Presentations researched, prepared and delivered by Toronto Master Gardeners are a valuable and enjoyable learning opportunity for community and work groups. We are always interested in partnering with like-minded organizations to provide information to the gardening public. You can find out about our presentations here.
GUIDES AND FACT SHEETS
Our Gardening Guides provide introductory information on many topics, including organic approaches to controlling pests and diseases. You can find them here.
In fact, we worked with the City of Toronto to prepare a whole series of useful Go Natural guides to organic gardening, which you can find here.
Invasive Plant Fact Sheets were developed through funding by an Invasive Species Centre microgrant and can be found here.
If you are a balcony or container gardener, you might like to view the Blooming Our Balconies guide we prepared in partnership with Toronto Balconies Bloom. You can find it here.
In addition to information available in our Gardening Guide, Drought Tolerant Perennials, we recommend the City of Toronto online resource, Drought Tolerant Landscaping, which provides an overview of the subject, extensive plant lists and additional references.
Wondering about the content of your soil? We recommend the City of Toronto's Guide for Soil Testing in Urban Gardens, which outlines a step-by-step process you can follow. Click here to read or print it. The University of Guelph's Agriculture and Food Laboratory information can be found here.
BIODIVERSITY AND NATIVE PLANTS
The North American Native Plant Society has a complete how-to guide on How to Create a Pollinator Garden with native plants, from start to finish.
Looking for a native plant/seed source in Ontario? The Master Gardeners of Ontario maintain a list of Native Plant Nurseries. Halton Master Gardeners also maintain a list and map of Native Plant Nurseries in Southern Ontario which has been updated in March 2022.
As part of its Biodiversity Series, the City of Toronto has published several booklets, available as PDFs, including Bees of Toronto, Butterflies of Toronto, and Spiders of Toronto.
The City of Toronto also has a page focused on what you can do to help native pollinators, including PDF resources specifically about bees and goldenrod.
Request a free e-version of A Flower Patch for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee: Creating Habitat Gardens for Native Pollinators in the Greater Toronto Area here.
Gardening with Climate-Smart Native Plants in the Northeast provides great suggestions for native alternatives to common invasive plants.
PESTS and PESTICIDE REGULATIONS
Learn about box tree moth in this webinar by Landscape Ontario.
For information about the Ontario Pesticide Use regulations, visit the government site here.
LOOKING FOR A PROFESSIONAL ARBORIST OR LANDSCAPER?
To find a certified professional arborist to help you with a tree problem, visit the International Society of Arboriculture's searchable database here.
To find a landscaping professional to help you with your garden, visit Landscape Ontario here. That site contains excellent gardening information as well as lists of member companies providing services in landscape design, construction and maintenance, as well as specialists in lawn care, irrigation, lighting, tree care, snowplowing and interior landscaping. You will also find a list of local garden centres.
PLANT SOCIETIES AND NETWORKS
Click here to visit the Ontario Horticultural Association site, where you will find the contact information for the many members of the network of horticultural societies dedicated to the beautification of their communities.
Interesting in community gardens? Visit the Toronto Community Garden Network here.
The North American Native Plant Society site lists events, activities, resources and a wealth of information about native flora. Click here.
Rock gardens your passion? Visit the Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society here.
Outside Toronto? To find a Master Gardener group near you, visit Master Gardeners of Ontario here.