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The Christmas Tree

Posted on December 7th, 2018

The Christmas Tree is the symbol of this time of year. It is a way of keeping brightness and life around in the darkest times of the year. Today’s Christmas trees are often artificial and covered bright multicoloured decorations, which reflects our society. Traditionally the tree would be decorated with lit candles, and roses made… Read more

The Plant Perspective

Posted on November 16th, 2018

We have been learning more and more about plant senses and perspectives. Science is proving plants have receptors for sight, are affected by sound and react to the space around them. While we do not understand where or how they may process that information, we are learning to appreciate them as more than food and… Read more

The Poppy

Posted on November 11th, 2018

Remembrance Day takes on more resonance today as we find our world so divided. Take the poppy to remember what it is our veterans fought for. Take nature to remember how connected we are, and to co-exist is a continuous practice of compromise and compassion. Growing Poppies Poppies are a helpful beauty to keep in the garden. Easy… Read more

Cover the City in Chrysanthemums

Posted on October 19th, 2018

Oh, Edmonton. You mock us with your ever-changing seasons. Greenjeans has a solution. Hearty flowers of burgundy, gold, and pink to decorate the city! Chrysanthemums are doing their darndest to stay beautiful during this (emotionally) turbulent autumn. Chrysanthemums Elsewhere Mums are originally from Asia and Northeastern Europe. They are perennials that bloom in the autumn making them… Read more

Autumn Colours

Posted on September 28th, 2018

I don’t know about you but I am certainly grateful autumn hasn’t completely eluded us! I wanted to fully embrace the change so I thought I’d do a little research on why the leaves change from green to; yellow, red, orange, gold, purple and warm brown. In Edmonton, we mostly get gold and emerald colouring our… Read more

Orchids – The Problem Child

Posted on September 21st, 2018

Famously difficult to keep, and famously sought after. Featured in hundreds of paintings, and occupying the many lobby spaces downtown. We talked about Orchids at our last staff meeting, learned some history, and discussed care practices. Orchids are every technician’s FAQ, both for us and from the people admiring our Orchid displays. The truth about… Read more

Peperomia

Posted on August 11th, 2018

Considered one of the easiest going houseplants to keep, Peperomia is a satisfying plant to care for. They propagate easily so cuttings from a friend or your horticultural friend are perfect to get you started. Its rare for a tropical plant to grow like a weed in our cold and dry climate, but this little… Read more

The Nightshade Family

Posted on July 27th, 2018

It is exciting and embarrassing when I get asked a plant question that I don’t know the answer to. Recently I was asked; “What’s the deal with Nightshades? What do potatoes and tomatoes have in common?” I scrambled. I knew eggplant and peppers, were in there too, the family had something to do with the seeds…maybe? No that… Read more

Nerium Oleander- A Toxic Beauty

Posted on July 11th, 2018

If you consider the Michael Pollan thesis in Botany of Desire, the Oleander is a real head-scratcher. He argues that the crops we take pride and ownership of success, (examples; the potato, and the apple tree) actually have a major role in their own dominance. He sees their ability to seduce us into cultivating them,… Read more

Galleria Condominiums

Posted on July 4th, 2018

Do you ever walk by a plantscape and think; gosh I’d love to just live here? What if you did? Greenjeans works with the Galleria Condominiums on 99th Ave. If you ever get the chance the common atrium space is beautiful to be in. The high glass ceiling, the glistening pebble floor and of course… Read more