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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.

The Ultimate Guide to ZZ Plants

All About ZZ Plants ZZ Plants, named as a short-hand for their Latin name - Zamioculas zamiifolia, are a genus of flowering plants in the Araceae family. Other common names also include Zanzibar Gem, Zuzu Plant, Emerald Palm, and Eternity Plant.   The ZZ Plant is a tropical perennial plant native to Eastern Africa, from

Xeriscaping & Rock Gardens

Xeriscaping & Rock Gardens Xeriscaping is a term coined by Denver Water in 1981, by combining "landscaping" with the Greek word "xeros", meaning "dry". The term was developed to refer to the process of landscaping or gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for irrigation. It is often promoted in dryer climates or regions that

Ultimate Guide to Rubber Plants

All About Rubber Plants The rubber plant, Ficus elastica, also known as rubber fig is a species of flowering plant in the Moraceae family, native to eastern parts of South Asia. While in their native climate some species can grow to an impressive 100ft tall or more, here in North America we're most familiar with

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!

Is it Aphids?

What Are Aphids? Aphids are very small, 2mm or less, and have a pear-shaped, soft body. They are often found in heavily populated colonies. Most species are pale green, but some are yellow, brown, black, and pink. Adults may or may not have wings and the nymphs are wingless. Their primary identifying feature is the

Is it Powdery Mildew?

What is Powdery Mildew? Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that affects a wide variety of plants. There are many different species of powdery mildew, and each species attacks a range of different plants. The garden plants most commonly affected by powdery mildew include cucurbits (squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, melons), nightshades (tomatoes, eggplants, peppers), legumes (beans, peas), and roses.   When the fungus

Is it Evergreen Sunscald?

What is Evergreen Sunscald? Sunscald can occur when the dry winter air combined with low soil moisture causes needles to dry out and become susceptible to damage from the sun. When the surface of the surrounding snow is smooth, it act's like a mirror intensifying the sun's rays upon the dry evergreen needles resulting in

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