• Growing Ferns as Houseplants: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

    One fern that is a little less demanding of indoor humidity is the Kimberly Queen Fern (Nephrolepsis obliterata). Like the Boston fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata), it can vacation outdoors in the summer months. Photo: Helen Battersby Light Ferns generally grow best…

  • Beginner’s Guide to Growing Houseplants: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

    Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) is an easy-to-grow and rewarding flowering bulb that is ideal for beginning indoor gardeners. Photo: Helen Battersby Growing houseplants can be just as rewarding as outdoor gardening. Healthy houseplants add beauty to the home and, for many, growing…

  • Growing Cacti and Other Succulents: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

    Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a colourful flowering succulent that can be bought in supermarkets as well as nurseries. Photo: Helen Battersby With a sunny window, growing succulents is easy and rewarding. Cacti are one of the best know groups of succulents,…

  • Growing Gesneriads: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

    Streptocarpus is a dainty-looking cousin of the more common African violet (Saintpauliana) in the Gesneriad family. Photo: Helen Battersby Several members of the Gesneriad family of plants originate in tropical forests where they have adapted to relatively low levels of…

  • Growing Orchids: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

      The Phalaenopsis or moth orchid is one of the more commonly available species. (Photo: Helen Battersby) There are 15,000 to 35,000 different species of orchids and they are not all easy to grow. The orchids most generally cultivated are…

  • The Art of Bonsai: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

      A bonsai tree from the Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver. (Photo: Helen Battersby) Bonsai is the Japanese name for the art of growing trees in small containers and has been a tradition in China and Japan for…