• Books and Bees; Magazines and Mulch: Toronto Master Gardeners at Your Local Library

    The Toronto Master Gardeners partner with the Toronto Public Library (TPL) to provide free "Ask an Expert" talks on a wide range of gardening topics in April and May. Check out the TPL web site here to see which sessions might fit into your schedule or just the visit the Events listings on this site.

  • Watch Out for Black Knot

    Before your Prunus sp. shrubs and trees are fully leafed out, you can easily see if there are any Black Knot infections. Monitor gardens and adjacent wild areas for large black growths on previous years twigs. Prune the cankers out, back quite close to the main stem BEFORE LEAVES EMERGE. Destroy all pruned twigs. Pruning too shallow retains the undetectable, developing canker on the tree and does nothing to limit the disease. For more information from the Ontario Ministry ...

  • Spring Has Sprung and So Have the Pests

    The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has issued a notice of the emergence of various pest insects. Specifically, now is the time to check for Cooley spruce gall and Eastern spruce gall adelgid overwintering females; gypsy moth, Eastern tent caterpillar and viburnum leaf beetle egg masses; and Bagworm "cones". For images and details for the appropriate actions to take, visit the OMAFRA site here.

  • Want to Be a Master Gardener? Entrance Exam September 25!

    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 entrance exam to assess your basic gardening knowledge. The only test date this year is September 25. There's no fee or registration required. 7 pm, Monday, September 25 Toronto Botanical Garden 777 Lawrence Avenue East at Leslie Free parking. Upon passing the test, you will participate in a personal interview to assess ...

  • Young Urban Forest Leaders Program Accepting Applications Now

    A joint project of the City of Toronto and LEAF, the Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) Program is designed to provide young women with hands-on experience in the field of urban forestry and community engagement. This unique five month program includes 20 hours of formal arboriculture training, additional project-specific workshops and ongoing mentoring. Applicants must be femaleidentified, aged 18-24 and live in the City of Toronto. There is an information session on Saturday, March 18, 10AM to 12PM ...

  • Toronto Master Gardeners Lead Insider Tours of Canada Blooms

    One of the best deals in town is the ticket to an Early Morning Tour at Canada’s largest flower and garden show, Canada Blooms, in the Direct Energy Building at Exhibition Place, Toronto. Morning Tours will be held Friday, March 10; Saturday, March 11; Wednesday, March 15; Thursday March 16; Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 8:15 am. Toronto Master Gardeners will be leading small groups through the gardens on the festival floor. There are ...

  • Master Gardeners On Stage at Canada Blooms

    Toronto Master Gardeners and their peers from across the province will be speaking on a wide range of gardening subjects at Canada’s largest flower and garden show, Canada Blooms, in the Direct Energy Building at Exhibition Place, Toronto. The Master Gardener presentations will take place on the Hortus TV Solutions Stage on Saturday, March 11; Tuesday, March 14; Friday, March 17 and Sunday, March 19. All presentations are included in your admission ticket for the day. Just ...

  • Free Advice from Master Gardeners at Canada Blooms, March 10-19

    Expert Master Gardeners will be standing by to answer your gardening questions every single day at Canada’s largest flower and garden show, Canada Blooms, in the Direct Energy Building at Exhibition Place, Toronto. Toronto Master Gardeners will join Master Gardeners from throughout the province to answer your gardening questions. Every day from Friday March 10 through Sunday March 19,  Master Gardeners will be on hand at an Advice Clinic in the main feature garden area, and at another ...

  • Toronto Community Groups and Individuals Welcome to Join Adopt-a-Park-Tree Program

    Through the Adopt-a-Park-Tree program, local communities work together with support from the City, Park People and LEAF to enhance the urban tree canopy and Toronto's parks. The program connects residents with newly planted park trees. Each young tree is adopted by an individual (or a group) who agrees to regularly water, weed and monitor their tree from May to October. The goal is to help new trees thrive in the first three to five years after ...

  • LEAF’s Wise Advice on Preparing for the Next Ice Storm

    On its website, the not-for-profit organization, LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests), has posted an excellent article on thinking about the future, including the potential for more severe winter weather events, when planting or caring for your trees. Entitled How to Prepare for the Next Ice Storm: 5 Things You Should Know, the article can be read online by clicking here.