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THE LANDMARK GROUP

“In creating beautiful spaces, we see and celebrate something bigger and more inspiring than ourselves.” – Darren Bosch- the landmark group   Winners of the Dunnington Grubb award for two years running is a pretty impressive feat and a hard act to follow, but its just another notch on the proverbial belt of landscape design firm The Landmark Group (as seen on our cover). Their belief that design is intrinsically tied to the human experience is at the heart of all of their designs. “Design is about shaping and helping the human condition. We have a responsibility to help...

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DECK VS PATIO – A Decision based on space

By Carson Arthur I am one hundred percent committed to the belief that an amazing backyard is built around the useable space. For all of the gardeners out there, I will concede that plants are an important ingredient to a harmonized yard but if you don’t have a spot to sit outside with family and friends and enjoy them, then those blooms are a wasted opportunity. When it comes to creating useable space, I tell homeowners that while there are so many options out there, it ultimately comes down to one of two choices: Deck vs. Patio. Here are...

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BEING TOM COCHRANE

BY LUC HELLEWELL – HAMILTON, ON “Tom, you lived through the golden years,” a friend told him.   Born the son of a bush pilot in the one-horse town of Lynn Lake, Manitoba, Tom Cochrane grew up in a modest household where caring for others was second nature. When he was four years old, his parents (Tuc and Violet Cochrane) moved their family to Acton, Ontario and later east to Etobicoke, Ontario. But no matter the changes in Cochrane’s life… family has been his constant. “It’s the most important thing. We didn’t have a dishwasher as kids and that’s...

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DARE TO BONSAI

By John Rigg- Burlington, On   If you’re a child of the 1980s, you are no doubt aware of the term bonsai. The Karate Kid risked his life to save one from the bottom of a treacherous pit (in one of the worst movie sequels ever), and Mr. Miyagi screamed it at the top of his lungs whenever he wanted Daniel Son to hit something. What you may not know, is that the ancient art of bonsai care goes back to the dawn of time, and is a testament to the love of, and for, trees. The art of...

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ADVENTURES IN ECO-HOUSING – Straw Bale Homes

By Mark of the Earth  “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” —John James Audubon  A New Enthusiasm There is a nice story about the great naturalist John Muir, building his small cabin over part of Yosemite Creek so that he could hear the sound of running water. A pioneer in many areas, he was a seeker who sought balance, connection, and understanding through nature. It is to our benefit that these eventually came his way, and that he spread the word far and...

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