• 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 ...

  • Two Great Opportunities in One at Canada Blooms: Toronto Master Gardeners on Duty at Toronto Botanical Garden Booth

    Toronto Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions at the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) Booth at Canada Blooms every day from Friday March 15th through Sunday March 24th. The booth is number G5 in the feature garden area. Whether you have a question or not, make sure to stop by the TBG booth because you’ll find an amazing array of unique home and garden items available to purchase: Select winter hardy and ...

  • This February You Can Get the Jump on Spring with Expert Gardening Advice

    Saturday February 23 from 10am to 4pm, Toronto Master Gardeners will host an advice clinic at Get the Jump on Spring, a horticultural open house at the Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East. In addition to the Master Gardeners advice table, the event includes presentations, demos and a floral design competition; a marketplace with creative garden gifts and the opportunity to meet member of various horticultural groups. Get the Jump on Spring is presented by Toronto Botanical ...

  • CBC Radio One Broadcasts Toronto Master Gardeners’ Explanation of Mysterious Impatiens Deaths

    September 24, CBC Radio One's Monday noon-time gardening phone-in show with Ed Lawrence thanked Toronto Master Gardeners for posting on this site the answer to a mysterious impatiens problem gardeners have been experiencing this summer and last. An epidemic of downy mildew in nursery-grown plants is the cause. You can hear that broadcast here or review the question and answer originally posted on the Toronto Master Gardener website here.

  • Toronto Star Columnist Celebrates Master Gardeners

    On Friday September 7,  long-time Toronto Star gardening columnist Sonia Day focused her attention on the role of Master Gardeners in Toronto and other Ontario communities. Her article, Master Gardeners Happy to Help with your Gardening Problems, can be read here.