Toronto Botanical Garden For all things gardening Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:53:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Make this Compact Herb Garden Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:36:38 +0000 Paul Zammit demonstrates how to pot up savoury herbs for a miniature culinary garden.

1.Select the right container
Plants need ample space to develop a deep root system, so make sure the container is deep enough and large enough to accommodate the roots as the plant matures. Containers can be made of anything from terra cotta to plastic recycling bins. The one we’ve chosen is a heavy vintage wrought iron, which has a classic look and holds the heat many Mediterranean herbs like. The pot must have drainage holes. To discourage slugs and snails from moving inside where they hide during the day and emerge at night to feed on the plants, the trick is to cover large drainage holes with a piece of fine mesh.

2. Add potting soil
Fill the container with freshly bought, porous potting soil to which you can add up to one-third of well-aged manure or compost.

3. Prepare the plants
Before transplanting the herbs, water them well while they’re in their original pots. Then, gently remove the plants and tease out and loosen the root system so they’ll grow into the soil of the larger container.

4. Start with tall plants
This low rectangular planter will be viewed from the front, so the taller herbs – we’ve used three ‘Perpetual Pesto’ basil plants – should be placed at the back. The variegated foliage of this basil is extremely fragrant and hard to resist. Unlike other basils, ‘Perpetual Pesto’ produces fresh new growth all season. When planting, firmly pack enough potting soil around the roots to cover and eliminate any large air pockets.

5. Have fun – mix it up!
Add two curly parsley plants in front of the basil, setting them slightly off-centre. Then, place three ornamental perennial coral bells specimens, which are not edible, but add contrasting foliage texture and colour. (You can also substitute a golden or purple sage for the coral bells.) Finish off with three specimens of the non-edible Hedera helix ‘Pink ’n’ Curly’ ivy as a trailing accent or else with lemon thyme.

6. Add finishing touches
Water the completed planting and top up the potting mix if necessary, allowing for about 2.5 centimetres (one inch) of space between the soil surface and the lip of the container. This ensures water will soak into the soil instead of running off over the sides of the planter. For large containers such as this one, apply a layer of cedar mulch, about 2.5 centimetres (one inch) deep onto the soil surface to help conserve moisture and keep the roots cool during summer heat.

7. Tend with care
Monitor daily and water thoroughly when the soil at about a thumb’s depth becomes dry. Herbs in containers require regular feeding with a water-soluble organic fertilizer such as liquid kelp or fish emulsion, applied at the recommended rates. Slow-release, granular fertilizers may also be used.

Zammit’s tips

  • While many herbs are well known for their fragrant foliage, others offer a wide range of colour, texture and leaf forms. Try mixing golden oregano and variegated thymes and sages.
  • Pinch back herbs frequently throughout the growing season to keep them producing new shoots. If plants become long and straggly, shear them back to promote new growth. (Dry or freeze the clippings for future use.)
  • Add edible flowers to your containers: calendula, violas, pansies, nasturtiums and dianthus are good choices.
  • Some herbs, such as rosemary, parsley, sage, thyme, oregano and lavender, are cold-tolerant which ensures a continuing fragrant and delicious fresh harvest well into late fall.
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REGISTER Your School Class Today Fri, 08 Aug 2014 19:37:22 +0000 SCHOOL VISIT DETAILS

  • $9 registration fee per student per program
  • 2 hour programs running from 9:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. and 12:30p.m. to 2:30p.m.
  • Spring programs run Tuesday through Friday, April 15 to June 20, 2014
  • Fall programs run Tuesday through Friday, September 23 to October 31, 2014
  • Maximum of 30 students per program
  • No charge for each adult supervisor for every five students
  • Schools interested in booking more than one class (even it on same day) must fill out separate registration forms for each class
  • All teaching garden programs include outdoor components; please ensure students are properly dressed for the weather
  • Classes interested in staying for the full day must sign up for Hike-in-a-Bag ($1/student extra), and cannot be guaranteed indoor lunch space
  • All food brought to these programs must be nut-free


Cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance. If a program is cancelled less than two weeks prior to the scheduled date, the projected cost of the program must be paid, in full, by the school.


  • DATE: (Top 3 Choices)
  • Programs run Tuesday through Friday Spring Dates: April 15 to June 20 Fall dates: September 23 to October 31 NB: Dates cannot be guaranteed
  • For more information please call please call 416-397-1288
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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Look Up! Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:36:22 +0000 If your garden is a postage stamp, Ken Brown shows you how to grow up and feed your family garden-fresh vegetables.

There’s lots of room in even the tiniest garden to grow an amazing amount of vegetables. Growing vegetables vertically is the answer. Brussels sprouts are the simplest; they grow on their own vertical stem with no guidance at all. Just tuck the little plants into the ground in early spring and then break the delicious sprouts off after the first fall frost.

Many other vegetables can be encouraged to grow vertically, and everybody’s favourite, tomatoes, is a good example. Simply stake each plant or, for a sky-high tomato garden, build and sink a T-shaped wooden structure into the ground, using an eight-foot- long central post with an eight-foot crosspiece at the top, which extends equally on either side of the post. Hang lengths of nylon cord (about .5 centimetre (one-quarter inch) thick) from the arms, spacing them every 30 centimetres (12 inches). (Nylon is preferable to other materials because it sheds water well.) Finally, loosely tie the ropes around the base of the plants below. Choose indeterminate varieties of tomatoes because they continue to grow and set fruit all season, and each week over the summer prune them to a single stem by pinching out the side shoots. As the stem grows, twine it around the rope. By late summer you’ll have a tomato garden that’s 2.25 metres (7.5 feet) high!
Another easy vertically-inclined vegetable is beans. Forget about growing the back-breaking, space-consuming bush beans. Instead, search the seed catalogues for the many interesting varieties of pole beans. At the base of a tall trellis or obelisk, plant beans together with morning glory seeds. By midsummer you’ll boast the prettiest prolific bean patch in the neighbourhood! In the fall, if you cannot eat all the beans fresh, just let them dry on the vines and harvest them to make baked beans.

Ken Brown is a garden writer and TBG instructor. For more innovative ways to grow vegetables vertically, sign up for his course, Getting Started: Spring Crops & Veggie Garden Designs, on April 17 and visit

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Paul’s Plant Picks: Never Stop Learning and Discovering…. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:00:51 +0000 I have said this before and I will say it again, one of the things I really love about horticulture is that even after the 25 short years that I have been in the business, the excitement of coming across a new plant never tires.

In 2011, I had the pleasure of visiting Thompson and Morgan trials while on a garden tour in England.  I was immediately drawn to what appeared to be a foxglove with blooms that were uniquely shaped and had eye catching colour combination.  I could not help but notice that bees were rather busy visiting each open flower.  Upon closer inspection I found label that read Digiplexis.  What is that?  I recall emailing Sandra (TBG’s Head Gardener) and Aldona (our executive director at the time) that evening about this plant which I just had to try and grow.  I soon learned that Digiplexis is the result of a successful cross between Digitalis purpurea (foxglove) and Isoplexis canariensis (Canary Island foxglove).

Three years later and with much thanks to one of Ontario’s finest wholesale growers, Maple Leaf Nurseries, Digiplexis was available at this year’s plant sale in May.  For additional information about this recent introduction click here.

It would seem I was not the only one excited about this new plant offering at the plant sale.  Within a few hours on the first day of the sale, all but one of the 35 plants were sold out. The one pot I managed to set aside was also discovered and soon disappeared.  As a result, we had no plants to add to the TBG garden this season. Another lesson learned as there is much truth to the saying, “shop early for the best selection” and “buy it before they are gone”.


A couple of weeks ago, our friends in the perennial department at Plant World alerted me to a new plant they just received.  Eriogonum allenii ‘Little rascal’.  Although the species rang a bell I needed to learn more.  According to the Jilleto seeds (a wonderful source of all sorts of amazing treasure) Eriogonum, commonly known Shale Barren Buckwheat is a Western American native perennial that is reported to be hardy to zone 5.  It is said to be drought tolerant, long blooming and a great perennial for supporting foraging bees.  I was also drawn to the grey-green foliage at the base of the plant.  There is no better way to learn more about a plant than to grow it.  We have since planted five specimens in the President’s Choice Show Garden. We will be watching the plants and evaluating their performance over the next few months. Be sure to have a look the next time you are visiting the gardens.


While in the show garden be sure not to miss the three hardy figs (Ficus carica) planted on the south side of the city greenhouse.  Despite the incredibly cold and long winter all three specimens survived.  Each died back completely to ground level. All of the growth visible is new growth from this year.  Be sure to have a close look, yes they are also fruiting.  Fingers crossed that we will have a few figs to donate to the North York Harvest Food Bank along with other produce harvested from the Teaching Garden, Kitchen Garden and Demonstration Courtyard.  No sampling please.


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Floral Design Classes Mon, 04 Aug 2014 21:10:42 +0000 Introduction to Floral Design – SOLD OUT
Wednesdays, September 10 to October 8, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (four sessions, no class Sept. 17)
Public $170; Members $140
Learn how to select and condition flowers. Create a dazzling floral design each week using principles of design and colour. A materials list will be provided.
[PG14S35] Pat Ware

Designing with Glass
Thursdays, September 18th to October 9, 6:30 to 9:30 pm *class on Thursday September 25th will be held on Wednesday September 24th 
Public $170; Members $140
Glass containers perfectly complement the clean lines of contemporary design. Learn how to use the transparent and opaque qualities of glass to the best advantage in floral arrangements.
[PG14S36] Margaret Taylor

Introduction to Floral Design
Thursdays, October 2 to 23, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (four sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
This popular hands-on course is suitable for beginners, for personal or professional interest. Learn floral design basics such as how to select and condition flowers, use floral design supplies and create different design types. Each week you will create one of the following floral designs in class, using the elements of design and colour: water viewing, hand-tied bouquet, crescent and triangular. Materials list will be e-mailed prior to the course start date. Pre-requisite to all other courses in our Floral Design Certificate program.
[PG14F22] Ursula Eley

Basic Floral Design
Mondays, November 3 to 24, 1 to 4 p.m. (four sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
In this follow-up to Introduction to Floral Design, gain in-depth knowledge of plant material and design techniques. Create more complex designs such as columnar line, line mass and asymmetrical triangular mass; and find out what floral judges are looking for in an award-wining design. Materials list will be e-mailed prior to the course start date. Prerequisite: Introduction to Floral Design.
[PG14F23] Sue Clarkson

Festive Door Décor
Tuesday, November 18, 6 to 9 p.m.
Public $50; Members $40
Try your hand at making festive seasonal floral door decorations with designs ranging from a stunning door wreath to a lasting foliage swag. Have fun and show off your creativity to everyone who knocks at your door. Materials will be supplied at a cost of $10 per student.(This class does not apply towards the Floral Design Certificate program.)
[PG14F24] Ellen Clark

Introduction to Floral Design
Mondays, January 5 to 26, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (four sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
This popular hands-on course is suitable for beginners, for personal or professional interest. Learn floral design basics such as how to select and condition flowers, use floral design supplies and create different design types. Each week you will create one of the following floral designs in class, using the elements of design and colour: water viewing, hand-tied bouquet, crescent and triangular. Materials list will be e-mailed prior to the course start date. Pre-requisite to all other courses in our Floral Design Certificate program.
[PG15W04] Sue Clarkson

Miniature, Small and Large Floral Design
Thursdays, January 15 to February 4, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (four sessions)
Public $170; Members $140
Learn how to design on different scales–from tiny, magical miniature pieces to large impressive floral designs. Proportion and scale, of utmost importance for designing all sizes, are discussed in detail. Create designs using both fresh and dried material and contrast traditional with modern design. This course is vital to achieve a full understanding of the scope of floral design. Pre-requisite: Basic Floral Design.
[PG15W05] Margaret Taylor

Floral design courses can be applied towards the Floral Design Certificate unless otherwise noted.

The Introduction to Floral Design and Basic Floral Design courses are prerequisites for other courses, as indicated. When registering online, please only register after you’ve completed the prerequisite course, otherwise a cancellation fee may apply.

Fees do not include floral material or supplies. Buying flowers and containers is always a challenge, but also part of the learning process. You may use any material that is available to you but not on the list provided. The list is a learning aid for selecting appropriate plant material for a design. Each student will therefore have different costs, depending on the design and materials chosen or whether materials are purchased from a shop or are collected from your own garden/house plants.

You will require special supplies in these courses. Below is the list of supplies recommended for both the Introductory and Basic courses. All of these supplies are available in TBG’s garden shop. (Hours may vary. Please call ahead to ensure the shop is open, 416-397-1357, or to inquire about prices.) Alternatively, the shop usually remains open for the half hour before the first introductory class and your instructor will be available to help you choose these items.

  • Snippy Tips I booklet (for fresh plant material)
  • Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards booklet
  • 8 cm (3″) kenzan (pinfrog), preferably with rubber base
  • Stickum — 30 cm (12″) roll in green or white
  • Narrow green waterproof tape — 0.6 or 1.3 cm (¼ or ½”)
  • Standard oasis — 1 block
  • Deluxe oasis — 1 block
  • Chicken wire — 90 cm (3′) (prepackaged by the garden shop)
  • Scissors
  • Secaturs (straight- or curved-edged)
  • Green floral wire, either 22 or 24 gauge (paddle, spool or stick)
  • Container for floral arrangements*

*Containers cannot always be found in the shop specifically for courses, but are widely available in places such as garage sales, dollar stores, hardware stores and department stores, etc.


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Container Gardening with Paul Zammit Mon, 04 Aug 2014 01:28:29 +0000 Paul’s Picks: Autumn Containers
Soak up Paul’s secrets to creating a lush and dramatic autumn container display. Get great tips on choosing containers, seasonal accessories and cold-tolerant plant material that will maximize texture, colour and fragrance for fall arrangements. Small class size to ensure individual attention. All top quality plant material supplied. Bring your favourite container to fit a 12″ to 15” pot liner. Please bring your pruners and gloves.
Public $150; Members $135
[PG14F05] Wednesday, October 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m. OR
[PG14F06] Thursday, October 2, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
[PG14F07] Materials for a second planter. Order by Sunday, September 28.

Paul’s Picks: Holiday Containers
Master container artist, Paul Zammit, guides you through creating a stunning outdoor arrangement. Explore colour palettes and discuss unique seasonal items to create a stunning and personal winter arrangement. Get tips and hands on experience about design and the best wintry-weather plant material, cut evergreen branches and accessories for outdoor containers. Small class size to ensure individual attention. All top quality cut evergreens and accessories are supplied. Bring your favourite container to fit a 9” to 15” pot liner. Please bring your pruners and gloves.
Public $150; Members $135
[PG14F08] Tuesday, November 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. OR
[PG14F09] Wednesday, November 12, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
[PG14F10] Materials for a second planter. Order by Thursday, November 6.

[PG14F11] Public $280; Members $250

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Gardening Sun, 03 Aug 2014 20:57:57 +0000 A Garden for All Seasons
Wednesday, September 24, 2 to 4 p.m. Rain Date: Friday, September 26, 2 to 4 p.m.
Public $40; Members $32
Join Paul Zammit, TBG’s Nancy Eaton director of horticulture, for a detailed review of four-season gardening. Paul shares tips on bulb planting and assorted pruning techniques, and discusses how to highlight a garden’s bones and key design features. Enjoy a talk, tour and treats to take home on this special afternoon.
[PG14S40] Paul Zammit

Miraculous Mosses for Garden Design
Monday, September 29, 7 to 9 p.m.
Public $32; Members $25
More than just a groundcover, mosses are a diverse plant group offering great utilitarian value, as well as stunning design potential. Learn how to identify and use various mosses and companion plants in exciting garden applications varying from a moss lawn to green moss accents on garden sculptures. Information on the care and propagation of mosses for both sun and shade is included.
[PG14S42] Frank Kershaw

Winter Preparations in the Kershaw Garden
Saturday, October 4, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Public $60; Members $50
The long and brutal winter of 2013 saw many gardens damaged, trees toppled and spring growth stunted. Join Frank Kershaw at both his own personal garden and an additional private garden for an in-depth class on seasonal preparation techniques to ensure your gardens are fully prepared for the long winter ahead. Learn how and when to prune, to identify the right tools for the job and their proper use, and appropriate aftercare of pruned plants. Demonstrations include mulch application techniques, when/where to use special compost materials and how to deep water evergreens.
[PG14F01] Frank Kershaw



Mad About Japanese Maples

Tuesday, October 7, 2 to 4 p.m.
Public $32; Members $25
Elegant, yet bold, Japanese maples add the wow factor to a garden. Marion’s garden has one of the largest collections anywhere with a range of sizes from less than a metre to 10 metres tall. Review varieties and best care practices, learn about new cultivars including varieties from pale pink to deep rose, amber and purple. Once considered denizens of the shade garden, these trees are ideal for every corner of your garden.
All levels. Directions provided.
[PG14F02] Marion Jarvie



Jarvie Garden Fall Seminar
Wednesday, October 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Public $43; Members $35
Join Marion in her Thornhill garden to review garden tasks for this frequently overlooked season: preparing winter protection, planting cold-hardy perennials and spring-blooming bulbs, caring for vines and clematis, pruning and propagation of woody plants. Learn how to store your tender plants over winter and keep pesky critters at bay. Bring your queries and be ready to get your hands dirty.
[PG14F03] Marion Jarvie

Dwarf Evergreens for Every Garden
Thursday, October 30, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Public $40; Members $30
Dwarf Evergreens are the best kept secret of long time gardeners. Providing winter structure, colour and beauty, these hardy trees exhibit functionality and charm—available in multiple colours and shapes. Sizes range from knee-high hedges to sweeping, magnificent weeping pines and eye-catching specimens such as variegated hollies. Marion takse you through the collection at TBG and explains how to best care for these tiny giants, including winter propagation techniques.
[PG14F04] Marion Jarvie

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Nature Sun, 03 Aug 2014 01:22:09 +0000 LEAF Tree Tenders Training

Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, September 18, 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, September 20, 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $50; or $70 with Citizen Arborist manual (recommended).
Learn more about tree planting, care and maintenance. Each class provides basic arboriculture training, both in- and outdoors. Includes interactive activities and a group tree planting. Presented by LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) in co-operation with TBG.
For more information and to register: | 416-413-9244

Bat Walk & Talk
Saturday, October 4, 5 to 7 p.m.
Public $32; Members $25
Join bat expert and enthusiast Dr. Brock Fenton to learn about these amazing nocturnal flying mammals, and then take a walk through the gardens to listen for bats with a bat detector (weather permitting). Discover why bats are a crucial component of the urban ecosystem and how we can support bats in the city. Bring all your Chiroptera questions.
[PG14F25] Dr. Brock Fenton



Experience Wilket Creek
Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m. to noon (Rain Date: Saturday, October 25)
Public $20; TBG and TFN Members $15
This interpretive walk led by Don Watershed Regeneration Council chair and Toronto Field Naturalists volunteer Peter Heinz, starts in the manicured gardens of TBG, meanders through a narrow ever-changing ravine, climbs the steep shore of an ancient lake and descends into the wide valley of the West Don River. Learn the story of the river as our looped journey (approximately 6.5 km) follows a small watercourse degraded by rapid urban development and climate change.
[PG14F26] Peter Heinz



Autumn Tree Tour: Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m. to noon
Public $30; Members $20
Explore the variety of unusual trees and shrubs thriving in the city’s famous 138-year-old Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Meet us at the Gate House (southwest entrance) and enjoy the brisk stroll stopping along to way to discover the unique horticultural components of the cemetery arboretum. Identify fruit-filled trees and rare species. Enjoy the colours of fall and discover how to add any of these varieties to your garden.
[PG14F27] Frank Kershaw

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What’s In Bloom: Meadow Lovers Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:44:18 +0000 By far, the most popular flowering plant is currently Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (montbretia) in the Entry Garden, with scarlet-red tubular flowers on 91-centimetre (3-foot) arching stems, this clump-forming plant is drought- and humidity-tolerant.


Next to the Crocosmia, you’ll find the reddish-purple flowers of Monarda ‘Scorpion’ (bergamot).  The stems and bracts are a deep purple.


Monarda ‘Fireball’ (wild bergamot) in the Entry Garden near the shed, has large ruby-red flowers on a compact plant.


I really like Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot) in the Woodland Walk, with pink-lavender blooms. It is a native throughout Canada.


In the Woodland Walk meadow is Agastache foeniculum (anise hyssop) with lavender-purple flowers. It has a long blooming period and is native to Ontario.


Agastache rupestris (threadleaf giant hyssop) in the Kitchen Garden large circular bed, has burnt-orange flowers with purple calyxes (two colours I love).


In the Woodland Walk meadow, Ratibida columnifera forma pulcherrima (Mexican hat plant, long-headed coneflower) has brownish-purple rays. It’s been in flower since late June and will continue until September.


Ratibida pinnata (grey-head coneflower) has bright-yellow rays facing downward; the tall stems grow to 1.5 metres (5 feet). In the Woodland Walk meadow, many are taller than that.


Another meadow plant currently in flower in the Woodland Walk, Desmodium canadense (showy tick treefoil) belonging to the bean family, has numerous pink flowers at the ends of its upper stems. It will reach 91 centimetres (3 feet) or more, sometimes spreading out over the ground.


Senna hebecarpa (wild senna) is a herbaceous perennial reaching up to 1.8 metres (6 feet) with yellow flowers that are attractive to bees. It is in the Woodland Walk meadow.

Anemone-pretty lady emily

Anemones are in bud or bloom. In the Entry Garden close to the path, Anemone hupehensis ‘Pretty Lady Emily’ (Japanese anemone) is in flower. This compact plant from the Pretty Lady series features double, light-pink flowers.


One more for the road (and not in a meadow) is Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Blue’ (balloon flower) in the Garden Hall Courtyard bank. It has violet-blue veined flowers. Plants are long-lived but dislike division or being moved due to the nature of the root system.



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Certificate in Horticultural Therapy Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:02:50 +0000 Explore the many benefits of connecting people and plants. Learn to create seasonal HT activities using gardening – indoors or out, nature activities, floral arranging techniques, and botanical arts and crafts, suitable and adaptable for all ages and abilities. People interested in health care and human services can learn to develop professionally directed plant, gardening and nature activities for diverse populations, designed to optimize physical and mental health of participants and improve quality of life.

The Horticultural Therapy Certificate curriculum offers a comprehensive look at the principles and practices for the professional use of horticulture as therapy. This four-part program focuses on the core skills and knowledge recommended for HT education by the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association (CHTA). The 200 hours of required student course work throughout the year include 120 classroom hours plus tours, independent study and assignments. The course is enriched with hands-on experience in a therapeutic setting and guest experts on special populations. Assignments are practical and build toward a final program proposal and presentation. Current classes are listed here


Upon successful completion of this Certificate course and all assignments students will have demonstrated the ability to:
1. Explain the therapeutic benefits Horticultural Therapy (HT) activities
2. Apply horticulture knowledge to develop HT program content
3. Develop individualized therapeutic programs designed to meet established goals and objectives with measurable outcomes.
4. Create and evaluate a series of seasonal HT project ideas in a therapeutic environment.
5. Estimate budget proposals, source plants and materials and determine funding resources.
6. Document assessment, progress notes and program evaluation to communicate with clinical care team and service providers.

Toronto Botanical Garden is pleased to work with Margaret Nevett, Registered Horticultural Therapist. Margaret is an experienced and enthusiastic H
T practitioner and educator. Her company, Gardening For Life, provides Horticultural Therapy consultation and individualized programs in long term care and rehabilitation facilities. Margaret’s passion for garden making developed through studies in horticulture from the University of Guelph, garden design with international garden designer John Brookes, and Horticultural Therapy training in Ontario and British Columbia.GardenforLife




A Certificate of Completion will be issued including documentation required by CHTA for voluntary registration process.
Four Part Program

1. Foundations of Horticulture As Therapy – Nov to Dec, 2014
2. The Therapeutic Horticulture Professional – Feb to March, 2015
3. Horticultural Therapy Techniques and Settings – June to July, 2015
4. HT Management & Community Development – Nov to Dec, 2015

HT Certificate Part One: Foundations of Horticulture As Therapy
Sat and Sun, November 8 & 9, Nov 22 & 23, Dec 6 & 7 and Sat, Dec 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Public $600; Members $550
Required Text: $60 Horticulture as Therapy: Principles and Practice, Sharon P. Simson, PhD
Explore the evolution of the therapeutic use of gardens and gardening! This introduction to professional practice in Horticultural Therapy (HT) will focus on the many proven benefits of connecting with plants. HT is planned, deliberate and documented. Examine the therapeutic foundations used to create HT programs for diverse populations. Horticulture study at Allan Gardens includes the fundamentals needed to create successful hands-on HT programs.


HT Certificate Part Two: The Therapeutic Horticulture Professional
Feb to March, 2015. Dates TBD
Public $600; Members $550
Using horticulture as a therapeutic modality requires program planning designed to achieve specific goals and objectives. Learn to develop programs and treatment plans that are directly related to reducing a client’s presenting problems and symptoms. Create HT programs that are supported and validated by documentation through assessment, progress notes and program evaluation, and communicated to interprofessional team members and service funders. Understand the needs of unique populations, develop appropriate HT program proposals and explore funding sources. Seasonal HT activities involve hands-on horticulture experience in propagation, organic and edible gardening techniques.

HT Certificate Part Three: Horticultural Therapy Techniques and Settings
June to July, 2015. Dates TBD
Public $600; Members $550
Session planning, with groups or one-on-one, involves adapting activities to meet diverse needs and developing methods to evaluate progress. Learn to create therapeutic environments using tools and techniques that enable people of all abilities to participate in HT activities, indoors and out, year round. Budgeting and sourcing of plants and materials are explored. Horticulture expertise includes greenhouse management, raised beds and container gardening, and selecting and growing plants for creative botanical arts and crafts.

HT Certificate Part Four: HT Management & Community Development
Nov/Dec, 2015. Dates TBD
Public $600; Members $550
Business and management skills are required to practice HT through a contracting business model or employment opportunities. Discover how to market your program proposals, determine funding strategies and consider grants, fundraising and resources for program support and community development. Gain proficiency and confidence to practice HT through the presentation of your comprehensive HT program proposal detailing design, implementation and management. The future of HT includes professional development and research opportunities.

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