gardening

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

 

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)

SHARE: Vibrant blossoms trumpet spring’s arrival

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  • Apr 26, 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)

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

 

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)
Langley Seedy Saturday is organized by Langley Environmental Partners Society. (LEPS)

Seeds planted for virtual gardening seminar and sale

Langley Environmental Partners Society to hold Seedy Saturday on March 20

Langley Seedy Saturday is organized by Langley Environmental Partners Society. (LEPS)
Jessica created a centrepiece out of clippings from the garden. (Pam Erikson/Special to Black Press Media)

LANGLEY GREEN THUMB: Tips for dressing up the outdoors this winter

Deflect some of the more textured or colourful clippings into a planter and create a focal point

  • Dec 23, 2020
Jessica created a centrepiece out of clippings from the garden. (Pam Erikson/Special to Black Press Media)
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)
Perfect time to plant a hedge, but in case there’s not consistent rain, remember to water. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)

LANGLEY GREEN THUMB: Fall work ongoing in the garden

By Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times As the leaves come down…

  • Nov 8, 2020
Perfect time to plant a hedge, but in case there’s not consistent rain, remember to water. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)
As fall arrives, and perennials in the garden die off and go to seed, now is the time to harvest some of those seeds for next year’s garden. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)

Langley environmentalists going to seed

Pre-registration required for workshop on Monday night

As fall arrives, and perennials in the garden die off and go to seed, now is the time to harvest some of those seeds for next year’s garden. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)
LANGLEY’S GREEN THUMB: What a great month for cleaning and planting

LANGLEY’S GREEN THUMB: What a great month for cleaning and planting

Gardener Pam Erikson gets excited about fall cleanup time

  • Sep 14, 2020
LANGLEY’S GREEN THUMB: What a great month for cleaning and planting
LANGLEY’S GREEN THUMB: Tiny hybrids can add stunning colour to the garden

LANGLEY’S GREEN THUMB: Tiny hybrids can add stunning colour to the garden

Dwarf lily varieties offer same great features of full-sized plants, including strong stocks

  • Jul 14, 2020
LANGLEY’S GREEN THUMB: Tiny hybrids can add stunning colour to the garden
DIY backyard summer activities

DIY backyard summer activities

Summers in the Great White North are short but sweet. Make the…

  • Jun 15, 2020
DIY backyard summer activities
Gardeners, new and experienced, are flocking to the garden centres and nurseries this spring. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley garden shops buzzing

Younger people gravitating to gardening, anxious to grow veggies

Gardeners, new and experienced, are flocking to the garden centres and nurseries this spring. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)
Gardening can offer wonderful escape from the rest of life, as many are discovering or rediscovering during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)

LANGLEY’S GREEN THUMB: So many new gardeners – hopefully a new trend

COVID has suddenly brought gardening back into the limelight in 2020, beams one joyous gardener

  • May 9, 2020
Gardening can offer wonderful escape from the rest of life, as many are discovering or rediscovering during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)