With the less-than-pleasant winter climate we’ve been experiencing, any ideas of out of doors dwelling can be a welcome escape. Nicely, the B.C. House and Backyard Present at B.C. Place is arising February 19 to 23, and it’d simply do the trick to raise these winter doldrums.
I all the time sit up for talking on the present, nevertheless it additionally provides me an opportunity to take a look at a number of the professionally designed landscapes, horticultural cubicles, new types of greenhouses, modern rising concepts, distinctive outside patio shows and all of the novel backyard equipment.
It really is a present about each indoor and outside dwelling. There’s all the time an eclectic assortment of fascinating merchandise and the most recent developments, from artwork and new kitchen types to the most recent sleeping comforts and what’s new in meals preparation. You’ll additionally discover extra environmentally pleasant heating and cooling models and improved fixtures that supply larger effectivity of residence water utilization.
Specialists, who’re educated about just about the whole lot we use and do in and round our houses, can be presenting very well timed and informative seminars. For instance, on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. on the Essential Stage, the Homebuilders’ Affiliation of Vancouver is sponsoring a panel dialogue by development and renovation professionals on the subject of indoor/outside dwelling, with the primary deal with the outside dwelling side.
My ardour for vegetation is, after all, linked to outside dwelling and so, I’m most fascinated with what’s occurring within the gardening world.
The seminars being given at The Vancouver Solar Gardeners Stage will sort out a few of at present’s most vital gardening points. Most of us are fascinated with being extra environmentally delicate in our gardening practices. Lisa Giroday from Victory Gardens can be presenting on ecolandscaping. Her focus can be on taking advantage of your usable land — a topic from which we will all profit.
Janis Matson of Shoreline Panorama Design can be talking on drought tolerant gardening. It might not appear related now, given our extreme rainfall, however once we get into the new summer time months and water restrictions, this concern turns into crucial.
West Coast Seeds is actually increasing their presence in Canada, and they’re serving to many of us be taught extra about having success with seeds. Alex Augustyniak can be discussing rising meals twelve months of the yr in a Canadian local weather for the 100-Foot Food regimen. ’m positive of us on the Prairies would possibly chuckle at that. Nevertheless, right here on the West Coast, it’s stunning how profitable a winter backyard could be, and it’s a idea that’s garnering quite a lot of curiosity.
Carissa Kasper from Seed & Nourish can be giving a seminar titled Seasons of Development: The Future Backyard. As our local weather adjustments, so will our gardening practices, and the gardens of the longer term could look fairly totally different than at present’s gardens. Carissa will inform us what to anticipate within the years forward.
As we grow to be extra artistic through the use of our outside patios as gardening areas, you would possibly wish to absorb Earth, Wind and Hearth: Making a Pure Patio Setting being offered by Reinier Van de Ballot of Van de Ballot Backyard Design.
Throughout her presentation of Countertop Gardens, Shelley Levis of Sow and Dipity will enlighten us on the brand new developments in countertop rising.
I really love the adjustments I’m seeing in indoor gardening. It’s a pattern being pushed by the Millennial technology. Leanne Johnson from GardenWorks will clarify in her presentation Plant Parenting how tending to vegetation and together with them in our houses make us happier and more healthy.
Early final yr, I spent an fascinating week in Holland and Germany on a horticultural tour which resulted in Essen, Germany at IPM, the world’s largest horticultural present. I realized an incredible deal about how Europeans are altering the character of gardening. For my seminars on the present, I’m excited to share the new new developments I noticed throughout my tour.
This yr there’s additionally a brand new backyard characteristic known as GROW! Specialists from West Coast Seeds, Grasp Gardeners of Vancouver and Victory Gardens will assist educate present goers, by way of the technique of this interactive, informative and experiential characteristic, on what, when, the place and easy methods to plant.
And don’t go residence empty-handed! Artwork’s Nursery in Langley will characteristic Artwork’s Backyard Market the place you’ll be able to store and buy some funky vegetation.
Though gardening will not be the most important a part of the House Present, it has a major presence. As all the time, the B.C. Nursery and Panorama Affiliation could have a sales space manned by trade of us who will reply your questions and supply nice recommendation.
Maybe the climate, being what it’s, provides you with a bit of extra incentive to discover this yr’s B.C. House and Backyard Present the place I do know you’ll uncover some terrific new outside dwelling concepts to be loved this coming spring, summer time and fall.