July has arrived along with the challenges of mid-summer garden beds, planters and hanging baskets. Here are a few tips on how we keep things fresh and healthy at Artisan’s Garden. I’m not a horticulturalist, just a passionate gardener with some basic advice for novice gardeners. For example, I did a demonstration to a couple on how to transplant their rootbound annuals by ripping off those twisted roots at the bottom. Obvious to those who have been gardening for a while, but this couple was thrilled with the new information.

By June, we are able to enjoy the outdoor living space we have worked so hard to create and breathe in the blooms.

Fresh lettuce from our garden is on our menu and the rest of the veggie garden is beginning to show promise. And at The Artisan’s Garden, we get to help new gardeners plan and prepare, learning from our experience and knowledge.

It’s planting season! All of us here at The Artisan’s Garden are already busy creating the most beautiful hanging baskets and planters for the summer season and for Mother’s Day.

With our greenhouse open now, you can come and create a personal planter or hanging basket of your own design, if you wish. We have a wide variety of healthy plants to choose from and, the best part is, you can leave the mess with us. Mothers, daughters and girl friends make an afternoon of it, while enjoying Mackenzie’s special coffee drinks and sweet treats in our garden. Just give us a couple of hours notice that you’re coming and we’ll be sure to have your planting station organized. After that, it’s up to you. Let your own creativity soar!

Imagine for a moment that you’ve discovered an artisan marketplace. You’re strolling through a spacious garden and everywhere you look you see extraordinary things—unique treasures that you’d have a hard time finding anywhere else. It’s not your neighbourhood mall, that’s for sure.