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Horticultural Domination



Colour, scent, birdsong — the pleasures of your own garden are many. And now that the season of planting and growing is upon us, GTA expert gardener Mark Cullen reveals his tricks for the best garden and lawn in any conditions. What should you plant on the hot, dry west side of your house? Cullen knows what will work. What goes beautifully with gaura in a planter? He can tell you. Haven’t yet figured out how to use ornamental grasses? He recommends the best.

Mark Cullen’s Secrets to Horticultural Domination: Growing the Best Lawn and Garden on the Block is a comprehensive eRead guide for both novices and seasoned gardeners who want to get the most out of the time and money they devote to the yard. A bestselling author with more than 500,000 books in print in Canada, Cullen tells you how to easily reinvigorate your soil, how to make your tomato plants flourish (plant deep, up to the second set of leaves), and how to have a shifting canvas of floral colours for several months. His eight-step recipe for an amazing lawn involves no nasty chemicals, so you won’t be able to resist sitting or lying down on it. Yards are about work, but they’re also about pleasure. And Mark Cullen wants yours to be a garden of Eden.


Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, author, broadcaster and garden editor of Reno & Decor magazine. A bestselling author, Cullen has over 500,000 books in print in Canada. He offers tips for environmentally conscious gardeners in his weekly column in the New Homes and Condos section of the Toronto Star’s Saturday edition. Over the years, Cullen’s involvement in various causes and communities has garnered him numerous awards. In 2003, he received the Queen's Jubilee Medal for his “outstanding contribution to helping to feed the hungry through his work with Plant A Row — Grow a Row.” Cullen lives in his environmentally friendly dream home, where he enjoys his 10- acre garden and spending time with his wife and four children. Cullen is the founding chair of Trees For Life, The Urban Tree Coalition. He is spokesperson for Home Hardware Lawn and Garden. Go to to sign up for Mark's free monthly newsletter.

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