The Avant-Garden Shop: Your Garden & Bird Store

GARDEN GATE: Episode 295 – The Original Solair Chairs! (June 21, 2024)

Check out these groovy Solair Chairs! You may know them as basket chairs or motel chairs, as these are the same chairs made in the 1970s! We love that these are Canadian made by the same original company from Quebec. These chairs are very comfortable, hold up to 300lbs, and are easy to lift. They … Read more

GARDEN GATE: Episode 274 – Canadian Made Metal Art (Sept 1, 2023)

  At the Avant-Garden Shop we love supporting Canadian artists. Currently there are five different metal artists here at the shop. Some art is for hanging on the wall, some are on a base to display indoors, and some are on spikes to decorate your garden! Pieces for outdoors are powder coated so they won’t … Read more

GARDEN GATE: Episode 266 – Mother’s Day gift ideas (May 12, 2023)

Lots of great gift ideas for any of the Mothers in your life! Michel Design has many different scents of foaming and bar soaps, matching napkins, tea towels and aprons! We have many nice sets of hand tea towels or match your own! Canadian made Kitras Art Glass gazing balls make a great gift as … Read more

GARDEN GATE: Episode 265 – TheOccurrence Puzzles with Brigitte Gall (Apr 28, 2023)

Joining me today is Brigitte Gall of TheOccurrence Puzzles! These puzzles are a great new addition to the Avant-Garden Shop! TheOccurrence is a 100% owned, operated, and “unreasonably proudly” Canadian jigsaw puzzle manufacturing company located in the Haliburton Highlands in Ontario Canada. They design, print, cut, and box in Haliburton. All their Images are true … Read more

GARDEN GATE: Episode 248-New wall art from Metallic Evolution (Aug 26, 2022)

We recently received some new wall art from Jon and Heather Zondervan of Guelph. Sometimes shiny metal is not the right fit for your space, or maybe you want something to accent an outdoor area. This collection of rustic art is perfect for both. Finished in a natural rust patina, these pieces have a varied … Read more

Garden Gate: Episode 220-Canadian made (July 16, 2021)

  Our store opened in 2002 with a focus on gardening, birding and Canadian made. After almost 19 years, you can imagine we’ve met some very talented artists and have been able to help add a touch of beauty to your home and garden. We’ve always felt it important to support local and Canadian artists … Read more

Garden Gate: Episode 178 – Peterborough’s “One of a kind” shop

Peterborough’s own “One of a kind show” Most of us love unique art and crafts, which is reflected by the ever-growing number of art and craft shows in Peterborough. While these shows can be fun, they’re limited in time and often involve working through large crowds in the hope of finding that certain something. Many … Read more

Garden Gate: Episode 145 – Choosing quality products

At The Avant-Garden Shop we carry as much Canadian made product as possible. We know it’s important to support local! We also look for quality products that are going to last! On this episode I talk about quality concrete, plastic and UV protection. If you’re going to invest in a product, it’s worth investing a … Read more

Garden Gate: Episode 138 – Soap stone carving kits for children (April 27th, 2018)

How it all started!  Co-founder Oliver Harwood was asked to teach an elementary school class how to carve soapstone.  The first class was a hit and grew to 33 classes in the first year. In the last two years they have grown to teach more than 10,000 students in more than 300 schools.  They have … Read more

Garden Gate: Episode 49 – Outdoor window boxes

CHEX TV airdate: Friday Oct. 31st, 2014 Watch this episode here. DSC_0586[1]It might seem like a strange time of year to talk about window boxes. Afterall, it’s time to put our gardens to bed! Probably by now most of your annuals have been hit by the frost. ?So then why am I talking about window boxes? ?Because I want you to use them 12 months of the year! ?Of course you can fill them with beautiful flowers, but I like to use them in other seasons too. Ours at the shop have looked gorgeous for the last few years. ?I start early in the spring with some beautiful pansies as they are very cold tolerant. Then at the end of May I fill them with a variety of annuals. ?By the end of October they are usually done so I’ll fill them with lovely pine, cedar, juniper and whatever other greens I can get my hands on. teardropOur window boxes are very deep which means they hold a lot of soil. ?This is probably one of the most important characteristics of a quality window box. A deep container that holds lots of soil will help keep your plant roots cooler, hold more moisture and allow for deeper root growth. ?Small containers heat up, dry out and?plants will be less likely to do well or even survive. Note: Coco liners have been difficult to find over the last couple of years so instead we use a double layer of burlap. Our window boxes are made in Ontario by a metal worker with high quality steel, durable welds and fantastic designs. ?Walsh Mountain Ironworks at one time was located in Port Hope. ?The retail shop is now closed and the jigs and patterns sold. ?The new owner is doing a wonderful job and we are very pleased with the quality and designs. A variety of styles can be seen on our website. ?

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