03/20/2014 08:27 EDT | Updated 05/20/2014 05:59 EDT

Spring has sprung, it's time to exercise your green thumb!

It must be spring: The sun was out across Metro Vancouver on Thursday and people were shopping for plants to get their gardens ready for growing season.

For beginning gardeners like Stephanie Langille, it's a time to experiment.

"We built planter boxes last year," she said as she shopped for plants. "We've never gardened before, never been very successful at it, so we'll see."

To help you get started, we've included a few gardening tips of our own in the interactive photo slider at the top of this page.