Dave Demers

Dave Demers

Dave Demers already had a pretty full plate as the principal designer and owner of CYAN Horticulture, a landscape design-build-maintain firm in Vancouver, British Columbia. But that didn’t stop him from becoming a Green Party park commissioner and vice-chair of the Vancouver park board in 2020 with an eye toward optimizing the biological output and overall connectivity of the city’s marginal landscape. It can be dizzying to follow this plantsman’s adventures around the world, but if you catch him, be sure to ask about one of his new favorite plants, Michelia ‘Fairy Cream’ (pictured).

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    Pacific Northwest Regional Reports

    Interesting Broadleaf Evergreens for the Northwest

    In an episode of Fine Gardening's podcast, Let’s Argue About Plants, the hosts discuss the importance of evergreen plants, and the particular perks of broadleaf evergreens: “The key to any…

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    Plants That Peak in Winter in the Northwest

    Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Garden in Seattle and a leading expert on plants, discusses the often-undervalued appeal of winter gardens: “What many see as a…

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    Modern Garden Design Ideas

    As gardeners, we love, trust, and believe in plants—often to a fault. We don’t easily relinquish funds or space for hardscape. The thrill of buying and finding a spot for…

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    Four Design Ideas for a Small Space Design

    Small Space 1 Four-season interest in a drought-tolerant package Many think that naturalistic plantings can’t possibly be implemented in a postage stamp yard—least of all a front one—and that they…

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    Plants That Keep On Giving

    One of the first rules that novice gardeners are ordered to abide by is the necessity of using—and, hence, buying—a minimum of three of the same plant. For aesthetics’ sake,…

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    Spectacular Spring Bloomers

    These perennials are the light at the end of the long, wintry tunnel

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    Regional Picks: Plants for Wet Soil – Northwest

    Lots of gardeners deal with at least one area of their property that never seems to dry out. As horticulturist Joseph Henderson explains in his article Plants for Soggy Spots,…