Cookie Buxton

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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.

Garden Visitors

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

  • Vallarta Botanical Garden, Mexico

    Text and images by guest contributor Sheri Bailey…

    Vallarta Botanical 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

    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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  • Red-winged Blackbird

    Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus).
    The red-winged blackbird is a true harbinger of spring in Canada. Common throughout North America, the red-winged blackbird claims most of southern Canada as nesting territory, and also nests well into Canada’s Yukon and Northwest Territories, settling in […]

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  • Devonian Gardens, Calgary, Alberta

    In chinook territory, where warm winds can break the grip of winter, residents and visitors in Calgary get to enjoy an even better break from winter on a daily basis. Calgary’s delightful Devonian Gardens, set in the heart of the […]

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  • Ice Sculpture Exhibit at Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival

    In Canada, we experience winter wonderland for many months of the year, and our intrepid citizens for the most part cherish the winter season and the opportunities it brings for outdoor recreation. Some folks, and I am one of these, view our […]

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  • Common Broadleaf Cattail, a Native Wetlands Plant

    Cattails, classified into 10 species, are wetland plants found world-wide. The Common broadleaf cattail (Typha latifolia) is an important species found widely throughout and native to the Canadian prairies. Also found in the Canadian prairie region is the Narrow-leafed cattail […]

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  • Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden

    Better Homes and Gardens’ (BHG) Test Garden is a perfect demonstration of how a company shows thoughtful regard for its loyal customers. BHG prides itself on delivering news to its readership of quality home and garden products, including well-tested recipes […]

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  • Apres ski at Pine Ridge Hollow

    After cross-country skiing at Birds Hill today, my husband and daughter and I followed this lovely winter path through the woods to Pine Ridge Hollow, where we stopped to enjoy some hot cider and shared a cinnamon bun.
    On leaving an […]

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  • Birds Hill Provincial Park

    Birds Hill Provincial Park, situated north and slightly east of Winnipeg along old Highway 59 in the Rural Municipality of Springfield, is a much-loved provincial park and wonderful legacy of Canada’s 1967 centennial year. That was the year Manitoba welcomed “the […]

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  • Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue’

    Without a doubt, Hungarian Speedwell –Veronica longifolia ‘Sunny Border Blue” – is the first plant I would put into a new garden. This blue-flowering, tall, gorgeous, reliable bloomer is a garden staple, and it is so loved by the bees […]

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