Outdoor Living

FOR OUR GROWING LOVE OF PLANTS

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Throughout the cold months of the year, when most of us are dreaming about our gardens, plant breeders are already hard at work selecting new varieties. It’s a multi-step process involving rigorous field trials at public gardens, universities, nurseries and by individual growers, seed producers and industry representatives.

OUTSTANDING DESIGN OUTSIDE

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Canadians love to live outside during the warm months. We cook, dine, swim, lounge and hang out under the sun and the stars. That’s why the outdoor room is an important extension of the decor we enjoy indoors. These items are on trend to help you decorate the perfect outdoor space.

A TOUCH OF THAILAND

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The soothing sounds of cascading water among Buddha heads and bamboo shoots are some of the natural elements that have transformed a Terrebonne backyard into a Thai-inspired oasis.

BACKYARD BLISS

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This suave and contemporary backyard was a mundane patch of grass and concrete just one summer ago. “It was really a mess,” says Vic Bertrand bluntly. Bertrand, the president of full-service landscaping company Northstone, describes the area’s 2,000 square feet as an unappealing concrete patio and “just grass, weeds, shrubs.”

ROOTED IN THE LANDSCAPE

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Everything about this property suggests that the home and garden have occupied their place in the landscape for a long time. And yet … “This is a new house, a guesthouse,” says Mario Arteaga, a landscape architect with Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture in Vancouver.

FROM BRUTAL TO BEAUTIFUL

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Brutal. It’s not a word one often associates with a backyard, but landscape architect Myke Hodgins had hit upon the mot juste in this case. At the rear of a neo-Georgian house in Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, the yard is in a little urban canyon, surrounded on three sides by multi-storey apartment buildings.

CASUAL LIVING WITH STYLE

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As a managing partner of outdoor furnishings purveyor Casualife, Jill Schwartzentruber has to keep many people’s tastes in mind when selecting stock and advising clients. But for her own recently refurbished backyard in The Beach, Jill got to choose exactly what she wanted.

IT’S NOW EASIER TO BE GREEN

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Creative thinkers are regularly devising new and innovative ways to solve humanity’s problems.
Swiss designer/entrepreneur Yves Behar, for instance, recently created a smart, solar-powered garden system that monitors soil and water levels. The first female architect in Pakistan, Yasmeen Lari, has built 36,000 safe homes in a flood and earthquake region since 2010, becoming a world leader in providing disaster-relief shelters.

FIRST-CLASS CABIN

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If you’ve been enjoying our show, Cabin Pressure, on Cottage Life TV, you’ll be familiar with our plan: to transform a rundown (but very pretty) log cabin into holiday-home perfection.