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.