• 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 ...

  • 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.

  • More Master Gardeners to Serve Toronto

    At the beginning of January, the Toronto Master Gardeners officially welcomed 11 talented and enthusiastic new trainees who are starting their 2-3 year course of studies. While trainees, they will work with other Master Gardeners at Advice Clinics, on our Ask a Master Gardener web-based service and in other ways that the group serves the public. If you would like to volunteer with the Toronto Master Gardeners, check out our "Become a Master Gardener" web page, which ...

  • Master Gardeners Invite You to Conference on Gardening Without Chemicals, Saturday January 7

    Speakers Mark Cullen, Lisa McLean, Sean James and Paul Zammit will provide their advice and opinions on natural ways to deal with garden challenges and nourish the garden. Please join the Toronto Master Gardeners in a fun and educational day of exploring gardening alternatives. 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Saturday January 7, 2017 Toronto Botanical Garden 777 Lawrence Avenue East (Lawrence Ave. & Leslie St.) Cost: $45 MGOI members $50 general public Includes lunch. Free parking. You must register in advance. Just download the

  • Get Free Gardening Advice at the Royal Winter Fair

    Toronto Master Gardeners will be among those providing free gardening advice at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) booth at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, from start to close each day, November 4-13. Canada's premier agricultural fair, the Royal takes place at Exhibition Place, Toronto. For more information, visit the website here.

  • Manage Fall Cankerworm Now

    The Ontario Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has issued a memo advising that it's time to start wrapping your trees with sticky bands to capture the adult female moths, which are starting to lay eggs now. For full details on how to combat these pests whose larvae feed on shade trees, see the OMAFRA site here, which includes excellent photos.

  • Now’s the Time to Combat Beech Scale

    The Ontario Ministry of Food and Agriculture (OMAFRA) advises that now is the time to deal with Introduced Beech scale (Cryptococcus fagisugae, since it is easier to see this time of year on native American beech (Fagus grandifolia), since it is easy to see at this time Beech scale is quite often the precursor to Beech Bark Disease (Neonectria faginata and N. ditissima) as the scale insect feeding creates wound sites for the fungal disease to enter. ...