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Winter Gardening | Pretty Winterscape Projects | Ottawa Valley

Winter Gardening | Pretty Winterscape Projects | Ottawa Valley

Posted Nov 16th, 2019

Winterscaping is a whole new element of gardening that extends the gardening season in a fun and low maintenance way...join us and learn how to create a beautiful evergreen planter that will last all winter long.

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Much More than a Pretty Face: 8 Health Benefits of Plants | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Much More than a Pretty Face: 8 Health Benefits of Plants | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Posted Nov 6th, 2019

Sure plants are pretty and smell great, but did you know that many plants can actually benefit your physical and mental health?

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Autumn Joy: The Benefits of Fall Gardening | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Autumn Joy: The Benefits of Fall Gardening | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Posted Sep 27th, 2018

Autumn has arrived and with it come the benefits of Fall gardening. It's the perfect time for moving / dividing perennials or planting Spring bulbs & adding more colour.

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Late Summer Style in the Garden | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Late Summer Style in the Garden | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Posted Aug 24th, 2018

In many gardens, June is usually the most spectacular show for shrubs and perennials but, in my opinion, the late summer garden can be equally as fabulous if you choose the right plants. 

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Hydrangeas: Tips for Planting & Caring for Your Type of Hydrangeas  | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Hydrangeas: Tips for Planting & Caring for Your Type of Hydrangeas | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Posted May 14th, 2018

Hydrangeas are a classic garden shrub that are a must-have in every garden. We have your tips for planting & caring for your type of hydrangea.

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Caring for Your Succulents & Air Plants | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Caring for Your Succulents & Air Plants | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Posted Apr 12th, 2018

Succulents and air plants are once again on trend. Learn how to easily care for them with our simple tips.

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7 Simple Tips for a Well Designed Garden | Gemmell's Garden Centre

7 Simple Tips for a Well Designed Garden | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Posted Jul 12th, 2017

We know many gardeners feel that garden design is a daunting task, so we've gathered 7 simple tips to help you create a well designed garden.

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Proper Watering Techniques for your Trees, Shrubs & Hanging Baskets | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Proper Watering Techniques for your Trees, Shrubs & Hanging Baskets | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Posted Jun 28th, 2017

As the weather heats up so does the need to thoroughly water your plants. Here is a guide to proper watering techniques...

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Stop & Smell the Roses | Timeless Beauty and Fragrance, Roses are a Classic in the Garden

Stop & Smell the Roses | Timeless Beauty and Fragrance, Roses are a Classic in the Garden

Posted Jun 14th, 2017

Coveted by gardeners for their timeless beauty and fragrance, roses are a classic in the garden. Our selections include...

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Hooray for Hostas | Drought Tolerant, Shade Loving & Gorgeous All Summer Long

Hooray for Hostas | Drought Tolerant, Shade Loving & Gorgeous All Summer Long

Posted May 31st, 2017

With beautiful foliage, shade & drought loving hostas are the perfect plant to accent flowers in the garden.

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Benefits of Trees | For the Love of Trees | Brockville Garden Centre

Benefits of Trees | For the Love of Trees | Brockville Garden Centre

Posted May 17th, 2017

Trees are an investment in our future, providing shade, reducing carbon dioxide, and providing homes for birds and small animals. Read on to see why you shouldn't take trees for granted.

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Bee Happy | Bee Friendly Plants for Your Garden

Bee Happy | Bee Friendly Plants for Your Garden

Posted Apr 26th, 2017

Many bee species populations, including honey bees, have been been declining and you can make a difference in your own garden by planting bee friendly plants. Bees love to live in urban settings where there are short flight paths to a wide variety of different plants and flowers. Bees are more likely to thrive in your backyard, community or patio garden than on vast acres devoted to single crop plantings.

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A Breath of Fresh Air | How to Care for Tropical Foliage Plants

A Breath of Fresh Air | How to Care for Tropical Foliage Plants

Posted Apr 10th, 2017

Attractive, decorative and functional, Tropical Foliage Plants are like adding a breath of fresh air to a room and in fact that is exactly what they do - increase the amount of oxygen in a room! Learn how to care for your tropical plant.

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The Life of an Annual or Perennial Flower | The Long and Winding Road | Ottawa Garden Centre

The Life of an Annual or Perennial Flower | The Long and Winding Road | Ottawa Garden Centre

Posted Mar 18th, 2017

Have you ever wondered when you pick up that potted annual, perennial or hanging basket in the spring, where it actually came from? The life of an annual or perennial flower begins much sooner that many people think.

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A Seed is a Promise | Tips on Growing & Sowing Seeds

A Seed is a Promise | Tips on Growing & Sowing Seeds

Posted Mar 5th, 2017

Seeds are an economical way to grow and a wonderful way to teach children about the magic of plants and gardening. Read on for our best growing tips for your seeds.

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Easy Three Ingredient Beautiful Container Planting Recipe | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Easy Three Ingredient Beautiful Container Planting Recipe | Gemmell's Garden Centre

Posted Feb 27th, 2017

Every spring the challenge of coming up with beautiful containers is a challenge for many gardeners. If you want to be the envy of your neighbourhood this season then here is an easy three-ingredient recipe to follow

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Introducing the Gemmell's Victorian Planter Workshop!

Introducing the Gemmell's Victorian Planter Workshop!

Posted Feb 14th, 2017

Create your own elegant Victorian-style planter, and learn how to keep it looking lovely all summer long with the Victorian Planter Workshop at Gemmell's Garden Centre in Smiths Falls.

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Fertilizer Has Changed | Why It Matters & What You Need to Know | Ottawa Gardening

Fertilizer Has Changed | Why It Matters & What You Need to Know | Ottawa Gardening

Posted Feb 12th, 2017

New 17-5-17 Ratio | Recently the ratios for the N-P-K have significantly changed in fertilizer. Read on to discover why we have embraced this new way of thinking in horticulture and are helping our environment, with this high micronutrient, water soluble fertilizer, as well.

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 Gemmell's Garden Centre | Top 10 Series | Best Shrubs for Your Garden

Gemmell's Garden Centre | Top 10 Series | Best Shrubs for Your Garden

Posted Feb 11th, 2017

In the anticipation of Spring, we've gathered our picks for the best shrubs for your garden. These beautiful, low maintenance, shrubs could easily take centre stage in your garden this season.

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Celebrate Fall | Beautiful Autumn Planter Decor Ideas for Your Porch | Ottawa Gardening

Celebrate Fall | Beautiful Autumn Planter Decor Ideas for Your Porch | Ottawa Gardening

Posted Sep 26th, 2016

Jazz up your decor, and those planters, with a fantastic Autumn line up of plants. Get inspired with beautiful decor ideas and some of our favourite Fall plants at Gemmell’s - your Ottawa Valley Gardening Centre.

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