Before & After: Million Dollar View


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Million Dollar View

This home was built by DBC Construction, perched up on a hillside just above the Fraser River and just below the Westminster Abby Bells in the Hatzic Bench area.  The owner and long time resident of Mission BC, believed a good view deserved a great house!  And with a great house surely a great garden was to follow…  Check it out!

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Before & After: Nicomen Island Farm


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Nicomen Island Farm

This newly built home on a farm setting is nestled in the Lower Mainland of BC on a Nicomen Island Dairy Farm.  Our client loved the look of a ‘English cottage garden’ but didn’t want the work that came with maintaining all the perennials.  Check it out!

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There’s a Party in the Backyard, Says a Houzz Landscaping Survey


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Love, France & Cire Trvdon


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Not to sure what to get your loved one’s this Valentines day? Cire Trvdon’s poetic candle scent descriptions are sure to set a flame to anyone’s heart.


I absolutely fell in love with the creative writing they used to describe their scents and the visual imagery it creates.  Reading them can leave anyone entertained in a dreamland full of descriptive words and inspirations, teasing all the five senses.  Here are just a few examples:


Trianon: The picking of jacinth, roses, white flowers, wild herbs from the meadows and graminaceous plants, this bunch of flowers reminds us of an ideal nature, that of the Nouvelle Héloïse and the country life dreams of Marie Antoinette. Vibrating with the memory of a summer evening and the warm scent of musk of torches, this candle is a homage to the Queen of taste who inspired so many candles to Maison de Cire Trudon.

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Abd El Kader: A wind of freedom coming all at once from the Mascara coast and down from the mountains bringing in its foolish race the green scents of fresh mint, the rashness of fights, the hot and peppered air of ginger and the perfume of tea and tobacco from the Ouled Nail tribe…

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Mademoiselle de la Valliere: Secret powers of a naked flower for the love of Louis the XIV, Mademoiselle de La Vallière enveloped herself in the sweet and shattering intensity of tuberoses. Damp fragrance of an intoxicating love: from the King’s bedroom to her convent, Louise de la Vallière personified this deeply sensual flower, which plump and overwhelming aromas are that of true, blinding, almost spiritual love.


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The night before christmas



By Tony Post from Heritage Perennials

Home and Garden Shows


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Melbourne Landscape Design - Melbourne Garden Show 2013Gold Medal winner at the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show

Home and Garden Show season is right around the corner.  Trying to explore ideas, and find inspiration.  I Absolutely fell in love with this intricately designed space. Called, ‘Cube-Ism’ by Philip Withers, Semken Landscaping and Garden World.

Enticing the consumer by exciting the five senses.  Really I think that’s the way to go- lights, ambiance, food, drinks, smells, colours, and textures. 

Entice and Attract.

One dash of wow and unique and hopefully you’ll have the recipe of ‘buzz‘ !

Melbourne Landscape Design - Melbourne Garden Show 2013

Some of the most amazing home and garden shows on the planet:

San Fran Home and Garden show

Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Fringe- The alternative garden festival!

Scandinave Spa Whistler


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Photo: BC Living

This charming little place is tucked away in the back woods of Whistler just nuzzled on a small hill.  I was absolutely floored and impressed.  The place just screams R & R, self pampering, and high-end creativeness.

For the 58 dollars you spend, soaking all day is totally worth it in this wonderful unique setting.



quirky or what?


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Indian Composters


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Check out Studio G for a neat article on a different composting solution used in India.

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Wow Urbanarbolismo


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Plantación del jardín vertical de Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Urbanarbolismo is an architectural firm located in Alicante, Spain.  They are renowned and highly sought after for their phenomenal work in vegetation, vertical gardening and architectural design.

And was a speaker at the Mile High Gardening Conference in Denver, CO.

Make sure to check out Urbanarbolismo’s blog for amazing photos of their work.

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