Helleborus

By , January 12, 2015

January 12th, 2015

Heavenly Helleborus!

Helleborus, or Christmas Rose, are an easy to grow perennial that bloom continuously for many months. Some varieties start in early December and can bloom until March. They grow best in a dry shady location. They are fairly disease resistant, drought tolerant, and deer resistant. For more information about growing Helleborus click here.

Winter Pansies

January 12th, 2015

Winter Pansies are Ready to Plant!

Winter Pansies are a great way to add colour to your garden from October to April. Pansies come in a variety of colours including shades of yellow, purple, lavender, mauve, orange, and black (dark purple). They will grow in a sunny location or a partially shady spot.

Primula

January 12th, 2015

Add colour to your winter garden with Primula!

If you are looking to add a little colour to your winter garden a fresh delivery of Primula have arrived. Also known as Primrose these hardy plants are great for adding colour to your pots, containers, and gardens. With a range of colours from Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow and White you can be sure to find the right colour for your garden. They make a great planting over your spring bulbs as they will not get in the way when your crocus, tulips, or daffodils grow through them. Be sure to stop by and check out the colours we have available for you.

Indoor Tropical Plants

By , January 6, 2015

January 6th, 2015

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.

Hamamelis

By , January 5, 2015

January 5th, 2015

Add colour and fragrance to your winter garden with Witch Hazel!

Witch hazels, also known as Hamamelis, are excellent deciduous shrubs to add to your winter garden. Known best for their colourful flowers and beautiful fragrance no garden would be complete without at least one variety of Witch Hazel. The flowers are beautiful during late winter and early spring from December to February.

The stems of this plant also add structure to your garden. During the summer the green leaves provide an excellent backdrop for other flowering shrubs or excellent shade for your hosta’s or other shade plants.

Witch hazels are hardy to zone 5 (-15 F, or -23 C) and most will grow to 8 to 12 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide. They are easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. They flower best in a sunny location. They prefer moist, acidic, organically rich soils and can tolerate heavy clay soils.

As they grow it is important to remove sucker shoots that grow from the root system to prevent them from spreading. For general pruning give them a light pruning in spring after flowering to control shape and size.

The x intermedia hybrids (H. mollis x H. japonica) are large deciduous shrubs which typically grow 12-20′ tall and feature mid to late winter flowers.

You can choose from the following varieties:

  • Hamamelis intermedia ‘Arnold’s Promise’ - bright yellow flowers
  • Hamamelis intermedia ‘Jelena’ – vibrant yellow flower
  • Hamamelis intermedia ‘Sunburst’ – bright yellow

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

By , December 25, 2014

December 25th, 2014

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.

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 & Bottle Drive on Sunday, Jan. 4, 1 to 4 p.m., at Emmanuel Covenant Church, 17029 16th Ave., Surrey. Info: Emmanuelcovenant.ca.
  • Enver Creek Secondary Dry Grad 2015 fundraiser (Christmas tree chipping by donation, clothing drive and bottle drive), Saturday, Jan. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at school,14505 84 Ave., Surrey.
  • Tree Chipping hosted by Rotary Club of Surrey Guildford on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily 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, 778-808-5232.
  • Knights of Columbus’ annual Christmas Tree Chipping (by donation) on Jan. 3 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Jan. 4 (noon to 4 p.m.) at St. Matthew’s Parish parking lot, 16079 88th Ave., Surrey. “Fundraising with proceeds to local charities.” Info: Call Doug Thomas, 604-218-2722.
  • Surrey Firefighters’ Annual Tree Chip (by donation) on Saturday, Jan. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Newton Athletic Park (128th Street and 74th 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
  • 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 until January 31st. For more information 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 (East Boulevard North of 41st)
  • Sunset Beach Upper Parking Lot (Pacific Boulevard and Broughton Street)
  • Rona Home and Garden Grandview Store at 2727 East 12th Avenue

Contact the Lions Club for more information:

(www.vancouverlions.com OR www.vancouversouthlions.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 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 www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org or call 604-822-4208 for more information.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

By , December 24, 2014

December 24th, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

From all of us at David Hunter Garden Centers we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thank you for being our customers. We hope that you are looking forward to spring when we get to see you all again. Let’s hope for a little more sunshine in the coming year to help our gardens grow and bloom.

Cedar Garland

By , December 8, 2014

December 8th, 2014

Add fragrance to your home with Cedar Garland

There is nothing quite as aluring as the scent of cedar in your home. You can adorn your hearth, mantle, or staicase banister with cedar garland to make your home more festive this holiday season. You can buy it by the foot or in a 50 foot roll to decorate your whole home. The cedar garland looks great around a doorway at your entrance or even on a fence.

Holiday Decorations

By , December 1, 2014

December 1st, 2014

Decorate your Home for the Holidays!

Bring the scents of the season home for the holiday season. There is nothing like to fresh scent of Cedar, Pine, and Fir to give your home that holiday scent. You can hang a wreath on your front door, or cedar garland across your mantle. Add some fresh dogwood, fir, willow, or holly branches to the your porch pots and patio planters to give them a little winter colour.

Holiday Wreath

Holiday Wreath

 

Learn to make a Fresh Wreath!

Come in to our Surrey store this Saturday December 6th at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm and you can learn to make your own fresh wreath. Our florist will teach you how to attach greens to a wire wreath frame and decorate it with a variety of items including; pine cones, holly, and ribbon. Call the store today to register. For more information click here.

 

Grinch Tree

Grinch Tree

 

Learn to make a “Grinch Tree”!

Create a conversation piece for your table this holiday season by making a “Grinch Tree”. This miniature tree will make a great addition to any table in your home or make a great gift for your family or friends that you visit. On Saturday December 13th one of our staff will teach you how to create your own miniature “Grinch Tree” using fresh cut cedar artistically wired into a clay pot and embellished with decorations. Please call to register for this class. For more information click here.

Holiday Centerpiece

Holiday Centerpiece

 

 

Create a Holiday Centerpiece

Perfect for your holiday table or to give as a hostess gift, create an elegant centerpiece of seasonal colour and texture. Our designers give tips and teach you how the pros do it. Join us on Saturday December 20th when our florist will teach you how to make a festive Holiday Centerpiece. Please call to register for this class. For more information click here.

Poinsettias

December 1st, 2014

Add Colour to Your Holiday Season!

Poinsettias make a great addition to any home during the Holiday season. This beautiful plant comes in a variety of colours but the most popular are red, white, and pink. Associated with Christmas since the 16th century these plants have been bred and cultivated to produce the huge red leaves that we are used to today. For information about how to care for your Poinsettia click here.

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