Alison Garwood Jones

Using my voice

Originally published in May 2015 in Blog

This week I unwittingly joined the ranks of Robert Redford and Pierce Brosnan when I lent my voice to a PSA on monarch butterflies for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The NRDC is an American environmental organization, but Canadian farmers, especially corn and soybean growers, have permission to use the same glyphosate-containing chemical mentioned in the […]

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Printemps

Originally published in May 2015 in Blog

Orange tulips smell like oranges. In a loud way. Purple tulips … you guessed it. They smell like grape! Not real grape, grape popsicles. I have no idea why this is so. But it’s marvellous.

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Pink snow

Originally published in April 2012 in Blog

“Last week the cherry blossoms were falling all over the city, and children chased them in the same way they chase snowflakes. The most spectacular drifts of this pink snow were to be seen along Park Avenue, where cherry trees line the center island, and speeding cars cause the petals to swirl and dance.” — Bill Cunningham, […]

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Woof!

Originally published in June 2010 in Blog

The front hallway of the house I grew up in was a grotto of potted plants and hanging baskets placed in and amongst a collection of modern art made from highly polished cast steel. A floating staircase linking the hallway to a second level cut through the middle of this exhibition of vines and metal […]

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Paradise found

Originally published in June 2009 in Canadian Gardening

A northern climate hasn’t stopped one Montréal couple from creating a “tropical” hideaway —minus the dependence on water Eight years ago, when Julie Jonas and Danny Roberge moved from bustling downtown Montréal to Beaconsfield, Quebec, a tranquil West Island community 20 minutes from the city, their combined gardening experience was zip. But the bugs seemed […]

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