolf, garden consultant,  905 478-7395 or cell 289-716-1408
                               your perennial garden expert

20507 Leslie St.  (NE corner of Leslie & Queensville Sdrd.  By appt. only please.). 
Queensville (East Gwillimbury), Ontario, L0G 1R0  

All photos and articles Evelyn Wolf, 2017.