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. and Hamilton Master Gardener Claudette Sims.

The chat takes place live at noon on Wednesday, October 2. 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.

Our experts will have tips on the best way to prepare you garden for winter. Tell us your best gardening stories over the summer.

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 Sims


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

Happy gardening!