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May 01, 2018

Where are your plants?

I don’t know I haven’t botany

Brandi Holmes

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You have finally found your perfect home and furnished it to your liking, and now that spring is coming it is time to start thinking about your outdoor spaces.


No matter the size or type of space you have — patio, balcony, deck & yard — all outdoor space is an extension of your home. It is important that it suits your style just as the rest of your home does.

The first step when starting to plan these types of spaces is taking the time to plan it out. Decide what you really want — a large garden with trees, sitting area, or just a few potted plants. It’s great to have a plan and stick to it as you go through the process.

Visiting a few garden centres is a great place to start; be it a centre that is right in your neighbourhood, or a little outside of the city. Garden centres are stocked with people who know everything there is to know regarding outdoor living and they know what will work in our Calgary climate. You might also get some great ideas from their in-house displays.

In addition to having knowledgeable staff, most garden centres are also fully packed with anything and everything you could think of or need to maintain and create a stunning outdoor space. Things like lawn mowers, garden hoses, fertilizer and shovels; all the things you may not always consider. Most centres also offer additional services like landscaping or pruning and if they don’t, they can certainly recommend a company to you.

One of Condo Living’s favourite garden centres is Countryside Landscaping and Garden Centre. Located in De Winton, it is a bit of a drive, but totally worth it. Countryside started off as a landscape design and construction company and was known for their daring and creative designs. One day they decided to grow their own products to better serve their customers. For over 20 years Countryside Landscaping and Garden Centre has been growing and producing quality plants that match the Calgary climate. And don’t forget, they still offer their landscaping and design services.

Another one of Condo Living’s faves is Spruce It Up located just off Macleod at 210th Avenue. Spruce it up has been servicing Calgary and area for 10 years and has everything you could ever need to complete the outdoor space of your dreams.

They are a full service garden centre also offering landscaping and their Prune it up tree service. They don’t just have all the fixins to make your outdoor space enjoyable; they have home décor that is perfect for all seasons of living.

Moving into the north side of town, Golden Acre Home & Garden is located just off of McKnight Boulevard. They have been proudly Calgarian for over 50 years and can help you with everything indoor and outdoor gardening. Golden Acre also offers in house workshops and events so you can learn techniques straight from the pros. As with the other two centres, Golden Acre is a full service start-to-finish design company as well. Their employees are gardeners too and can work with you to achieve the greatest outdoor or indoor garden space you can imagine.

There are also a ton a farmers markets and nurseries that have seasonal plants or other gardening paraphernalia to meet your needs.

Blue Grass Nursery, Sod & Garden Centre located in Balzac and Red Deer is a 3rd generation, family run company that prides itself on knowing exactly what an outdoor space in Southern Alberta needs — they have everything you could possibly need for your landscaping journey. If you want the family experience, Blue Grass is the place to go.

If you are the DIY type, visiting a garden centre will help you out. It’s great to run your ideas and plans passed people who know plants and landscaping. They might be able to give you some tips and tricks to put your plan over the top.

On the other hand — if you know you’ll start the project off right but never finish it, hiring a landscaping company may be the best option for you.

Garden centres are full of a ton of different resources available to homeowners at their disposal and should be utilized to the fullest when planning any type or size of outdoor space.

All these centres, nurseries and markets are all locally owned and are experts on our Calgary climate. Products are also grown locally; some even on the same land that house the garden centres so you are always getting the best quality plant possible.

Planning an outdoor space should be an adventure; you should have some fun with it — just do your research about what will work. Go get down and dirty!

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