Patricia Hanbidge is the owner and principal of the Saskatoon School of Horticulture that was launched in 2005. As principal of SSH, Hanbidge inspires students by her belief in the industry and her dedication to a superior educational environment for the students and colleagues with whom she participates.
Being immersed in the horticulture industry for over 30 years has established Hanbidge as a well-known and respected horticulturist , speaker and consultant. She is the author of nine published books and has hosted a newspaper column for more than 30 years.
To bring a little bit more excitement to the world of horticulture and learning, Patricia organizes and hosts conferences and events from small, intimate gatherings to international conferences. If you are looking for a special occasion in another location, she also is a seasoned guide with the ability to show you a once in a lifetime experience on one of her many hosted holidays. Her most recent hosted holidays featured tours of the most exquisite gardens of England and Italy. It matters little whether Patricia joins you within our own continent or overseas - an enjoyable and exciting experience is guaranteed.
Integrated pest management or IPM is an approach to managing pest problems while at the same time minimizing risk and effect on the environment. IPM is a long-term management plan that will prevent. . .
Container gardening is a great art and can even make gardening easier. Anywhere in the landscape containers can have a place. As life evolves we often have less space to garden in and time always . . .
Growing your own produce has many advantages. Nutritionists share that we should be adopting a more plant-based diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. Health Canada has published a newer food . . .
So far, our spring on the prairies has been all about a mixture of everything. What is the summer going to bring? We don’t know. Unfortunately, like farming, gardening is all about making the best . . .
There has been such a tremendous response to my recent article on biologicals and particularly in fly control that I thought it necessary to share the following article. For any type of biological . . .
It seems that with each year that passes, I am writing more and more on alternative strategies for controls to use in your home garden. Now it is finally warm enough for insect action, I wanted to . . .
The last couple of weeks our columns have been all about bees – solitary bees and then last week a bit about honey bees. Remember that bees are important pollinators for many of our plants and if . . .
Bees are an important aspect of our ecosystems. We know that we need to improve the conditions for bees, which in turn improves the conditions for survival of people. In Saskatchewan, many of our . . .
There are more 350 species of solitary bees in Saskatchewan and they are important pollinators of many plants and crops that rely on these insects for pollination. These bees do not live in hives . . .
When we go into Awinter with a heavy snowfall before the ground is fully frozen, we expect to see more snow mold in the early spring. Snow mold is a fungal condition that affects lawn or turf areas. . .
If you have Irish roots, then you might be familiar with a bit about the lore surrounding St. Patrick’s Day. The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick was not really Irish at all but born in Wales. . . .
Sometimes it seems that winters are long. This winter, with the cold weather that lasted a month and with no chance of taking off for warmer climates, might have been a long one for many. However, . . .
Most gardeners are hopelessly addicted to seeing if “it will grow.” Even better if there is variety in what you are attempting to grow. The “perfect houseplant” is available in many bloom colours . . .
Are you happy it is again time to consider purchasing seeds for growing your garden this year? Have you thought about growing something that will lure some interesting critters into your space, so . . .
Mandevillas are a genus (and the common name) of a vine that is tropical or subtropical in origin. It was first described as a genus in 1840 and is commonly called rocktrumpet. The genus was named . . .
The beginning of a new year should be a time of reflection. How was the last year and what might the new year bring? Have you taken the time in your life to “stop and smell the roses’ and enjoy the. . .
The Ilex, or holly, is a genus that is widespread throughout the temperate and subtropical regions of the world. It includes species of trees, shrubs and climbers, some with evergreen and some with. . .
December is here .In spite of the parameters surrounding COVID-19 and staying safe, a positive and safe activity is decorating your home for the holiday season. I am happy to say that once again my. . .
What a mammoth storm we had across the prairies. For those of us who watch the weather radar maps, our latest blizzard was interesting. Early on, the storm showed the weather pattern to reach from . . .
Thank you to all of you who wear a poppy on their lapel beginning in November. The significance of the poppy can be traced back to the early 19thcentury, during the Napoleonic Wars when the first . . .
Last week the focus was about growing herbs indoors. I wrote about how great (and necessary) it was to continue to garden indoors and about the supplemental lighting that is necessary to grow our . . .
As fall moves into winter, it is a great idea to grow something inside that is easy, economical and, of course, edible. Now that it is a bit chilly to enjoy being outside for long periods of time, . . .
Autumn is a lovely time of year. The air has a crispness to it and the colours are usually spectacular. Our chores in the garden change a little bit as freezing temperatures convince hardy plants, . . .
As fall rolls around, we often see less colour in the garden. Often gardeners are taking a break from the summer chores and focusing on the harvest of vegetables and other more autumn-like chores. . . .
The mushrooms that seem to magically appear almost overnight in our lawns are the fruiting bodies of a fungus. Fungi cannot manufacture their own food and must obtain it from an external source. In. . .
The column last week had a focus on maple trees spurred on by Canada’s birthday July 1. This week the subject matter will also focus on other types of maple trees that you might like to learn about. . .
Last week we introduced the topic of hummingbirds. This week our column continues with this theme and more specific guidance on what gardeners can plant to attract and entice these little beauties . . .
This week we are talking orchids for a couple of reasons. One of my favourite people in the world recently passed. Among other things, she was an orchid addict and over her lifetime grew hundreds, . . .
Just when you thought you had the whole reproduction thing worked out, you have the opportunity to learn about “ancient tree sex” in Christmas trees no less! How is that for a different spin on the. . .
The trees are the most amazing part of every landscape!. When we have the good fortune to travel to other places, it is the trees which are most noticeable and which often bring the largest smiles.. . .
It is amazing that already I have sowed the seeds of sanity in my home! Yes, even though winter is not officially here, some time over the weekend was spent happily seeding the chosen herbs for my . . .
For many of us, Thanksgiving involves getting together with folks we enjoy and eating a lot of food. In Canada it is timely as we have usually just finished or are in the process of finishing the . . .
As fall moves into winter, gardeners are itching to keep that itch going in spite of the weather. Usually the solution to scratching that itch is growing something that is useful and usually edible. . .
There is fall in the air on the prairies. Even though the daytime temperatures are often still warm, at night our temperatures are dipping low enough to stop growth in hot crops like tomatoes and . . .
Last week the column was all about lifting and storing summer flowering bulbs. This week the job of planting spring flowering bulbs who are also very hardy in our climatic zones will be featured. . . .
If you are a regular reader of this column then you know that the School of Horticulture was involved in the landscaping of the brand new mini golf course in Waskesiu in Prince Albert National Park. . .
In the heart of the one of our most beautiful areas of Saskatchewan in the Prince Albert National Park is Waskesiu Lake. In the Cree language, Waskesiu means “red deer” or elk. On the eastern shore. . .
Once again it is March and our weather is colder than it was in February! Perhaps as this is the month where we all are Irish, there are some shenanigans going on, perhaps initiated by the little . . .
Travelling to different places in the world is not only exciting, but educational. The Caribbean region is noted for displaying diverse vegetation. This region includes the islands of the Bahamas . . .
Working with fresh flowers brings something special to our lives. The art of floral design is a proud form of art that has been around for thousands of years. The diversity of style is amazing and . . .
All America Selections is a non-profit trailing organization for plants that demonstrate great performance in the garden throughout North America. When you purchase an AAS Winner, you know that it . . .
As the holiday season approaches, the garden centres and other retail outlets are ablaze with holiday plants. The most traditional holiday plant is, of course, the poinsettia. These amazing plants . . .
We never know if Hallowe'en will find us covered in snow, but this year I guess we will certainly have at least some of that white stuff around. Alas, the respite from an early snowfall is likely . . .