Winter Ideas for the Gardener

birdsThe holidays are over, the decorations are down… now what?  I am not a big fan of winter but I do enjoy hiking and snowshoeing.  I feel connected to nature and being outside makes me feel good.  Becoming a better photographer is also on my list and what better place to start then when I am outside?

Another option is to join a Garden Club.  Gardeners are social creatures and it is a great way to learn more…especially in the winter.

Reading gardening magazines and books are a great idea too.  My favourite magazines are GardenMaking and Canadian Gardening.  They both have websites:


There is also HortusTV ( unlimited access to hundreds of garden videos in an ever-growing library, for your computer, tablet or mobile phone.  You can even get a free trial.

If you are in the Toronto or the surrounding area, the Toronto Botanical Garden is a great place to visit.  There are courses, lectures and events.  Check out their website at

So embrace winter, organize your gardening photos from last year, make a plan for the Spring and enjoy some time curling up on the couch with your favourite beverage by a fire!