Upcoming Events 2017

2017 events

2017 eventsUpcoming Events 2017:

Please RSVP for ALL events


February 23rd 7pm – Girlfriends  Wine and Cheese Terrarium Night  
Cost is $20 (includes wine, cheese, soils, instructions and decorative touches)  Cost of plants and glass terrarium extra.  RSVP  by calling 604 856 9339 or come into the store.

March 17th  9am – 3pm St. Patrick’s Day Special Menu
The chefs will be cooking up some classic Shepherds Pie as well as. Delicious Guinness Short Rib Stew en croute.  (With a pastry top).   Of course we will have some classic Guinness or Baileys Irish Cream Coffee ☕️ to enjoy with your entree and it wouldn’t be complete without some special desserts as well.  Served 9am-3pm.

April 8th  10am – Spring container workshop Saturday
Create a beautiful spring container to welcome Spring using a combination of spring bulbs,annuals, perennials and more. Learn how to care for and change it over to a summer planting when the time comes.  Cost determined by the plants you chose.   Bring your own container or purchase one here.

April 15th 10am-12pm Kids Potted Plant and Easter Scavenger Hunt  – $10per child

April 18th  6:30 pm – Girlfriends Cheese & Wine String art Planting ‘ Kokedama’ Night
Learn How to make a Japanese Moss Ball
$20 plus cost of plant. All other supplies included.

April 22 10am – Kids Pop Bottle Terrarium  – $10 per child

April 29 10am – Moss Hanging Basket Workshop    Phone for prices.

May 13th Saturday 10am Kid’s Mother’s Day Workshop
Children can pot up a cute flower pot with flowers and decorate it for mom
Cost $5.00 per RSVP

May 14th  Sunday  9am / 11am / 1pm – Mother’s Day Brunch
Call for reservations and more info. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children 3-13 and 2 and under free.

Indoor Gardening Plant Choices

grow culinary herbs indoor gardening

Growing plants inside can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Which plants are best are really a matter of personal preference, but there are a few guidelines to bear in mind:


  • the size of the plants should be appropriate for the space in which they are being grown
  • group plants with similar requirements together e.g, lighting, humidity, temperature, watering
  • decide on the type of things you want to grow: fruits, vegetables, flowers, decorative plants, herbs etc. There’s no reason you can’t have multiple indoor gardens.

Some popular herb choices are:

  • Cilantro
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Lavender
  • Chives
  • Mint
  • Peppermint


Some popular vegetable choices are:

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Peppers

Some popular fruit choices are:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Dwarf Citrus
  • Dwarf Apples

Many flowers can be grown indoors as well including:

  • Begonia
  • Mums
  • Petunia
  • Marigold
  • Daisies
  • Pansies
  • Violets
  • Zinnia
  • Roses

lavender is a drought tolerant plant

Here is a link to an article we published previously on plants that are great to improve your indoor air quality and remove common toxins found indoors: “Plants that detoxify indoor air

Tip: Remember that indoor plants are grown in containers, and just like outdoor container plants, they tend to dry out quickly. Be sure to check the growing medium moisture level frequently. When you water the plants, use room temperature water.

Indoor Gardening – Growing Mediums

indoor gardening growing medium

As we discussed in Getting Started With Indoor Gardening, growing plants inside is not only a way to enjoy fresh fruit, vegetables and greenery throughout the winter months – it’s also a great way to obtain a healthier indoor environment year round.

When it comes to growing mediums, outside soil is not the best choice. It can be contaminated and it’s very heavy. Fortunately, there are a few other options available that you might want to consider.

Organic Indoor Potting Medium

You’ll want to choose a potting medium that drains well and doesn’t clump up and get hard. It should also have enough organic composition that it can hold enough moisture to nourish the roots of the plant and provide enough nutrients to maintain healthy growth. You will find the right potting medium at your local garden center.


Hydroponics is another option available as an indoor growing medium. This option will take more setting up and therefore cost more than an organic potting medium. Hydroponics is a technique whereby you grow plants in a water rather than soil based medium.

Some people prefer this method for growing fruits and vegetables as the nutrients are more readily available to the plants. The other advantage of growing plants hydroponically is that you don’t need as much space.

Here’s a video showing a DIY PVC pipe hydroponic set up:

In our next article we’ll discuss the most popular plants for indoor gardening.

Getting Started With Indoor Gardening

bring the outdoors in

Winter can be a long, dreary, grey time of year when your garden seems to be a complete non event. Besides planning ahead for a gorgeous winter garden, you can turn those green fingers to another pursuit… indoor gardening.


Indoor gardening provides multiple benefits:

  • organic fruit and vegetables direct from plant to plan
  •  welcome greenery when all outside is grey
  • air cleansing – as we discussed here


It’s a fascinating hobby and it doesn’t take much space. If you grow your own produce, it can also pay for itself! It’s also perfect for people with not much indoor or outdoor gardening space as it doesn’t need to take a lot of room.

Here are some typical indoor gardening spaces:

  • windowsills
  • near glass doors and windows
  • kitchen counters or on top of cabinets
  • bookshelves
  • decorative shelving units
  • tables

In fact anywhere there’s a bit of space and enough light is probably good for growing something… just be sure that the floor underneath is protected from any water spills and overflows!

Here are some tips to help you have a successful indoor garden:

Make sure there is enough light. In the winter months, especially in northern climates like ours, even a window may not provide enough light exposure and your plants may not thrive.


The good news is that gardening supply stores have special grow lights that supplement the available natural light. These lights provide exactly the right kind of light for plant growth. Be sure to check that you purchase the correct type of grow light for the plants you’re growing. Compact flourescent lights are also a good option and they’re more energy efficient than the High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps. They can be used for most plants.

Most grow lights come with instructions on placing the light so that it is the correct distance from the plant. You’ll need to run the light for roughtly 14 – 16 hours per day for optimum plant growth. Less than this and you’ll find the plant won’t flower or produce fruit.

You can see when the plant is not getting enough light because the color will be off. Greens will be a little yellow. You’ll also notice that it is growing lanky and thin as opposed to nice healthy bushy growth.

Here’s a video that discusses the various grow lights:

Temperature control.

In most instances 18 degrees Celcius to 24 degrees Celcius is the optimum temperature for plant growth.

Humidity control.
Most plants require a reasonably humid climate. In winter with the heating on, even when it’s rainy, the air can dry out. If you notice that the plants leaves are turning brown on the tips, it could be that the indoor climate is too dry. This is an easy fix. Simply put a dish of water close to the plants. Grouping plants also helps preserve the humidity.
In our next article, we’ll discuss the various growing mediums you can use for your indoor garden.

A Year Well Spent!

Tanglebank customers

Looking back at 2016, our 20th Anniversary, it was a year well spent and we’re excited about 2017!

We are grateful to all our wonderful customers and friends who’ve made this such a wonderful year.  It’s been busy!  We’ve had even more events and workshops than ever!  Each one has been received with enthusiasm and everyone who attended had fun and went home with wonderful memories – and often their own unique handmade items!

Here are just a few images from our recent Ladies Soiree:

Ladies Soiree 2016Ladies Soiree 2016





Recipe: Butter Chicken BurgerLadies Soiree 2016





Ladies Soiree 2016


And here’s one from our Wreath Workshop:





We also had lots of fun events for the whole family, including kids.

Santa’s Pancake Breakfast and Elves Workshop was a blast!  














As was the Fairy Garden Workshop!

Miniature Gardens Fairy Gardens








We had so much fun this year that we’re going to have an even busier year of events in 2017, so stay tuned!



We wish you a wonderful New Year – may 2017 bring you great joy!  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Recipe: Butter Chicken Burger

Recipe: Butter Chicken Burger

Here’s another fabulous recipe from our Ladies Soiree!

Recipe: Butter Chicken Burger

A great idea for a quick dinner during this hectic season and a delicious change from the everyday!

Serves 4

1lb ground chicken
1 whole egg
1/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
2 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 inch knob fresh ginger – grated
2 Tablespoons Japanese Garam Curry Masala BlenZ* mixed with 1TBSp water
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

* Order by phone or email from Chef Pamela E.
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Place the chicken in a large bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients and combine well.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.

Divide the mixture into 4 and form into patties.

Pan fry or grill over medium high heat, turning once.
Use a meat thermometer to ensure internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit (10 – 12 minutes)

Serve topped with shredded lettuce and sliced tomato.  Add a dollop of hummus or chutney. Tzatziki works great too!

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RECIPE: Chicken & Caramelized Onion Gruyere Bites

Chicken & Onion Gruyere Bites

A celebration treat that’s great to serve all year long!

Chicken & Onion Gruyere Bites

Bake the bites the day before your gathering, cool and refrigerate.  The next day, reheat at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.  After Christmas, substitute left over Turkey for Chicken.


4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, poached, cooled and diced.
1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed overnight in the refrigerator
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Teaspoon Faux-Tisseriez Spice BlenZ*
2 Granny Smith apples cubed into 1/2 inch pieces
1 Teaspoon sugar
2 Tablespoons fresh chives minced
1/2 Teaspoon dried thyme or rosemary
1 large egg beaten
* Order by phone or email from Che Pamela E.  Tour our website and take your tastebuds on a voyage of discovery!


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside
Remove puff pastry from the refrigerator
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
Add the onions and saute for approximately 20 minutes, stirring often until golden.
Remove from skillet and set aside in a bowl.
In the same skillet, add butter and saute the poached chicken with the Spice BlenZ for 5 minutes.
Add in the cubed apples and the sugar.
Stir together and cook for 7 minutes.
Remove from skillet and add to onions.

Add the cheese, dried herbs and chives to the onion mixture in the large bowl.
Season to taste with pepper.
Stir well to combine and then set aside.

With a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the puff pastry into 2 inch squares and place them on the parchment lined baking sheet.
With a pastry brush, brush each square with some of the beaten egg.

Place approximately 1 Tablespoon of the filling onto the centre of each pastry square.

Bake in pre-heated oven for 30 – 40 minutes or until pastry is puffed and golden and filling is hot.
Remove from oven and cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.
Remove carefully to a cooling rack and allow to rest another 5 minutes, then enjoy!

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Gift Certificates Fit Everyone!

Tanglebank gift certificate

Sometimes it’s just a headache trying to figure out what everyone on your list would like for Christmas. 

Fortunately, Gift Certificates fit everyone’s taste and they’re available in various denominations to fit everyone’s budget!

Tanglebank gift certificateYou can buy these in any denomination you choose

and they are perfect for times when you simply don’t know which of the great gifts to choose! Come into the store and pick up a few for those last minute gifts today!

You’ll also find a host of other unique and beautiful gift ideas so be sure to spend a little time browsing!

Call 604.856.9339 for details.

Holiday Season Recipes

gingerbread cookie recipe

It’s such a Foodie time of year!  Time to gather in the kitchen with loved ones while you bake, experiment with fun appetizers and create all the tastes and fragrances of Christmas!

To help inspire you, here are some of our all time favorite recipes!  Have fun and don’t forget to send us photos of what you create!  We’d love to share them on our Facebook page!

Pecan Chocolate Squares:

pecan chocolate squares

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies:

Old fashioned soft pumpkin cookies

Pumpkin Spice Roll Up Cake:

pumpkin spice roll up cake at Brambles Bistro

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe:

gingerbread cookie recipe

Sugar Cookie Recipe:

sugar cookies

Warm Spinach Salad Parmesan Cup

Warm Spinach Salad, Parmesan Cup

Chorizo, Pear, Cranberry Phyllo Cup

Chorizo, Pear & Cranberry Phyllo Cup

Spiced Apple, Goat’s Cheese & Pomegrante Crostini

spiced apple goats cheese pomegrante

Welcoming Birds in Winter

As the weather gets cooler, don’t forget about welcoming birds in Winter.

feed birds in WinterIf you’ve been attracting birds into your garden all year, you will need to continue to look after them during the Winter months.  Birds get used to finding food at your house, and, if the food suddenly dries up at the same time that the natural supply is becoming scarce, the birds may suffer.

Here are a few tips on how to maintain bird feeders during the winter so that you can support those little feathered friends when they most need it.


Remember to cater to the type of bird that regularly frequents your garden. 

Some smaller birds don’t need your feeder to have a perch. They can cling onto a mesh feeder.  These include Chicadees, Sparrows, Nuthatches and Finches.




Woodpeckers, Flickers and Finches can also hang from feeders






doveGround Feeders:
Juncos, Siskin and Doves like to feed on the ground.

Put out the right food:

Clingers tend to like seeds. Hangers like suet and seed. Ground Feeders like seed.

Protect the food and protect the birds:

There are other creatures that also like the same food that the birds feed on – for example, squirrels. And there some birds that like the birds that feed on the seed, such as hawks and falcons.  There are some animals that like to feed on the birds as well – cats!

To minimize the risk of stolen food or preyed upon birds, you can use seed that squirrels and other seed eaters don’t like, such as safflower seeds.  To minimize ground feeders being attacked by predators is a little more complicated. It’s perhaps best to situate the feeders in areas close to the house or under shelters where larger predators won’t easily spot the feeding birds.

Clean out your bird house:

Clean out your bird house so that it’s ready for this years nesters.  Once it’s empty, you can sterilize it using a diluted bleach and water wash. Be sure not to clean a bird house with bare hands – use gloves to avoid picking up any nasty parasites that might be lingering.

Remember the Water:

Birds need to drink in Winter just as much as during Summer.  If you already leave water out for them, it’s important to check that it’s not frozen as it gets colder. This might mean replacing the water regularly with warm water, or if you wish, you can buy bird bath heaters to prevent freezing.

Here’s more reading on this topic:




What should you put out to feed birds during the winter?