Welcome to Gardening from a Hammock

Learning how to make your garden work for you

Finally a book that recognizes that while we all want beautiful gardens, we don’t all want to work too hard at it. I have been told countless times that there is no such thing as a lazy gardener. But the truth is, I am a lazy gardener. Or I would like to be, if I could figure out how to be one.  (Just so you know, my co-author, Dan Cooper, is not a lazy gardener – it’s all about balance.)

Gardening from a Hammock helps us get organized by assisting with choices of low-maintenance plants that keep working when we don’t. Talented gardeners tell us why they choose certain plants, how to work the soil, watering techniques, and how to get the maximum benefit from our choices.  Essentially, how to garden smart so it’s not work.

We are delighted to introduce a low-maintenance gardening book that borrows expertise, tips and valuable experience from nationally recognized gardeners. We also are grateful to all the photographers who so kindly let us use their wonderful photos for the sake of educating and sharing their love of gardening. Please check out their individual pages under gardeners and photographers and their websites from the adjacent Honour Roll. As well, special thanks to Dave Cooper at ttc for his page design and support, and Wendy Thomas for her editing skills. A special thanks to Linda Chaplick for meticulously reading and editing along the way.

We are glad you came by to learn about our  Gardening from a Hammock.  It also is available at many stores including the Toronto Botanical Garden shop in Toronto, Sheridan Nurseries, selected Lee Valley stores,  as well as through Amazon.ca.  Like our gardens, we trust this website will grow as we learn and share along the way.

Happy Gardening,

Ellen and Dan

Gardening from a Hammock at Through the Garden Gate

We will be selling our books, Gardening from a Hammock, at Through the Garden Gate tour, Saturday June 14th and Sunday June  15th. This is the Toronto Botanical Garden’s 27th annual tour of private gardens. There are 19 featured this year in the prestigious Toronto’s Hoggs Hollow area, around York Mills and Yonge. For details and more information, contact:  416-397-1483 / ttgg@torontobotanicalgarden.ca.

Low-maintenance plants that show off in the fall

Here is another hardy, reliable plant that carries us from late summer, early fall all the way into the winter. Check out Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’. Japanese anemone. These tall, elegant white daisy-like flowers dance from August through October. They work as cut flowers, as an accent and provide vertical interest.Image

Helen Battersby, just posted a review of Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) on her site ‘Toronto Gardens’ (http://torontogardens.blogspot.ca/2013/04/native-plant-profile-prairie-smoke-geum.html?showComment=1365689631287)
I love her superb photos of this beauty.
Prairie Smoke is one of the great drought-tolerant plants recommended by garden lecturer and tour leader Frank Kershaw in our book ‘Gardening from a Hammock’ for a low-maintenance garden. He likens the seed heads to a “pink puff of smoke” and says it spreads but not aggressively. Like many native plants, it also tolerates poor dry soil. And the leaves turn a nice red colour in fall. A great all-around perennial.
You can find more drought-tolerant, low-maintenance plants discussed in our book.
(from Dan Cooper  on Gardeners blog)

Canadian Gardening Website Book Review

Book Review: Spend less time weeding and watering and more time enjoying your garden by Tara Nolan, editor

To see original article, click here.

Gardening From a Hammock: How to create a low-maintenance garden

By Ellen Novack and Dan Cooper

 

Let’s face it. Not all of us have oodles of time to spend in our garden. We may aspire to it, but the reality is our life can pull us in different directions. That being said, there’s no reason why we can’t maintain lush garden beds throughout the growing season. That’s where Gardening From a Hammock comes in. The idea being that once you plant all of the low-maintenance recommendations (the ones that are suited to your garden’s conditions, of course), you will have the time to sit back and enjoy your handiwork—or attend to all the other activities that require your time.

 

The authors, Ellen Novack (who has been writing our Low-maintenance Monday guest blogs) and master gardener Dan Cooper, have sought out well-known, Canadian gardeners to provide their low-maintenance picks and growing advice. While reading the book I felt I was privy to some important secrets—tips that I’ve applied (or made a list to apply) to my own garden.

 

What makes this book unique:

I love how the authors sought out a diverse mix of gardeners to provide their recommendations. Everyone’s growing experiences are different, so it’s interesting to see what works best for some and not for others. A handy chart at the end of the book provides quick, at-a-glance info for busy green thumbs. And an underlying theme (intentional or not) of the book is about helping the environment.

 

Price: $22.95

Book of the Week in the Toronto Star

 

Mark Cullen named Gardening from a Hammock the Book of the Week, March 9, 2013

Gardening from a Hammock: How to Create a Low-Maintenance Garden, by Ellen Novack and Dan Cooper, pulls together the advice and tips of well-known garden experts, designers and nursery owners for new and experienced gardeners.

This book gives you tips to save time and techniques to avoid weeding so you can relax in your beautiful garden. Each chapter features a garden expert and talks about their favourite plants, explains why they think they are easy to care for, and gives their advice on how to look after them. A key part of the book is a detailed Botanical Reference Guide. Close to 300 easy-care plants are featured. Available at select retailers, or ordered online through gardeningfromahammock.com, for $22.95.

Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, author, broadcaster and garden editor of Reno & Decor magazine. You can sign up for his free monthly newsletter at markcullen.com, and watch him on CTV Canada AM every Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. You can reach Mark through the “contact” button on his website and follow him on Twitter @MarkCullen4 and Facebook. Mark’s latest book, Canadian Lawn & Garden Secrets, is available at Home Hardware and all major bookstores.