Nearly 150 urban gardens have been created in Mexico to attract hummingbirds that have seen their natural habitat gradually destroyed due to human settlements and climate change. The country, which is home to 58 different species, has seen half of its 13 endemic species at risk of extinction as cities sprawl. The Urban Gardens project […]
Have you ever wondered how the Parkland series of roses came about? Who developed the ‘Starfire’ tomato? The history of the Morden chrysanthemums or coral bells? They are all the result of the plant breeding of Henry Heard Marshall, whose formal education ended in Grade 9. Read More
By Sharleen Pratt, Master Gardener I recently attended a Master Gardener’s Technical Update at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. The subject was Facing Climate Change: What Gardeners Need to Know. The speakers were Dr. Jon Warland, Dr. Steven Hill and Lorraine Johnson. As we sat listening to how our climate is changing and the impacts that […]
by Emma Murphy, Master Gardener Gardening resources on the internet are plentiful but can quickly become overwhelming for both novice and experienced gardeners. Over the past year I have noticed certain websites that continually show up at the top of my search results; these sites are “gardening content farms”, a term I learned from fellow […]
In the next few weeks, autumn will arrive and garden centres will fill their shelves with mums, ornamental cabbages and other fall flowers. And spring flowering bulbs will be available too! Spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils are planted in our gardens in the fall and appear the next spring. There is an upcoming opportunity […]
I can’t believe it’s July 31st, where did the time go?
The gardens have been doing well despite the intense heat and humidity over the last few weeks. It’s now time for the daisies, coneflowers and daylilies to take place as the stars of the garden.
Container plants are also doing well, but the heat has taken its toll on some of the more fragile plants – like gardenias and a heliotrope tree.
The cacti and succulents on the other hand have been practically jumping for joy, begging for more hot, sunny days.
Around the garden
In a blatant bit of promotional activity, I’m asking any readers of this to support “The Hut” in a public vote to find the Cuprinol Shed of The Year 2019. Having decided to enter “The Hut” into this annual national competition back in spring, it was a big surprise to be contacted about a month […]
Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills reviews the most recent edition of The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: The Essential Guide to Planting and Pruning Techniques by Tracy DiSabato-Aust.