Spring is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to start imagining what your home and garden could be like this summer! Metroland Durham Region Media Group is hosting the 15th Annual Oshawa Home and Garden Show March 7th to 9th at the General Motors Centre. This year, the Home and Garden Show has grown again, and will take place on two levels, in one arena. Over 130 vendors are participating in this year’s show, and will be showcasing their products and services, including landscaping, windows and doors, financial services, hot tubs, realtors, contractors, decks, garage doors and a whole lot more! The arena will feature a wide array of vendors and events will be taking place all three days.
BY JOYCE TURNER-GIONET // PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG AND BILL SMITH
[Photography and article by Asia Chapdelaine]
For spring it is important to understand the types of plants you’ll use. Boxwood, Evergreen, Cedar and Juniper will define the framework of your green area. If we keep these green friendlies in mind through planning, preparation and planting you’ll have the company of green all year round. A Perennial, this one lasts for more than two years. A Biennial, which blooms in its second year and than dies, or an Annual a plant that usually germinates flowers and dies within a year or season.
Proper greening and flourish involves the different strengths of sunlight or shade for placement of Perennials, Biennials and Annuals. Know the lifeline of the plant, do some research as it is great to see the rise of different species throughout the seasons. I encourage greening to offset carbon emissions. Trees absorb the carbon of greenhouse gases emitted by our cars. All living plant matter absorbs CO2. Greenhouse gases are the main reason to start planting in our gardens, porches, decks and eventually our rooftops.
In the Toronto area, sky rise rooftops are on their way to being green savvy. A green roof system is a roof of a building that is covered with growing medium and is usually planted over a waterproofing membrane. They include a root barrier, drainage and irrigation systems. The Garden City, has not optioned this by law just yet. I am an eager Canadian beaver searching for signatures to get this bylaw approved within the Niagara region . I still need quite a few signatures. I am well on my way to getting this bylaw passed.
Greening involves some pre-planning. A few tips of how to green decks and porches will get you started using a well designed floor plan, a 3D Mood Board, for scale and proportion, using the right accessories, identifying fillers, lighting and of course greening.