• 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. ...

  • Curious About Toronto Tree Bylaws? Free Event September 19

    LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) will host a free special presentation and Q&A session with senior members of the City's Urban Forestry Standards & Policies staff at Metro Hall, Monday, September 19, 2016 - 6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m. For more information and to register to attend, visit LEAF's website here.

  • Magnola Scale Active Now

    The Ontario Ministry of Food and Agriculture has issued an alert about the high degree of magnolia scale activity this summer. It appears that there are two developmental groups, one about 3 weeks behind the older ones. Insecticidal soap or horticultural oil treatments must be repeated, therefore. For full details, including images see the OMAFRA posting here.

  • Wild Parsnip Can Be Dangerous. Learn to Identify It.

    Wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is an invasive weed that has become increasingly troublesome in Ontario and throughout the Toronto area. Master Gardeners urge you to familiarize yourself with this plant which can cause painful, long lasting injury to the skin. Click here to learn more, including how to identify the plant and how to report it.  

  • Plant Sale Season Is Here

    In addition to the annual Toronto Botanical Garden plant sale, being held May 13-15 this year (where Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions, the TBG is the site of some other organizations' sales, such as: Toronto Rhododendron Society Plant Sale - April 30, 2016  http://onrhodos.com/plantsale/ Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society Plant Sale  May 1, 2016,  www.onrockgarden.com/page/super-plant-sale But as they say on TV, "Wait, there's more!" Almost every garden club and horticultural society in ...

  • Spring is Here: Start Pest Control Activities

    The  Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has issued a reminder that the arrival of spring is the signal to search your property for overwintering pests, especially on woody plants. They advise that now is the time to Remove remove egg masses of Viburnum leaf beetle.  Look for rows of bumpy caps on the twigs of last year’s growth.  Prune out infested twigs, collect and destroy them to reduce populations of larvae on Viburnum ...