gardening

Mary Cosman of Wildsight Elk Valley was recognized as a garden hero by the Canadian Garden Council in Oct. 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie local Mary Cosman recognized as garden hero

Cosman was recognized by the Canadian Garden Council for her work

 

This image provided by the USDA Agricultural Research Service shows a closeup of a mosquito on human skin. (USDA Agricultural Research Service via AP)

How to take your garden and yard back from the mosquitoes

Eliminating these biting pests from your yard will not adversely affect the ecosystem

 

Mary Cosman of the Fernie seed library with a ‘drunken woman lettuce’ - an example of a plant that has become more suitable for the Elk Valley climate over a time. Pictured here in the Fernie EcoGarden in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Local seed library building a more secure food source in the Elk Valley

The library is a long-term effort to acclimatize plants to the cooler Elk Valley conditions

 

Charlotte Kozier and Soul McLarty having fun at the Sparwood Community Garden on May 31. (Contributed by Stephanie Kozier)

Common ground found at Sparwood Community Garden

Contributed by Melissa McLarty “This feels like before the world went to…

  • Jun 3, 2022
Charlotte Kozier and Soul McLarty having fun at the Sparwood Community Garden on May 31. (Contributed by Stephanie Kozier)
Caroline Collier teaches a Wildflower student how to plant wildflower seeds. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Creston students learn about pollinator gardens

Caroline Collier is planting flowers on behalf of the bees

Caroline Collier teaches a Wildflower student how to plant wildflower seeds. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Dawn Deydey of the Fernie Community Garden showing off their new community outdoor space, to be completed by June 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Community Garden expansion nears completion

The garden is getting a new outdoor meeting space, new plots and a larger childrens area

Dawn Deydey of the Fernie Community Garden showing off their new community outdoor space, to be completed by June 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Community gardeners Marlene Nash, Serena Naeve, Sally Malner, Jackie Kuetbach pose next the new sign painted by artist Beth Swalwell. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Creston’s Community Garden embraces global village philosophy

A new garden sign painted by a local artist reflects unity, inclusivity

Community gardeners Marlene Nash, Serena Naeve, Sally Malner, Jackie Kuetbach pose next the new sign painted by artist Beth Swalwell. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Flowers

Slow flowers

Growing sustainability in the floral industry

  • Mar 14, 2022
Flowers
Seeds set up at the Local store at 632 2nd Ave. in Fernie on Feb. 24, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie ‘seed swap’ event to provide virtual education and networking, access to local seeds

The local email-based ‘seed swap’ has been taking place through the month of February

Seeds set up at the Local store at 632 2nd Ave. in Fernie on Feb. 24, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Butchart Gardens - Handout

Creating the Japanese Garden

A place to think, meditate and be at peace

  • Aug 11, 2021
Butchart Gardens - Handout
Morris Flowers has offered some advice on gardening in the Creston Valley. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

The best plants to add to your garden this year

Morris Flowers Garden Center offered some suggestions for creating visual interest

Morris Flowers has offered some advice on gardening in the Creston Valley. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)

B.C.’s wild bees need messy gardens to survive

The year-long nesting period makes habitat a primary concern for wild bees

A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)
B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. bee supply threatened this year by wasps, COVID

No, bees aren’t getting COVID, it’s the supply chain that’s been disrupted

B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)
It doesn't look like much now, but 440 Englemann Spruce Drive in Sparwood is the future home of the Sparwood Community Garden. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood Community Garden gets green light

The district has approved a land use agreement for a garden near Juniper Court

It doesn't look like much now, but 440 Englemann Spruce Drive in Sparwood is the future home of the Sparwood Community Garden. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Madi Bragg is the owner/manager/head garden guru of Three Sisters Farm and Greenhouse. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

‘I really want to help people grow’: New garden centre opens in Fernie

Three Sisters Farm and Greenhouse sells seeds, mulch, and good growing advice

Madi Bragg is the owner/manager/head garden guru of Three Sisters Farm and Greenhouse. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
JoAnn Turner and Wendy Fowler accepting a $500 donation from Rowena Lennox from East Kootenay Community Credit Union. (Contributed by Shawna Klein)

EKC donates to Elkford Community Garden

The East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) in Elkford recently donated $500…

  • Feb 17, 2021
JoAnn Turner and Wendy Fowler accepting a $500 donation from Rowena Lennox from East Kootenay Community Credit Union. (Contributed by Shawna Klein)
A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)

New blend by West Coast Seeds to bloom in Dr. Bonnie Henry’s name

Cosmo blend designed to attract bees, and marketed with tagline ‘Bee Calm, Bee Kind, Bee Safe’

A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)
This bountiful haul of produce came from a backyard garden in Fernie. Madi Bragg/The Free Press

Planting your very own victory garden

The Free Press publisher and gardening expert, Madi Bragg, gives tips for planting

  • May 20, 2020
This bountiful haul of produce came from a backyard garden in Fernie. Madi Bragg/The Free Press
Craft your own Vancouver Experience – for less!

Craft your own Vancouver Experience – for less!

Combine and save as much as 35% on tickets to 21 top visitor attractions in Vancouver

  • Mar 9, 2020
Craft your own Vancouver Experience – for less!
Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre

Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre

Buying business included a steep learning curve for owner Robin Knox

  • Jun 24, 2019
Plants, pots and other pretty things at Old Farm Garden Centre