Information re Courses

(Question)

Hello,

My wife loves her garden and I love my wife. I’m looking to get her an amazing Christmas gift that will allow her to expand her skills. I’m thinking of some sort of seminar or training course that would introduce new skills such as seed harvesting, starting plants in a greenhouse, or grafting. Do you have any suggestions as to an amazing gardening experience I can sign my wife up for? We live in London, Ontario but travelling is not an issue if the experience is worthwhile. Let me know if you have any thoughts. Much appreciated.

(Answer)

Y0ur wife is a lucky gardener to have a generous and encouraging husband.

Since we are the Toronto Master Gardeners group, I advise you to also contact your local Master Gardener  group, probably https://londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com for any local learning opportunities in your area.

You could give your wife a membership to the Toronto Botanical Garden https://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/. The Toronto Botanical Gardens offer numerous courses & lectures which might be of interest to you and your wife. Also you might consider purchasing a membership to the Royal Botanical   Garden https://www.royalbotanicalgardens.com

Various Ontario Master Gardener groups have an annual T.U> (ie; technical update) which is a wonderful day of lectures, activities,  lunch, workshops centred on a timely theme. The T.U. is held for Master Gardeners, but if space is ample, often opens to the public. The Toronto Master Gardeners TU will be held at the Toronto Botanical Garden  on Sat., Jan. 7. 2017;  the theme is  Gardening without chemicals. Have a look at the Ont. Master Gardener’s provincial organization website https://www.mgoi.ca  for other T.U.events.

You can check any plant nurseries in your environs, as they often offer seasonal gardening workshops, seminars.

She would receive their newsletters and up-to-date info on all their gardening programs, and other events , many of which are of interest to an enthusiastic gardener of any level.

You could bring her to Toronto for the annual Canada Blooms garden show which runs for usually 5 days, in March and gives exposure to various horticultural experiences, tours, magazines, lectures, demonstrations. etc. https://canadablooms.com/. I believe there are various hotel packages available. It’s an early  pre-spring opportunity to walk around  large and lovely displays of flowers, vegetables, garden design  and encounter many gardening ‘gurus’.

Another gardener’s pleasure is a subscription to an Ontario or a Canadian gardening magazine, of which there are several excellent ones.

Good luck with your wife’s gift.