Questions from a community kindergarten group

Hello, I’m an ECE student doing a placement at a kindergarten class at Frankland Community School. Would you be willing to answer a couple of questions that they have about butterflies? I saw that you run workshops about plants that…

Winterberry

Can I plant a Winterberry plant in the garden now in November (if the ground isn’t frozen). I just bought a small potted one and I’m not sure if I should keep it inside. What is the best way to…

Fall tree planting

I want to plant a few trees at our cottage this fall but not sure what would work best in our area. Burnt river Ontario. I love umbrella trees but not sure if that is s good choice for that…

black bugs on calendula flower stems

Hello, My calendula flower stems keep getting these small black bugs that I cannot get rid of. What causes it and how can I avoid them? Are the seeds stil good to be gathered even though they sometimes are full…

insect or disease

can you identify the culprit that shreds the leaves on this plant & advise a remedy…

Wildflower seeding

I’d like to convert a dried out bit of lawn on my hellstrip (small graded but of grass between road and property) into a tiny wildflower meadow – maybe 8 feet by 5.5 feet. Should I show seeds now or…

Goldenrod and Sumac

I live in the Scarborough area and have been informed that Goldenrod and Sumach that grows in the garden are noxious weeds. Can you confirm if this is so?…

Virgin’s Bower Clematis

Hi I live in Toronto and have planted a native clematis. Although it is a huge vine it has no flowers and I was expecting some before Sept. What can I do to get this blooming? My yard has some…

What wildflower is this?

This is a wildflower I saw outside of Uxbridge on June 1st. From a distance it looked like strings of water droplets. Toronto Master Gardeners have never failed to identify any plant I have asked about! Any idea what this…

Front lawn garden

Hello, I recently bought a home in East York near Woodbine and Mortimer. The south-facing front lawn is currently all grass (but mostly weeds). I would eventually like to replace this with an English-style garden of low-maintenance shrubs, bushes and…