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Cultivating joy

Having house plants, being in the garden, touching freshly tilled earth, eating what you’ve grown — not to mention the miracle that is witnessing a flower come full bloom — no matter how you look at it, plants are good for the human soul.

Marcus Tullius Cicero said, "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Reflecting upon the recent global pandemic and the request for people to stay home, I find myself looking for more ways to cultivate beauty in my abode. In fact, the presence of freshly baked goods of any kind, lounging on my granite reminds me that everything is going to be okay. And if it’s not, there’s always pie.

I have music streaming more often, and at a higher volume. I begin my day with acoustic classic, sing my way through food prep as I amble to get dinner on the table and lean into smooth jazz after a long day.

House plants and the appearance of my yard are also top of mind. I want to look out over my kitchen sink and see a retreat from the uncertainty in the world. I want to move earth around knowing there’s hope the little seed I planted will bloom into something more, something better.

I want to pull chairs out of the shed and sit on my patio admiring my lawn. Because all of the ways we improve the appearance of our surroundings are cause for improved thoughts and state of mind. Gardening is a divine way to enjoy the outdoors and burn calories. Raking, cutting, bending and hauling not only moves dirt, it feels good when done right. Plus, growing your own food can alleviate supply chain management stress and you can decide what goes into your soil or onto your yield.

Good for your health, having a garden or picturesque plants, I’d bet it’s also good for the heart to share. Add in a few fantastic reads or a shelf to pull from and, at least according to Cicero, you have everything you could need

Lacoste

Lacoste Garden Centre has been a family owned local business, serving the Winnipeg area for over 75 years. Indoors and out, Lacoste Garden Centre has a wide range of products to help with all of your gardening and decorating projects. And now with curb side pickup, contactless pick up or delivery? We’ve got you! Please visit our webshop to shop online with the same expertise you’ve come to expect from Lacoste. Gardening should be just as fun and accessible now as it’s ever been.

Visit shop.lacostegardencentre.com today.

Glenlea Greenhouses

Glenlea Greenhouses is a locally owned and operated business run by two generations of family and staff working hard to ensure your garden has everything you need. Our secure website has options for curbside pickup and free local delivery on orders over $35 for immediate houseplant fixes and pre-ordering for May and June gardening season. You’ll find annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs, hanging baskets, succulents, houseplants and more on our website at glenleagreenhouses.com.

There’s no reason to feel like spring is passing you by.

Durasheen

Duragrip rubber surfacing renews existing surfaces and makes new areas timeless. Our rubber provides a durable, non-slip surface that won’t crack or flake due to our Manitoba climate. Customizable colours and design options allow your surfaces to mirror your personality and needs. Our product looks great on patios, pools, walkways and much more! Plan a Durascapes landscaping project with features such as sod, trees and shrubs. Or, create clean lines with low maintenance decorative rock and rubber mulch.

Our show room is located at 4470 Main Street, West St. Paul or call us at 204.615.9274 or visit Durasheen.ca

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