DMG OPEN HOUSE
Featuring Guest Speaker, Author & Avid Gardener
“Tending the Earth - How Our Gardens Can Change the World”
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Note: Due to Limited Seating Registration is Required
Where: King Street Community Church, 611 King St. West, Oshawa, Ontario (see map)
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Information: Book Signing, Refreshments, Vendors, Displays and Door Prizes
by Mark and Ben Cullen - Toronto Star, November 11, 2017
When it comes to cultivating passion, energy and talent, Canada’s Master Gardeners are standouts.
Master Gardeners are dedicated to the art and science of gardening. And, with their generosity of knowledge and time — on public garden tours, at local horticulture societies, at small shows and big ones such as Canada Blooms and in various online forums — they help sustain a broader community of Canadian gardeners...
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".
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.
Native Plant Encyclopedia:
Native Plant Suppliers list:
June 29, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Seating is limited
Register by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The following attachments are for printing:
What’s the National Flower of Canada (.pdf form)
What’s the National Flower of Canada (.docx form)
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.