Language of Flowers Tip Sheet

Language of Flowers Tip Sheet

Canada's National Flower - Bunchberry

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The votes are in! Canadians have spoken!

A nation-wide contest to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, sponsored by Master Gardeners of Ontario, has embraced the bunchberry, known as quatre–temps in French and kawiscowimin in Cree, as the winner.

Since the beginning of the National Flower Contest, the little white flower has held the lead with an average of 80 per cent of the on-line vote. Since it was announced in March, almost 10,000 Canadians took up the challenge to help select our national flower.

Master Gardeners of Ontario will submit an online petition to Parliament to have the winner declared Canada’s official National Flower, says Maureen Hulbert who spearheaded the project: "We all love to celebrate the wildness of Canada and its varied areas and having something that can actually grow in every part of the country pulls us together".

Hydrangea Tip Sheet

Hydrangea TipSheet

Canadian Wildlife Federation Gardening Resources

CWF recognizes the importance of gardeners in supporting Canada’s wildlife and their habitats. As such, they have programs and resources that may be of interest.

The Garden Certification program officially recognizes Canadians who garden with wildlife in mind. And the annual Conservation Awards honours Canadians who have made a difference for wildlife – big or small!

Find plants suitable for your garden with the searchable Native Plant Encyclopedia featuring the range, growing conditions, wildlife supported and photos of these beneficial plants. Help fill some photography blanks by sending any pictures of a listed plant without an image! Your photo will be credited and will help Canadians support our bees, butterflies, birds and more.

With natural gardening becoming so popular, the Native Plant Supplier List helps Canadians find nurseries that sell native plants.

CWF has many more resources for gardeners, kids and educators such as colouring pages, an illustrated glossary and more.

Garden Certification:
http://cwf-fcf.org/en/explore-our-work/connecting-with-nature/in-the-garden/?src=menu

Conservation Awards:
http://www.canadianwildlifefederation.ca/Awards

Native Plant Encyclopedia:
http://cwf-fcf.org/en/resources/encyclopedias/native-plant-encyclopedia/?src=menu?referrer=https://www.google.ca/

Native Plant Suppliers list:
http://cwf-fcf.org/en/resources/gardening/native-plant-suppliers-new/native-plant-supplier-profiles/

Other Resources:
http://cwf-fcf.org/en/resources/?src=menu

Speaker: Geological Habitat

Geological Habitat: Earth Fire Water & Air: Geology & Flowering Plants with Dr. Andy Fyon

June 29, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Seating is limited

Register by sending email to info@durhammastergardeners.ca

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Companion Planting Guide Tip Sheet

Balcony Workshop: Companion Planting Guide

Xeriscaping (Water-Wise Gardening Workshop: May 31

The Whitby Sustainability Advisory Committee in partnership with the Whitby Public Library invites you to a free gardening workshop about Xeriscaping (Water-Wise Gardening) delivered by Durham Master Gardeners. It is becoming increasingly more important to learn how to conserve water. The goal of Xeriscaping is to design and create gardens that can survive dry periods on their own without a lot of supplemental watering or fertilizing. This workshop will help you understand how to conserve water in the garden, select the right plants and how to maintain them.The Whitby Sustainability Advisory Committee in partnership with the Whitby Public Library invites you to a free gardening workshop about Xeriscaping (Water-Wise Gardening) delivered by Durham Master Gardeners. It is becoming increasingly more important to learn how to conserve water. The goal of Xeriscaping is to design and create gardens that can survive dry periods on their own without a lot of supplemental watering or fertilizing. This workshop will help you understand how to conserve water in the garden, select the right plants and how to maintain them.

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Sustainable Pickering Day

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Vote for Canada's National Flower

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Read about the three 'nominees' and then vote using the Survey Monkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8Z9WDW9

What’s the National Flower of Canada?

We have an official tree - the maple, but we do NOT have an official flower! Master Gardeners of Ontario thinks Canada’s 150th birthday is the perfect time to launch a campaign to get one!

Toronto Master Gardeners with help from Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist at Memorial University of Newfoundland, came up with the following three choices for a pan-Canadian flower - one that appears in every province and territory but is not already a provincial or territorial emblem:

Hooded Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana)
· Unique spiraling flower spike marks this genus
· Found in open wet areas – meadows, bogs, marshes
· Fragrant flowers from July to Sept on 10 to 50 cm stems
· Food source for native bumblebees all through summer


Twinflower (Linnaea borealis)
· Delicate but tough! “borealis” – of the north
· Found in forests, wetlands all over Canada
· Reproduces mainly by spreading stolons
· Fragrant flowers on 15 cm stems for one week in June, attract native bees
· Winter forage for caribou


Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
· Changes with the seasons - just like Canada!
· White flowers in spring, red berries in summer, great red-purple fall colour
· Very common in forests and wetlands all over Canada
· Creeping form, 10 to 20 cm tall, great as a native groundcover
· Pollinators include native bumblebees and solitary bees
· Berries are food source for small and large mammals, migratory birds
· Winter forage source for caribou, moose, elk, deer


Voting will close at midnight on June 30th, 2017

Vote now!


The following attachments are for printing:

What’s the National Flower of Canada (.pdf form)
What’s the National Flower of Canada (.docx form)

Rain Garden Plants Tip Sheet

Rain Garden Plants Tipsheet

Canada Blooms

Tracey Smyth and Ingrid Janssen of Durham Master Gardeners will be on stage at Canada Blooms on Friday, March 17th, 2017. Ingrid will be speaking at 11:00 am about growing garlic, and Ingrid and Tracey both will be presenting a Rain Garden presentation at 1:00 pm. See them on the Hortus TV Garden Solutions Stage, located in the main hall to the right when entering the Canada Blooms show.

Webinar: Butterfly Gardening

Gardening for Butterflies poster

Rain Garden Tip Sheet

Rain Garden Tip Sheet

Starting Your Plants from Seeds Tip Sheet

Tip Sheet for Starting Your Plants from Seeds

Wildflower Crossword Puzzle Tip Sheet

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5 Easy Care Houseplants Tip Sheet

5 Easy Care Houseplants Tip Sheet

Xeriscaping Drought Tolerant Plant Handout

Drought Tolerant Plant Handout

Planting Herbs in a Container Tip Sheet

Planting Herbs in a Container Tip Sheet

Durham Master Gardeners Win National Gardening Award for Sustainability Workshops

April 8, 2016

HUNTSVILLE, ON- Volunteers with Durham Master Gardeners have been awarded a first place national award for a series of practical hands-on workshops for the public that focus on sustainable gardening.

These workshops focused on ways that both novice and experienced gardeners can incorporate drought-free plants, use natural fertilizers, encourage pollinators, compost, and learn other sustainable garden practices.

In planning for these workshops, partnerships occurred with the Cities of Oshawa, Ajax, Whitby and Pickering, Toronto Region and Conservation Authority, the Central Lake Ontario Conversation Authority, Ontario Nature and other environmental groups.

“We believe we have made a significant contribution to the understanding of food and soil security, the importance of wildlife habitats and the application of those ideas in both backyard and balcony gardens,” says Ingrid Janssen, Coordinator of the Durham group involved with the innovative project. Gardeners benefited from both classroom experience and hands-on learning.

The prize was awarded at the Second Canadian Master Gardeners Awards of Excellence, held in early April at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario.
In addition, Durham Master Gardeners received a third place award. The Durham Master Gardener volunteers lead a series of hands-on gardening Horticultural therapy activities designed for adults with cognitive and other disabilities.

Master Gardeners of Ontario Inc. is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to helping home gardeners by providing expert horticultural advice without charge.

Invasive Species Resources

Invasive Species Education & Outreach Compendium
http://www.invadingspecies.com/resources/invasive-species-education-outreach-compendium/

Identification and Control of Exotic Invasive Species
http://www.invasivespeciescentre.ca/SiteAssets/Files/WhatWeDo/2011_2012/Identification%20and%2 0Control%20of%20Exotic%20Invasive%20Species%20in%20Ontario's%20Hardwood%20Forests.pdf

Invasive Species Centre - Plants
http://www.invasivespeciescentre.ca/SitePages/Learn/Plant.aspx

Ontario Invasive Plant Council – Best Management Practices Library
http://www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca/index.php/bmp_library

Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program
http://www.invadingspecies.com/

Grow Me Instead – Beautiful Non-Invasive Plants for Your Garden
http://www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca/files/GMI_Booklet_spreads_2011_Final_web.pdf

Great Lakes Invasive Network
http://www.great-lakes.net/envt/flora-fauna/invasive/invasive.html

Square Foot Gardening Planting Guidelines

Square Foot Planting Handout

Using Shrubs in the Landscape for Colour

Shrub Handout

Guide to Native Plant Nurseries & Seed Suppliers

Credit Valley Conservation encourages landowners and residents to plant native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses. Native plants are beautiful and can be used in all landscapes and gardens, from restoring a forest to creating a prairie or meadow, to planting flower beds, or selecting a tree for your front yard. Native plants are adapted to local conditions and are an integral part of a healthy, natural environment. Use this list to find a native plant nursery near you!

CVC Native Plant Nurseries

The Living Soil Fact Sheet

by Ingrid Janssen

Soil is one of the most important resources we have on our planet and yet few people understand what soil is. See the .pdf for the complete article:

The Living Soil Fact Sheet

Veggie Gardening for Beginners: Advice

Vegetable gardening is a great place to start for new gardeners getting their hands dirty for the first time. Many common vegetables are easy to grow and the reward is fresh, home-grown produce for the family.

Ingrid Janssen is the coordinator of the Durham Master Gardeners and Karen Sciuk is a past coordinator for the organization and the manager of trees, shrubs and perennials at Kingsway Greenhouse in Oshawa. The two women recently met with me at Kingsway to offer advice for budding veggie gardeners.

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