Christin Geall

Ana Myerscough harvests Spencer sweet peas in the Cultivated garden in Oak Bay. The long stems on these flowers are the result of breeding and cultivation techniques

Succeeding with sweet peas

The time is right to start your sweet pea seedlings

Ana Myerscough harvests Spencer sweet peas in the Cultivated garden in Oak Bay. The long stems on these flowers are the result of breeding and cultivation techniques
Christin Geall

Cultivated: Try a pre-season garden cleanse

January is a good time to take stock of your various garden tools, seeds and potions

Christin Geall
The Paper Garden

Gift books for gardeners

Ideas for the gardeners or garden-lovers on your Christmas list

The Paper Garden
The walled kitchen garden at Gravetye Manor in Sussex.

Cultivated – Fence me in: Lessons from the Sun King

Christin Geall is an avid Oak Bay gardener and creative non-fiction writing instructor at the University of Victoria

The walled kitchen garden at Gravetye Manor in Sussex.
Gravetye Manor in West Sussex

Cultivated: Oak Bay gardener smitten with salvias in Sussex

Christin Geall explores the gorgeous gardens of Sussex, England

Gravetye Manor in West Sussex

Wind is a chilly prospect for the garden

Care can reduce wind's impact on a West Coast garden

The Victoria Dahlia Society’s annual show. Their society’s next tuber sale takes place April 8

Best in show: Horticultural exhibitions

The Victoria Dahlia Society's annual show inspires consideration of the history and future of horticultural exhibitions

The Victoria Dahlia Society’s annual show. Their society’s next tuber sale takes place April 8
Christin Geall

The cruellest month

Summer's end brings challenges for Oak Bay's gardeners

Christin Geall
An arrangement of reds and greens – complementary colours – shows a range of reds: oranges

Seeing Red

Come August, rubies, reds and crimsons are the stars of the garden border and vase

An arrangement of reds and greens – complementary colours – shows a range of reds: oranges

True to type

Understanding how plant breeding is reflected in plant names

Cephalaria gigantea

Aiming high in the garden

Singing the praises of tall plants for the urban garden

Cephalaria gigantea
Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurescens’

Garden trends from Chelsea

Garden columnist Christin Geall reflects on the impact of the Chelsea Flower Show

Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurescens’
Christin Geall

How to leave your garden

It pays to prepare your garden ahead for your summer vacation

Christin Geall
The Icelandic poppy Papaver nudicale standing tall.

The promise of poppies

A primer on the common varieties of this favourite garden flower

The Icelandic poppy Papaver nudicale standing tall.

Aphids…already!

Unseasonably warm weather puts strain on plants, welcomes pests

Struggles with cedar: it’s all about context

BC's provincial tree can cause challenges for gardeners

From Windsor Park: Helleborus x ballardiae ‘HGC Pink Frost’

Right plant, right place: A tiny tour of February’s flowers

Celebrating winter-blooming beauties around Windsor Park

From Windsor Park: Helleborus x ballardiae ‘HGC Pink Frost’

Bleeding Hearts: Choosing the right flowers for Valentine’s

Look beyond roses to show your sweetheart a little love

Dig into these gardening classics

Five favourite gardening books to get you through the season (or in a gardener’s heart)

There’s still time to plant tulips for spring. Pictured here: Lily flowering tulips with Euphorbia polychroma and Ligularia ‘Britte Marie Crawford’ in the rear.

Tulips: annuals or perennials?

Understanding tulip physiology is helpful to the home gardener

There’s still time to plant tulips for spring. Pictured here: Lily flowering tulips with Euphorbia polychroma and Ligularia ‘Britte Marie Crawford’ in the rear.