Do you love your garden and want your garden to love you too? This live chat is for you!

Submit questions now for expert gardeners Carlo Balistrieri, the head of horticulture at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ont., Hamilton master gardener Claudette Sims and master-gardener-in-training Marie Clarke. 

The chat takes place live at noon on August 28. Send in your questions by email to, by Twitter to @CBC Hamilton or use the #CBCGardens hashtag. You can also leave questions in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Let us know what you are doing with your garden in August. And, what your plans are for the fall.

Our experts will have tips on how to ensure the best fall colour in your garden, and advice on planting bulbs.

Meet the gardeners

Carlo Balistrieri


Carlo Balistrieri is the Head of Horticulture at the Royal Botanical Gardens. (Royal Botanical Gardens)

Carlo Balistrieri comes to the Royal Botanical Gardens from a stint as Executive Director of the Gardens at Turtle Point in Tuxedo Park, New York. He has personally grown an astounding range of plants, from single-celled bioluminescent algae to Sequoia sempervirens, bulbs to epiphytes, orchids to cacti to African violets.

Claudette Simms


Claudette Sims is a Master Gardener (Supplied)

Claudette is a retired educator and has been a member of Halton Region Master Gardeners since 2004. She has lots of experience with invasive species given that she has grown so many of them! She loves to attract wildlife to her garden and has increasing knowledge and admiration for our beautiful native plants.

Marie Clarke-Davies


Marie Clarke is a Master Gardener in Training. (Supplied)

Marie Clarke Davies is a Master Gardener in training.

This is our third in a series of monthly chats about life in the garden. You can check out our two previous chats for some more good gardening advice:

Happy planting!