Back Issues
About Us

2018 Prairie Garden - Shade cover

The 2018 Prairie Garden - Shade

Tables of Contents

  • Moss Linda Dietrick
  • Primroses for Prairie Gardens Linda Dietrick
  • Hellebores Stefan Fediuk
  • Daffodils Prefer Shade on the Prairies Ieuan Evans
  • In Search of Sedges Lynsey Sable
  • Woodland Observations Cohan Fulford
  • Contemplating a Shady Garden Diane Marchese
  • Groundcovers for Shade Carla Hrycyna
  • Periwinkle: Source of Anti-Cancer Compounds Colin J. Briggs
  • Bleeding Heart and Corydalis—Shade Lovers Supreme! Sandy Venton
  • Shieldleaf Sara Williams
  • Forest Bathing Marilyn Dudek
  • Hosta Virus X Brenda Newton
  • Developing A Shade Garden Jeannie Gilbert
  • Prairie Grasses for Low-Lit Places Lynsey Sable
  • Solutions for Dry Shade Linda Dietrick
  • Enchanting Epimediums Allan Daku
  • Woodland Natives Kelly Leask
  • Bunchberry Sandy Venton
  • Under the Oaks Nora Reid
  • Columbine Pests Carla Hrycyna & Bill Turnock
    A List of Ferns Unfurled Sara Williams
  • The Construction, Deconstruction and Reconstruction of a Perennial Shade Garden Redux Sandy Venton
  • Unusual Plants for the Shade Garden Melanie Mathieson
  • Globeflower Sara Williams
  • Components of the Understory Eileen Rosen
  • Combating Slugs in the Garden Albert Parsons
  • Vibrant Viburnums Sheryl Normandeau
  • Dogwood: A Canadian History Rick Durand
  • Exotic Lady Beetles: A Story of Ecological Change Ian Wise
  • Shade-Loving Houseplants Susanne Olver
  • Guerrilla Gardening Derek Yarnell
  • Love the Garlic! Dave Hanson
  • Getting to Know the Hardnecks Dave Hanson
  • An Introduction to Backyard Mushroom Cultivation Tom Nagy
  • Natural is Safe? A Risky Assumption Colin J. Briggs
  • Keeping Children, Pets and Plants… Alive! Lisa Jansen
  • Vines Transiting the Landscape Hugh Skinner
  • Shade-Sweetened Fruit Ieuan Evans
  • What is Impatiens Downy Mildew? Linda Dietrick
  • A Magic Carpet of Colours Igor Kaftan
  • New Wave Coleus Lynsey Sable
  • How to Overwinter Coleus Linda Dietrick
  • Container Combos for Shade Sharlene Nielsen
  • New Annuals for Shaded Beds and Containers Stefan Fediuk
  • Begonias to the Rescue Susanne Olver
  • The Immediate Threat of the Emerald Ash Borer Ian Wise
  • The Perils of Advancing Shade Eric Bergeson
  • The Life and Landscapes of Garry Hilderman Heather Cram
  • Shade Tolerant Plants for the Prairies: A Reference Linda Dietrick, Nataša Juck, and Sandy Venton


The 2018 Prairie Garden available February 2018


by Lynsey Sable

The making of this book has a lot in common with building a garden. There is a grand history in every scoop of soil, and so too in our 79 years of publication. When I pull my own collection of The Prairie Garden off the shelf on wintry evenings, I see it plain as day even five decades later: each issue was a rich and rewarding addition to the mix, and the foundation of the flowers and fruits to follow.

 I might even get away with suggesting that the Prairie Garden Committee, as a collective of editors, business owners, horticulturalists, esteemed experts, board members, and most predominantly, volunteers, are all kinds of interesting plants put together at the table to figure our roles out. We bask in season-long bouts of sunny optimism and refresh gratefully in the downpour of contributions rolling in from an ever-expanding region of North America. And like all well-established species we might temporarily wither under the harsh climate of deadlines and bottom lines, but we don’t lose our pretty petals, we persevere as prairie folk are known to do.

If this publication was a flower we might need a taxonomist to set things straight. We are not a glossy magazine promising a slew of panoramic views and a hasty read. We are not as stoic as a hardcover book either, which is printed once, then frozen in time eternal. We are an annual publication, and like your own herbaceous border, The Prairie Garden awakes each year and produces a profusion of blooms. The information we offer is peer-reviewed, densely-packed, and driven by passion. And in today’s media ecosystem, that’s about as rare in the field as a white bottle gentian.

We remain one of the only not-for-profit garden publications serving short-season gardeners in North America. And if each past issue became metaphorical soil, and each reader was a viola, well, our garden of influence is well past the place where the sky and field meet, and for that I am in awe of you, our loyal reader.

For the opportunity to be given a place on your coffee table and in your garden, we thank you. The next hundred and some pages contain a compendium of specific and exclusive information about growing things in the coldest zones of our continent. You won’t find this information online so keep us close, and be sure to tell your friends.

Now, I’ll encourage you to follow the mossy path in to the shadowy glen over yonder, where some of Mother Nature’s most subdued and striking wonders await….

Have a look inside, free sampler Acrobat file

The 79th annual Prairie Garden delivers the latest compendium of horticultural information for the Prairies. This nearly 200-page edition features plants that thrive in shade and brings together all the information you need to know from experts across the cold-climate zone.

Our articles are written and reviewed by Master Gardeners, horticulturalists, landscape designers, and industry leaders. Each issue is the result of many volunteer hours. As a non-profit publication, The Prairie Garden aims to serve and educate gardeners of all skill levels in the short-season gardening zones of Canada and the US.

The 2018 edition contains an easy reference list of shade-suitable plants and their cultivars, as well as information on growing houseplants, edible mushrooms, garlic, and fruit trees. With stunning photography and fifty feature articles from over thirty authors, including renowned experts Sara Williams, Rick Durand, and Hugh Skinner, this edition is one that will serve gardeners for years to come.  


Copyright ©2017 The Prairie Garden Committee