Success… $3,500.00 raised!

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It’s been just just over a week now and everyone who bought some perennials from our plant sale during the Concession Street Festival (and there were a lot of you) should now be enjoying the new additions to your garden. We couldn’t have done this without all of the extremely generous plant donations from neighbours, friends and family. Thank you a million times over. We had a few draws to help raise money as well.

And the winners are… (drum roll please)…

Royal Botanical Garden day passes: Michele and Lorraine
Garden Gift Basket (donated by Waterdown Seniors Group)- Kate
Flight over Niagara Falls (donated by Lizzy McFLy): Mike
Congratulations to the four of you. Enjoy your prizes and thank you for helping us Grow a Dream!
We raised $3,500.00 between an indoor plant sale, perennial sale, raffles, and online donations. Hopefully soon we’ll be able to let you all know what we bought for the Juravinski Cancer Centre.

Two Sleeps

Two sleeps until the big day… we have over two trailers full of perennials ready for your garden. Can’t wait to see you at the Concession Street Festival on June 7th from 11:00am until 6:00pm.. Don’t forget, for a minimum $10 donation you can win a flight around Niagara Falls with Lizzy McFly! Click here for details.

Do you have a fairy garden?

Now that the weather is warming up a tich we have been spending a lot more time outside. We’ve been slowly cleaning up the gardens and all the branches and twigs from the December ice storm, but we’ve also been adding a little bit of colour by way of a fairy garden.

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After many summers of having my flowers picked, garden stones unturned, sticks planted, and my bird bath home to many witches brew by a gaggle of girls, this year I decided to give them their own dedicated space, and a portable one at that.

Grampa found an old wheelbarrow, cleaned it up and painted it. We drilled a few holes in the bottom for drainage and filled the bottom with styrofoam “popcorn” to keep it light so it can easily be moved around the yard. We added some soil and then got to work decorating. I purchased a few birdhouses at the dollar store and cut out the doors. We painted them with outdoor paint in vibrant colours and added them to the wheelbarrow garden. The paths are made with shells and glow in the dark stones and we added a bird bath made from shells. We just need to add some flowers (as soon as it warms up).

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Snack Time

I got hungry and I was thinking of the lovely smell of the roasted nuts you can buy from the street vendors in New York City. I’ve never purchased them, but they smell soooo good.photo

Sweet and Spicy Nuts

  • 2 cups mixed nuts (I used raw almonds, walnuts and cashews)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (the real stuff – table syrup contains high amounts of carcinogens)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/2 of a vanilla bean (scrape seeds out)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you can handle it!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 350oF.

Bake nuts on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for 5 to 7 minutes until lightly toasted. Heat the maple syrup, honey, vanilla bean, salt and cayenne in a medium sized pot just until honey melts. Remove nuts from the oven and add to maple syrup mixture. On medium heat, cook the nut mixture until the syrup mixture reduces and really starts to thickly coat the nuts (3 to 5 minutes). Return the nuts to the baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes. Keep watch so the maple syrup mixture does not burn. Remove and let cool.