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Gardener to share experiences

The arrival of spring means gardening.

The arrival of spring means gardening. To stimulate discussion about what's new in landscaping, the Lung Association is bringing Liz Primeau, founding editor of Canadian Gardening Magazine, and gardening journalist for 30 years, to speak tomorrow at the Howard Johnson Plaza on Brady St. at 7 pm.

"I was raised in Winnipeg so I know something about gardening in cold climates," Primeau told Northern Life.

Primeau will be talking about her latest book, Front Yard Gardens: Growing More Than Grass, published by Firefly Books and available at Chapters.

Primeau urges homeowners to turf their turf and replace conventional front yards with a more inviting landscape of perennials, shrubs and trees.

"The main reason I changed my gardening style was to increase biodiversity. I wanted more variety in my yard instead of growing just one kind of plant-grass. Where I live now in Mississauga, there has been a profound change in how people landscape their front yards.

The Wine and Cheese Gardening Soiree also features a free clinic by the Sudbury master gardeners, gardening baskets by Botanix Azilda Greenhouses, and herbs by Jarrett Culinary Herb Enterprises. The Sudbury Horticultural Society will have membership applications.

Tickets are $15 and are available at Black Cat Too, Backyard Birder and Nature Shop or by phoning the Lung Association at 673-3116.