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Get outside! Plant a garden! Explore nature! But before you go, prepare ahead with some reading on the great outdoors.


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The Well-Gardened Mind

- Sue Stuart-Smith

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A distinguished psychiatrist and avid gardener presents "a truly uplifting book on the power of gardening--and how it can change people's lives" (Stylist, UK).

The garden is often seen as a refuge, a place to forget worldly cares, removed from the "real" life that lies outside. When we get our hands in the earth we connect with the cycle of life in nature through which destruction and decay are followed by regrowth and renewal. Gardening is one of the quintessential nurturing activities and yet we understand so little about it. The Well-Gardened Mind provides a new perspective on the power of gardening to change people's lives. Here, Sue Stuart-Smith investigates the many ways in which mind and garden can interact and explores how the process of tending a plot can be a way of sustaining an innermost self.

Stuart-Smith's own love of gardening developed as she studied to become a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. From her grandfather's return from World War I to Freud's obsession with flowers to case histories with her own patients to progressive gardening programs in such places as Rikers Island prison in New York City, Stuart-Smith weaves thoughtful yet powerful examples to argue that gardening is much more important to our cognition than we think. Recent research is showing how green nature has direct antidepressant effects on humans. "The most original gardening book ever [that] combines observation, horticulture, literature and history" (Sunday Times, UK), The Well-Gardened Mind is a book for gardeners and non-gardeners alike, and the perfect solace for people seeking healthier mental lives.

Freshwater Fishes of Manitoba

- Kenneth Stewart , Douglas Watkinson

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Winner of the Best Illustrated Book of the Year Award at the 2004 Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards.

Winner of the 2004 Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher.

Clearly written and handsomely illustrated, this book is a comprehensive and definitive guide to all 95 of Manitoba's freshwater fish species. With its many lakes and rivers, Manitoba has Canada's third most diverse freshwater fish fauna, ranging from the sturgeon, goldeye, and catfish in the province's south, to Arctic char and Arctic grayling in the northern rivers that feed into Hudson Bay.

This book gives all readers an easy-to-use guide to the province's varied fish fauna. Detailed identification keys and over 150 colour photographs enable both amateurs and specialists to recognize any fish found in Manitoba's waters. Fish are grouped by order and family, and colour-coded for fast reference. Each fish is described in detail, including its physical characteristics, spawning and feeding habits, distribution, habitat, ecological role, and economic importance.

Park Bagger

- Marlis Butcher

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An inspiring collection of thrilling personal adventures and stunning photographs sharing the incredible diversity and profound beauty of Canada's national parks.

Distributed across the second-largest country in the world, the Canadian national parks can be challenging to get to. Many of them are so remote that they have no road access or infrastructure of any kind, but they are not impossible to visit. Although much of the vast Canadian wilderness is fraught with challenging terrain, unpredictable weather, and sometimes threatening wildlife, there are also pleasant beaches, waterfalls, and places to kick back and relax in.

Explorer Marlis Butcher has "bagged" all of the Canadian national parks. In her quest to visit and get to know the parks, Marlis canoed, kayaked, mountain biked, backpacked, hiked, snowshoed, snorkelled, and trekked by whatever means of travel she could devise. During her park explorations she's encountered grizzly and black bears, polar bears, wolves, and wolverines. She's survived incredible storms, falls off mountainsides, and sinking boats. Marlis has investigated uncharted lands and travelled down quaint country roads. In Park Bagger, she shares her adventures, with the objective to encourage others to explore the national parks and to protect Canada's vast wilderness.

Take Me Outside

- Colin Harris

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One educator's story detailing a cross-Canada run to inspire students and teachers to get outside and experience the benefits and beauty of nature.

You'd think starting a non-profit organization aimed at getting young people to spend less time in front of screens and more time outside would be difficult enough. But with a decrepit support vehicle housing two dogs that despised each other, a good friend who left after five months, a lot of peanut butter, and a hope to inspire thousands of students, Colin Harris decided to start this journey by running 7600 kilometres, the equivalent of 181 marathons, across Canada. And to ensure this was a truly Canadian venture, he started in the bleak and snowy month of January.

Take Me Outside is Colin's story of spending nine months running from St. John's, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia, visiting over 80 schools along the way to engage with 20,000 students about the importance of spending time outside learning, playing, and exploring in the Canadian landscape. With one of the biggest and best backyards in the world, people across Canada are spending the vast majority of their time inside. Yet, our identity as Canadians has always been rooted in our relationship with the outdoors. This wildly entertaining book not only recounts what it's like to run across the world's second-largest country but also implores readers of all ages to reignite their connection with the natural world.

Maker Camp

- Delanie Holton-Fessler

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Classic and innovative hands-on projects for kids ages 3 and up designed to teach both heritage skills and how to think creatively.

Handcraft is part of human nature: we build, we create, we innovate. The 20+ projects in this book from an experienced art educator weave a story of human innovation and creativity, from the very beginnings of building shelters in the woods to tinkering with recycled materials. Heritage skills teach children how to be independent and capable makers; fiber and wood projects offer rewarding crafts that also teach planning, preparation, and safe risk taking; and tinkering activities connect the low-tech process of making and doing with innovation. From soap carving and knot tying to building toy cars and junk robots, this book brings the fun of making things with your hands to young kids and links skills of the past with the present.

The book also explores how to set up a maker space and teaches foundational workshop practices that can easily be applied to the home studio. Each project offers extensions for different ages and abilities and provides guiding questions to enrich the experience for both the maker (teacher/parent) and the apprentice (child) to encourage and celebrate creative, practical play.

Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden

- Erin Benzakein, Michele M Waite

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Celebrated flower farmer Erin Benzakein presents a beautiful gardening book and guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round. First volume in the beloved Floret Farm books and gifts series!
 

"Among a sea of new florists and floral books, Floret Flowers stands out. Erin Benzakein's integrity, openness and passion for flowers is unmistakable. In her debut book she not only introduces us to the basics of growing our own flowers, she shares her deep love and understanding of gardening in a way that will leave even the most doubtful grower feeling inspired to get their hands in the dirt."--Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge and author of In the Company of Women

Erin Benzakein is a florist farmer, leader in the locaflor farm to centerpiece movement, and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm in Washington's lush Skagit Valley. In this stunning flower book, she provides readers with vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms and cut flowers to create show stopping arrangements.

INSPIRING BLOOM BOOK: Equal parts instruction and inspiration, this flower gardening book is overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. It makes a beautiful gift for any occasion, for friends, loved ones, and gardening enthusiasts alike!

ADVICE & ARRANGEMENTS: Find inspiration in this lush flower book through irresistible photos of Erin's flower farm that showcase exquisite blooms, tips for growing in a variety of spaces and climates, and step-by-step instructions for lavish garlands, airy centerpieces, and romantic florist design and décor for every season.

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS: Flower lovers, avid and novice gardeners, floral designers, wedding planners, florists, small farmers, stylists, designers, crafters, home decor aficionados, and those passionate about the local floral movement will love this book.

Perfect for: Fans of gardening, flower arranging, and decorating Birthday, Mother's Day, housewarming, or hostess gift Pair with other beautiful items from the Floret Farm collection, including Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers and Floret Farm's Discovering Dahlias books, as well as Floret Farm's Garden Journal, 100 Postcards, Garden Dahlia Notes, and Sweet Pea Notes stationery and gifts Readers of Floriography: An Illustrated Guide to the Victorian Language of Flowers, The Flower School, The Flower Recipe Book, and The Flower Chef

The Bedside Book of Birds

- Graeme Gibson , Margaret Atwood

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In this stunning assemblage of words and images, novelist and avid birdwatcher Graeme Gibson offers an extraordinary tribute to the venerable relationship between humans and birds.
 
From the Aztec plumed serpent to the Christian dove to Plato's vision of the human soul growing wings, religion and philosophy use birds to represent our aspirational selves. Winged creatures appear in mythology and folk tales, and in literature by writers as diverse as Ovid, Thoreau, and T. S. Eliot. They've been omens, allegories, and guides; they've been worshipped, eaten, and feared. Birds figure tellingly in the work of such nature writers as Gilbert White and Peter Matthiessen, and are synonymous with the science of Darwin. Gibson spent years collecting this gorgeously illustrated celebration of centuries of human response to the delights of the feathered tribes. The Bedside Book of Birds is for everyone who is intrigued by the artistic forms that humanity creates to represent its soul.

The Prairie Gardener's Go-To for Small Spaces

- Janet Melrose , Sheryl Normandeau

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The fourth installation of the new gardening series Guides for the Prairie Gardener will teach you how to maximize your small-space garden in the prairies.

Not everyone in the prairies has a big, wide-open space in which to garden, but with a little extra know-how and some specialized techniques, you can maximize your success in the space you have.

Lifelong gardeners Sheryl and Janet are here with answers to all of your big questions about small-space gardening includingWhich types of growing media to use in containers or raised bedsHow to properly fertilize and water your container plants, including grow bags and containers made from various types of materialsHow to get started in square foot gardeningHow to reap the rewards of succession planting and catch-croppingHow to build raised beds, wicking beds, and sub-irrigation plantersWhich veggies and vines to grow vertically, what herbs and edible flowers are suitable for container growing, as well as small tree options for your tiny yardHow to keep hanging baskets looking lush and full of blooms all summer.Whether you're using container gardens, raised beds, small plots, and postage-stamp sized yards, or trying your hand at vertical gardening, certified master gardeners Sheryl and Janet answer all your questions about how to do so successfully on the prairies. Small-space gardeners are a different breed and what they create can be magic!

The Prairie Gardener's Go-To for Seeds

- Janet Melrose , Sheryl Normandeau

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The third installation of the new gardening series Guides for the Prairie Gardener is all about seeds, from saving and starting to transplants and even winter sowing.

Certified master gardeners Sheryl and Janet offer you all the tools you need to start seeds, ensuring they thrive and grow into beautiful mature plants. They answer your questions on things likehow to determine the viability of seedsthe difference between an heirloom, heritage, and hybrid seedthe best containers and planting media to usewhen and how to use growing lightstroubleshooting common problems such as damping off and overwateringthe proper methods for hardening off transplants and planting them out.And they don't stop at addressing starting seeds indoors--they also give you the information you need to direct sow straight into the garden, and on winter sowing. Then they delve deeply into how you can collect and save seed for the future so that you can continue the cycle for future growing seasons.

The book is complete with detailed charts to give you specific information about seed starting on the Prairies, with several plant lists to help you decide what selections work best in a variety of situations and conditions.

The Prairie Gardener's Go-To for Pests and Diseases

- Janet Melrose , Sheryl Normandeau

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Your guide to trouble-shooting weeds, pests, diseases, moulds, critters, and other common prairie gardener's problems in this second title in the Guides for the Prairie Gardener series. Whether you're an experienced prairie gardener or have just a few weeks under your belt, chances are you've come to know at least a couple of pesky insects, moulds, or much larger lurkers on a first-name basis. But what to do about these interlopers who can seem hell-bent on ruining your hard work?

Lifelong gardeners Janet and Sheryl are here to help. In this second installment in the Guides for the Prairie Gardener series, the authors tackle the full range of suspects, including weeds, insects, microorganisms, rodents, birds, deer and even other people's pets. Premised on a respect for the natural world and using an integrated pest management approach, they'll show you how to identify the culprit and how to deter it, while respecting the broader environment.

Should I use landscape fabric? Does vinegar work? What do I do about tent caterpillars? Why are my potatoes scabby? Why does it look like my cabbages have been attacked by miniature buckshot? And the recurring What is this thing?! Janet and Sheryl take your most pressing questions in this Q&A-style resource on all the prairie gardener's most common pests, including thistle, dandelion, crabgrass, slugs, aphids, beetles, moths, mildew, fungus, rust, deer, rabbits, and porcupines. With elegance and a sense of humour, their solutions reveal their fascination with the natural world and belief in your ability to garden well in its midst.

The Prairie Gardener's Go-To for Vegetables

- Janet Melrose , Sheryl Normandeau

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All the most common questions about growing vegetables in the prairies are answered in this first installation of the new gardening series, Guides for the Prairie Gardener.

Too often people think of vegetable gardening in the prairies as challenging, but certified master gardeners Sheryl and Janet are here to show you how rewarding it can really be.

From planning to planting, they encourage you to take a hands-on approach with your prairie garden. They let you know when--and how!--to transplant your carefully nurtured seedlings in the spring, ways to shelter your plants from that inevitable July hailstorm, and how to determine how much irrigation is necessary in the arid prairie climate. They help you figure out if you should prune your tomatoes, how to hold up your pumpkins off the ground, and maximizing your harvest by planting in succession. And they show you how you can directly influence the quality of your produce, minimizing problems such as woody radishes, buttoning cauliflower, and split cabbage heads.

This Q&A-style resource covers all your most common questions about cultivation practices, preventing damage from frost, flood, and drought, harvest and storage, and they cover your questions about the veggies you love to grow:Garlic, Onions, and LeeksLettuceBrassicasCarrots, Celery, and BeetsLegumes, Corn and Other Warm Season EdiblesTomatoes and PeppersPotatoesSquash, Pumpkins, and CucumbersWhether you've just acquired your first garden space, or you've been growing vegetables for decades, gardeners are always learning and experimenting, building on the wisdom gained on their own or from others. With Sheryl and Janet on your team you're that much closer to achieving success in your prairie garden!

The Way of the Gardener

- Lyndon Penner

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Reverence takes on a new meaning in this original memoir of an avid gardener walking the Camino de Santiago. The Camino de Santiago has been a journey for pilgrims for more than 1,000 years, testing--to varying degrees--their spirit, faith, and physical endurance. Lyndon Penner's attention lies elsewhere. A renowned gardener and lover of literature, he revels in the plants, trees, and flowers that tell the history of the people and ecology of northern Spain.
 
Brimming with wry observations--of nature, himself, and other pilgrims on the road--The Way of the Gardener reveals the beauty and the darkness of the human condition while underscoring the deeply fascinating nature of nature itself. This textured work makes for perfect armchair--or garden--reading.
 

Best Trees and Shrubs For The Prairies

- Hugh Skinner , Sara Williams, David Tarrant

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Two of the prairies' most respected gardening authorities, Hugh Skinner and Sara Williams, have pooled their decades of gardening experience to help you choose the right tree or shrub for your landscape. The authors provide a palette of plants for any garden: a condominium courtyard, an average urbanlot, an acreage, or a farmyard. With detailed information on over four hundred species and cultivars of trees and shrubs for our climate, Best Trees and Shrubs for the Prairies includes tried-and-true favourites and many little-known or new and exciting trees and shrubs that have proven their worth on the prairies and plains.

Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens

- Sara Williams , Bob Bors

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Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens is a comprehensive full-colour handbook for growing fruit in cold climates that is aimed at the home gardener. Includes a detailed map and reference guide to zones, hardiness, planting time, and best practices to ensure growth and survival. From pincherries to haskaps, tree fruits to vine fruits, and everything in between, renowned horticulturists Bob Bors and Sara Williams delve into the science of growing and maintaining fruit plants for northern gardeners.

Floret Farm's Discovering Dahlias

- Erin Benzakein, Chris Benzakein

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A stunning guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous dahlia blooms from celebrated farmer-florist and New York Times bestselling author Erin Benzakein, founder of Floret Flower Farm.

World-renowned flower farmer and floral designer Erin Benzakein reveals all the secrets to growing, cultivating, and arranging gorgeous dahlias. These coveted floral treasures come in a dazzling range of colors, sizes, and forms, with enough variety for virtually every garden space and personal preference, making them one of the most beloved flowers for arrangements.

In these pages, readers will discover:
  Expert advice for planting, harvesting, and arranging garden-fresh dahlias A simple-to-follow overview of the dahlia classification system An A-Z guide with photos and descriptions of more than 350 varieties Step-by-step how-to's for designing show-stopping dahlia bouquets that elevate any occasion
 

EXPERT AUTHOR: Erin Benzakein's gorgeous flowers are celebrated throughout the world. Her first book, Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden, won the American Horticultural Society Book Award. The follow-up Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers is a New York Times bestseller.

LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS: Overflowing with hundreds of lush photographs and invaluable advice, Discovering Dahlias is an essential resource for gardeners and a must-have for flower lovers, avid and novice gardeners, floral designers, florists, small farmers, stylists, and designers.

BEAUTIFUL GIFT BOOK: A beautiful present for Mother's Day and a thoughtful gift for nature lovers, flower enthusiasts, and gardeners, this colorful, flower-forward package pairs perfectly with a bouquet of flowers, seeds, or a vase.
 

Perfect for: Fans of gardening, flower arranging, and decorating Birthday, Mother's Day, housewarming, or hostess gift Pair with other beautiful items from the Floret Farm collection, including Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden and Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers books, as well as Floret Farm's Garden Journal, 100 Postcards, Garden Dahlia Notes, and Sweet Pea Notes stationery and gifts Readers of Floriography: An Illustrated Guide to the Victorian Language of Flowers, The Flower School, Square Foot Gardening, and Flower Color Guide

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