Canadian Gardening Resources Selected outstanding websites useful to fellow gardeners CLOCA Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority was established in 1958 to establish and undertake programs to promote the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources in partnership with local Municipalities and the Province Dave's Garden Excellent gardening site with online dictionary Feed the Need in Durham Provides food to emergency food providers such as food banks, soup kitchens, community service centres, shelters, drop-in centres, breakfast feeding programs
I Can Garden A Canadian site dealing with all aspects of gardening and a link library to other gardening sites Landscape Ontario Website is chock full of landscape tips, contractor info and includes a list of local garden centres in Durham Region
LEAF Protection of the urban forest with good information about species that are non-invasive, more sustainable for our naturalized spaces
Nature Images Jackie Schuknecht's website for a wonderful look at nature and wildlife photography
Ontario Tree Atlas Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources webpage devoted to native trees for Durham Region - or any Ontario region for that matter Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens (OVBG) Canada's newest botanical gardens now in development. Links to the Annual Peony Festival PlantWatch The PlantWatch program enables "citizen scientists" to get involved by recording flowering times for selected plant species and reporting these dates to researchers through the Internet or by mail.
Roadsides OHA's Roadsides project provides habitat for native pollinators and restores the natural biodiversity to one small part of Ontario
Master Gardeners of Ontario A volunteer organization comprised of individuals who are certified horticultural experts providing in depth sustainable gardening information to the general public
Master Gardeners - Durham Chapter Durham Master Gardeners: The Durham Region Chapter of Master Gardeners of Ontario. Information about the group, its members, scheduled events and articles about all things gardening-related
Ontario Daylily Society The Ontario Daylily Society (ODS) is a non-profit organization whose main purpose is to promote and educate the gardening public about daylilies Ontario Delphinium Club A group of members who get together once a year in July for an Annual Meeting & Field Day to discuss, show and exchange information on Delphiniums
Ontario Herbalists Association Whether your focus is medicinal, practical, culinary or horticultural, the OHA provides a number of opportunities in which to enjoy and support the world of herb Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA) This is the mother site for all of the garden clubs in Ontario. You will find information on upcoming events throughout Ontario. There is also a useful section on local competitions as well OHA - District 17 District 17 is one of the 19 Districts of the Ontario Horticultural Society. Covering all of Durham Region, its 12 groups have 1200 members and offer over 100 presentations by qualified and renowned speakers each season Ontario Hosta Society Comprehensive guide to seeds, suppliers and more
Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society Their aim is to promote, on a non-profit basis, the study of alpine plants, related hardy perennials and the creation of rock gardens and suitable habitats for all hardy plants
A Home for Wild Birds Whether you’re an official "birder" or just someone who enjoys attracting songsters to your gardens, choosing plants that attract birds will do the job Bird Studies Canada: Project FeederWatch At regular intervals from November to April, thousands of FeederWatchers count the kinds and numbers of birds at their feeders, then submit their observations. This information helps scientists study winter bird populations
Durham Region Field Naturalists Members of the DRFN participate in the Friends of Second Marsh, the Thickson Woods Heritage Foundation, the yearly Oshawa Christmas Bird Count and the Breeding Bird Atlas Hinterland Who's Who - Bird Feeding The best way for most Canadians to start a study of birds is to establish a bird feeder. Great resource to learn how to do it right. This site also lists many of the species that come to feeders in Canada in an easy to read table (Table 1) Ontario Field Ornithologists Photos of recent sightings, find out about field trips, view the official provincial checklist, read code of ethics, become a member, and much more
Ontario Nature Formerly Ontario Field Naturalists. Ontario Nature is the leading voice in the promotion and preservation of Ontario's natural environment
Allergic Living Outdoor Allergy Hub: Pollen, Mould, Gardening. Great resource listed by season for allergy sufferers
Canadian Gardening Topics such as garden design, indoor gardening, vegetable gardening, plant care, trends, and more
Fine Gardening Design ideas, helpful techniques, and the know-how to get great results in your own garden
Garden Making Informative Canadian gardening magazine Ontario Gardener Ontario Gardener is all about gardening in Canada's largest province, where conditions range from Zone 2 in the north to Zone 8 in the south
Canadian Organic Growers A charitable organization leading local and national communities towards sustainable organic stewardship of land, food and fibre while respecting nature, upholding social justice and protecting natural resources
Durham Organic Gardeners A local chapter of Canadian Organic Growers. Learn about growing organically and meet friendly people who share your interest in safe, healthy growing practices Kitchen Gardeners International A wonderful site for anyone who loves to cook from the garden. Lots of ideas and interesting international contributions
Botany.com Features an encyclopedia of plants and flowers to help our visitors learn how to identify indoor plants, also called houseplants, as well as outdoor plants Clematis on the Web The database now contains more than 3500 clematis varieties and some 4000 photographs showing over 1700 of them Dave's Garden Search Engine Search plants by name and image Howjsay.com A free online talking dictionary of english pronunciation. Type in a plant name and voila: hear it spoken to you Native Plant Nurseries Specializes in species that are native to Ontario. All plant stock is produced without the use of pesticides and is grown from locally and ethically collected seeds Oshawa Peony Festival The Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens hosts the Peony Festival Wildflowers of Ontario For identifying flowers you see while hiking or in wild spaces
Diane's Flower Seeds Diane's sells open-pollinated and heirloom flower seeds, including rare perennials and easy-to-grow annuals and has daylily seeds, heirloom tomato seeds, and vegetable and herb seeds Eternal Seeds Canadian company specializing in heirloom organic seeds Florabunda Seeds Dedicated to preserving old species of flowers and vegetables, many of which are the parents of today's modern hybrids Richters Herbs - Seed Catalogue Richters is a Canadian herb company that also sell and ships seeds Seeds of Diversity Seedy Saturdays and Seedy Sundays. A listing of events for folks interested in plant biodiversity, heritage gardening, organic gardening, and seeds Wildflower Farm A Canadian company located in Coldwater, Ontario. Provides Native North American perennial wildflowers, native grasses and wildflower seed mixes William Dam Quality garden seeds for sale. Includes a catalog of varieties available and ordering information.
Updated: Nov 2017
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