Durham Master Gardeners

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Toronto Master Gardeners Technical Update 2023


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Preparing Your Garden for Winter

Oct 13, 2021 07:00 PM

A presentation about getting your garden ready for winter, what to clean up, what to leave, how to deal with annuals, perennials, bulbs, evergreens, ornamental grasses, roses, shrubs, trees and lawns.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1wY5TbrASOuyL5PqfFTyhA

Plant Sale

Copy of Parkwood Plant Sale (2)

Come join us at Parkwood on Saturday, September 11th for our 3rd annual Parkwood plant sale. There are lots of interesting new varieties of perennials, heritage plants, and pollinator plants from the Parkwood gardens, as well as houseplants and cacti, fall flowering plants and even cut flower bouquets available this year. The sale will begin at 8:00AM and run to 11:00AM or when we sell out. Bring your own boxes/trays. COVID protocols will be in place.

Happy Gardener Workshop

Events Spring 2021


On-line Advice Clinic: Growing Veggies


Saturday, May 16 at 10:30 AM – 11 AM

Bring your questions about veggie gardening to our expert panel Saturday, May 16, 2020 when we take to Zoom to give you lots of tips and tricks to get the most out of the growing season.

About this Event
Open to both novice and experienced growers alike, Durham Master Gardeners Tracey Smyth and Ann Joyner will share their tips and expert advice for getting the most out of the growing season.

So bring your questions!

The advice clinic will be run on Zoom, and questions can be asked in the 'chat' function.

Zoom is easy to use. You don’t even have to download the Zoom app. Once you receive your ticket after registering, follow the link and enter the password given on your ticket.

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Pickering Garden Webinar Series

April 28 - Succulent Gardening for Beginners
May 6 - Culinary Herbs: Growing, Harvesting &
May 12 - Introduction to Vegetable Gardening

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Cannabis Panel Information Night

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: The King St. Community Church, 611 King St. West, Oshawa, ON L1J 2L1 (map)
Price per seat: $10

A limited number of tickets are still available at the door until 6:30 pm!

Cannabis has been legal in Ontario since last year, and the Durham Master Gardeners have been asked many questions about it at events throughout Durham Region. How can you grow it, what are the side effects, what are the medical applications and the legalities? As a community service, what better way to do this than host a panel of industry professionals to answer these questions?

The 3 panelists are:
Sjoerd Visser: Horticulturist & Licensed medical grower
Joe Goldfarb: Cannabis Educator from Durham College and Centennial College
Abby Sampson: Niche Canada (National Institute for Cannabis Health & Education)

See speaker bios here.

We are very excited to share this opportunity to unveil the mysteries of Cannabis.


Joseph R. Goldfarb M.Ed
Joseph brings more than a decade of experience in the industry as a licensed cultivator and cannabis educator, operating cultivation projects in California and Ontario. He specializes in implementing and evaluating training solutions across various delivery channels (Instructor-Led, e-Learning, and Self- Directed).

Joseph has extensive knowledge of regulations, licences and authorizations in the cannabis industry as well as a decade of experience conducting market research and needs assessments, creating engaging instructional designs, developing cannabis curriculum, integrating learning technologies and implementing tools of assessment for major Canadian colleges, businesses and organizations.

In his role as Head of Operations, Joseph is using emerging and progressive strategies to develop innovative and effective solutions for Medz Cannabis Inc.

Abigail Sampson
Abigail Sampson began her cannabis career as a volunteer with NORML Canada, the longest running cannabis advocacy group in the country. During her tenure, she rose to the ranks of Executive Director, the first female to hold this position.

Abigail is the Chair of the Dandelion Initiative, a grassroots not-for-profit organization providing supports and advocating on behalf of survivors of sexual assault. The Dandelion Initiative believes in the power of education as a form of resistance to sexual violence.

Abigail also sits on the Board of NICHE Canada, a not-for-profit corporation established to support the development of public policy and research to assist all levels of government manage the transition to the legalization of the cannabis industry.

Abigail presented as a witness before the Canadian Standing Committee on Health on Bill C45, the Cannabis Act and appeared at Queens Park in response to Bill 178, an Act to amend the Smoke Free Ontario Act. She actively engages Pickering municipal government on cannabis issues and creates opportunities for community education.

Sjoerd Visser
Sjoerd is a University of Guelph Ridgetown campus alumni of the Horticulture program, where he studied landscape design and nursery/greenhouse production. Currently, he is attending the Sustainable Agriculture (Co-op) post-graduate program at Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario.

Sjoerd has over a decade of experience in consulting gardens, designs as well as working in nursery/greenhouse on a commercial scale within the ornamental sector, assistant growing 100,000 cut flower lilies in a 2-acre greenhouse.

Born a dairy farmer, emigrating from the Netherlands as a child, Sjoerd has a natural passion and ability to grow plants. In recent years, after a work injury in the agriculture industry, he gained access to medicinal cannabis, as well as, a personal production license. The opportunity to grow cannabis as a medical patient allowed Sjoerd to apply his knowledge and experience in horticulture within a new capacity of production – cannabis cultivation.

Sjoerd is a student of Dr. Elaine Ingham and continues to gain further insight into soil microbiology, remediation and the soil food web. He has witnessed firsthand what life in the soil can do and encourages the incorporation of microbes into most current practices. Sjoerd is working on methods of integrating aerobic microbiology into general potted hydroponic growing practises.

Ingrid Janssen (Moderator) Master Gardener of Ontario Durham
Ingrid Janssen is a horticulturist, speaker, blogger and master gardener. She has been a member of MGOI Durham for over 6 years and has been gardening for most of her life. Her passion, experience and spirit are seen everyday through her love of gardening.

Ingrid is an inspirational speaker who has appeared on Rogers TV Durham and has spoken at agriculture conferences such as Canada Blooms. She has both ornamental and food production gardens on her country property and has been a dedicated native plant enthusiast for over 30 years. Ingrid received her Horticulturist Diploma from the University of Guelph and is an active member of several horticultural and plant societies.

Canada Blooms 2019 - Speaker DMG Ingrid Janssen

Friday, March 15, 2019
1 pm
Raising Monarch Butterflies

About Ingrid Janssen
Ingrid has been an avid gardener for most of her life and is a passionate, some would say “crazy gardener”. She is the current co-coordinator of the Durham Master Gardener group. She is an inspirational speaker and has made several appearances on Rogers TV Durham to share gardening tips and advice. She has both ornamental and food production gardens on her country property, and is particularly interested in propagation, growing native plants and naturalized gardens. She is also very passionate about peonies! Ingrid has received her Horticulturist Diploma from the University of Guelph and is an active member of several horticultural and plant societies.

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