Category Archives: Garden

Hang Out At Hollyhock

By Cherie Thiessen via BC Magazine

The northern reaches of the Strait of Georgia are gently rippling today, and in the background the lofty Coastal Mountains still wear a skiff of snow while overshadowing the gentler profiles of the Discovery Islands. I’m glad we have 45 minutes aboard the refit relief boat, Quadra Queeen II; time to savour the pristine, open view before arriving at Whaletown on Cortes Island, British Columbia.

We let our senses quietly expand and absorb. The day will culminate in Hollyhock’s hot tub overlooking the Strait of Georgia and Twin Islands, after three relaxing ferries and leisurely Vancouver and Cortes island drives. Oystercatchers will be calling close by our beachfront cottage and my friend, Pat Crossley, and I will fall asleep listening to the slurp of waves.


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Raising the Roof: Support Our Greenhouse!

After decades of service, the garden greenhouse is ready for retirement and replacement.

Most of you know how it feels to step into the Lodge at meal time—to smell and savour the incredible food that grows outside in the garden and the greenhouse. Will you help Hollyhock by supporting this project?

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Apple & Butternut Squash Salad

By Rebeka & Tec from the Hollyhock Kitchen

We at the Hollyhock kitchen reallyImage result for apple and butternut squash salad like this recipe, as these are ingredients that we are presently using in our kitchen to feed approx. 60 people, 3 meals per day.  This is a yummy lunch or dinner side dish or salad.

There are so many wonderful varieties of apples and hard/fall squashes available at this time from our gardens, local Farmers’ markets, and conventional stores.
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Garden Beyond Gardens: Nature’s Beacons of Healing

Hollyhock presenter Dr. Steven Aung is Clinical Professor from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. 

What is the Edmonton Chinese Garden?

Chinese Garden PathThe Edmonton Chinese Garden, located in the Louise McKinney Riverfront Park of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is a 1.25-hectare landscaped garden that houses authentic Chinese architecture, sculptures and horticulture. The land on which the garden stands was generously gifted to the Chinese community by former Edmonton Mayor Bill Smith as a sign of celebration of the flourishing Chinese culture in Edmonton.

Louise McKinney Riverfront Park lies in the heart of Edmonton’s River Valley Park system, next to the downtown core. The North Saskatchewan River forms its south boundary, while Jasper Avenue and Edmonton’s Chinatown District borders the park on the north.

Since 1980, the Chinese community sought to create a garden to reflect their cultural presence in Edmonton. To maximize the use of the land, the Edmonton Chinese Garden Society was established to manage the construction and maintenance of the Edmonton Chinese Garden. To this day, the Edmonton Chinese Garden stand as an unwavering symbol of the unity between Canada and the Chinese community towards prosperity and longstanding development.

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Orchard Revitalized with a little help from our friends.

Thanks to the kind stewardship of Rupert Sheldrake and donations from many friends of Hollyhock, the Hollyhock Orchard received the loving care it needed over the winter. It was cleared of brush and several old and rotten apple trees were taken down. The stumps were injected with mycelium spors. The soil was prepared with feed and healthy new saplings were planted including 2 Juliet plums, 2 liberty apples, 2 Italian plums, 2 heirloom hazelnuts and soon to be planted 2 mulberries. Tending to the Orchard will benefit future generations as it continues to flourish and nourish.

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