• TBG Holiday Market

    The Toronto Botanical Garden's holiday market is on Thursday, November 29th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  It's free and open to the public. The Garden Shop will be well stocked with holiday decor and items.  With over 25 designers and artisans displaying their wares throughout the halls the day will certainly bring holiday cheer.  Visit the TBG website for full details.

  • Welcome to Our Newest MGIT’s

    Toronto Master Gardeners want to welcome 10 new Master Gardeners in Training (MGIT's) for the new year.  We look forward to getting to know them each individually and mentoring them.  We also look forward to their contribution to our group.  Please do all you can do to make them feel welcome.

  • Thinking About Pruning Your Trees?

    It's fall and you want that lush Maple tree on your front lawn pruned.  But where do you start to look for a qualified tree care company and how do you choose one?  LEAF has provided us with Tips for Selecting a Qualified Tree Care Company.  Read through this handy reference for some good advice.

  • Cannabis – It is Legal to Grow Your Own

    As everyone knows, on October 17th Cannabis is now legal and, yes, you can grow your own.  You can grow up to 4 plants for your own use.  The Master Gardeners of Ontario have prepared a document on How to Grow Cannibas that will assist you with relevant information to get you started.  If you have further questions, please use the Ask a Master Gardener section of our website to submit your questions ...

  • Six Reasons To NOT Clean Up the Garden This Year

    There was a time that when fall came, we'd all head out to the garden and start cutting back plants and cleaning out the garden of leaf debris, old stems, etc.  It would look all neat and tidy, ready for spring.   That was then but today we know better.  There are many beneficial reasons to let the garden stay as it is until spring.  Savvy Gardening provides us with six reasons to not clean ...

  • Test Your Soil Before Starting an Edible Landscape

    Ever wondered about the content of your soil? Worried about planting edibles in a city yard? The City of Toronto Public Health Department has published an excellent Guide for Soil Testing in Urban Gardens. As it states, "Cities are great places to grow food, but they can also have issues with soil contamination. This guide is for people who want to start an urban garden and ...

  • Report Sightings of the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has issued an alert regarding this invasive species. The Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is not a fly, but a planthopper. Found recently in the US, Spotted Lanternfly has NOT been detected in Ontario yet. However, it has been found in Pennsylvania, where it overwintered successfully. In other countries, it has become a major agricultural pest. For this reason, it has been added to Ontario’s “watch list”. This ...

  • Want to Become a Master Gardener? Entrance Exam is September 17

    Passionate about gardening? Passionate about volunteering? Toronto Master Gardeners might be just the group for you. The first step in the annual recruitment process is a no-charge one-hour entrance exam to assess your basic gardening knowledge. The only test date this year is September 17. There's no fee or registration required. All are welcome to apply. 7 pm, Monday, September 17 Toronto Botanical Garden 777 Lawrence Avenue East at Leslie Free parking. The test is to determine you ...

  • White Grub Alert: Sod Pulled Up? Spongy Lawn? Odd Dead Patches?

    All these may be indicators that you have white grubs in your lawn. They are the larvae of various beetles such as European chafers, Japanese beetles and June beetles.  If you pull back the sod, you will find white, C-shaped, soft-bodied larvae with legs near the head. They feed on grass roots, causing sections of the lawn to die. They will turn into adult beetles and emerge from soil to mate and ...

  • Start Managing the 2019 Magnolia Scale Population Now

    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has posted a notice advising homeowners that magnolia scale females have recently given birth to live young, and these tiny, dark crawlers have ventured out to feed on twigs. When the magnolia scale population is high, the resulting excess honeydew attracts insects harmful to the trees. Now, and again in fall, employ insecticidal soap or horticultural oil to control the generation that's emerging now.

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