Don Burnett

Gardening expert Don Burnett.

Burnett: Little benefit in starting seeds too soon

Kelowna garden expert Don Burnett says it's too early to start seeds, even as we near the gardening season

Gardening expert Don Burnett.
The Allen Gardens Conservatory in Toronto.

Burnett: Toronto conservatory a botanical gem

Don Burnett visited the Allen Gardens Conservatory, founded in 1858 and featuring 1,600 square feet of greenhouse space

The Allen Gardens Conservatory in Toronto.
Burnett: Seattle garden show a tonic for winter blues

Burnett: Seattle garden show a tonic for winter blues

For many of us, taking the four-day round trip to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle is the best way to kick off any spring

Burnett: Seattle garden show a tonic for winter blues
Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Garden Show.

Burnett: Plan for more frost but book spring UK garden tour

I’ve potted up any non-winter hardy plant worth saving so I have the option of taking them indoors when frost is expected.

Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Garden Show.
Lilac flower in bloom.

Burnett: Plant breeders serach for longer blooming plants

Gardening columnist Don Burnett talks about options for fall planting.

Lilac flower in bloom.

Burnett: Late summer weather great for gardens, gardeners alike

Here in the Okanagan we are entering one of the best gardening seasons of the year.

Hydrangea arboresens ‘Annabelle

Burnett: Gardening advice on how to prune hydrangeas

So often I am asked how to prune hydrangeas and my answer always begins with what type of hydrangea are we dealing with.

Hydrangea arboresens ‘Annabelle

Burnett: Budget in some real top soil

‘Pocket planting’ is where a hole is dug a few inches larger than the root ball of the plant…and a little bit of soil is placed in it.

Burnett: Garden show celebrates local gardening and history

The Kelowna Garden Club was established in 1924, believed to be one of the oldest established clubs of its kind in our province.

Burnett: ream holiday to the UK for avid gardeners

I have to tell you they sure know how to put on a show over there in the United Kingdom.

Burnett: Colourful blossoms abundant around Okanagan

As we drive around the Okanagan at this time of year there is certainly no shortage of colour.

Burnett: Popular activity accessible to everyone

At first, gardening as we know it was reserved for the wealthy…today, people at
all levels of economic status garden for fun and food.

Burnett: Old fashioned, healthier ways to store good food

Preserve local food at reasonable prices or home grow your food for less to enjoy all winter long.

Burnett: Gardeners always happy to get gardening tool gifts

…you might be thinking of giving something to your favourite gardener even if it's yourself.

Burnett: Santa to chopper in to Bylands Garden Centre

Included in the celebration is cheerful live Christmas music, hot dogs and hot chocolate…bring something for the food bank.

Burnett: Space filling up for gardening vacation

Fall colours phenomenon happens when the temperature gradually drops…yet doesn’t get to the freezing level.

Burnett: Change comes to gardens quickly

Preferences change in gardens as the choice in plants blossoms.

Burnett: Old books can give new life to gardening

Many of the techniques and fundamentals of gardening used today have been used for centuries…

Burnett: Think about spring bulbs now

Get your spring bulbs in as early as possible to allow for a nice long cool rooting-in period.

Burnett: Old phone is like an old friend for columnist

In this hectic world, where everything is in fast motion…gardening is still the same medicine it has been for centuries.