Garden Clippings

As part of their studies in our Horticulture programs our students prepare fact sheets called “Garden Clippings”, which give you basic maintenance information for various plants, as well as the history behind some of our leafy friends.

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Accessible Gardening

Type: General Advice

In garden planning, understanding the needs and abilities of the gardener is important. The garden should be relatively small so that it is manageable and accessible from all angles. It should also be designed so that it is pleasing to the eye.

African Violet

Type: Seasonal

The African violet was discovered by Baron Walter von Saint Paul in Africa about a century ago and since then has become one of the most popular flowering houseplants.


Type: Perennial

Ajuga, both a perennial and an annual, is native to Europe. “Ajuga” was supposedly corrupted from “a bija” in turn derived from the Latin word abigo, “to drive away” because the plant was thought to drive away various forms of disease.


Type: Seasonal

Flowering in late winter or early spring, the amaryllis adds a vibrant splash of colour to any home. Pink, red, white and bi-coloured, trumpet-like flowers emerge on two-foot hollow stalks.

An Introduction to Ivy

Type: Vine

Ivy is a multi-purpose plant that grows as a groundcover, as a climbing vine or, less frequently, in a flowering shrub-like form. It has shiny evergreen foliage in many variations, including variegated species.

Asexual Propagation

Type: General Advice

Asexual propagation is growing a plant without starting that plant from seed. A seedling is started from some form of existing plant material, known as a cutting. This method is quite often used commercially and can also be used in the home garden.

Asian Long-horned Beetle

Type: Insect

The Asian long - horned beetle (ALHB) (Anoplophora glabripennis) is native to China, Korea and Japan. This insect attacks maple, poplar, birch, willow, elm, ash and horse chestnut trees.

Attracting Butterflies

Type: General Advice

A butterfly garden can be as small as a windowsill box or as large as your backyard. Wherever you plan to put your butterfly garden, following a few simple steps will help you in making your garden more attractive for butterflies.

Attracting Hummingbirds

Type: General Advice

Attracting hummingbird s to your garden is easy and beneficial. As they feed on the nectar from your flowers, hummingbirds pick up pollen and carry it to surrounding flowers in your garden, providing a simple yet important task known as pollination.

Balancing Ponds Naturally

Type: Pond

Every pond is an environment unto itself; if you understand a few basic guidelines about algae and aquatic plants, you will have a healthy pond.

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