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‘Fall Planting in the Garden’ hosted later this month

Derby Reach Brae Island Park Association event takes place Oct. 26

 

Dorothy MacBeth admired some of the hostas at Erikson’s Daylily Gardens, despite their end of season yellowing. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)

LANGLEY’S GREEN THUMB: Planning for changes in seasons

Still a little more gardening to do before hunkering down for the winter

  • Oct 11, 2021

 

Lawns need help after harsh summer temperatures, dahlia tubers need to be dug up and dried, and some pruning is recommended as fall approaches. Bella the cat is helping garden expert Pam Erikson in the nursery, as autumn arrives and she endeavours to take care of all these gardening tasks and more. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)

LANGLEY GREEN THUMB: Preparing for fall can be fun

Brutal summer heat might mean plants and lawn need more love and attention at this time of year

  • Sep 18, 2021

 

Six-year-old Sierra Farris grew this 12.5-foot high sunflower at her grandmother’s home in Brookswood, giving Jack and his beanstalk a run for their money. (Elaine McIntee/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

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  • Aug 24, 2021
Six-year-old Sierra Farris grew this 12.5-foot high sunflower at her grandmother’s home in Brookswood, giving Jack and his beanstalk a run for their money. (Elaine McIntee/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Patsy and Kristen at the Aldergrove Community Gardens with their many fresh grown items to donate to the Aldergrove Food Bank. (Special to The Star)

Help Aldergrove’s community garden repair plots

Rotted wood in many of the gardener’s plots have made the location more difficult to manage

  • Aug 15, 2021
Patsy and Kristen at the Aldergrove Community Gardens with their many fresh grown items to donate to the Aldergrove Food Bank. (Special to The Star)
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Creating the Japanese Garden

A place to think, meditate and be at peace

  • Aug 11, 2021
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Sunny Sunny is a 12-week-old Leonberger, Pam Erikson’s favourite dog. As can be seen by her size at that age, she’s going to be a big girl, already filling that huge planter. (Pam Erikson/Langley Advance Times)

LANGLEY GREEN THUMB: Consider burned leaves like a sunburn for humans

Container gardening and xeroscape plants both options to ponder for extreme heat growing conditions

  • Aug 5, 2021
Sunny Sunny is a 12-week-old Leonberger, Pam Erikson’s favourite dog. As can be seen by her size at that age, she’s going to be a big girl, already filling that huge planter. (Pam Erikson/Langley Advance Times)
Walnut Grove gardener Valerie Low looking at the Phoebe Noble geranium. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)

LANGLEY’S GREEN THUMB: Hardy geraniums prove sound, colourful addition

A local gardening expert suggests mixing in a few highly durable perennials to fill the flower beds

  • Jun 10, 2021
Walnut Grove gardener Valerie Low looking at the Phoebe Noble geranium. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Laurelle Oldford-Down stripped down to celebrate World Naked Gardening Day at Arts Nursery. (Arts Nursery/Facebook)

VIDEO: Local nursery strips down for World Naked Gardening Day

Arts Nursery released weekly videos on social media

Laurelle Oldford-Down stripped down to celebrate World Naked Gardening Day at Arts Nursery. (Arts Nursery/Facebook)
Lynne Bose, Kathleen Hiltz, and Susan Sullivan picked out a new variety of hydrangea during a visit to the Erikson Daylily Garden recently. (Pam Erikson/Langley Advance Times)

LANGLEY GREEN THUMB: Hydrangeas re-invented

Local gardening expert explains how growers have created a few key species for small spaces

  • May 21, 2021
Lynne Bose, Kathleen Hiltz, and Susan Sullivan picked out a new variety of hydrangea during a visit to the Erikson Daylily Garden recently. (Pam Erikson/Langley Advance Times)
Tim and Janet Kreiter with a model Tim built showing the eventual plan for a five to 10 acre community garden the couple hopes to create in Langley. A pilot project is running this spring at TWU. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

New Langley community garden almost ready for Victoria Day opening

Organizers are excited to welcome the first gardeners

Tim and Janet Kreiter with a model Tim built showing the eventual plan for a five to 10 acre community garden the couple hopes to create in Langley. A pilot project is running this spring at TWU. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Brookswood’s Bruce Thomson drove along 200th Street several times before pulling over to grab a picture. He greatly appreciates the vibrant blossoms that adorned the area, and loved the street light sounded by all the blooms. “The village is lookin’ mighty fine these days,” he said. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

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  • Apr 26, 2021
Brookswood’s Bruce Thomson drove along 200th Street several times before pulling over to grab a picture. He greatly appreciates the vibrant blossoms that adorned the area, and loved the street light sounded by all the blooms. “The village is lookin’ mighty fine these days,” he said. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Young Emma, seven months old, held tight to her bag of lily bulbs picked out from Erikson’s Daylily Gardens. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)

LANGLEY GREEN THUMB: Perfect time for planting

When it comes to anything about lilies, Langley’s Pam Erikson is a respected industry expert

  • Apr 21, 2021
Young Emma, seven months old, held tight to her bag of lily bulbs picked out from Erikson’s Daylily Gardens. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)
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)
From her home to yours, Jeanie Fraser is selling potted plants outside her home at 240th Street and Fraser Highway. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)

PHOTOS: ‘Flowers from my home to your home’

Aldergrove resident sells potted plants at colourful roadside stand on Fraser Highway

From her home to yours, Jeanie Fraser is selling potted plants outside her home at 240th Street and Fraser Highway. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)
John Campbell, with the Langley Rotary Club, got to check out the recently installed cold frames with Douglas Park Community School teacher Lorraine Goulet. (John Campbell/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Rotary donation allows Langley students to get growing

Douglas Park Community School has new cold frames for its courtyard garden

John Campbell, with the Langley Rotary Club, got to check out the recently installed cold frames with Douglas Park Community School teacher Lorraine Goulet. (John Campbell/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
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)
Tim and Janet Kreiter with a model Tim built showing the eventual plan for a five to 10 acre community garden the couple hopes to create in Langley. A pilot project is running this spring at TWU. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

New Langley community garden gets test run this spring at TWU

The Kreiter family is creating a new garden that will be accessible for all

Tim and Janet Kreiter with a model Tim built showing the eventual plan for a five to 10 acre community garden the couple hopes to create in Langley. A pilot project is running this spring at TWU. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Clearview Garden Shop is offering hanging baskets, which will help Alder Grove Heritage Society. (Special to The Star)

Hanging basket sales help Alder Grove Heritage Society upgrade ‘historic’ computer

Clearview Garden Shop is donating $7 from each hanging basket sold, now until the end of April

Clearview Garden Shop is offering hanging baskets, which will help Alder Grove Heritage Society. (Special to The Star)
Walter Hoogeland and Monica Hodgeson get ready for spring planting at Clearview Garden Shop. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)

Dig deeper and use plenty of fertilizer, advises Aldergrove gardening expert

Clearview Horticulture Products hits half-century milestone doing business in the community

Walter Hoogeland and Monica Hodgeson get ready for spring planting at Clearview Garden Shop. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)