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FEED YOUR SOUL A few months ago, we decided on “Feed Your Soul” for the theme of this issue. Around this time, I was in the middle of completing a large outdoor project...work that I love, and something that feeds my love for making others happy. However, when it comes to feeding my own soul, I had no idea what I had been lacking, until I took a month off to vacation. In my 28 year career, I had never done such a thing. I traded in my SUV for a old rusty peddle bike and coasted the Utilan landscape at a much slower pace. I literally stopped and smelled flowers, ate the local food of business owners who cooked food steeped in tradition, always by the sea. I had conversations with some very interesting people, and did more listening than talking - a task I sometimes find difficult. I listened to live music and even broke out my harmonica to add to the energy of a great night of random musicians com-
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ing together to create a gypsy-like vibe. I cruised a lagoon on a picnic table boat that I helped build, not for money but because it was a labour of love. I laid in a hammock and listened to the leaves whisper and the waves sooth my busy mind. Has my soul ever been connected to the energy and harmony of the earth and others? To life...plants...food...water...smells...wind... the sun on my skin...and with other human beings; not doing business, but just listening and conversing about what makes us truly happy. Take the time to allow mother nature to feed your soul...she’s so good at it. I hope that this issue inspires you to stop and think about treating yourself to do the same.
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LETTER from the outdoor LIFESTYLE editor Whenever I take to the stage at a gardening event to give a presentation, I always start with the preface that I am a landscaper by trade and a gardener in my soul. Now, this may not seem like an odd combination, as most people assume that these two roles are the same, but trust me, they are very different. When I go into a backyard with my landscaper hat on, I am looking at ways to add decks, patios, spaces for BBQ’s and hot tubs, shade, privacy and all of the things associated with outdoor living. As a gardener, my priorities change. I am looking at opportunities for growing beautiful plants, trees, shrubs and all sorts of gardens. Landscaping is my job, but gardening is how I feed my soul! Carson Arthur, HGTV Personality
LETTER from the OUTDOOR CUSTOM BUILD EDITOR Greetings to all you polar vortex survivors! After another joyous winter of character building, I think we all deserve to take a moment to unplug from the matrix and simply step outside into the warming air and just do…nothing. Do absolutely nothing but breathe for five whole minutes. Yup, I mean literally nothing. Nothing like a Seinfeld episode. This includes even thinking about anything. In fact, I dare you to do it. Just sit in the stillness of nature for five minutes of your life and just be! In truth…I don’t believe you can! I’d love to hear from anyone who can prove me wrong…and I’d also love to hear how it felt. Paul Lafrance, HGTV Personality
• AWARDS OF • EXCELLENCE
Toronto, Ont. (January 10, 2018) Landscape Ontario Salutes Industry Excellence Ontario’s green professions celebrate the best projects of 2017 at the Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence Ceremony The heat was on at the Delta Hotel by Marriott Toronto Airport Jan. 9, 2018 as the top green professionals from across Ontario gathered to celebrate the 45th annual Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence. More than 600 industry members were on hand to see 285 prestigious awards presented to stunning and innovative landscape construction, design, irrigation, lighting and maintenance projects. Master of ceremonies Frank “Frankie Flowers” Ferragine described the 2018 award winners as “truly inspiring,” and noted that awards of excellence are presented to projects that score top marks from a panel of industry judges. “I’m really happy and pleased that people are investing in their landscapes and outdoor living spaces,” Ferragine said. “It is my mission and really the mission of everyone in this room to ensure that individuals and communities recognize the importance of spending time outside, and these awards are a testament to that goal. Seeing these spectacular photos makes me truly happy because it means that people are enjoying plants and nature, and I believe that is extremely important.” Landscape Ontario’s executive director Tony DiGiovanni addressed the audience, highlighting the professionalism on display. “I’m here to tell you that anyone who sees or experiences the work that the people in this room perform day in and day out could not help but realize that what you do is important,” he said. “What you build requires skill, talent and competency; what you design is art; what you maintain is important and makes the world more beautiful; what you construct makes people happy, and what you do reminds people that the landscape is alive.”
Construction PROGRAM Abloom Landscape Contractor Inc. Aden Earthworks Inc. AquaSpa Pools & Landscape Design Balsam Creek Landscaping Bellaire Landscape Inc. Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds Birk’s Landscaping BonaVista Pools Ltd. Bouwmeister Inc. Cedar Springs Landscape Group Cedarcroft Landscape & Design Core Precision Interlock Inc. CSL Group Cypress Hill Design and Build DA Gracey & Associates Dearborn Designs & Associates Earth Art Landscapes Inc. Earthscape Ontario Elite Concrete Inc. Exact Landscapes Fiona’s Garden Gate Flattery Design Garden Grove Landscaping GBC Design & Build Griffith Property Services Ltd. Hank Deenen Landscaping Ltd. Hutten & Co. Land and Shore International Landscaping Inc. Kreative Woodworking Land-Con Ltd. Landscape Plus Ltd. Limestone Trail Co Inc. Lloyd’s Landscaping Ltd. M.E. Contracting MapleRidge Landscapes Ltd. Neerhof Landscapes Oakridge landscape Contractors Ltd. Paradisaic Building Group Partridge Fine Landscapes Ltd. Planit Green Landscapes Plantenance Landscape Group Pool Craft Pro-Land Landscape Construction Inc. ProScape Land Design & Construction Rain Gods Inc. Roger Willis Contracting Ltd. Royal Stone Landscaping & Design Ltd. Rutherford Contracting Ltd., Aurora Seferian Design Group, Burlington Shademaster Landscaping Ltd. Shades of Summer Landscaping & Maintenance Tarrascape Innovation Inc. The Landmark Group Tidy Gardens Landscaping Inc. TLC Professional Landscaping Urban Garden Wentworth Landscapes Whispering Pines Landscaping Yards Unlimited Landscaping Inc. Zen Construction
Maintenance PROGRAM Bos Landscaping Landscape Plus Ltd., Etobicoke Living Green Landscaping Inc Reliable Care Landscape Management Shademaster Landscaping Ltd Shades of Summer Landscaping & Maintenance Strathmore Landscape Contractors Urban Garden Whispering Pines Landscaping LANDSCAPE Design PROGRAM Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds Cedar Springs Landscape Group Earthscape Ontario Gelderman Landscape Services Kent Ford Design Group Inc. Meg & Kennedy Landscape Design Firm Plantenance Landscape Group Pro-Land Landscape Construction Inc. Springbank Landscapes Welwyn Wong Landscape Design Wentworth Landscapes Yards Unlimited Landscaping Inc.
Special Awards PROGRAM DUNINGTON GRUBB Award 2018 Landscape Plus Ltd. CASEY van MARIS Award 2018 Roger Willis Contracting Ltd. DON SALIVAN GROUNDS MANAGEMENT Award Urban Garden Community Leadership Award Janet McKay ENVIRONMENTAL Award Michael de Pencier PAST PRESIDENTS AWARD Peter Guinane PROSPERITY PARTNERS LEADERSHIP AWARD Claudia Baun, Kim Cotter, Kevin Hackstone, Michael Scott, Laurie-Ann Stuart
INTERIOR LANDSCAPING Beaver Landscaping & Gardening Ltd. Stems Interior Landscaping Inc. Irrigation PROGRAM DJ Rain & Co Ltd. LANDSCAPE LIGHTING PROGRAM Balsam Creek Landscaping Bellaire Landscape Inc. DiMarco Landscape Lighting LawnSavers Plant Health Care Nutri-Lawn Rain Gods Inc. Royal Stone Landscaping & Design Ltd. Shademaster Landscaping Ltd. INTERIOR LANDSCAPING PROGRAM Stems Interior Landscaping Inc., Washago Urban Garden Supply Co., Toronto GARDEN CENTRE PROGRAM Azilda Greenhouses Bala Garden Centre Baltimore Valley Produce & Garden Centre Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery Canadale Nurseries Ltd. Parkway Gardens Ltd. Port Carling Garden Centre Sandhill Nursery Sipkens Nurseries GROWERS PROGRAM Canadale Nurseries Ltd. Millgrove Perennials Inc. NVK Holdings Inc. Sheridan Nurseries Ltd. Willowbrook Nurseries Inc.
Congratulations to all the winners of Landscape Ontario’s Awards of Excellence for 2018. For more information about the Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence program and to view photos of the winning projects, please visit landscapeontario.com
Landscape Ontario is pleased to recognize the winners
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Landscape Plus Ltd. DUNINGTON GRUBB AWARD
URBAN COURTYARD Some projects are pure joy. At this small urban property the material pallet is set in the frontyard with low roadside walling, a reclaimed credit valley walk and driveway borders, herringbone brick inlays, and lush deep plantings. In the backyard this list is expanded on. The pool is walled on two sides with a decidedly old world mix of reclaimed stone and brick. Windows reclaimed from the house renovation are incorporated into the walling as well as an old stone mask from a New York City demolition. Rooftop gardens soften the walls and filter views to the rear. A barn beam arbor sits in warm garden beds, defining the dining area and providing a lovely spot to enjoy this urban courtyard.
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Urban Garden DON SALIVAN AWARD
HIGH PARK TERRACES This stunning condo was designed to blend in with the lush vegetation of its neighbour, Toronto’s High Park. The terraces tier down the building, and large built-in planters soften and green of its facade. This design is both uniquely challenging and rewarding from a maintenance perspective. Access to the terrace planters are through the private units and are located at the edge of the building. A plush variety of flowering perennials and shrubs, along with cascading evergreens give the residents their own oasis to enjoy yearround. Other areas of the building have their own eclectic maintenance style. From a formal garden of clipped yews on the north side, and natural ravine like gardens on the south, the various landscape aspects of this condo are a pleasure to develop and maintain.
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Roger Willis Contracting Ltd. CASEY VAN MARIS AWARD
INDOOR OUTDOOR LIVING This project truly embraces the concept of indoor-outdoor living. With doors that open from wall to wall, this infinity pool gives the illusion of not only merging with the nearby waterway but a seamless transition from pool area to the outdoor landscaped terrace. Overhead glass skylights nestled between large wood beams extend this transition even further. The pool is complemented by a perimeter overflow hot tub which is completely tiled in an iridescent glass. The decking surfaces are coated with limestone slabs, and the pool is equipped with an automatic cover, exercise swim jets, and home automation control.
Photos by Michael Willis Design by Malcolm Wildeboer of Vandenberg & Wildeboer Architects
FEED YOUR SOUL
ARTHUR HGTV STAR
or the last 15 years I’ve been working in TV and media helping people create their own perfect space outdoors. During that time, I was refining my own definition of the perfect space. Surprisingly, what I thought I’d want looks nothing like what I actually ended up with. My original plan for my own backyard oasis was modern and clean-lined with low maintenance elements. I had my mind set on a pool and a hot tub to replace the lawn and I thought my outdoor kitchen should have all the bells and whistles of a great indoor kitchen. Instead of this landscaper’s utopia, I realized that I needed a different kind of space to feed my soul. Instead of straight flower beds filled with green and white shrubs, I now have garden beds packed with bulbs and perennials in no particular pattern. I never would have thought that waking up each morning to see what is blooming would be the highlight of my day, and yet here I am, waiting for my new tulips to bring a splash of red and white into my life. Is developing a love of plants just a feature of getting old? I don’t think so, because I have more 20 and 30year old clients asking plant questions than ever before. I once envisioned a luxury outdoor kitchen with the biggest and best barbecue, a state-of-the-art smoker, and a tiny bar fridge. Instead, I have a caveman-era and
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hand-built wood fire pizza oven. I built this oven in a weekend, but I can bake bread and smoke meat in it. Now don’t get me wrong, I still have a great barbecue (I’m not a total Neanderthal). But, there is something deeply satisfying about lighting up the fire to char the crust on my Margarita pizza. By the way, that pizza is covered in tomatoes and basil fresh from my garden, plus cheese from the local farmers market. My vegetable garden has been my pride and joy for the last two summers. I change the plants every year and start planning each year’s crop in December. Now, I spend more time looking at websites on heirloom seeds than I do streaming Netflix. In Spring, I get excited as onion seedlings are the first to pop up in my little indoor seed-starting system. Not only am I gardening to grow food for my family, I’ve begun to grow food for other families as well, dropping off my extra produce to the local food bank. I look back at who I was when I started in the landscaping industry and laugh at how convinced I was of what I needed for my outdoor space. I know that my idea of utopia may be very different than yours. Maybe you want or love a modern space like the one that I once wanted. My point is that when it comes to designing an outdoor space that works for you and your family, go out and experience all of your options first. Maybe spending a weekend at a B&B in the country surrounded by chickens, bees, and peony gardens will help you redefine what feeds your own soul, like it did for me!
I know that my idea of utopia may be very different than yours.
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TIPS FOR MORE SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING cleaner and greener
By MICAH BRADLEY & HERB BOSJNAK | Owners, Bradbosh Landscaping – CALGARY, AB
Sustainable landscaping uses environmentally responsible methods to offset potentially destructive effects on our natural surroundings. Of course, these practices vary depending on the climate you’re living in, but here are some key ways to develop and maintain your property’s landscape sustainably. It might seem overwhelming to change your routine and adopt more sustainable practices, but even little steps can make a big impact. Whether you’re responsible for maintaining a small garden or a large outdoor area, acting on these ideas can help you achieve a cleaner, greener, and enduring landscape.
MAKE THE LITTLE THINGS COUNT
There are many day-to-day ways to reduce your environmental impact in your yard. Here are a few simple suggestions: • Use local materials • Grow things that give back, like shady trees and plants that attract pollinators • Start a vegetable garden • Choose environmentally friendly fertilizers • Use alternatives to power equipment. Try a push mower instead of a gas-powered mower; hand sheers, scythe or hoe instead of a weed trimmer, or a rake or broom instead of a power blower.
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UTILIZE REUSABLE/RECYCLED MATERIALS
We understand that you want to add something new during your garden makeover. However, a mix of the old and new can still create a vibrant outdoor space: • Reusing old materials from your property or recycled materials from somewhere else is a great way to reduce your garden’s impact on your environment – and your wallet. • Mulch your clippings instead of bagging them. If they’re not too long to be unsightly, leave your grass clippings on the lawn and let them fertilize your grass naturally, injecting nitrogen and other necessary nutrients. • Mulch all dead mature trees and reuse the wood chips in gardens. • If your clippings are too big to mulch, throw them in the compost rather than a black garbage bag.
Xeriscaping (from the Greek “Xeros” meaning “dry”) is a landscaping practice designed for drought-afflicted climates that need to conserve water. Xeriscaping also incorporates the philosophy of using plants native to your area and climate, as opposed to high-maintenance foreign plants. You might also eliminate your lawn completely, or install a rock garden instead of a traditional flower bed.
BE CONSCIOUS OF WATER USAGE
Reducing water usage is very important, and will benefit the entire planet. Using water is necessary to maintain a healthy, aesthetically pleasing landscape. But be smart about it: • Don’t leave your sprinklers on all day. Try watering less frequently, but for longer periods of time – every couple of days rather than daily. When you water for longer, the water sinks further into the ground, forcing your lawn’s roots to reach down to get it. • Choose water conscious irrigation systems. Most irrigation systems have rain sensors so they won’t waste water on your lawn when it’s raining outside. • Let your grass grow a little bit longer. The shade will protect the roots and help keep moisture in the ground rather than being evaporated by the hot sun. • Use a bark or rock mulch in your flower beds. The extra layer above the soil helps protect it and keeps the ground cool., The bark will also hold water and keep more moisture in your garden.
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LAFRANCE HGTV STAR
When I tell people that I am an “introvert” I am usually met with incredulous glances and the odd “yeah, right” as though I am about to tell a joke. Well, it’s true.
The confusion lies in the fact that I am an A-type personality introvert. This can also be described as an ambivert. I don’t really take much stock in any of these labels, but they basically explain that while I love interacting with people and have never been known to shy away from the stage or spotlight, I also absolutely crave my alone time. In fact, it is in solitude that I reenergize, and I need a lot of reenergizing. I have found that in order for me to truly recharge, I need to be away from everything. I am very grateful that even though we live in the fastest and most mind-numbing culture in human history, all I need in
order to detach from the clang and clatter is trees…lots and lots of trees. If I am suddenly unreachable, it’s because I’m in a forest. Nature has the incredible ability to calm our frazzled human brains, if we’ll let it. For me, there is something about walking in the midst of those gentle swaying giants. It is as though they are staring down at me, talking amongst themselves about why I am so full of fret and worry. Most of them have been around far before I was born, and most will still be enduring arctic blasts and summer swelters long after I’m gone. There is no fear amongst them. No pondering about harsh winters past. No anxiety about future droughts. They just are. They are present. They are teachers. My father used an expression when I was a teenager that I simply tossed into the wood chipper (that’s where most helpful parental advice goes to die when you’re full of hormones and think you know everything). He would say, “Don’t let stuff rent any space in your head son.” It took me years to realize the pure genius of this statement. When I’m out in the forest, it’s as though the trees are continually saying, “Listen to your father, stupid.” I don’t go into the forest to get away from the world. I go into the forest so that I can remember how to really live in the world. If my mind is continually renting space to negative thoughts about the past and fear of what will happen in the future, then I cease to be present right now! It’s remarkable and tragic what you miss when your thoughts keep you living in a past you can’t change and a future you can’t control. Simply put…you miss life! They say you preach best what you need to learn most. I have been transforming backyards for over 20 years in order to draw people into the therapy of the outdoors in a world that’s gone crazy. I can only hope I’ve made a dent, but I can’t help but wish that I could bring the forest to each backyard. The trees are far better teachers than I am, and could truly care less what personality profile they fall under. OUTDOORLIFESTYLEMAGAZINE.COM
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JOHN BRIGHT By SCOTT SIM – TORONTO, ON
From the first moment that you meet John Bright, it is easy to find yourself in a comfortable place. This young man immediately makes you feel welcome. He has a certain sense of confidence, not be confused with cockiness; although he would have every excuse to take on a boastful swagger. A talented designer, and even more impressive human, John Bright is a name you need to know in the landscape profession. John’s journey into landscaping did not follow the normal industry path. The son of a librarian and an actuary, his influence to the outdoors isn’t from home. “My parents are not green thumbs. At all. They kill everything,” John jokes. He coasted through high school and gravitated to athletics. Odd jobs followed. It was when he began working at a nursery that his route began to develop. Here he taught himself all about plants, when he wasn’t driving his bosses crazy. “I didn’t even know what a Hosta was,” he professes. John sought a new challenge soon after, finding himself building dry stack walls for a contractor. Following a travel hiatus, John performed some freelance landscape construction. It was at this point that he decided to enter the Landscape Design Program at Fanshawe College in London. “It was the first time that I actually tried in school…. this was the first time that I was like ‘I want to do this.’” John sketched as a kid - mostly dinosaurs. “I couldn’t draw a tree to save my life.” He stopped drawing for a period; attempted some art classes in high school, then ceased again. It wasn’t until he dove into landscape design that he really discovered his finest skill. John’s landscape design sketches
set him apart from the pack. “It’s a dying art…not a lot of people are doing it anymore. And I think that’s maybe what got me a little bit of traction,” he says. John speaks of emotion and feel and how his drawings translate to the customer. Although he has a full grasp of AutoCAD and Sketch-up design programs, “expression on paper” brings his ideas to life (even if it takes twenty to thirty pages of renderings to get it right). After graduating with honours, John found employment in Toronto, splitting his time between the office and on site. Looking for more of an opportunity to design full-time led him back to London and Springbank Landscapes, where he had spent time as a college co-op student. “I think it’s gonna be a good fit,” he says. No question there! His talent has not gone unnoticed. John’s ‘Cottage in the Country’ design was recognized with a Landscape Ontario Award of Excellence and his work has appeared in the Fall/ Winter 2015 edition of Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine. John’s modern style always tips its cap to tradition. Customer’s experiences and lifestyle prompts him to incorporate international flavor and personal touches throughout his designs. With ease he will gain new clients, and more of his sketches will become a reality. His talents and personality assure this. Now settled into what is his true calling, expect to hear more from John Bright. OUTDOORLIFESTYLEMAGAZINE.COM
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FREEZER BURN CALGARY This event is radical about self-expression, sustainability, and inclusion. For four days, you’ll live outdoors, basically off the grid in a tent with no running water or electricity, alongside a thousand like-minded individuals. Together you’ll get art-focused, creative, and interactive all around the theme “Fighter Jets vs. Laser Sharks.” This is a family-friendly private event, and you’ll need an advance ticket purchase. If you’re interested, read the online Survival Guide to see if this is your thing. Peace and love. June 21 - 25, 2018 freezerburn.org
ELVIS Festival COLLINGWOOD What began in 1995 with 35 tribute artists and 1,500 attendees, now attracts upwards of 15,000 people. Cheer on hundreds of Elvis’ of all persuasions, including international participants. The theme this year is “Elvis United.” It is also the 50th anniversary of the “68 Comeback Special.” There’s free entertainment on the main outdoor stage all weekend, as well as many ticketed indoor events. New this year is the “Discover Your Inner Elvis” program which encourages fans to experience their “Elvis Moment” by singing a song. July 27 - 29, 2018 collingwoodelvisfestival.com
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FIXING the NATURE DEFICIT one playground at a time By ADAM BIENENSTOCK – DUNDAS, ON
lay, in a sensory-rich and natural environment is vital for a child’s mental, physical, and emotional health. “The more contact with nature, the better the outcomes,” says Dr. Francis Ming Kuo of The University of Illinois’ Human Environment Research Laboratory. But for parents, educators, and urban planners seeking outdoor environments to nurture a child’s well-being, traditional playgrounds fall flat, both figuratively and topographically. Our urban parks and playgrounds are sterilized and controlled as if they had been built to avoid enriching children’s play. Adam Bienenstock, founder and principal designer of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds is a staunch advocate of a child’s right to connect with nature. “Built on barren, sun-scorched surfaces that have little to no topographical or horticultural interest, playgrounds made of plastic, steel, and rubber are sterile, and lacking in the sensory experiences children need to thrive,” he says. Bienstock argues that traditional playgrounds are designed exclusively for gross-motor and upper-body engagement (think climbing and sliding). Rather than encouraging interpretative, open-ended, sensory and collaborative play, traditional playgrounds are prescriptive, which does little to inspire a child’s imagination let alone development. “In a uniform sensory environment of plastic and steel, kids basically go into auto pilot and repeat the same activities over again and play devolves into muscle memory,” says Bienenstock. In this kind of environment, children don’t have to think about their play and therefore, don’t develop their minds. These unstimulating environments can even be dangerous. “Small risks can become big hazards when a child’s brain is switched off,” Bienenstock says.
While one of the only advantages of traditional playgrounds is their focus on gross motor skills, not all children reap these benefits. Decades ago, Fred Danner of The University of Kentucky’s Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, pointed out that, “only 20 per cent of the children in a traditional playground are getting 80 per cent of the physical activity.” These are the physically fit, kings and queens of the castle. While the kids who are less fit, less co-ordinated, less dominant, disabled, or simply less social are on the sidelines. But this is all changing as Bienenstock brings Natural Playgrounds to North America. Natural Playgrounds represent the dawn of a new era in playground design. They use natural materials like wood, rocks, and water to provide an inclusive place for all children, not just the top 20 per cent. These sensory-rich spaces are placed on natural slopes and include sand, animal prints, climbing obstacles and sensory stations. They not only benefit a child’s gross motor skills, but also their cognitive and social skills. Children in these environments have opportunities to exercise fine-motor skills and engage in full-sensory creative and contemplative solitary play. Children will play for longer in a natural playground than in a traditional playground. Their overall ability for physical play improves as well. “With only their imagination as the limit, a log isn’t just a log. It has the potential to be a pirate ship, a snake, or simply a thing to climb or a place to sit,” Bienenstock says. This kind of free play is critical to encouraging creativity, problem-solving, flexibility, and resilience. Kids are also given opportunities to take risks, learn about their limitations, and ultimately feel capable. “There may be some bumps and bruises along the way, but those are learning injuries,” he says. By offering more types of enrichment to all children, and encouraging children to learn to manage risk, Natural Playgrounds is the antidote to traditional playgrounds that parents, educators, and urban designers have been looking for.
Quality, locally-sourced, and handcrafted natural playgrounds that are ground-breaking and accessible, Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds is an award-winning design and build firm with studios in British Columbia, Ontario and Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. | naturalplaygrounds.ca 34 I outdoorlifestylemagazine.com | LIVING DISTRICT
free play is critical to encouraging creativity, problem solving, flexibility, and resilience
BY ELLYSA CHENERY – OSHAWA, ON
The Broadview Hotel is the sole Canadian honoree amongst 58 international properties heralded as the best new hotels around the world in TLM’s 2018 Hit List. The east-end’s highly acclaimed Broadview Hotel has been serving locals and travelers a daring experience from their rooftop patio for less than a year, so how were they able to create so much buzz in so little time? Well, to start with, The Rooftop offers amazing 360-degree uninterrupted views of the Toronto skyline which you can enjoy in one of two ways: through a traditional outdoor rooftop patio experience or indoors through a remarkably designed glass façade that’s truly stunning. Whether you choose indoors or out, the result is a space that feels light, airy and fresh – exactly what the doctor prescribed after a long winter. One of the best aspects of The Rooftop’s space is that you get an amazing view whether you’re sitting outside on the patio, inside at the bar, or inside at the dining area. With a cavalcade of natural light throughout the day, and soft but stunning lights strategically situated to create the perfect atmosphere in the evening, it’s easy to find your own intimate space on The Rooftop to catch up with old friends or ignite new flames. Evident throughout their design is the focus on sustainability; a unique combination of sharp lines and glass views are softened with the careful placement of plants and foliage. In fact, sustainability is rooted in the design and the menu. The Rooftop features produce sourced locally in Southern Ontario and house made ingredients. The emphasis is on shared plates and drinks like mouth-watering Caccio e Pepe Arancini with pumpkin puree, Beef Short Ribs with a kalbi marinade and Fried Chicken, a summer delight that’s served with a sweet tamarind sauce. These affordable sharables are the perfect patio-fare and because they range from nine to fourteen dollars, they’re a great compliment to your preferred cocktail. Speaking of cocktails, this patio season will feature unique mixes like Becky with the Good Hair and the Canadian Tuxedo, curated by bar manager Jamison Cass. Enjoying one of these delectable cocktails on one of the city’s hippest patios is what summer in Toronto is all about, but the views and drinks aren’t the only thing that have people talking. With in-house pastry chef Sarah Battye at the helm, delightful desserts like warm sticky buns with cardamon crème anglaise and toasted pecans make for that perfect summer indulgence. Or, satisfy your chocolate craving with a spectacular chocolate fudge and peanut butter brownie. Because really, what’s better than sharing a meal, savoring a delicious dessert and exploring new cocktails on a warm summer evening with your besties?
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TORONTO, Ontario THE BROADVIEW HOTEL
JOSHUA BEACH MASTER DISTILLER
WAYNE GRETZKY WINERY AND DISTILLERY
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Wayne Gretzky Winery
Catching Up With Master Distiller, Joshua Beach BY BRYEN DUNN – TORONTO, ON
ayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery opened in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario in the spring of 2017. The 23,000 square foot facility is the first of its kind in the region, featuring both wine and distilling production, and tasting rooms. Along with some great tasting wines, the facility also produces two core whisky brands (Red Cask and Ice Cask), along with special releases such as Ninety-Nine Proof, which is bottled at 49.5% ABV, and the seasonal Canadian Cream. Master Distiller, Joshua Beach, has long been a lover of spirits, and after university he decided to pursue his passion. He studied at Heriot Watt in Scotland, where he completed his MSc in Brewing and Distilling at one of the best schools in the world. He then gained experience with brewing and distilling in Europe before returning to Canada to start Odd Society Spirits. Located in Vancouver, he operated with a business partner between Oct 2013 and Apr 2016, before returning to his home province of Ontario to begin his dream career. The original No. 99 Red Cask Canadian Whisky is made in small batches from grain (rye, malted rye, and corn) that has been individually mashed, fermented, and distilled. After aging, the whisky is finished with red wine casks from the Wayne Gretzky winery. “What makes us stand out is that each
of these barrels has a story and they all bring together this unique and consistent taste profile with aromas of caramel, toasted oak and a hint of allspice for a truly elegant and rich taste,” said Beach. Gretzky added, “I have always enjoyed a good whisky and was thrilled to work with Joshua to create a new fabulous Canadian whisky. What’s truly exciting is we are using oak wine barrels from our red wines to finish the whisky for a really smooth and refined taste.” No. 99 Red Cask can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in premium cocktails including: “Top Shelf,” “The 99,” and “The Great Old Fashioned,” all listed on the company website. The No. 99 Ice Cask is finished in Vidal Blanc Icewine barrels, while the premium Ninety Nine Proof is aged a minimum three years in once-used Bourbon barrels and more than 100 Days in Wayne Gretzky Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. The newest addition to the product line, the seasonal Canadian Cream, offers the aromas and flavours of almond, cream, dark biscuit, nutmeg and toasted wafer. It’s excellent with coffee. Visitors to the distillery can learn the art of making whisky by taking one of the available classes that are offered daily. The Whisky Bartender: Cocktails 101, lets guests learn how to make their favourite whisky cocktails, while The Great Canadian Whisky Tour offers guests the opportunity to learn about the history of Canadian whisky, the distilling and blending, and of course sampling. Wayne Gretzky whiskies are available at the LCBO here in Ontario, or online at gretzkyestateswines.com
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How involved is Wayne Gretzky in the overall development of each of the whisky products? JB: Wayne loves the whisky and has been involved in many aspects of the winery and distillery. He tastes through various blend options, and chooses the final blends. Wayne was also integral in the package design, and again, he chose the final product. His name is on it so he cares very much about what’s in the bottle. While he doesn’t distill himself, it is definitely his whisky.
What’s the most challenging part when trying to create the winning spirit you’re aiming for? JB: Balance. To me, that is the key to any top-quality spirit. It starts with maturation, where the goal is to take the spirit contribution and balance that with barrel contribution. After maturation, several individual spirits can be blended together, perhaps with the addition of a finish, to again achieve a balanced final product.
OLM: How important is the maturing process with whisky? JB: Very! It’s said that upwards of 60-70% of the flavour in your final spirit comes from the barrel and the interaction of the spirit and the barrel during maturation. That being said, good barrels are only as good as the spirit that goes in them.
What is the one distinct component that differentiates Canadian whisky from others around the world? JB: We have a very cool tradition of mashing, fermenting, and aging all of our grains separately. This results in the blender having the utmost flexibility when it comes to creating blends. It also allows us to do some very cool things, such as 100% rye for example.
Which is your favourite of all available whiskies you’ve created so far, and why? JB: It has to be the 99 Proof. Bottled at 49.5% ABV it’s a big bold whisky that’s not for the faint of heart. It’s also the most rye forward, showcasing what we do best in Canada.
Are there any new products that you’re currently working on that we could see on the market in the near future? JB: Yes, but I don’t want to give away any surprises just yet. Let’s just say that I love playing with different types of finishes and different types of grains.
If this was not your dream job, what would you want to be doing instead? JB: I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I truly appreciate the diverse aspects of running a distilling program. It encompasses engineering, chemistry, process tech., and the art of the blend and product creation. I even get to change it up once in a while, get out on the road, do some events and talk to people about our products. It’s a dream job indeed!
Peachland Collins Method: In a cocktail shaker add 3 peach slices, 1.5 oz. of Wayne Gretzky Whisky, .5 oz. lime juice. .5 oz. simple syrup and gently muddle. Add ice and shake. Pour into a collins galss. Add more ice if necessary and top with 2 oz. of soda water. Garnish with a sprig of basil.
HERBS FOR MOOD SUPPORT
By SARAH PENNEy, nd – HAMILTON, ON
wareness of anxiety and depression is increasing, and so there are more people searching for treatment options. One recent study reported that 3.5 million Canadians accessed public health services for anxiety and depression symptoms between 2009-2010. Prevalence of these symptoms is higher among females, adolescents, and individuals with chronic health conditions. Many sufferers are also searching for alternative treatments from herbal medicine, which may offer relief for some. Here are some of the most common herbal remedies used for mood support.
ST.JOHN’S WORT This herb has been well studied as treatment for mild to moderate depression, and may even be available as a prescription medication in some situations. It is important to choose a product that has the right concentration of active ingredients to see results. St. John’s Wort interacts with many prescription medications, so talk to your healthcare provider before starting this treatment.
Lavender has a long history as a treatment for anxiety and research shows that it may be effective. It can be taken orally, topically, or through aromatherapy, although, it may lower blood pressure and increase the sedative effects of medications. Consumption of large amounts of lavender oil can be toxic, so always talk to a healthcare professional about the right dosage for you.
RHODIOLA Rhodiola is a lesser-known herb that has been studied as a treatment for mild to moderate depression with some positive results. Used in capsule and tea form, rhodiola may increase energy and help the body recover from stress by lowering our stress hormone, cortisol. Some may experience mild side effects from this herb including dizziness, and it may interact with medications such as antidepressants and birth control.
These herbs are widely available and are helpful for many people. However, it is always important to talk to a doctor about your mental health concerns and tell them before you begin taking herbal medicine. Herbs should not be used to treat major depression or to deal with thoughts of self-harm. 42 I outdoorlifestylemagazine.com | DISCOVER DISTRICT
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VISCERAL STIMULATION A recent inductee to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Shayne Dark is an Ontario-based contemporary artist who has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. He has won numerous grants and awards, and has completed several major public art projects. His work is found in both private and public collections. His sculptural installations raise questions about our sensory and perceptive experience of our environment, just as they are inspired by it. Stimulating a visceral reaction in the viewer, Darkâ€™s creations often provoke tensions between the cultural and natural worlds, between industrial and organic materials, then between notions of fixity and movement, space and temporality.
t’s a comfortable scene on a snowy day. Schools are closed and Jenny Henderson is home watching Willy Wonka with her nine-year-old daughter. This comfortable aura is inherent in Jenny’s personality, and it sets her apart as a tattoo artist in Hamilton. Her studio, Sacred Blue Tattoos has a soft, comfortable, hippie vibe —it’s one of the reasons her clients, some of whom are also moms, bring their 18-year-old daughters in for their first tattoo. Jenny graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and although she always dreamed of being a tattoo artist, she went to teacher’s college instead. She taught art for several years before finding the courage to give up a stable teaching gig to follow her dreams. “My fiancée gave me a tattoo kit and his leg,” she says. That was the push she needed. “When I was younger, I didn’t have confidence, and as a tattoo artist you need confidence. ‘Grow a set of man balls,’ my mentor told me.” She did, and with the help of her mentor, Stephen Williams, she embraced her talent and her confidence grew. “Coming into Hamilton I’ve been embraced by the community which has been big,” she says. It’s here that she’s done art shows at Homegrown, Sealed Art and Supercrawl. When Williams, who owns Xquisite Ink moved to Brantford
BY KIMBERLEY FOWLER – CAMPBELLVILLE, ON
Jenny followed him. But, with a fiancée, a daughter and a 17-yearold step son, the commute was too much. So, a year ago she rented space in the Down to Earth Shoppe and opened Sacred Blue Tattoos. The risk paid off. In less than a year Jenny made a name for herself, no small feat considering Hamilton is a hub of creativity and talent within the tattoo industry. “We have fantastic artists and shops here,” Jenny says. So how does she differentiate herself in a town that houses some of Canada’s best? “Tattoo artists are artists. I’ve always been a painter so I tend to look at the body for it’s natural, organic aesthetics. I’m very concerned with how the tattoo will look from far away, not just up close,” she says. “I focus on negative space and the overall body, not just the individual piece.” Another thing that sets Jenny apart? “I really like working with clients rather than telling them what they want…So many people have a tattoo they were talked into based on what the artist wanted to see, but I like to remind people that it’s their tattoo, not mine,” she says. “Your work is your advertisement and I want to ensure every piece I do is lovely.” This strategy is paying off as word of Jenny’s creativity, talent and caring approach spreads. “People come in because they saw someone else’s tattoo, or they’ll see someone’s tattoo on Instagram.”
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