Gardening with Candy Venning

Gardening with Candy Venning

December Holiday List

December Holiday List

By Candy Venning Suggestions from a Landscape designer and avid gardener on what to buy for the ‘planty’ people in your life! A Family Membership or donation to the Royal Botanical Gardens – Always my first choice. You’ll have access to...

Gathering the Garden Up

Gathering the Garden Up

by Candy Venning BULBS: A quick primer, if you’ve had your tulips stolen or nipped (literally, in the bud) by squirrels then switch to daffodils (there are loads of varieties) and plant deeply, tamp any loose soil down, helping to hide the irresistible scent of fresh...

Wonder and Awesome Gardens

Wonder and Awesome Gardens

Submitted by Candy Venning How it looks; you standing in your garden or a park staring at the sky. How it feels: a small bird you’ve wanted to see for ages, just swooped past. Mid-sentence you track the flight and are swept up in their journey along the treetops....

Pet Garden Peeves 3.0

Pet Garden Peeves 3.0

by Candy Venning 1) Invasive plant species – Although vigorous online debates rage in garden groups with people who truly love their Burning Bush, Barberry or Lily of the valley, these plants escape our gardens and grow across woodlands, ravines, places that are not...

Fav Sunny Plants

Fav Sunny Plants

by Candy Venning Last month I shared a list of favourite shade plants and now it’s sunny gardens’ turn. Though many of these plants are large or a bit wild and woolly, adding a low stone wall, a background hedge, structures like obelisks or arbours all create a more...

Shade Garden

Shade Garden

by Candy Venning I recently gave a ‘Shade Garden’ talk via Zoom to a garden club. As a part of the talk I agreed to provide a list of some of my favourite plants – primarily native. I thought it might be helpful if you’re working on establishing a woodland garden. The...