Christin Geall

Succeeding with sweet peas

The time is right to start your sweet pea seedlings

Cultivated: Try a pre-season garden cleanse

January is a good time to take stock of your various garden tools, seeds and potions

Gift books for gardeners

Ideas for the gardeners or garden-lovers on your Christmas list

Cultivated – Fence me in: Lessons from the Sun King

Christin Geall is an avid Oak Bay gardener and creative non-fiction writing instructor at the University of Victoria

Cultivated: Oak Bay gardener smitten with salvias in Sussex

Christin Geall explores the gorgeous gardens of Sussex, England

Wind is a chilly prospect for the garden

Care can reduce wind's impact on a West Coast garden

Best in show: Horticultural exhibitions

The Victoria Dahlia Society's annual show inspires consideration of the history and future of horticultural exhibitions

The cruellest month

Summer's end brings challenges for Oak Bay's gardeners

True to type

Understanding how plant breeding is reflected in plant names

Garden trends from Chelsea

Garden columnist Christin Geall reflects on the impact of the Chelsea Flower Show

How to leave your garden

It pays to prepare your garden ahead for your summer vacation

The promise of poppies

A primer on the common varieties of this favourite garden flower


Unseasonably warm weather puts strain on plants, welcomes pests

Struggles with cedar: it’s all about context

BC's provincial tree can cause challenges for gardeners

Right plant, right place: A tiny tour of February’s flowers

Celebrating winter-blooming beauties around Windsor Park

Bleeding Hearts: Choosing the right flowers for Valentine’s

Look beyond roses to show your sweetheart a little love

Dig into these gardening classics

Five favourite gardening books to get you through the season (or in a gardener’s heart)

Tulips: annuals or perennials?

Understanding tulip physiology is helpful to the home gardener

A good gardener is hard to find

How to tackle all the work there is to do in the garden

Constance Spry and the crafting of happiness

Constance Spry broke more rules than she created and her lush, loose aesthetic still influences contemporary florists today