Author: Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine

DARE TO BONSAI

By John Rigg- Burlington, On   If you’re a child of the 1980s, you are no doubt aware of the term bonsai. The Karate Kid risked his life to save one from the bottom of a treacherous pit (in one of the worst movie sequels ever), and Mr. Miyagi screamed it at the top of his lungs whenever he wanted Daniel Son to hit something. What you may not know, is that the ancient art of bonsai care goes back to the dawn of time, and is a testament to the love of, and for, trees. The art of...

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ADVENTURES IN ECO-HOUSING – Straw Bale Homes

By Mark of the Earth  “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” —John James Audubon  A New Enthusiasm There is a nice story about the great naturalist John Muir, building his small cabin over part of Yosemite Creek so that he could hear the sound of running water. A pioneer in many areas, he was a seeker who sought balance, connection, and understanding through nature. It is to our benefit that these eventually came his way, and that he spread the word far and...

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THE BUNKIE – The Art of Big Things in Small Packages

By Tim Zwart – Burlington, ON In this new age of technology and instant information, it takes quite a lot to make our jaws drop. We’ve gradually become accustomed to seeing things that push the envelope and make our lives easier, and each new iPad release or Android phone is often met with a collective yawn. It would come as no surprise to the majority of us to see Colgate market a Bluetooth toothbrush, or for Leon’s to patent a line of couches with retractable wheels (just think of the convenience!), or even to witness Benjamin Moore develop paint...

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ROLL OUT THE ‘GREEN’ CARPET!

Just when we thought that our “star power” had reached its max…along comes FRANKIE FLOWERS!  Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine is thrilled to welcome Frankie to our line up. A best-selling author, garden writer, consultant, philanthropist, social media strategist, and undoubtedly Canada’s most popular and trusted gardening expert, Frankie is coming aboard to be OLM’s celebrity writer for our “Plant Picks” column. Look for Frankie’s sound advice and guidance when choosing the perfect plants for your specific needs. We could not be more excited!  Welcome to the Outdoor Lifestyle team...

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HAVING A PRIVATE MOMENT

By HGTV STAR, Carson Arthur When I think about getting back to my roots, I envision having to build an urban/suburban escape room to wall me off from the rest of the world. Unfortunately, having a private moment in our own backyards is getting harder and harder these days, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. With larger homes on smaller lots and developers trying to maximize building space, having neighbours visually sharing your backyard is becoming an accepted way of life.     So how do we change this? How do we take back our privacy and create...

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