• Garden Alert: Harmful Beetles Active

    Japanese Beetle adults are starting to emerge now, soon to be followed by European Chafer beetles.  Look for these shiny green and copper beetles feeding on grapes, roses and other flowers. Where possible, knock adult beetles into a bucket of soapy water to drown them. The adults will mate and lay eggs that hatch into white, C-shaped, soft-bodied larvae with legs near the head, which feed on grass roots, causing sections of the lawn to die. Skunks ...

  • Time to Deal with Boxwood Leaf Miners

    The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has posted a notice reminding gardeners that those yellow / orange spots on boxwood leaves are the result of boxwood leaf miner pupating inside them. Since adult miners (midges) are emerging now, it's time to get this pest under control. Look closely to find empty pupal cases sticking out through tiny holes in the undersides of leaves. Adult midges lay their eggs on newly emerged leaves ...

  • June 3rd Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces Tour Features On-Site Master Gardeners

    Come enjoy the unique and charming gardens of Cabbagetown as well as the historic streets, alluring laneways, and Victorian architecture, from modest to grand. This annual self-guided tour is presented by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association On Sunday June 3, from 10am to 3pm, Toronto Master Gardeners will be on site to answer questions and give advice about gardens often in small spaces, with towering shade trees and frequent visits from urban wildlife. For more information, including how to buy tickets, click

  • Toronto Master Gardeners at Spectacular Private Garden Tour, June 9-10

    Toronto Master Gardeners will be stationed in each garden to help identify unusual plants and points of interest during the Toronto Botanical Garden’s tour of private gardens in The Windfields Estate neighbourhood, Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, 2018,  11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy this self-guided tour at your own pace. Complimentary shuttle buses will allow you to hop on and off as you make your way around the garden route. A printed guide and map ...

  • Master Gardeners Join National Garden Days Network of Champions

    Master Gardeners of Ontario is now an official partner of Garden Days -Les Journées du Jardin and part of the 'Network of Champions". Garden Days, a program of the Canadian Garden Council, is Canada’s country-wide celebration of the vital role of gardens and gardening in our communities and in our lives. This 9-day program of activities and events is for gardening enthusiasts, families, schools and tourists alike. Garden Days is an opportunity for Canadians to enjoy ...

  • Want to Be a Master Gardener? Free Information Night June 18th!

    Passionate about gardening? Passionate about volunteering? Toronto Master Gardeners might be just the group for you. At this information session, Toronto Master Gardeners will explain the program, describe the process of becoming a Master Gardener Trainee and answer your questions. 7 -8 pm, Monday, June 18 Toronto Botanical Garden 777 Lawrence Avenue East at Leslie Free parking. Registration is not necessary, but advised. Just email training@torontomastergardeners.ca You can check out the basics about the Master Gardener program

  • Fabulous Plants on Sale and Great Gardening Advice: the Perfect Combo May 11-13

    Free Toronto Master Gardeners Advice Clinics will be held each day of the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) annual plant sale, open to the public Friday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, May 12 & 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. TBG members enjoy a preview day on Thursday, May 10. For all the information on the plant sale, visit the TBG website here. And don't forget, all year long, the Toronto ...

  • Free Native Shrub in Return for Tree Planting, Richmond Hill May 12

    On Saturday May 12, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, The Town of Richmond Hill, Regional Municipality of York and the Government of Ontario are supporting a morning of tree planting in Bridgeview Cordone Park. Volunteers at the event will be able to take home a free native shrub to plant (while supplies last). For full information on how to participate in this family-friendly event and to register for it, visit the LEAF site here.

  • Check for Black Knot Now

    The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has posted a notice reminding gardeners that Black Knot is easy to see on Prunus sp. at this time.  This large genus includes almond, peach, plum, cherry, and apricot among other popular flowering and fruit bearing trees. Gardeners should monitor gardens and adjacent wild areas for Prunus shrubs and trees with large black growths on previous years twigs. Below is an image of Black Knot of Prunus from the University ...

  • LEAF Publishes Handy Guide to Tree Damage

    LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) has issued a simple guide about the sources of physical damage that may affect your trees and how you can prevent or control them. You can find a copy here. And for more specific information on damage you may find on your trees, you may ask a Master Gardener for advice here.