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On the Down the Garden Path Radio Show and Podcast, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens, and landscapes.

Joanne and Matthew believe it's important and possible to have great gardens that are low maintenance.

Each week, they educate their listeners on how to seasonally manage their gardens and landscapes. Joanne and Matt learn right along with their listeners, from each other, from their research, and from the many guests who join them on their show. 

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Dec 1, 2020

We’ve reached the end of November here on Down the Garden Path. And although we've been talking with Garden Authors all month, we took a step back into October’s ‘Our Environmental Impact' theme. In this episode, we discuss solar power with Ray Jarvis of Solar Direct Canada.

Ray is the founder and owner of Solar Direct Canada. Solar Direct Canada has installed in excess of 500 solar projects in Southern Ontario and continues to sell and service systems today. He lives in Acton, Ontario with his wife, son and daughter.

Join us this week for our conversation with Ray Jarvis of Solar Direct Canada.

Ray answers a few of our questions:

  • Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into solar?
  • It sounds like you’re worth the drive to Acton. Tell us about Solar Direct Canada.
  • Where does someone start if they’re looking to get into solar power?
  • Is solar power becoming more accessible to homeowners?
  • Are there any new innovations on the horizon?

For more information on Solar Direct Canada, visit them online at

Join us in the coming weeks:

  • December 7th: Lessons from 2020: A Look Back
  • January 25th: Welcome back! A look towards a new year.

Each week on Down The Garden Path, professional landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes.

As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne Shaw has been designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of Toronto for over a decade.

And Matthew Dressing is a horticulturist and landscape designer. He owns Natural Affinity Garden Design, a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto and the Eastern GTA. Together, Joanne and Matthew do their best to bring you interesting, relevant and helpful topics. Their goal is to help you keep your garden as low maintenance as possible.