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The Simcoe County Master Gardeners group was formed in 1986 with the support of the Alliston Horticulture Society. Founding members included Alistar 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.
SCMG Co-ordinator Linda Peacock firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Marie-Laure Varcoe email@example.com
Recording Secretary Pat Duncan firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Co-ordinator Charlotte Vorstermans email@example.com
PickSmart Co-ordinator Inez Mitchell Inez.firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Hours Recorder Anna Sauve email@example.com
Webmistress Susan Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Soil Easy Annuals
Seed Starting Spring Ephemerals
Tree Pruning Small Fruits Bulbs
Shade Gardening Garden Clean Up
Drought Tolerant Plants Pesticides and You
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.