The Avant-Garden Shop: Your Garden & Bird Store

Garden Gate: Episode 180 – Artist Christine McGrath (Dec 20 2019) Bibelot Design Studio was started in 1994 by Christine McGrath and her husband Reid Maltby. They began by designing jewelry, but since have evolved into creating a line of fresh, modern home accents using glass, textiles and wood veneer. Each piece is handcrafted from start to finish with great attention to detail. There are … Read more

Garden Gate: Episode 179 – Ideas for Christmas (Dec 6 2019)

On this episode I share a few of our most popular Christmas gift ideas. Michel Design is a company from the US and they have designers working hard to come up with beautiful patterns and fragrances for their line of soaps, napkins, placemats, aprons and so much more. Always a customer favourite! You can find … Read more

Rosebank Studios

The sculptor behind Rosebank studios was Peter Buerschaper.  Peter is known for being a wildlife artist, drawing, painting, graphic design,  and was an art department head and curator at the Royal Ontario Museum.  Peter traveled the world acquiring items for the museum. His travels also inspired the sculptor in him. After his retirement he began … Read more

Andrew Wingrove – Bee by the Sea

Bee By The Sea Natural Products was founded in 2008 by Andrew Wingrove, in Ontario, Canada. Products can be found here. Their story is unique because the product concept did not originate from either a chemist’s lab or from cosmeticians.  Their products exist today because of a chance discovery of an herb – Sea Buckthorn … Read more

Garden Tips: Where are all the birds?

Lots of folks are asking why there are so few birds at their feeders this winter, as compared to last year. The answers to these types of questions are never as straightforward as we might think. To start off, different numbers of birds are here from one winter to the next. A variety of factors … Read more

Tanya Fowlds – Practical design cooling ties

Established in 1998, Tanya Fowlds has established a very successful business in B.C.   Here slogan is “Practical Design – Home of the original Heat Guard Cooling Tie. Manufacturing personal cooling products for people and pets since 1998!”   These cooling ties are soaked in water for 20-30 minutes. During that time the special crystals … Read more

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