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Grow local this season

Spring weather and spending more time at home may have you thinking about gardening. Whether it’s a small container garden on your condo balcony, a produce aisle of your very own in your backyard or a tropical paradise around the pool, there is truly a garden for

But this year, Canadian grower Arnold Devrij wants you to think local when planting your plot. Along with his brother Pete, Arnold is a third-generation grower who operates more than 50 acres of greenhouses for the family business, DeVry Greenhouses in Chilliwack.

Local doesn’t just mean Canadian, though. Regionality is also very important to a plant’s performance.

“Plants perform best when they are grown in a particular climate,” explains Devrij. “For example, a plant lover in Calgary will want to look for sun-loving varieties, whereas a Vancouver gardener will want to look for varieties that do better in the shade.”

Regardless of whether you’re looking to grow your own food or create a tropical oasis in your backyard without having to travel to a warm destination, don’t be afraid to try something new and let your garden

You can find locally grown hanging baskets and planters, as well as a great selection of annuals, herbs and vegetables grown by small producers at your local garden centre. 

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