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By , 2014/06/30

Happy New Year!

Our stores are open 12 months a year for all your gardening needs

Unlike many garden stores that close during the winter months our stores stay open all year. So if you are looking to plant your spring flowering bulbs, like tulips and daffodils, or you need pruning supplies to do some winter cleanup be sure to stop by. Our stores are open 7 days a week. For our complete store hours click here.

News & Events

Indoor Tropical Plants

January 2nd, 2017

Add a Touch of the Tropics to your home!

Most people know that having house plants is good for your home, but how are they good for your home? There are many benefits to having indoor plants including their ability to clean your air. With the right number of house plants you can breathe easier, enjoy improved health, and have a sharper focus.

Over the years NASA has conducted research into the best house plants for cleaning and purifying air. Some of the best include; Areca Palm, Pothos, Peace Lily, Chinese Evergreen, Philodendron, Dracaena, Weeping Fig, and the Rubber Plant. For a list of the best plants for cleaning your air click here. NASA recommends one plant, in a 6 inch (15 cm) or larger pot, per 100 square feet of household. So an 1,000 square foot home should have 10 small house plants.

For tips about growing indoor plants click here.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

December 25th, 2016

Recycling Your Christmas Tree!

There are several ways that you can recycle your Christmas tree in Greater Vancouver. Here are some alternatives. For more alternatives call the BC Recycling Hotline at 604-732-9253.

Tree Chipping at our Surrey Store

On Saturday January 7th bring your Christmas tree to our Surrey store and professionals from Bartlett Tree Experts (www.bartlett.com) will be on hand to chip your tree from 10 am to 2 pm. Chipping is provided by donation with the proceeds benefiting the Jane Stock Foundation (www.janestockfoundation.com) which support Horticulture education in BC.

Residential Collection (Surrey, Delta, or Langley)

Surrey residents that receive yard trimmings collection may put their tree out before 7 AM on their regular yard trimming collection day until January 31st. Residents are asked to cut the tree into branches and bundle the branches together for ease of pickup. For more information contact the City of Surrey Garbage and Recycling line at 604-590-7289.

Delta residents can put your Christmas tree out with your yard waste but regular restrictions apply. Bundles must be no more than 1 meter by 60 cm.

Langley (City or Township) residents can put your Christmas tree out with your yard waste but regular restrictions apply. Bundles must be no more than 1 meter by 60 cm and weigh no more than 34 kg (75 lbs).

Transfer Station (Surrey, Delta, or Langley)

Surrey residents are welcome to drop off their tree at the transfer station at 9770 – 192nd Street, Surrey. The Transfer Station is open from 8 AM until 5 PM Monday to Friday and 8 AM to 6 PM Saturday and Sunday. For more information call the Transfer Station at 604-513-2409.

Delta residents are welcome to drop off their trees at the Vancouver Landfill for Composting. The composting facility is located at 5400 – 72nd Street in Delta.

Langley residents are welcome to drop off their trees for a fee at the transfer station located at 1070 – 272 Street, Langley. The transfer station is open Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chipping Events

Many local Charities host chipping events by donation. Here are a few:

Surrey firefighters will be on hand to assist with the chipping of Christmas trees at the Newton Athletic Park (128th Street and 74th Avenue).

  • Christmas Tree Chipping on Monday January 2nd from 9 am to 4 pm, at Emmanuel Covenant Church, 17029 16th Ave., Surrey. Info: Emmanuelcovenant.ca.
  • Enver Creek Secondary Dry Grad 2017 fundraiser (Christmas tree chipping by donation, clothing drive and bottle drive), Saturday, Jan. 7th from 10 am to 3 pm at school, 14505 – 84 Avenue, Surrey.
  • Tree Chipping hosted by Rotary Club of Surrey Guildford at North Surrey Secondary School, 15945 – 96th Ave., Surrey. “We will also be accepting small electronic devices for recycling. All by donation. Info: Rotarysurrey.ca, info@rotarysurrey.ca, 1-888-549-3171. Dates TBD
  • Knights of Columbus’ annual Christmas Tree Chipping (by donation) on Jan. 7th (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Jan. 8th (noon to 4 p.m.) at Holy Cross parking lot, 16193 – 88 Ave, Surrey, BC. “Fundraising with proceeds to local charities.” Info: Call Doug Thomas, 604-218-2722.
  • Surrey Firefighters’ Annual Tree Chip (by donation) on Saturday, Jan. 7 from 9 am to 4 pm Newton Athletic Park (160th Street and 88th Avenue). “Drop by and Chip your Tree Here” or visit Surreyfirefighters.com/charitablesociety/campaigns/treechip/

The Lions Club host chipping events at the following locations:

  • Sungod Arena at 7825 – 112 Street, Surrey (Date Unknown)
  • Tsawwassen South Delta Recreation Centre 1720 – 56th Street (Date Unknown)

Residential Collection (Vancouver)

Households that receive yard trimmings collection may put their tree out before 7 AM on their regular yard trimming collection day during the week of January 16th. For more information visit the City of Vancouver’s website here, contact the City of Vancouver Recycling Hotline at 604-326-4600, OR recycle@vancouver.ca.

Vancouver South Transfer Station

Any city of Vancouver resident is welcome to drop off their undecorated tree at the transfer station until January 31st at the Vancouver South Transfer Station (377 West Kent Avenue North) and the Vancouver Landfill (5400 – 72nd Street, Delta)

Lions Club Chipping Event (Vancouver)

The Lions Club of BC hosts Chipping Events at several locations. Donations of Cash and non-perishable food items will be distributed to local charities. Chipping events will take place at the following locations:

  • Kits Beach Parking Lot (Cornwall and Arbutus)
  • Kerrisdale Ice Rink (5670 East Boulevard North of 41st)
  • Sunset Beach Upper Parking Lot (Beach Avenue and Broughton Street)

For 2017 the chipping events will take place on January 7th and 8th from 10 am to 4 pm. Contact the Lions Club for more information:

(www.vancouverlions.com)

UBC Christmas Tree Chipper Event (Vancouver)

“Chip In” by recycling your Christmas tree at the UBC Botanical Gardens. Your tree will be chipped into bark mulch for the pathways. For self service you can drop your tree off anytime between December 26th and January 8th, between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

Drop trees at the UBC Botanical Garden parking lot, at 6804 South West Marine Dr. Please remove all lights, decorations, tinsel, stands, or other items. No yard trimmings please, just Christmas trees. UBC Plant Operations and UBC Botanical Garden proudly sponsor this sustainability initiative. Donations are gratefully appreciated. Visit botanicalgarden.ubc.ca or call 604-822-4208 for more information.

Hyacinths

October 24th, 2016

Enjoy the sweet fragrance of Hyacinths!

Hyacinths are one of the most fragrant spring bulbs you can plant in your garden. They have a beautifully sweet scent, are deer resistant, and are easy to grow You can choose from white, red, pink, and blue flowers.

You can also grow Hyacinths indoors to add a little spring colour to your home during the holiday season by forcing them to bloom (Click here for more information about bulb forcing).

Daffodils

October 11th, 2016

Grow some Dazzling Daffodils!

Daffodil bulbs, also known as Narcissus, are one of the most spectacular bulb to plant in your garden. They have cheerful yellow blooms in spring, they are perfect to grow in pots or on your garden, and they are squirrel and rabbit resistant. A group of Daffodils can bloom repeatedly in your garden for months in the spring. If you plant them in a sunny location with well drained soil Daffodils will return to bloom again for many years. Our selection still includes over 30 varieties of Daffodils for you to choose from.

The most popular daffodil has to be the King Alfred Daffodil. This variety is indeed the King as it has one of the largest blooms. Growing to between 12 and 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) tall they will produce an abundant grouping of flowers in mid spring (March and April).

Crocus

October 10th, 2016

Plant a sea of colour with Crocus bulbs!

Crocus are one of the most popular spring flowering bulbs to plant in your garden. The most common colours are purple, yellow, and white but they also come in several bi-colour or stripped varieties. These little beauties grow to be about 4 to 6 inches tall and produce an abundance of flowers in early spring. If you leave Crocus bulbs in the ground they can grow and bloom again the next year. This is called naturalizing. You can plant them in masses in your garden, or even plant them in your lawn. Just wait until after they have stored enough energy for next year before you mow them down.

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