by Susan
on 23 June 2017
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When it comes to gardening, there are many different types of plants you can choose to grow. While many organic gardeners cultivate plants to eat, we have countless customers who also grow botanicals. We absolutely love both! In fact, we are also fascinated by the amazing botanical gardens located all over Canada and have decided to share a list of the ones we consider garden lover must-sees!

 

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

This luscious 17-acre horticultural paradise calls Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia home. This garden isn’t a new addition to the area though, as it boasts over four hundred years of local history. While the land that these historical gardens inhabits has been associated with gardens since the 17th century, the gardens as we know them came into existence in 1981 as a way to promote their rich local history. They have even implemented aspects that honor the Acadian settlers of the area and their bond with the native Mi’kmaq people who assisted them in adjusting to the new world. 

 

High Park

Located in Toronto, High Park is known as the city’s largest park and you may be shocked by what all it offers visitors! When if comes to visiting Toronto, High Park is listed as a destination you cannot miss with 399 acres right in the middle of downtown. As expected, they offer hiking trails, a diverse array of vegetation, playgrounds and a dog park. What you may be surprised to learn is that they also host a zoo, a few restaurants, and several garden areas. They are known for their beautiful cherry blossoms, especially during bloom. In fact, many locals and tourists visit the park just to see these fascinating trees. 

 

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens

The amazing part of this particular park is that consists of 99 acres of beautifully maintained gardens. They feature over 2,400 roses in their world-famous rose garden, as well as perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, a parterre garden, herbs and even vegetables. Not to mention that they even have a school of Horticulture for guests who are interested in learning more about plants. Another unique addition to the magnificent park is their butterfly conservatory, where visitors can get up close and personal with these wondrous creatures. 

 

Butchart Gardens

Found outside of Victoria, Butchart Gardens is one of our favorite show gardens in Canada. This garden, which was started over a hundred years ago, was once a limestone quarry. It has since become one of the most treasured parks in our country. They have a variety of gardens including a sunken garden, rose garden, Japanese garden, Italian garden, Mediterranean garden, and a concert lawn walk filled with beautiful dahlias. The lush history and the vast array of botanical beauty would make this park a wonderful stop on your next adventure in British Columbia! 

 

At Pefferlaw Peat, we believe in finding inspiration in the beauty around us. As a gardener, it is important to observe and soak in the beautiful smell and colors in the world around us. This allows us to transform our own passions into a breathtaking manifestation in our own gardens at home. For more must-see botanical gardens around Canada or to learn where you can purchase Delicious Dirt and Pefferlaw Peat Products, please feel free to contact us today.

by Susan
on 02 June 2017
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Despite what some people may believe, gardening has a number of benefits to our health. In fact, most Canadians would be surprised to learn exactly how beneficial exercising their green thumb could be. Yes, gardening can cultivate a healthier diet and ultimately a healthier lifestyle, however, its benefits even go beyond that! We’ve discussed some of the other ways that gardening can benefit your life by reducing depression, limiting anxiety, adding exercise, and even increasing vitamin D. Although, today we want to talk about a more specific way that gardening can benefit you and your loved ones. There is now evidence that gardening can decrease a person’s chance of developing Alzheimer’s. 

 

Alzheimer’s & The Movement of Gardening

As shocking as this may be for some readers, there is a correlation between Alzheimer’s and gardening. It comes down to the movement involved in building, cultivating and maintaining a garden. According to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease risk of developing Alzheimer’s can be reduced by 50 percent by engaging in activities such as gardening. The same study also shows an improvement in overall cognitive functions as well. In fact, this particular study is one of the largest samples sizes studied so far in the search for methods of reducing the chances for developing Alzheimer’s. It has been incredibly enlightening for many facets of Alzheimer’s research.

 

Cultivating The Garden of Your Mind

Is it due to the physical activity involved in gardening that cuts the risk of developing Alzheimer’s in half? This is quite the question, as anyone who has ever gardened before, even if they’ve only planted a few seeds, knows that it takes some brain power too. It seems, the more you get into your gardening and the larger your garden grows, the more cognitive effort you must devote to the project. The truth is that studies also show that both social engagement and intellectual stimuli are also associated with lowering the risk of developing Alzheimer’s as well. 

In fact, many gardeners and doctors will tell you that the physical and mental aspects of gardening both play vital factors is its benefit of reducing this disease. There are so many factors involved in planning, growing and maintaining a garden. The ability to think through solutions regarding location, weather changes, as well as a variety of other situations truly does strengthen the overall cognitive ability of gardeners. These cognitive exercises taught by nature don’t just strengthen a gardener’s mind, they also freshen their adaptability as well. As we age, we must adapt to many things, often including health setbacks and loss. This too is a gift many gardeners receive with each harvest. 

 

When it comes to gardening, there is more to it than beauty and nutritional sustainability. There are countless reasons for why people choose to exercise their green thumb and preventing Alzheimer’s is one of them. The best approach to quality lifelong health is proactivity, as well as nourishing your body both physically and emotionally. In almost every way fathomable gardening accomplishes these things. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of gardening or where you can purchase Delicious Dirt and Pefferlaw Peat products, please feel free to contact us today.  

by Susan
on 05 May 2017
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When most people think of gardening, the think of the benefit of either beauty or future bounty. However, we challenge you to take a look at gardening from a different perspective. Gardening has some unique health benefits that it offers its enthusiasts including stress (or anxiety) release, exercise, antidepressant qualities, and even increased vitamin D. All of which have a variety of health benefits on their own. Today we are going to focus on one of those examples in particular… vitamin D. 

 

There Are Several Different Types of Vitamin D!

While vitamin D is found in a variety of sources, the most important come in two forms. The vitamin D that we intake the most is vitamin D2, which is from plants or fortified sources. The other vital form, vitamin D3, is created my our skin when it’s exposed to the sunlight. The main sources of naturally occurring vitamin D2 are fish, eggs, and mushrooms. Due to the limited amount of naturally occurring vitamin D2, it is often added to milk, orange juice, cereals or are taken as supplements. Some research suggests that vitamin D3 is more efficiently absorbed by the body, regardless of whether it was taken orally or sourced through our skin’s natural process. This factor, along with the limited resources for naturally occurring vitamin D2, logically makes vitamin D the “better” choice.

 

Why Vitamin D Is Important

Vitamin D plays a couple roles in the human body. It’s most notorious role is assisting the boy in absorbing calcium, which is why a majority of store-bought milk is fortified with vitamin D. Calcium is also a vital for healthy body functions, as it improves bone health and decreases the risk of fractures. According to a study in the United States National Library of Medicine1, vitamin D may also protect the human body from heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes (type 2), depression, Parkinson’s disease and a variety of cancers. 

In fact, there is even a condition known as vitamin D deficiency. This condition is due to inadequate exposure to vitamin D either consumed or sourced from sunlight. However, for most patients, it’s inadequate exposure to natural sunlight. One of the common consequences of vitamin D deficiency is osteoporosis and muscle weakness. 

 

Where Does Gardening Come Into the Picture?

The typical person doesn’t get the amount to sunshine they should each day, this is why many Canadians take vitamin D supplements or consciously purchase fortified products. However, there’s an easier (and much more efficient) way to get your daily dose of vitamin D (at least during the warmer months)… by spending some time in the sun! What’s an easy way that anyone can do this? Gardening! No to mention that gardening has a variety of other added benefits. For many Canadians, exercise and active sports may not be a  realistic option for getting out in the sun. However, gardening offers these people the opportunity to absorb a little vitamin C while enjoying the great outdoors. 

 

Gardening truly does offer participants so much fruit for their labor, both physically and metaphorically! It gives people the opportunity to not just experience the outdoors, but to be an active part of cultivating the natural beauty around them. If you are interested in learning more about gardening or to discover where you can purchase Pefferlaw Peat and Delicious Dirt’s organic products, please feel free to contact us today.

 

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