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TABLESCAPES & ALLIUM ORNAMENTS FOR THE BIRDS How to help our feathered friends get through the cold season


Enter at the Cannor Nursery Store nearest you

HERBS FOR the Holidays


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New! Check out our new pet food section! – featuring top-quality pet supplies and high-quality food. Our product line now includes Canadian Naturals, which is made right here in Canada and available in turkey or salmon formula. Now to Friday, December 23 Passport to Christmas! – have it stamped at participating local businesses and enter to win some great prizes. Sunday, November 20 Our Christmas Open House – come out and join the fun! Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 27 For the Birds – join Debbie Ego for this seminar on how to attract wild birds to your garden. 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 3 Wreath-making – join Sherry Collins for this fun-filled seminar on how to make a gorgeous holiday welcome wreath for your door. 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 7 Centrepiece Demo – learn how to use greens from your very own garden to create a stunning centrepiece. Janice Winbow’s designs are sure to inspire you. 1:30 p.m. Plus, our Christmas trees start arriving in late November!

Wednesdays in December! Workshop Wednesdays! – sign up for fun and festive hands-on workshops to make your own holiday centrepieces or kissing balls. Check in store for details or watch for email announcements. Top-quality Christmas trees – with Complimentary Delivery for Cannor Members! Don’t forget us for your live and cut Christmas trees (we believe they are the nicest on the Island) – plus poinsettias, ornaments, gifts and greens. Winter Hours: NOW open until 8 p.m. Thursdays in December! Fridays through Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closing at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve. Store reopens February 1.

Sears Victoria

For dates and details of our upcoming events, please check our store website at, or request E-news updates by sending your email address to Our Christmas Trees Arrive the Last Week of November! – come in to check out our beautiful live and cut Christmas trees! Bring in the whole family to see a swinging forest of trees, all under cover, and enjoy some hot spiced apple cider while you choose your Christmas Tree. Plus, don’t forget to pre-order your kissing balls and door swags!

Winter Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through November. Starting December 1, open Winter Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m Sunday. Sears nights until 8 p.m. on December 2, 16 and 23. Closing at 4 p.m. Garden Shop is closed from December 25 to March 1. Happy Holidays! Christmas Eve. Closed for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.


Check in store for unadvertised events and specials! Winter Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Closing at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. Closed for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Victoria, Elk Lake

Don’t miss our winter lecture series and workshops! Drop by the garden centre (at 4660 Elk Lake Drive, next to the Saanich Commonwealth Pool) or send us an email at cannorclub@ or call 250-658-5415 for more information and to register.

Winter Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Holiday hours from December 5 to December 23: Parksville open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 9 For more details of our upcoming p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. events, please request E-news Closing at 3:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. updates by sending your email address Closed for Christmas Day, Boxing Day to, or drop by the and New Year’s Day. store.

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Every year fall races forward into winter and the Christmas season arrives before we really expect it, bringing all the hustle and bustle we can handle. The house needs to be rearranged to accommodate masses of festive decorations and trimmings, and everything seems to be in a state of change. Isn’t it great! Where you may seldom display plants, your house comes alive thanks to the generosity of family and friends who arrive with armfuls of poinsettias and centrepieces. And however many gifts come and go, the pleasure of giving resonates within your home, leaving a lasting sense of joy. Entertaining family and friends is lots of work but the rewards include the renewal of connections that can sometimes be neglected. And sharing a gift from your garden – whether it is home-baked lavender shortbread, fresh-dried herbs for the turkey, or a centrepiece weaved from your own backyard greenery – is a much more meaningful conversation starter than how little you paid at a big-box store for a “seasonal item.” Your garden is a treasure trove of berries, foliage and ornamental anomalies that non gardeners never get to see and touch. Share it with those you love, and bring them along with you to our stores to see our magical displays of Christmas trees and seasonal plantings. Plus, invite them to join you in our festive holiday-display workshops! We’ll be decking out all our Cannor Nursery Stores for the season, and we’d like nothing more than to share this experience with you and your family and friends. Merry Christmas from our family to yours. Sandy Mathies Janet Mathies President    Vice-President Gord Nickel President, Cannor Nursery Victoria COVER PHOTO: By Christina Symons, B.C. author and photographer of Everyday Eden: 100+ Fun, Green Garden Projects for the Whole Family to Enjoy. See our back page to learn how to win a copy of her book!


6Gifts from the Garden

By Debbie Ego, Abbotsford Cannor Nursery Store Manager

There are few offerings more meaningful to loved ones than something you crafted yourself using homegrown ingredients. Here are some ideas to get you started! 1. TINY TREES Pot up a mini Christmas tree and dot it with decorations for someone dear. 2. HERBS TO GO Delight your hostess with a fragrant bouquet of fresh rosemary, thyme and sage, ready for snipping into the stuffing or garnishing the turkey. Or, dry these herbs in advance and crush them up using a mortar and pestle or clean coffee grinder – then bottle for year-long culinary bliss. Go to for our sumptuous garden-herb turkey-stuffing recipe.

3. HOME-CANNED VEGGIES Nothing beats pickled beets – and you will find our easy and unforgettable recipe at 4. garden Greenery Dazzle your guests with stunning napkin rings made up with shining ribbon and garden greenery. Check our Events on page 2 for more fun and festive ideas. 5. HERBAL VINEGARS There are few gifts more elegant than homemade herbal vinegar. Sterilize heat-resistant bottles (screw-top or corked) with their lids, then stuff them

with washed sprigs of sage, thyme or rosemary. Heat white vinegar to a simmer and pour over the herbs. Store in a cool, dark spot for several weeks. Adorned with raffia or ribbon, they are gorgeous for giving and ideal for any recipe that calls for vinegar. For more on making herbal vinegar, go to 6. BOTANICAL BAKING Lavender shortbread, anyone? You’ll find our incredible recipe at!





Gifts for Gardeners For the Vegetable Gardener • Tomato or pepper seeds • Basil, parsley and thyme seeds • Row markers • Seed sower • Bucket of Gaia Green All-Purpose Fertilizer • Book on organic vegetable gardening • Package in a mini wheelbarrow planter and tie with red-pepper ornaments



For the Backyard Orchardist • Orchard mason bee house • Gift cerfticate for bees • Book on orchard mason bees • Book on pruning • Budding and grafting knife • Package with wired apples and a fruity plant ribbon For the Avid Gardener • Watering can • Packages of seeds • Gardening gloves • Soap for gardeners • Hand tools • Felco pruners • Small statuary • Package up with raffia ribbon and a garden-angel ornament!

winter 2011

Dreaming of a Green Christmas Small boxwood or cedar shrubbery may be decorated with ribbon or bells and also look festive all on their own. Place them in their plastic pots into fancier terra-cotta, enamelled or metal containers or urns. A row of these small shrubs looks fantastic on a large, long dining or side table. Or arrange a selection of potted shrubs at your entranceway. After the holidays you can leave your potted shrubs indoors (simply care for them as you would indoor plants) or acclimatize them slowly and then place them back on your deck or in your garden when the weather warms.

Cranberry Candles

Good Old-fashioned Greenery

WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK! Visit your local Cannor Nursery Store to enter a draw for your own copy of Everyday Eden: 100+ Fun, Green Garden Projects for the Whole Family to Enjoy 5 copies available; contest ends February 27. Winners will be notified by telephone by February 28, 2012.

Allium Ornaments Summer-flowering alliums produce fantastic seed heads that may be cut and dried for display and decoration. Let them stay on the stem through the summer season, or cut and bring them indoors to hang upside down until dry. Dried blooms may also be spray painted and hung as festive tree ornaments.

cannor club pick Give Birds A Boost This Winter As we all know, the cold season is a tough time for our feathered friends and they are very appreciative of any help we can give them. Drop by your local Cannor Nursery Store to find a complete selection of bird-boosting bounty including seed, suet mixes, bird bells, feeders and more. You’ll be rewarded with backyard birdsong to brighten your winter!

Arrange a trio or more of empty glass hurricane lamps at the centre of your table (you may also use vintage mason jars, glass vases or glass votive holders). Fill your chosen containers part way with fresh cranberries and insert a plain white pillar or votive candle. Add enough water to just cover the cranberries while leaving the candle top high and dry. Light the candles for a festive glow. Victoria 4660 Elk Lake Dr. Victoria, BC V8Z 5M1 250.658.5415

Excerpted from Everyday Eden: 100+ Fun, Green Garden Projects for the Whole Family to Enjoy by Christina Symons & John Gillespie

Greenery is the easiest way to fashion a tablescape. Simply collect a few fallen branches from your backyard. Cut and arrange the stems on a tray or scatter them among a collection of votive candles. Select greenery with berries if possible and don’t forget your outdoor tables and entranceway!

Sears Victoria 3190 Shelbourne St. Victoria, BC  V8T 3A8 250.595.9111 (x271)

Parksville 609 East Island Hwy. Parksville, BC V9P 1T5 250.248.0093

Abbotsford 34261 Marshall Rd. Abbotsford, BC V2S 1L8 604.854.1616

Chilliwack 7640 Lickman Rd. Chilliwack, BC V2R 4A7 604.858.7122

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Watch for the early spring 2012 issue of the Cannor Club Member Newsletter in your mailbox by late February, 2012! The Cannor Garden Club Newsletter is published six times a year. Contributions can be sent to Cannor Club Newsletter, 7640 Lickman Rd., Chilliwack, BC V2R 4A7 Attn: Janet Mathies or emailed to or We look forward to receiving your article suggestions. For more info and our privacy policy, please visit our website

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