The Simcoe County Master Gardeners group was formed in 1986 with the support of the Alliston Horticulture Society.  Founding members included Alastair Crawford and Ken Phipps as co-ordinators.  Other members included Ivy Gross and husband Ray, Gisela Kruegar, Marjorie Bell, Jean Crawford, Jane Blackstock and Kevin Healey to name a few.  Presently we have about 20 members and several Emeritus members. 

2018 Executive

SCMG Co-ordinator               Linda Peacock                                  

Treasurer                              Gail Cocker                        

Recording Secretary              Pat Duncan                        

Education Co-ordinator          Charlotte Vorstermans       

PickSmart Co-ordinator          Inez Mitchell                     

Volunteer Hours Recorder      Anna Sauve                       

Webmistress                          Stephanie Brash                


Master Gardeners of Ontario is a volunteer organization comprised of individuals who are certified horticultural experts providing in-depth sustainable gardening information to the general public.

Our mandate is to motivate and educate the general public and gardeners in Simcoe County. 

We offer Pick Smart seminars to Horticultural Societies.  Members of the society are divided into three small groups of between 10-15 and move around from session to session.  This gives each group the opportunity to ask and answer questions on an individual basis.  Hand-outs are included.

To determine the number of speakers to book divide the estimated number of members attending by 15.  It may be possible to provide topics you suggest but will depend on the availability of the speakers from the dates selected.  A wide variety of topics are available.  Here are just a few:

Containers                              Fruit tree Management

Ponds                                     Vines

Butterflies                              Weeds

Soil                                         Easy Annuals

Roses                                      Perennials

Composting                             Insects

Seed Starting                          Spring Ephemerals

Tree Pruning Small Fruits        Bulbs

Shade Gardening                     Garden Clean Up

Drought Tolerant Plants           Pesticides and You

Grasses                                   Roses

Butterfly Gardening                 plus many more....

Want to book a PickSmart?    Contact us  and we will be happy to assist.

Simcoe County Master Gardeners also offers speaker talks.  A vast variety of presentations are available on the following topics:

Perennial Grasses                  Life and Gardens in Japan            Seed Starting                    

Good Bugs-Bad Bugs             Drought Gardening                       Perennial 101

Fern and Friends                   Gardening in the Shade                 3-Season Color

Composting and Mulch          Clematis                                       Flowering Shrubs                     

Pruning 101                           Containers                                    Herbs as Ornamentals

Right Plant : Right Place        Plants that are Unkillable              Xeriscaping

Planting Spring Bulbs            Houseplants                                  Bog Gardens

Perennial Planting                 Love Your Begonias                       Shrubs

Extending Bloom Time of Perennials/Shrubs                               Timely Pruning

Natives & Invasives: Making Thoughtful Plant Choices               

Indoor Tropical Gardens                                           

Just have a gardening question.....ask a Master Gardener! 

Find a Master Gardener  for a speaker presentation.

Meetings are held 5:30PM on the third Tuesday of each month with the exception of December, January and February due to weather conditions in our area.  They are held at Simcoe County District School Board, Coldwater Room in Midhurst. 


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