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The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and it is officially time to green up your balcony space! Choosing the right outdoor plants can be tough. It is best to consider the direction your balcony faces and the amount of exposure to sunlight. Below is our recommendation on the best choices for you!

North Facing Balcony

With minimal direct sun exposure, two hours a day maximum, it is great to select plants that prefer a shadier surrounding. Hostas are easily planted into pots and have beautiful lush foliage. This is a great option if you are looking for a full & tropical look. Hostas planted in pots require more frequent watering than those planted in the ground.

Outdoor Planters 101 North Facing Balcony

East Facing Balcony

East facing balconies receive beautiful morning to mid-afternoon sun exposure. The best plant options would be those labeled full sun to part shade like lush hydrangeas. With a wide selection of colours from muted to vibrant hues, hydrangeas are a great addition to any East-Facing balcony space.

Hydrangeas are popular ornamental plants as a decoration of street

South Facing Balcony

With ample sunshine & warmth this is the ideal balcony location for tropical sun-loving plants. Lantana, with its colorful blooms and lush leaves are a great option to add vibrancy to any South-Facing balcony space. Lantanas love the warmth and do not require overwatering. They come in various hues ranging from yellow to pink.

Outdoor Planters 101 South Facing Balcony

West Facing Balcony

With maximum sun exposure ranging from 6-8 hours, you want to stay away from shade loving plants. Succulents are an excellent choice for sun drenched balconies and require very minimal watering. They come in a wide selection of varieties that will add interest & beauty to your balcony space.

Succulent plant is growing in rusty metal can, Houseleek plant


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Just minutes away from the front doors at Paradigm, the Royal Botanical Gardens offer a taste of just how gorgeous nature can truly be.

It’s not an understatement to say that we’re spoiled to be so nearby, and it also wouldn’t be hard to give you a long list of reasons why we love visiting the Gardens, and we believe you will too. But, we’ve managed to pare down our list to the Top 5 reasons we love the Royal Botanical Gardens in beautiful Burlington, Ontario!

RGB Spring Tulips1. It Really Is Gorgeous

The Royal Botanical Gardens include a vast 1100 hectares of gardens and nature reserves, offering seasonal opportunities to see nature in all forms of bloom and life cycle throughout the year.

Spring is our favourite as the trees bud, the flowers bloom, and you can practically feel the rebirth and renewal in the air!

2. Get Some Exercise

With over 27 kilometres of walking trails within the RBG nature sanctuaries, as well as two canoe launches (Princess Point & Valley Inn) available, you can give yourself a walking or paddling workout.

The five main trailhead locations (Princess Point, Westdale, the Arboretum, Cherry Hill Gate, and Rock Chapel) lead to the aforementioned 27 km of trails, as well as links to other trails outside of the RBG. Test a few trails, find your favourite, and you will have a great plan to stay in shape this year.

RGB The Tea House3. Fantastic Dining Options

Both the Greenhouse Café and Turner Pavilion Tea House make for excellent options when you need a bite to eat at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

The recently renovated Greenhouse is a lovely spot to stop for an afternoon bite (open 7 days a week, 11:30am to 3:00pm), and works as a fantastic meeting place for friends and family to start or end a day at the RBG.

4. Awesome Educational Opportunities

Through children’s day camps (March Break and Summer programs) and over 200 courses and workshops for families, kids and adults in the areas of gardening, nature, botanical arts and wellness through the RGB Experiences campaign, there is no shortage of learning and educational opportunities at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Maybe a Vegetable Gardening, Nature Identification, or Photography class is just what you need to fill your calendar this year. Check the online schedule now to find an upcoming class!

RGB Shops at the Garden5. Sensational Shopping

If you’re a gardener (or know one) who needs tools, accessories, sun-wear, hats, books, or garden décor, or if you’re looking for unique, special, and gorgeous gift ideas, the Gardens also has you covered at The Shop @ The Gardens from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily.

Also, don’t miss the Native Plant Sale on April 23rd for your chance to purchase native plants, trees and shrubs for your garden from many of the region’s native plant vendors. Experts will also be on hand to answer any and all of your questions!

But don’t take our word for it, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens for yourself and see just how great they are. We trust that you won’t be disappointed, and that you’ll be scheduling your next trip before you’ve had a chance to leave.

Learn more about the Royal Botanical Gardens, and plan your 1st trip today!

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Just a 4 minute drive west from your front door at Paradigm is the Largest Botanical Garden in Canada!

The Royal Botanical Gardens is a National Historic Site, and has been a landmark in Burlington since King Henry granted permission for the name Royal to be used in 1930. With more than 2,400 acres of gardens, parks, nature preserves and endangered plant species, the RBG is genuinely one of the most unique and important collections of nature in Ontario.

The RBG makes for a fantastic day trip any day of the week, with walking paths, a busy events calendar (click here to see full calendar), live music, and 2 restaurants on site!

Royal Botanical Gardens Cafe and Turner Pavilion Tea HouseThe Gardens’ Café (RBG Centre)

Open Daily from 11:30am to 3:00pm

Turner Pavilion Tea House

Open Monday to Thursday from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Friday to Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm

The Royal Botanical Gardens are open to the public daily from 10:00am to 8:00pm, with discounted children and family admission options, as well as membership opportunities that come with many perks (click to see full admission information).

So whether you are looking for a gorgeous spot to enjoy lunch, you feel the urge to connect with nature, or you just want to take a relaxing walk and enjoy the weather, visit one of Burlington’s most precious attractions for yourself and see just what makes the Royal Botanical Gardens, and this city, so special.

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A feature of Burlington since 1960, the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market is now open for their 56th season!

With vendors carrying a wide variety of freshly grown local produce, baked goods, meats, cheese, eggs, and more, there’s something for everyone at the market. Trust us, nothing tastes better than fresh, and that’s exactly what you’re going to get here!

And if you find that you need a little something to satisfy your hunger while you’re shopping, you can stop and enjoy a cup of coffee, pop, a hotdog, sausage or back bacon on a bun, and other tasty treats at the Farmers’ Market Snack Bar.

Shopping at the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market also helps to support the Burlington Lions Club and the work they do in the community.

Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market Details

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May to October, yearly

Wednesday 8am to 2pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Saturday 8am to 2pm

Burlington Mall parking lot. Prospect Street side of the mall.

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You don’t need a big garden in the backyard to grow vegetables. Anyone with a little bit of space and desire can plant, grow, and eat these tasty veggies in their condo.

That includes you.

We’ve got 3 vegetable options that you can start with, including tips to get you growing.



Growing Tomatoes in CondoIt’s hard to argue the greatness of a fresh tomato sandwich. So why not grow your own fresh tomatoes at home?

● Find a spot with good sunlight, likely near your window, and place your container there. Experts recommend a 5 gallon container at minimum.
● Plant your tomato seeds and remember to keep an eye on them for watering purposes. Keep tabs on the moisture levels in the soil and water accordingly.

Green Beans

Grow Green Beans in Your CondoGreen beans are great in a variety of recipes – make sure you have some whenever you want them!

● It’s recommended that you have a container of 8 to 12 inches to grow your beans. Sow your seeds approximately 1 inch deep and 2 inches apart.
● When seedlings reach 3 inches it is recommended that you space them to 6 inches apart.
● Water lightly on a regular basis to keep soil moist and beans in prime growing conditions.

Sweet Bell Peppers

Grow Sweet Bell Peppers in Your CondoRed, green, yellow, or orange, it doesn’t matter! Sweet peppers are great for salads, pasta, and more. And you can grow them in your condo all year long.

● Soak seeds before planting them well spaced in a large container. Bury seeds approximately ¼ inch and cover. Make sure to keep the soil moist to let your seeds grow.
● Keep your pepper plants warm and well lit. A sunny window sill is a great choice, and temperatures of 21 to 27 degrees work best.
● Keep your plants watered thoroughly, allowing the top of the soil to become just barely dry before watering again.

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