Avant Gardner

Shari Morash

Avant Gardner columnist Shari Morash  is a gardening enthusiast and an accredited designer.  Shari has moved outside the Territory but her advise and tips have kept our gardens growing even today

I have discovered that gardening is more than a past-time; it's a way of life. For me, gardening is both therapeutic and inspirational. There is something that relaxes and rejuvenates the soul which stems from the planting, nurturing and... more

Sep 23, 2010 12:00 AM Farm - Garden


Issue: 2010-09-16

Now is the perfect time of year to finish up summer landscape projects, prepare garden beds for the winter as well as plan for next year's garden. more

Sep 16, 2010 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

Just like people, plants thrive when in the right company. Camaraderie in the garden is something one might not necessarily think of, however the benefits of putting plants together in the right relationship is quite notable and interesting... more

Sep 2, 2010 12:00 AM Farm - Garden


Issue: 2010-07-29

Everyone loves the tranquil calming nature of an outdoor water feature. Whether it be the splash of a water fountain or the soothing serenity of a pond, a water feature in a garden creates an interesting focal to any landscape. more

Jul 29, 2010 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

By becoming active in your garden, you have the perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors while feeling good about yourself and your garden. Gardening is a wonderful way to work all of the major muscle groups and even lose a few pounds... more

Jun 3, 2010 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

Most gardeners await the spring season with the greatest of anticipation. We watch patiently for those first bulbs and perennials to spring forth into our gardens. As the last of the snow melts and the days become longer, we know that soon we will... more

May 6, 2010 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

The revered holiday poinsettia is among the most-beautiful and significant flowering plants of the holiday season. Also known as the Christmas star or Christmas Flower, the poinsettia has history rich with tradition and meaning. more

Dec 24, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon Christmas


Issue: 2009-12-17

The Norfolk Island pine is a popular and spirited plant that has adapted to many indoor living spaces. Enjoyed for its close similarity to an outdoor evergreen tree, the Norfolk Island pine vastly resembles the spirited Christmas tree. more

Dec 17, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon Christmas


Issue: 2009-12-03

This full-spectrum flowering plant often blooms just twice per year (most commonly prior to Easter and then again at Christmas), making this prodigious blooming plant symbolic of the nearing of Christmas. more

Dec 3, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon Christmas


Issue: 2009-11-26

When I was a child, my father built a 12-foot-long stone fireplace in the centre of our living room. Little did I know, at the time, that this fireplace would become the special place where we would display family mementos and treasured holiday colle more

Nov 26, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon Christmas


Issue: 2009-11-19

One of my favourite traditions of the holiday season is planting containers of amaryllis bulbs. The amaryllis is a beautiful and fascinating bulb. Among the easiest of bulbs to grow indoors, the amaryllis is enjoyed for the incredible trumpet... more

Nov 19, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon Christmas

There are many creative and inspiring ways to celebrate Halloween. This season, cast a welcoming spell on your front entrance. With "treaters" arriving after dusk, your home's entrance is the perfect place to welcome guests with a frightful scare. more

Oct 15, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon Halloween

Every gardener loves the sight and scent of fresh flowers in their garden. It is equally exciting to grow varieties of cut flowers to display in your home and to give away as gifts for family and friends. more

Aug 6, 2009 12:00 AM Farm - Garden


Issue: 2009-06-18

Perennial gardening has long been a favoured pastime for Yukon gardeners. Now is the perfect time to take a good look at the perennials in your garden, decide which perennials to plant where, shuffle existing plants around your garden and fill in... more

Jun 18, 2009 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

Edible-plant gardening is a doubly exciting venture. We all know that food tastes best when it can be consumed soon after harvest. By growing edible plants in your windowsill, you take advantage of the fresh harvest at your finger tips. more

Apr 16, 2009 12:00 AM Farm - Garden


Issue: 2008-12-25

In our hearts and minds, Christmas holds a special place all its own. For most of us, we recall the traditions of Christmas as nostalgia that takes us back to our childhood. Christmas traditions connect us to our past. Through the brightness of... more

Dec 25, 2008 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

Long been a symbol of the holiday season, the infamous mistletoe -- or modern-day kissing ball -- has been placed in doorways and arches the world around. Kissing underneath the mistletoe is a sign of love, romance and prosperity. more

Dec 18, 2008 12:00 AM Yukon Christmas

With its love of secrecy, dark passions and spooky details, Halloween is an irresistible theme for holiday decorating. A holiday that appeals to adults and children alike, Halloween is time where you can fantasize (who doesn't want to be a super... more

Oct 30, 2008 12:00 AM Yukon Halloween


Issue: 2008-05-30

With less and less time to maintain gardens, containers are becoming more and more popular as an alternative to mass gardening. Not everyone has time for full-fledged gardens, which is why container gardening just hits the spot... more

May 30, 2008 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

When it comes to organic gardening, many gardeners are not exactly sure of the definition more

May 16, 2008 12:00 AM Farm - Garden