By Kristen Hamilton
Another gardening season is approaching and this year brings some interesting gardening trends. So, how you can make your garden totally 2012? It’s simple. Follow these trends and add your own twist to them and your garden will be the talk of the neighbourhood.
For 2012 stress-free gardening is the hottest thing going. Having a low-maintenance garden doesn’t mean it has to be boring or have little colour; it means your plants require very little to no deadheading, are pest-resistant and require little water or pruning. There are lots of plant options that add colour and flair without the maintenance. Black Eyed Susan, Liatris, Turtle Head, and Coreopsis are a few of my favourite low-maintenance perennials. One of my all-time favourite low-maintenance shrubs is St. Johns Wort. It provides wonderful colour through the summer, requires very little pruning, and deer don’t like to eat it. Ornamental grasses are also a great option are definitely trendy.
Story and photo by Sarah Ryeland
Most of us dream about travelling around the world. We long to stand at the foot of majestic mountains, feel the spray of a thunderous waterfall and feel our feet sink into the warm sand of a tropical beach. We want to experience the traditions of another culture and greet the unexpected on the road less travelled.
We might not get the chance to visit all the places we long to see, but we can appreciate the world through the eyes of artists who capture the essence and beauty of our environment on canvas, film and beyond.
Photo by Alison Withey
By Sarah Ryeland
Equine assisted learning. Equine experiential learning.
When you hear those terms, what comes to mind? Last week I would have said something along the lines of “using horses to help people with disabilities” or “helping those with challenges overcome their fears” or something like that.
How right I was. And how mistaken.
Photo by Peter Coffman
By Pamela Steel
It’s a long walk.
And those who have taken it say it’s life changing.
Several Huntsville residents have walked the up-to-1,000-km pilgrim’s journey through France and Spain, the Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James.
By Karen Wehrstein
It’s three in the morning in the lower-level room at the Huntsville Civic Centre. Not long from now, the first light of day will show through the windows and the birds will begin to sing. All is quiet, with no town politicians or staff working upstairs, no theatre-goers next door, and barely a car passing by on Main St.— except for the furious tapping of fingers on computer keys, the intermittent quaffing of coffee, and the occasional quiet request from one writer to another for a useful snippet of information.
Photo courtesty of Miranda Thomas
One Huntsville artist shows just how tactile textiles can be
By Sarah Ryeland
Miranda Thomas has been an artist for as long as she can remember. And for someone who’s only 26 years old, that adds up to a lifetime of creation.
“I’ve always been an artist,” she says. “For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawing, painting and creating things.”
But it wasn’t until fairly recently that she discovered her passion for textile arts…