Landscaping for winter

Everything’s in bloom now, but take a moment to consider how your property looked last winter. A little bland and white, perhaps? Not to worry. There are lots of ways to add elements to the garden that look great in summer and add remarkable visual interest when the snow is deep. The first thing to […]

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Paddle the backwater

August is the perfect time for boating, but sometimes the lakes can feel just a tad too busy. To get away from the crowd, launch your canoe or kayak and take a daytrip down one of Muskoka’s many excellent paddling rivers and streams. You’ll be astonished at how quickly you can find yourself enjoying peace […]

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Made for the shade

Look for this article in the summer-fall edition of Dockside magazine. It’s midsummer and it’s stinkin’ hot. Sure, you could flee the heat and go indoors. But that’s not what you’re here for. Air conditioning is a refuge, but it’s not a delight, and it’s certainly not why most people own a cottage. Fortunately, there […]

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Corn plus

Corn on the cob is great with just butter and salt, particularly in August when it’s at its freshest. But you can also take your grilled corn to the next level with this pistachio, lime and cilantro rub. Rubs are usually seen on meat, where they add flavour without adding extra sugar and fat the […]

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July events 2017

Midnight Madness Street Festival Friday, August 4. Don’t miss this night full of fun and excitement and bargains galore! Live music, great shopping and family fun at Memorial Park Kids Zone – $5 per child all night. Musical Entertainment. 6 p.m  to midnight in downtown Bracebridge. Sawdust City Music Festival August 4 to 6. A […]

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Old school barbecue

There was a time when it seemed that charcoal grilling was going the way of the eight track tape and the manual transmission, a throwback that no longer had a place in the modern world. Gas was the way forward: charcoal was only for old-school dads who wore black socks with their sandals, and smoked […]

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The glory of colour

You can see this article in the spring-summer edition of Dockside magazine All winter, our world was a sea of white. In spring, it turned to muddy brown with occasional splashes of green. But now it’s beginning to erupt into a sea of glorious colour. And if you think you’re happy to see it, just […]

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Gardening heritage

Gardeners tend to have a strong sense of history. We tend plants that were established by others, and we know that the perennials, shrubs and trees we plant may well be growing long after we’re gone. So when an anniversary like Canada 150 comes along, we’re keen to take part. Last fall, many people happily […]

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Working in snake country

As people who spend a lot of time crawling around on the ground, our maintenance crews encounter a fair share of wildlife. It’s always a thrill to spot toads or snakes in the plant beds – it’s a sign of a healthy ecosystem. And every now and then, if we’re very lucky, someone will catch […]

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Great great great grandmeres salad

Early gardeners were a practical bunch, growing food that kept well and matured properly in our short growing season. Beets were a staple in the 18th century. According to the researchers at Parks Canada, beet salad was probably served at most suppers and banquets at Chateau St. Louis, a historic site which was the home […]

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