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Town Talk: Magazine publisher puts on a new face

Canada Wide Media president Samantha Legge put a new face on the magazine publishing firm by launching Evalina Beauty cosmetics with part proceeds going to Crabtree Corner and other women-and-children charities.

FACE FORWARD: The digital era has obliged many ink-and-paper publishers to put on new faces. That’s literally so for Canada Wide Media president Samantha Legge. With company founder Peter Legge sunning his mug in Palm Springs, daughter Samantha recently launched Evalina Beauty. Not a traditional magazine like CWM’s B.C. Business, Western Living and suchlike, Evalina is a collection of creams, glosses, eyeliners and other cosmetics that is only marketed online. Facial products ready for introduction are named Flutter, Glaze and Liquid Love, which sounds as though it might be applied elsewhere. Partial proceeds currently go to the YWCA’s Crabtree Corner Community Resource Centre that feeds, houses and otherwise supports needy women and children, Legge said.

 Pictured at the YWCA’s Crabtree Corner Community Resource Centre, Diane Forsythe Abbott was honoured for long supporting that DTES facility.

KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Crabtree Corner was an unexpected stop for Diane Forsythe Abbott in December, 1995. Having accidentally locked the keys in her car, she entered the DTES facility to phone for help and promptly learned what it and its clients needed. Leaving, she said: “I’ll be back with help and supplies.” She wasn’t kidding. Recruiting friends and their friends, Forsythe Abbott launched an annual luncheon, usually at Hy’s Encore, that had raised well over $2 million by 2018, plus $1 million that Jane McLennan added to the pot. The luncheons ended this week with a private tribute to Forsythe Abbott and further donations to Crabtree Corner on her behalf. With failing eyesight, she doesn’t drive today. Still, anyone can see that her “help and supplies” promise was kept.

 B.C. Business magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year Geoff Chutter has developed global waterparks that make humans as happy as basking harbour seals.

WETTER IS BETTER: B.C. Business magazine recently named Whitewater West Industries founder-head Geoff Chutter its Entrepreneur of the Year. That was for literally cleaning up in the global waterpark park business. Not in politics, though, as Chutter lost two bids to be Vancouver Quadra’s Conservative MP. Much as at waterparks, his campaigns illustrated that even those going with the flow have to make a splash or end up high and dry.

 Mission Hill president Darryl Brooker and Science World’s Janet Wood fronted the Science of Wine benefit for Science World’s On The Road program.

WINE-SCI: Science World was packed to its geodesic gills recently for Uncorked: A Celebration of the Science of Wine. Its short seminars on vineyard and winery practices showed attendees how science turns grapes into what gets imbibers glowing without becoming blind. The event’s participating wineries — CedarCreek, Checkmate, Martin’s Lane, Mission Hill and Road 13 — rely on such science. But attendees would likely settle for revamping Euler’s Polyhedra Formula, V-E+F=2, to mean Vines minus Extremities (grapes) plus Fermentation equals Two having a good time. Scanning attendees, Science World president-CEO Janet Wood said their $89 tickets will help fund the False Creek waterfront facility’s On The Road program that takes scientific gee-whizery to 40,000 students in and beyond the wine-producing Okanagan Valley.

 Having co-founded Haida Gwaii Glamping Co., forestry family member Alana Husby met eagle Helen at the nearby Penthea sanctuary and rescue centre.

SHOW AND TLELL: Previous reports had Alana Husby extracting, milling and marketing hardwoods that had spent almost a century underwater in the Panama Canal’s Lake Gatun. Now, the model-like, tough-as-ironwood daughter of Husby Forest Products founder Dave Husby has returned to where rainfall can match Panama’s and where unsubmerged timber supports the family firm’s diversified activities. With sister Nicole, she’s developed beachfront Haida Gwaii Glamping Co. in Graham Island’s Tlell region. Their tent-topped rooms will remind African-safari veterans of the Maasai Mara, but with eagles rather than hornbills flying by.

 Ron Rule welcomed Chilean fellow landscape architect Teresa Moller who explained her naturalistic “unveiling” style at a UBC garden-design lecture.

MANY PATHS: City landscape architects Jane Durante, Daniel Roehr and Ron Rule invited famed colleague Teresa Moller to fly from riot-plagued Chile and demonstrate the serene style she calls “unveiling.” She delivered a UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture garden-design lecture that the trio arranged. Moller’s work includes a north-of-Santiago oceanside footpath so subtly configured that her role and nature’s are hard to tell apart.

 At a reception for Teresa Moller at Robert and Marie Khouri’s home, math-software whiz Robert demonstrated how to calculate the mathematical symbol pi.

Landscapers, clients and academics attended a reception honouring Moller in Robert and Marie Khouri’s home. Marie sculpted four fountains that stand beside the Hôtel de Crillon on Paris’s Champs Elysee. Robert designed a system for international brokers to trade options on the Société Bourse Française. The ticked-off stock exchange finally paid “eight figures” for it. Eyeing the reception’s dessert table, math-whiz Robert said that by rearranging very narrow pie slices nose-to-crust to form a rectangle, the mathematical symbol pi can be closely estimated. Modern supercomputers have calculated pi’s still-unresolved radius-to-area ratio to 10 trillion digits, which is the mathematical equivalent of a Moller footpath around all the world’s continents and then some.

SETTING IT STRAIGHT: The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre’s Treasured Belongings exhibition will run to Nov. 27, 2020.

 When currently expat filmmaker Richard Bell screens his Brotherhood feature here, possibly in January, real brother Ian will doubtless be in the audience.

COMING ATTRACTION: Expat Vancouver moviemaker Richard Bell, who wrote and directed the feature film Eighteen here, will premiere his latest, Brotherhood, at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Cineplex theatre Dec. 6. It’s based on a 1926 storm that drowned 11 male teenagers attempting to cross Balsam Lake, Ont. in a 30-foot canoe. The summer-campers’ fathers had all perished in the 1914-1918 Great War. Bell expects a Vancouver screening in January.

DOWN PARRYSCOPE: Vlad Dracula’s advice to Washington: “Why impeach when you could impale?”

malcolmparry@shaw.ca
604-929-8456

Town Talk: Magazine publisher puts on a new face

Canada Wide Media president Samantha Legge put a new face on the magazine publishing firm by launching Evalina Beauty cosmetics with part proceeds going to Crabtree Corner and other women-and-children charities.

FACE FORWARD: The digital era has obliged many ink-and-paper publishers to put on new faces. That’s literally so for Canada Wide Media president Samantha Legge. With company founder Peter Legge sunning his mug in Palm Springs, daughter Samantha recently launched Evalina Beauty. Not a traditional magazine like CWM’s B.C. Business, Western Living and suchlike, Evalina is a collection of creams, glosses, eyeliners and other cosmetics that is only marketed online. Facial products ready for introduction are named Flutter, Glaze and Liquid Love, which sounds as though it might be applied elsewhere. Partial proceeds currently go to the YWCA’s Crabtree Corner Community Resource Centre that feeds, houses and otherwise supports needy women and children, Legge said.

 Pictured at the YWCA’s Crabtree Corner Community Resource Centre, Diane Forsythe Abbott was honoured for long supporting that DTES facility.

KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Crabtree Corner was an unexpected stop for Diane Forsythe Abbott in December, 1995. Having accidentally locked the keys in her car, she entered the DTES facility to phone for help and promptly learned what it and its clients needed. Leaving, she said: “I’ll be back with help and supplies.” She wasn’t kidding. Recruiting friends and their friends, Forsythe Abbott launched an annual luncheon, usually at Hy’s Encore, that had raised well over $2 million by 2018, plus $1 million that Jane McLennan added to the pot. The luncheons ended this week with a private tribute to Forsythe Abbott and further donations to Crabtree Corner on her behalf. With failing eyesight, she doesn’t drive today. Still, anyone can see that her “help and supplies” promise was kept.

 B.C. Business magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year Geoff Chutter has developed global waterparks that make humans as happy as basking harbour seals.

WETTER IS BETTER: B.C. Business magazine recently named Whitewater West Industries founder-head Geoff Chutter its Entrepreneur of the Year. That was for literally cleaning up in the global waterpark park business. Not in politics, though, as Chutter lost two bids to be Vancouver Quadra’s Conservative MP. Much as at waterparks, his campaigns illustrated that even those going with the flow have to make a splash or end up high and dry.

 Mission Hill president Darryl Brooker and Science World’s Janet Wood fronted the Science of Wine benefit for Science World’s On The Road program.

WINE-SCI: Science World was packed to its geodesic gills recently for Uncorked: A Celebration of the Science of Wine. Its short seminars on vineyard and winery practices showed attendees how science turns grapes into what gets imbibers glowing without becoming blind. The event’s participating wineries — CedarCreek, Checkmate, Martin’s Lane, Mission Hill and Road 13 — rely on such science. But attendees would likely settle for revamping Euler’s Polyhedra Formula, V-E+F=2, to mean Vines minus Extremities (grapes) plus Fermentation equals Two having a good time. Scanning attendees, Science World president-CEO Janet Wood said their $89 tickets will help fund the False Creek waterfront facility’s On The Road program that takes scientific gee-whizery to 40,000 students in and beyond the wine-producing Okanagan Valley.

 Having co-founded Haida Gwaii Glamping Co., forestry family member Alana Husby met eagle Helen at the nearby Penthea sanctuary and rescue centre.

SHOW AND TLELL: Previous reports had Alana Husby extracting, milling and marketing hardwoods that had spent almost a century underwater in the Panama Canal’s Lake Gatun. Now, the model-like, tough-as-ironwood daughter of Husby Forest Products founder Dave Husby has returned to where rainfall can match Panama’s and where unsubmerged timber supports the family firm’s diversified activities. With sister Nicole, she’s developed beachfront Haida Gwaii Glamping Co. in Graham Island’s Tlell region. Their tent-topped rooms will remind African-safari veterans of the Maasai Mara, but with eagles rather than hornbills flying by.

 Ron Rule welcomed Chilean fellow landscape architect Teresa Moller who explained her naturalistic “unveiling” style at a UBC garden-design lecture.

MANY PATHS: City landscape architects Jane Durante, Daniel Roehr and Ron Rule invited famed colleague Teresa Moller to fly from riot-plagued Chile and demonstrate the serene style she calls “unveiling.” She delivered a UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture garden-design lecture that the trio arranged. Moller’s work includes a north-of-Santiago oceanside footpath so subtly configured that her role and nature’s are hard to tell apart.

 At a reception for Teresa Moller at Robert and Marie Khouri’s home, math-software whiz Robert demonstrated how to calculate the mathematical symbol pi.

Landscapers, clients and academics attended a reception honouring Moller in Robert and Marie Khouri’s home. Marie sculpted four fountains that stand beside the Hôtel de Crillon on Paris’s Champs Elysee. Robert designed a system for international brokers to trade options on the Société Bourse Française. The ticked-off stock exchange finally paid “eight figures” for it. Eyeing the reception’s dessert table, math-whiz Robert said that by rearranging very narrow pie slices nose-to-crust to form a rectangle, the mathematical symbol pi can be closely estimated. Modern supercomputers have calculated pi’s still-unresolved radius-to-area ratio to 10 trillion digits, which is the mathematical equivalent of a Moller footpath around all the world’s continents and then some.

SETTING IT STRAIGHT: The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre’s Treasured Belongings exhibition will run to Nov. 27, 2020.

 When currently expat filmmaker Richard Bell screens his Brotherhood feature here, possibly in January, real brother Ian will doubtless be in the audience.

COMING ATTRACTION: Expat Vancouver moviemaker Richard Bell, who wrote and directed the feature film Eighteen here, will premiere his latest, Brotherhood, at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Cineplex theatre Dec. 6. It’s based on a 1926 storm that drowned 11 male teenagers attempting to cross Balsam Lake, Ont. in a 30-foot canoe. The summer-campers’ fathers had all perished in the 1914-1918 Great War. Bell expects a Vancouver screening in January.

DOWN PARRYSCOPE: Vlad Dracula’s advice to Washington: “Why impeach when you could impale?”

malcolmparry@shaw.ca
604-929-8456

Brian Minter: Makeover your patio with fabulous fall foliage

Colourful 'Cheyenne Spirit' Echinacea combines beautifully with grasses for a stunning fall display.

As we slip into late September, it really begins to look and feel as though a new season is in the air.

With the arrival of fall, do our homes and patios reflect the rich beauty of autumn? Unfortunately, what we often see is a lot of tired summer plants and containers that badly need a refresh.

When it comes to fall decor, I’m always surprised at the difference between Eastern and Western Canada.  In the East, especially in the suburbs of Toronto and other cities, whole neighbourhoods embrace the beauty of autumn with porches decorated with straw bales, cornstalks, gourds and pumpkins.  In the West, not so much.

With our Canadian Thanksgiving in early October, why not embrace our brief fall season with some fun outdoor decor?  Today’s look, however, has changed from the more traditional to a cool new style.

Fall grasses in containers are big right now, especially the early flowering varieties.  Bunny tail pennisetums are wonderful, as are the dwarf miscanthus like ‘Yaku Jima’.  Some of the panicums, especially varieties like ‘Hot Rod’ and ‘Northwind’, also have autumn toned foliage and flowers.

The new andropogons like ‘Red October are also magnificent.  I love the motion they provide, even with the slightest breeze.  All are hardy for winter, but even if you have annual grasses, like the stunning dark foliaged ‘Purple Fountain’, they often hold their beauty into late October and beyond.

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 Colourful ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ Echinacea combines beautifully with grasses for a stunning fall display.

To enrich their patio displays, many folks are combining late perennials with these grasses.  The new ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ echinacea and the many stunning rudbeckias are among the best.  Further accessorized with a few pumpkins, gourds and big heritage squash and you will have a striking combination. Fall garden mums, too, help ratchet up the wow factor.  Orange pumpkins, however, are becoming passé and in their place are the many new white and pastel pink, blue and yellow pumpkins, which create a very modern look.

Big hay bales are being replaced with the smaller half bales now being produced by some innovative farmers.  If kept dry, they make a nice platform on which to stage some creative displays of large and small grasses, gourds and pumpkins.  For an added novelty, I love to finish off the look by poking twigs into the bales.  Just a tip:  Make sure you enclose your hay or straw bales with a blanket or cover sheet when transporting or you will leave a trail of straw behind.

 Unique foliage, like Leucothoe ‘Rainbow’, is a mainstay of autumn containers.

Now for containers.  Let’s say goodbye to all the old, spent and drooping annuals and instead autumnize with a combination of evergreen perennials and colourful foliage, topped off with a pop of colourful fall mums and winter pansies.

At this time of year, foliage is everything.  I look for tall, skinny shrubs, like ‘Sky Pencil’ holly for an eye-catching focal point.  Narrow Irish yews work well too, especially the gold forms.  Add some vibrant euonymus like ‘Silver Queen’ or E. ‘Aureo-Marginata’, or some ‘Rainbow’ leucothoe or Leucothoe axillaris with its red tones.  Colourful, compact nandinas fit in well, as do spillover evergreen grasses, like carex ’Evergold’ or my new carex favourite, the hot lime ‘Everillo’.

 Evergreen Euphorbias come in numerous varieties and add real interest to an autumn container.

Evergreen perennials, like euphorbias, especially ‘Ascot Rainbow’, make nice additions to the whole mix.  Incorporating some driftwood and twigs of birch or shrub dogwood creates a sophisticated look and act as nice supports for mini LED lights, which you can turn on when we lose our evening light, allowing you to stretch out your enjoyment. Hanging baskets need to be transformed as well into an entirely different display.  Low and trailing perennials blended together can make a magnificent show.  Centre your baskets with richly coloured heucheras and side dress them with winter-hardy companions, like golden lysimachia ‘Goldilocks’ (golden creeping jenny), muehlenbeckia (green wire vine), bright variegated ivy and of course, carex grasses, like ‘Evergold’, ‘Everillo’, ‘Eversheen’ and ‘Everest’.

The ground cover, ajuga, particularly the ‘Black Scallop’ variety, and low Cotoneaster dammeri, especially if it has berries, will add interest to any combination.  Again, it’s also fun to twig your baskets with colourful branches and to add lighting for a real conversation piece.

As we transition into a time of reduced daylight, cooler weather and inevitable rain and snow showers, this type of patio makeover will not only warm up your outdoor living space, but it will also lift your spirits.  Let’s celebrate the new season.

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Brian Minter: Gardening in the Euro zone

Featuring single stems in a collection of glass vases is very trendy.

In January of last year, I was in Essen, Germany, attending the International Plant Fair, the world’s largest horticultural show, and what an eye-opener! From a horticultural and design perspective, it was a game changer. Europe has a population of over 700 million people, and many have a passion for plants and flowers, but even so, to see how far ahead they have surged was remarkable.

The first noticeable trend was the many new varieties, colours and combinations of tropical plants, such as the fabulous new tradescantias. The very tightly compacted white, green and pink T. ‘Nanouk’ was particularly unusual. It would be ideal used as a windowsill novelty or in summer as an outdoor hanging basket stunner. All our typically green crinkled peperomias were featured in unusual colours, such as the almost-black P. ‘Red Lion’ or the richly pinkish-brown P. ‘Quito.’ These, and so many others, offered great opportunities for some innovative combination planters.

 Female skimmia looks great as a potted patio plant.

The strong interest in succulents was enhanced by the many varieties of easy-to-grow trailing rhipsalis. There were so many species displayed in baskets and spilling over tall containers, they looked fabulous. Well-suited to today’s stark, clean lines, they will provide a new modern look for indoor decors.

I seldom saw design-conscious exhibitors display a tropical plant in an ordinary plastic pot. The most frequently used container was a white or black ceramic pot that complemented the style and colour of the plant. Glass containers that showed the soil and the roots, as well as the foliage and flowers, were also widely utilized. Talk about transparency! It was not just about the plant; it was always about the presentation of value adding.

Bulbs, too, were featured very differently. The focus was as much on the bulb itself as it was on the foliage and the flowers. The bulbs were not planted in the ground, but rather grown on top of the soil for a more natural and organic look. It was a beautiful concept.

Taking it one step further, larger bulbs were also waxed and painted. At Christmas, painted amaryllis bulbs are not uncommon, but in Europe they were doing the same with hyacinth bulbs. Seeing them planted in glass was truly remarkable.

Their floral designs were also over the top, but I noted two distinct trends. The importance of a single flower was huge. I particularly enjoyed a presentation of vases that were held together in narrow containers and featured one flower stem per vase. The other trend was mixed bouquets of everything you could imagine blooming at any time of the year. It was refreshingly natural and quite simple.

The new roses and ranunculus were bred to have the traditional old-fashioned garden appeal, but with a difference—green centres, called “green islands.” They looked stunning.

In European small space gardens and on patios, trees and shrubs are used like flowering plants. Boxwood, for example, would never be seen in a nursery pot, but rather in a beautiful container and pruned as a ball, a narrow pyramid or as some other unique form. New varieties of both male and female skimmias were not for the garden, but rather the patio. This is true of so many trees and shrubs that we often take for granted.

Here in North America, we have a long way to go to catch up with both European gardeners and growers. Fortunately, they have certainly opened some doors for us.

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