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Grow with Kiwi

With over 40 years of knowledge in landscaping, gardening, growing practices and more, we are proud to share what we know. Check back here for our latest plant recommendations, growing tips, gardening advice and more.

Overwintering Bulbs

Guide on Bulbs Common to Our Climate With our cold winters, we are fairly limited in the types of perennials that we can grow here. Many plant species that exist as perennials elsewhere in the world won't survive our winters, making them an annual for our climate. However some plant species, especially those with bulb-like

Transplanting Spruce Trees

What You Need to Know Why Transplant a Spruce Tree   There is a saying that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, this is especially true for slow growing evergreens, like spruce trees. Sometimes when a tree has outgrown its space or would be preferred in another location, it is

8 Garden Design Tips

Design Tips to Landscape Like a Pro Whether you are looking to improve an existing garden or starting a new landscaping project from scratch, chances are you've walked into a garden centre, looked around at the numerous possibilities and realized you're not quite sure where to start. Or maybe you've tried a few plants that

Kiwi Recipes

Some our favourite recipes for our favourite prairie hardy plants. Everything from garden produce to foraged finds to backyard food forest, if it grows in Alberta we have an edible or herbal recipe to share.

Garden to Kitchen : Beaked Hazelnuts

How to Harvest and Use Beaked Hazelnuts What are Beaked Hazelnuts? The beaked hazelnut, Corylus cornuta, is the only nut producing plant native to Alberta. It is a prairie hardy medium sized multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading growth habit. They can be found both in the wild or naturalized areas and in local

Garden to Kitchen : Mint

How to Grow, Harvest, and Use Mint What is Mint? We're probably all familiar with mint; it's one of the most common herbs used for its unique flavour and scent. Mint, or Mentha, is a part of the Lamiaceae family of flowering plants. Many of the plants in this family are also aromatic and include

Garden to Kitchen : Dandelions

How to Harvest and Use Dandelions What is a Dandelion?   That might seem like a silly question, since dandelions were probably the very first flower we could identify as children. Most of us were probably excited to see a field of yellow flowers and we would eagerly search for one that had already gone

Plant Problems

Let’s face it, as much as we love our plants sometimes we can run into problems. Whether it’s environmental, pests or disease, we have over 40 years of experience in identifying and managing plant problems. We’re here to help!

Lily Beetles

What Are Lily Beetles? The lily beetle is also known as the red lily beetle, scarlet lily beetle, and lily leaf beetle. Adults grow up to 8 mm long and have bright red bodies that are rectangular in shape with a black head, legs and underside. The larvae are soft-bodied and yellow to orange in

Common Vegetable Pests of Alberta

What the Heck is it? There's nothing more frustrating than investing all your time and hard work into a vegetable garden only to have it decimated by harmful insects. There are many strategies gardeners can use to help deter and manage damage from such pests, but the first step is identifying what the heck is

Garden Slugs

What Are Slugs? The simple answer is "a snail without a shell". However, the more scientific but sci-fi sounding answer is "any visibly shell-less terrestrial gastropod mollusc". There are over 50,000 species of Mollusca all over the world, many of which are aquatic species, but Albertan gardeners are most acquainted with the Grey Garden Slug.

Kiwi History

Learn about the history of our family business, from our New Zealand farming roots to our continued growth as a grower and supplier of over 1,000 prairie hardy trees, shrubs and perennials to local Albertans.

Our Nursery Has a New Look

Muralist Brings New Zealand to Our Alberta Nursery If you've ever visited our nursery, you've probably noticed a few grey trailers around the property. Over the years we have converted these trailers to become our office building, staff facilities, and even our new washrooms, which have not been opened to the public yet. You may

The Shack Murals

The Shack The Shack, as we call it, was painted with New Zealand and our history in mind. Sharing Murray and Alison‘s beginnings in New Zealand has always been very important to us, so when Muralist Robert Murray asked us what we'd like to have painted on our trailers, the answer was easy. We combed

40 Years of Fun

Over the past 40 years, the Munro’s have experienced many of life’s ups and downs, put in thousands of working hours at the nursery, and have continued to prosper at the forefront of the Horticulture industry. Alison and Murray have had the opportunity to watch their business and their family grow side-by-side; both expanding as