The Voice of Nova Scotia's Landscape & Horticultural Industry

Team Nova Scotia wins Bronze at the Skills Canada National Competition

The Landscape Gardening category had a record number of competitors at the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) held in Winnipeg, Manitoba earlier this month.  Eight teams of two represented British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Team Canada.

Landscape Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Team Nova Scotia won the bronze medal in Landscape Gardening.  Congratulations to Diana Emma Davidson and Calum MacRae, two remarkable young people with bright futures in our industry.  A special thank you to volunteer/coach/mentor Kyle MacDonald and to Tim at NSCC Kingstec Campus for supporting our team and setting them up for success.  

New Book Release

Wildflowers of Nova Scotia: Field Guide  Is Celebrated With Book Launch Events in Halifax

Halifax, N.S. – Nature lovers, gardeners—and those who aspire to be—will all appreciate Boulder Publications’ latest release, Wildflowers of Nova Scotia: Field Guide by Todd Boland.  

Now available online and in stores for $34.95, this fabulous new book, which took two years to assemble, offers readers detailed descriptions and over 900 colour photos of the 700-plus wildflower species growing across this province.  The book is designed as a quick-reference field guide with indexed sections by colour that make it easy for anyone to look up a plant they find in their own backyard or favourite nature trail, and to learn more about it from an expert. 

Wildflowers of Nova Scotia is being released during a gardening trend toward native plants, which often require less attention, watering and fertilizing than some of their exotic non-native cousins.  Many gardeners are looking for expert advice, like that provided in this field guide, to help them grow attractive varieties that are likely to thrive because they are adapted to Nova Scotia’s climate and soil conditions.

Todd Boland is from St. John’s, where he is the research horticulturalist at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden.  Boland has written about and lectured on various aspects of horticulture and native plants internationally. Wildflowers of  Nova Scotia is his fourth book; he is also the author of the popular Trees and Shrubs of the Maritimes: Field Guide.