keeping our community green

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

Flowers in the Front Yard
Specializes in the design and planting of perennial flower gardens

From the Garden Shed
Mark Cullen's Blog: Canada's best known gardening personality believes that Canadians of all ages need to play more - preferably in the dirt

Garden Labels for You
Custom durable year-round garden labels


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 Invasive Plant Council
Good information for dealing with plants such as Buckthorn, Dog Strangling Vine, Giant Hogweed

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

Toronto Balconies Bloom
You don’t need a house and yard in order to have a garden

Toronto Botanical Garden
The TBG connects people, plants and the natural world

University of Missouri Extension
Chock full of gardening info

Variegated Devas' 
Along with your “perennial favourites,” they strive to stock unusual annuals and zone hardy perennials with amazingly diverse foliage patterns and colouring
Canadian Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society
Covers growing chrysanthemums and dahlias from selecting stock to planting out, to cultivation hints and tips

Canadian Peony Society
Society promotes the growing, improving and use of peonies in the garden and for home decoration and more

Compost Council of Canada 
A national non-profit, member-driven organization with a charter to advocate and advance organics residuals recycling and compost use

Durham Farm Fresh 
A non-profit membership organization representing farms, farmers’ markets, and chefs and restaurants located within Durham Region

Durham Lakeside Vegetarians 
An informal group offering support,
information and represents vegetarian interests in Durham Region

Durham Integrated Growers 
DIG is a non-profit community group representing Durham Region seeking to enhance the communities’ access to healthy food and food security

Garden History Society
The oldest society in the world dedicated to the conservation and study of historic designed gardens and landscapes

Greater Toronto Water Garden & Horticultural Society
Enthusiastic water gardeners who wish to promote the hobby of water gardening through the sharing of knowledge and experience

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

National Gardening Association 
A nonprofit leader in plant-based education. U.S.-centric, but very informative

Southern Ontario Orchid Society
This is a comprehensive guide to orchid events in Canada. Lots of orchid links

Toronto Region Rhododendron and Horticultural Society
Rhododendron and Azalea and information and meetings

Toronto Vegetarian Association 
Toronto's go-to resource for all things veg. providing vital information through healthy eating workshops, walk-in resource centre, vegetarian business directory, and North America's largest Annual Vegetarian Food Fair
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
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture - Herbs
Growing Culinary Herbs In Ontario

Richters Herbs
Richters Herbs is a Canadian company and their website offers an easy way to view herbs and learn about their medicinal, culinary and horticultural history
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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