• OMAFRA Recommends Fall Fertilizer

    In case you thought it was too late to fertilize, the Ontario Ministry of Food and Agriculture Bulletin for October 15, 2013 says fall is a fantastic time to do so. The bulletin states: Up to half of the annual fertilizer requirement may be applied to landscape plants, after top growth ceases (October).  Autumn is a major root growth period for woody and herbaceous perennials.  Roots will grow and absorb nutrients whenever soil temperatures remain above 5°C ...

  • Garlic Goodies & Good Advice: Master Gardeners Will Be At The Toronto Garlic Festival

    On Sunday September 22nd, from 9am to 5pm,  the Toronto Master Gardeners will host a Gardening Advice Clinic at the Toronto Garlic Festival at the Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Avenue. The clinic is free with admission to the Garlic Festival itself. While you are there, you can: Get answers to your gardening questions of all kinds, not just those on the delicious "stinking rose". Talk with specialty farmers from across the province offering dozens of types of Ontario-grown garlic ...

  • Become a Master Gardener in Toronto!

    Toronto Master Gardeners are welcoming new members. The basic gardening knowledge entrance exam will be held at the Toronto Botanical Garden on September 16, followed by personal interviews September 30 – October 2. Successful candidates will start their courses in January 2014. To register or get more details, just contact training@mastergardeners.ca. To learn more about becoming and fulfilling the duties of a Toronto Master Gardener, visit our information page "Become a Master Gardener" by clicking

  • LEAF urges home owners to be on the alert for Emerald Ash Borer

    LEAF, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest, often partners with Toronto Master Gardeners to provide information to the gardening public. LEAF has recently launched an online video about the Emerald Ash Borer. As LEAF explains, "All of our ash trees are at risk of dying due to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), including those growing in neighbourhoods like yours. This invasive pest tunnels underneath the bark, cutting off the ...

  • Disease Alert: Impatiens Downy Mildew

    Last year and this, Toronto Master Gardeners have been asked why impatiens are so hard to find in garden centres and why, if you can find and plant them, they are dying. The answer is the epidemic of impatiens downy mildew, which the Wall Street Journal recently dubbed “the Great Impatiens Blight”. It began to appear regularly in 2011, spread widely in 2012 and in 2013, most retailers have reduced their stock of Impatiens walleriana drastically ...

  • Pest Alert: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

    The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has identified the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) as a new pest threatening Ontario landscapes. OMAFRA has confirmed that the insect has established breeding populations in Ontario and is successfully overwintering in homes in Hamilton, Toronto, Newboro and most recently Windsor. In June and July, BMSB will be moving out of their overwintering sites and moving onto their host plants. Early in ...

  • Toronto Celebrates 25 Years of Community Service From Toronto Master Gardeners

    On Tuesday, June 4, nearly 300 people attended a garden party reception at the Toronto Botanical Garden to celebrate the Toronto Master Gardeners’ 25 years of service to the community. The Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, commended the Toronto Master Gardener volunteers, saying, “Your knowledge has informed and inspired gardening enthusiasts across the city to create vibrant and environmentally sustainable gardens. Gardens are a vital element of healthy communities. They engage us in healthy activity, encourage ...

  • Master Gardener National Awards of Excellence Honour Toronto Group

    At a ceremony at the first Canadian National Master Gardeners Conference April 6, Liz Klose, Director of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Botanical Garden presented the First Place Award for Workshops / Presentations to the Toronto Master Gardeners. The winning endeavour was Getting Your Community Garden Project Off the Ground (While Staying Rooted), a training webinar developed by the Toronto Master Gardeners in cooperation with Greenest City with case study input from the Grey County Master Gardeners, ...

  • Toronto Master Gardeners Celebrate Volunteerism

    At a joyous ceremony on April 2, the Toronto Master Gardeners gathered to celebrate the induction of 10 new graduates of the Master Gardeners in Training program. All Master Gardeners must successfully complete university horticultural studies during their 2-3 year Master Gardener in Training period. Once graduated, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements to make sure that their advice to gardeners is based on current horticultural knowledge. In addition to welcoming the 10 new full-fledged Master ...

  • Toronto Master Gardeners Help Launch Homegrown National Park Campaign

    On Sunday, April 7, representatives of Toronto Master Gardeners joined with 11 other horticulturally related community organizations to welcome and inform the volunteer “Neighbourhood Park Rangers” who will work with homeowners, businesses and other organizations in Toronto’s Ward 19 this summer, with the goal of creating what has been dubbed Canada's first "Homegrown National Park". The Home Grown National Park initiative originated with The Suzuki Foundation and is designed to engage Ward ...