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18th annual Parade of Renovated Homes a success

GVHBA puts home renos on display Renovators and their clients from throughout the Lower Mainland came out to strut their stuff last month. The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) held its 18th annual Parade of Renovated Homes on June 12, which saw 12 homes with recently completed projects opened to the public. GVHBA President and CEO Peter Simpson describes the event as a big success, with each home averaging between 180 and 200 visits and some receiving as many as 265. Contractors were on hand to explain the projects to prospective clients, while homeowners got a chance to show off their snazzy new digs. “They enjoyed it as much as the folks who were touring,” Simpson says. “Everybody

seemed to be quite happy, they got lots of ideas.” With Lower Mainland homeowners set to spend $4.4 billion on renovations this year, Simpson says the parade was a great way for homeowners to find inspiration for their own houses and also meet contractors. “I view it as a great success as an awareness event, where people can see how renovations should be done,” he says. Simpson says the visitors left with lots of ideas for renovations in their own homes. “They could see that their dreams for their homes are quite doable,” he says. “They left enthused to go home and start their process.” Those who missed the event can visit www. gvhba.org for information on the projects and tips on starting your own renovation.

‘The interest from the public has been phenomenal’

Magnolia is growing in Richmond by Kerry Vital

If you’re looking to get away while still being in the middle of everything, Townline’s The Gardens in Richmond will be just the place for you. The development’s first residential project, Magnolia, is only the beginning of this amazing space. “The Gardens is unique in the sense that you will be away from it all, but ... everything you will need is at your door step,” says Townline’s Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Chris Colbeck. Magnolia will be a four-storey building with three levels of residential, anchored by retail space on the bottom floor. A total of 92 apartment homes will be released, and sales will be starting soon. Colbeck is expecting a great turnout. “Based on the the unique purchasing opportunity that The Gardens provides, the interest from the public has been phenomenal,” he says. “The fact the purchasers will essentially have a 12acre natural garden at their doorstep is an amazing attraction that (they) will not find elsewhere.” Floorplans range from 485 to 919 square feet, and are available in a variety of one-bedroom and twobedroom floorplans. While each home has its own unique

charm, all of them have a plethora of amazing features. Prospective homeowners who have stopped into the presentation centre have no shortage of compliments. “(They) are loving the suite layout and the stylish West Coast homes and architecture,” Colbeck says. Every kitchen will be built in a modern U-shape, which gives homeowners a large amount of counter space so you’ll never need to worry about where to put anything. Luxurious quartzite slab countertops and matte white backsplash tiles combine for a sleek, contemporary look, as if a splash of sauce will never mar the cool perfection. A stainless-steel appliance suite is ready for all your cooking needs, and soft-close cabinets with brushed nickel hardware and undercabinet puck lighting are seamlessly integrated into the entire design. Bathrooms at Magnolia are built to be soothing and serene. Soaker tubs are included, and faux marble ceramic tub splash tiles are the perfect complement.

Polished-chrome faucets by Moen are standard, in addition to the hardware by Taymor and a ceramic drop-in white sink that brings to mind a luxury hotel bathroom. Buyers at The Gardens will have access to The Gardens Club, which will hold a badminton court, ping pong, basketball hoops, a meeting room and a fully equipped gym. Situated on the site of the former Fantasy Gardens, only a castle is still standing at The Gardens. The castle, a replica of Coevorden Castle in the Netherlands that was given to the city for Expo 86, will be turned into a daycare centre.

The Gardens is impossibly close to everything a homeowner will need, from shopping to restaurants. Across the street from the Ironwood and Coppersmith shopping centres, The Gardens is also close to excellent public and private schools, and is minutes away from the Canada Line. Residents looking for entertainment will find it at Riverport, where they will discover the SilverCity movie theatres, The Zone bowling alley and WaterMania pool, just a few minutes away by car. Homes at Magnolia start at $218,800 for a one-bedroom. For more information visit liveatthegardens.ca or call 604-271-3331.

Everything you will need is at your doorstep,” says Townline’s Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Chris Colbeck.

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Homeowners at Townline’s Magnolia at The Gardens will always be surrounded by luxury, from the laminate flooring in the living and dining areas to the soft elegance of the master bedrooms.


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Heathers a beautiful addition to the garden IN THE GARDEN Brian Minter

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t must be the Irish in me that makes me think summer-blooming heathers are some of our most beautiful summer garden plants. Their colours are so rich and vibrant that, massed together, they are simply stunning. Heathers are drought tolerant, and during hot, stressful days, they add fresh new life and colour to any garden. Over the years, I have found that the odd winter is severe enough to be tough on summer-blooming callunas. Part of the winter loss problem is due to cold winds and little snow protection. This problem can be alleviated by planting your heathers in a sheltered location or by using insulating cloth (looks a lot like Remay) as a quick and easy protective covering. But in fact, far more heathers are lost due to improper planting and care than to frost. If you’re like me and are determined to grow and enjoy these beautiful plants, then here’s the game plan. Drainage is the key. Heathers do not like wet feet, so they must be in a location that has porous soil. A one third each mixture of peat moss, bark mulch and sand seems to be ideal. Always make certain the plants are moist before planting by giving them a 30 second soaking in a pail of warm water. Telltale bubbles will rise out of the rootball if the plant was too dry. Before planting, be sure you gently massage the rootball of each plant to loosen all the

root hairs, freeing them to pick up moisture. Keep summer heathers moist at all times, especially during the warm days of summer. Plant your summer heather in a sunny area, well protected from any severe winter winds. Banks with a southern exposure are ideal, and raised beds are always preferable because of their warmer soil temperatures and better drainage. It is also surprising how much shade callunas will tolerate, although they tend to become a little more leggy, which can be handled by proper pruning. A wide selection of summer-blooming heathers that suit all kinds of landscape situations are available today. Low, compact varieties, such as the new double white ‘Kinlochcruel’, the double pink ‘County Wicklow’, the crimson red ‘Darkness’ and ‘Velvet Knight’, are gorgeous as ground covers. Don’t forget, they also make terrific cut and dried flowers for arrangements. Nothing quite matches a bouquet of fresh cut heather in a glass vase. The old variety, ‘H.E. Beale’, is still one of the most known for cuts, but ‘Jana’ is a new double red that is also ideal. Other varieties, like the silver foliaged ‘Silver Knight’ and ‘Velvet Fascination’ are great too. Today, there is a wide selection of summer flowering varieties that blend beautifully with annuals, perennials and ornamental grasses. I like planting heathers in groupings of three or five and combining them with winter-flowering varieties for a green contrast now and gorgeous colour all winter long. A few well chosen dwarf conifers, especially the blue and gold varieties, blend in nicely too.

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