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What's New

Enjoy gardening articles and photographs about northern gardens, wildlife, and public gardens in Canada and abroad through Cookie Buxton's What's New blog listings.

Home and Cottage Gardens

Special garden guests include pets, bees, butterflies, and birds, and a host of other friendly creatures.

Miniature Gardens

For those who no longer actively keep a garden, or who want to extend their creativity to other areas, constructing a miniature garden might be the right spare time hobby.

World Gardens

The world is full of gorgeous gardens - starting with those near you. Whether you are an armchair traveller or planning a future trip, the Blog for Spare Time Gardeners shares ideas for your list.

Latest From The Blog

  • Brecon Cathedral, Wales

    Travelling along the northern border of the Brecon Beacons towards our destination at Felingwym Uchaf in Wales, we made a worthwhile side trip into the town of Brecon. There, we visited the beautiful Brecon Cathedral and Close.
    The Cathedral is one […]

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  • Rhydspence Inn, Wales


    En route to the Brecon Beacons in Wales, approaching from Hay-on-Wye in the borderland Wye River Valley, we stayed over night at the Rhydspence Inn, a drover’s inn dating back to 1380.
    What a pleasure it was to dine in the cozy […]

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  • Derwentwater, Lake District, England

    Derwentwater, Lake District
    Derwentwater, located south of Keswick in Cumbria, is one of the gorgeous lakes and vacation destinations within England’s Lake District, and it is particularly attractive for folks who enjoy walking and hiking in areas of abundant wildlife. Taking […]

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  • Bassenthwaite Lake, England

    Driving from the north into Cumbria’s Lake District in northwest England offered us some delightful views. It was early evening, and we were able to enjoy looking out over the hills (referred to locally as fells) and valleys along the route to […]

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  • Hadrian’s Wall at Birdoswald Fort

    Visiting Hadrian’s Wall, at the site of Birdoswald Fort, one of the Roman military sites along Hadrian’s Wall in England, was fascinating for me. I had long wanted to see the remnants of the ancient wall that runs between the […]

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  • Dawyck Garden, Scotland

    Wonderful Dawyck Botanic Garden and Arboretum – how fortunate we were to walk along its pathways crisscrossing 26 hectares (65 acres) in the Scottish Borderlands, in Stoho, south of Edinburgh.
    And how fortunate we all are that the former estate owners – the Veitch […]

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  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    On the day we visited the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) in June 2016, we were fortunate to find a nearby parking space and enter via the RBGE’s East Gate on Inverleith Row. It was an accidental starting point, but entering by one gate […]

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  • My Post-British-Garden-Tour Blues

    How perfect could it be? 2016 was the summer of my 60th birthday. I had my British garden tour planned in my head for, gosh, at least a decade. I knew with certainty where I wanted to go, what I […]

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  • Vallarta Botanic Garden, Mexico

    Text and images by guest contributor Sheri Bailey…

    Vallarta Botanic Garden (Photo 1)
    While visiting Puerto Vallarta, Mexico during Spring Break, 2016, I had an opportunity to take what is known as the “Hidden Mexico” tour. This tour of Puerto Vallarta’s southern region provides an insight into the area […]

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  • Glasgow Botanic Garden, Scotland

    What a great pleasure it was to visit Glasgow’s lovely Botanic Garden in summer 2016 as our first tourist stop in Scotland.
    It has been almost 200 years since botanist Thomas Hopkirk founded Glasgow’s Botanic Garden in the city’s west end […]

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