Saying “Hello” to a few of our first customers…

Tanglebank customersThank you to all of you who responded to our last newsletter by writing in to tell us about how we first met and your memories of Tanglebank!

We managed to snag a pic of a few of our long time customers… Left to right above are: Gwen Gregorig, 97 years young. She is a water colour artist who attended our iconic Art in the Garden events way back to 2000. She says, “Tanglebank always welcomes you, whether you come for the food or flowers!” Next is Ray Sayers and Jim & Audrey Holder whom we first met probably 20 years ago!  Below is Betty Yard – our very first customer coming back to celebrate her 94th birthday with us!


Betty Yard- Our First Customer


Here are some of the lovely responses we had to our last newsletter:

We truly enjoy visiting the Bistro to enjoy the wonderful food, drinks, surroundings and great service from your friendly staff. The kitchen staff serves up interesting and delicious plates. It’s always a pleasure to see the family at work, including the grandchildren. The enthusiasm is contagious.

The gardens, when we enter the property, are always manicured and interesting and the garden centre is a real treat to see. The beautiful plants available for purchase are first class and tastefully displayed. The assistance for selecting the right plants is made simple with the guidance and knowledge of placement from Brenda and Lauren.
Thank you and see you soon.

PS: And it’s nice to see Arnold working VERY hard to ensure all is operating smoothly”   Eddie Mack

I have been visiting this little jewel in the valley since it first opened.It was,and still remains,one of the few places I go to when I want to find something unique for my garden I tell everyone about Tanglebank ! But the real gems here,are most certainly Brenda and Arnold.Always smiling, and willing to go out of their way to help.Harold would have been proud ! Congratulations to both of you on this wonderful milestone!Thalia Peaty

Congratulations on your 20 year Anniversary! I think it’s amazing that you have the support and talents from so many generations. That’s an even bigger success in my opinion. Love the story about HAROLD. Wish he could have seen what you all have done with it.”  Shelley

Loved reading about the history of Tanglebank!!!”  Elma

Not only is my garden filled with lovely plants and garden art from my favourite boutique nursery, I have a loving, funny, happy, purring reminder of Tanglebank every day.

7 years ago today, I was at Tanglebank and had just met Brenda and Arnold.  I mentioned how I had just lost one of my beloved cats, and Arnold said, “Oh, we’re about to have a batch of kittens”.  I asked if they sold them, and he said, “No, we just want them to have good homes”.  On St. Patricks Day, our little Casey was born.  I could fit the entire litter in my one hand. 

8 Weeks later, I went back, and Arnold presented me with our wonderful family member.  Thank you to Tanglebank and such a fantastic family.  I thank my lucky stars every day…and so does Casey.”  Cindy

Cindy's Cat Casey

Cindy’s Cat Casey

Congratulations on 20 years!  My first experience with your business was with a group of women on a convention field trip where we came to the garden enter for a presentation on herbs and enjoyed learning about growing and using herbs and of course got to sample some tasty food and drinks.  It was shortly afterwards that your bistro opened and it has become one of my favourite lunch spots where I drive from White Rock to meet friends from Chilliwack a few times a year.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the food and atmosphere.Cherie

I have enjoyed many visits to your gardens even before the bistro. I used to take a group of older ladies on the farm circle tour each spring and you were one of the favourite spots. Once the bistro opened we had even more reason to stop in. My fav memory was taking my mom to your awesome Mother’s Day brunch a few years back. It was the best food I have ever enjoyed at a brunch and mom felt very special that day. Afterwards we walked around your nursery and yard. Thank you and congratulations on twenty years!!Janelle Scott

We want to thank you all for your stories, your well wishes and for taking the time to tell us how you’ve enjoyed Tanglebank Gardens!  We LOVE hearing from you!  If anyone else has a story or memory they’d like to share, please comment below.

Best wishes to you all – and here’s to another fabulous 20 years!

Blast from the past: Snow in May!

We were going through some of our old newsletters and some of the memories made us smile, while others made us shudder …

like the fact that in 2002 we had SNOW on the 6th May and March had been so cold that we had to shut down… We certainly can’t complain about the weather this year!

old Tanglebank newsletters

Another tidbit from that newsletter was the following advice for planning summer plant pairings and border designs:

“… Meadow’s Rue behind Lady’s Mantle with sporadic interspersings of Delphinium, dramatic spikes of Iris, Crocosmia and Red Hot Poker…”

“When planning your summer borders, think drifts of colour, swathes of plants rather than a plant here and there.”

If you’re thinking about refreshing your landscape, creating a new look for your borders or completely redesigning things from scratch, don’t hesitate to come on down to the nursery.  We’ll be glad to help give you ideas, show you how to create a look you’ll love and enjoy living with!

Click here to get the recipe we featured for Herb Jelly!




Herb Jelly Recipe

This Herb Jelly is great with all types of meat or on crackers with cream cheese. Ideal for summer lunches or snacks:



  • 3 cups of apple juice
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh *herb leaves
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup liquid pectin
  • fresh washed herb sprigs
  • few drops of food coloring


  • Bring fruit juice and herbs to a rolling boil.
  • Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes
  • Strain into large suacepan
  • Add vinegar and food coloring if desired
  • Mix in sugar and boil for 1 minute
  • Remove from heat and skim off foam
  • Pour into hot, sterilized pint or half pint jars
  • Add a sprig or a few leaves of the herb into the jelly
  • Used melted paraffin wax or lids to seal.

*Suggested herbs: Moroccan Mint, Sage, Tarragon or Thyme.

Vista D’oro Artisanal Preserves Now In Stock

Vista D'oro Artisanal preserves

Vista D’oro Artisanal Preserves now in stock in our store at Tanglebank Gardens!

Vista D'oro Artisanal preserves

If you haven’t yet tried them, you are going to love discovering all the many different varieties.

These locally made, seasonal preserves that will add something very special to your afternoon tea and scones, artisanal breads and crepes – not to mention any other yummy uses you can imagine… (we’re thinking straight from the jar, or on ice-cream, or on roast pork, or buttered toast, or…)

Vista D’oro Farms Artisanal Preserves are  seasonal. 

Vista D'oro Artisanal preservesThey’re created  using traditional cooking methods combined with distinctive flavour pairings.  about 6 flavours per season. They use traditional old world techniques, small batches, copper pots, in-season fruit. Much of which is either grown at Vista D’oro or at other near-by farms by farmers they trust.

Vista D’oro prepares all of the fruit by hand and only uses perfectly ripe fruit. They do not add pectin, only sugar and lemon juice and rely on the fruits own naturally occurring pectin for set.

This makes for a softer set and allows the fruits’ flavour & texture to maintain its integrity. It also gives the preserves more clarity in both look & taste. This is also why they don’t use ‘jam grade’ fruit as it’s usually past it prime and has little to no natural pectin left. We also use less sugar than most commercially produced preserves.

Come on in and try some… your biggest challenge will be not eating them all up within a few hours of bringing them home!  They’re that good!

Vibrant Viburnums for Va-Voom!

You might not be familiar with the name ‘Viburnum’ but more than likely you’ve seen them around and admired their beauty!

Viburnum Grandiflorum

Viburnums are one of the most popular plants for landscape designers and it’s easy to see why.

They are reliable, functional and showy. In fact, they’re even more popular than the good old staple: hydrangeas! They’re easy to grow and are native to North America.

While they aren’t ‘quick’ growers, they are well worth the wait with colorful spring foliage and flower buds followed by gorgeous, sometimes fragrant blooms from mid April to late June followed by fruit which matures in Fall and lasts throughout the Winter. They’re a great addition to the Winter garden, not only because of the bright fruit, but also because they feature very interesting winter bark and buds. Some species are evergreen. Besides looking good, they serve as a good source of Winter food for birds.

Viburnum setigerumThe colors of the foliage, flowers and fruit vary depending on the variety. There is a huge range, so be sure to come in and take a look at what we have. There’s sure to be a variety that will fit perfectly in your landscape and provide you with beauty all year long, whether you have a spot that’s dry, wet, sunny or shady!

Viburnums come in about 150 different varieties. They range from shrubs of around 3’ high to 20’ tree size. Some have variegated foliage while others have a single color foliage – from bright green to red and many shades inbetween.  Viburnum foliage is often very interesting in texture and shapes. The flowers and fruit also come in a variety of colors. Flowers range from pure white to deep pinks while fruits may range from bright reds to deep purples.

How to plant a Viburnum:

More about Viburnums:

Gardening 101: How To Plant A Japanese Maple Tree


How to Plant A Japanese Maple Tree

Japanese Maple Acer Shishio HimePreparation is the key to planting a Japanese Maple tree so that it will thrive and grow quickly.  It all begins with making sure that your soil is prepared and that the tree is not stressed prior to planting.
Here are some tips you’ll find useful:

  • Make sure the tree is in the shade while you prepare the planting site.
  • Choose a spot that provides morning sun and afternoon shade if possible
  • Add organic matter to the soil – we have excellent Sea Soil that will do nicely
  • If you don’t add Sea Soil, but other organic matter, make sure that it’s mixed in for at least the first 6”.
  • Water regularly for the first few months after planting.
  • Fertilize only in it’s 2nd year of growth

Best time to plant a Japanese Maple.

You can plant Japanese Maples in both Spring and Fall.  Fall allows the roots to grow while the rest of the tree remains somewhat dormant.  In Spring, some of that energy is diverted into branch and leaf development. If you are planting in spring be careful to avoid damaging any new growth and buds.

Where is the best spot to plant a Japanese Maple?

The best thing to do is to consult your garden center so that they can help you choose the variety that will do best in your particular garden.  There are tons of varieties and you’re sure to find the perfect one for that spot you have in mind.

Having said that, most Japanese Maples prefer a spot where they will get morning sun and afternoon shade.  If you notice brown spots on the leaf edges you will know that the spot is getting too much sun and the leaves are burning.  Japanese Maples can also ‘burn’ through their bark!

Also try to choose a spot that’s somewhat sheltered to allow the sapling time to develop some strength.  Wind can hurt a young tree and retard growth.


The Soil You Plant in Determines the Tree’s Chances of Survival

If you have clay or poor draining soil
Heavy clay or poor draining soil inhibits growth because it doesn’t allow oxygen to flow to the roots.

To remedy this, dig a hole 2 to 4 inches less deep than the roots on the tree so that the tree is raised slightly above ground level or in a ‘raised bed’.  Don’t dig deeper and then fill in to raise the roots as the filled in soil will eventually settle causing the tree to sink.

Make sure the roots have soil around the sides but are not completely covered on the top. You just want the soil to be of a better quality ie less dense than that of the surrounding landscape and give the roots a chance to breathe.

Organic matter in the soil will help condition the soil and improve drainage & aeration.
The organic matter can be from adding Sea Soil or other mature compost.  Don’t add fine soil or peat moss.

If you have sandy or well drained soil.

Your hole should be only as deep as the height of the root ball, but, it should be at a minimum twice to five times wider. This allows the roots to spread easily and they will grow quicker in loosened soil. This helps the tree to become established quicker. Once planted, you should add mulch over the top of the planting area.

You can also grow Japanese Maples in a Container

Choose a container that is only a little bigger than the root ball all the way around it.  This helps to keep the roots in an optimum environment. If the pot is too big, it will retain too much water which isn’t good for the tree.

Once the tree roots grow bigger you can then transplant into a bigger container.  It might mean a little extra work, but it’s worth it for the health and vitality of the tree.

The best soil for a container would be half potting soil with and the rest aged bark.  If you don’t have aged bark, you can add vermiculite / perlite to the potting soil. Or you can use the correct variety of Sea Soil, which we also have in stock.