Live chat replay: Japanese Beetles, emerald cedars, plant thieves

Got a problem in the garden? There's a good chance the solution is right here. Check out the live chat replay with expert gardeners Donna Parker, Claudette Sims and Marie Clarke-Davies. Also listen to the call-in chat with Ontario Today's Ed Lawrence and host Amanda Pfeffer.

Live chats with expert gardeners every Monday all summer

Get your garden growing with a live call-in conversation with Ontario Today's Ed Lawrence at 12:30 p.m.. On Monday June 23rd we'll have expert gardeners Donna Parker, Claudette Sims and Marie Clarke-Davies ready to help. Join us online or by phone at 1-888-817-8995 or do both. Either way, your weeds don't stand a chance!

With this impressive arsenal of gardening talent be sure someone will have a bright solution for any problem your garden can throw at you. Don't think so? We dare you to try and stump our panellists.

Every Monday at 12:30 p.m. our experts can help you with everything from the right way to get rid of bindweed, how to fertilize your roses, how to grow tomatoes in containers and much more. Listen live to Ed Lawrence on Ontario Today right on this page at 12:30 p.m. and and join the online conversation too.

Meet the gardeners

Our rotating group of online panelists will include Jon Peter, Curator and Manager of Plant Documentation
Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton-area master gardeners Claudette Sims and Donna Parker as well as master-gardener-in-training Marie Clarke.

Jon Peter

Jon L. Peter has diplomas in horticulture from the University of Guelph and from the prestigious Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture. Since graduating, Jon has worked at some of the finest botanical institutions in North America, including the Arnold Arboretum, The Morton Arboretum & the New York Botanical Garden. Jon is currently Curator & Manager of Plant Documentation at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Claudette Sims

Claudette Sims, a retired educator, has been a member of Halton Region Master Gardeners since 2005 and is proud to be Vice President of Master Gardeners of Ontario. She is passionate about gardening and loves to attract and observe wildlife in her garden. Over the years, she’s gained a better appreciation of the role and beauty of native plants in our gardens. 

Donna Parker

Donna Parker, a retired educator with a background in Environmental Science, has been a Master Gardener since 2000.
She has worked with woody plants at Sheridan Nursery and had her own garden design and consultation business in the greater Hamilton area. She volunteers on the gardening hotlines at the Royal Botanical Gardens and for Halton Master Gardeners. Donna gardens in Ancaster and loves the challenge of designing and creating beauty among the wonderful old trees.  

Marie Clarke-Davies

Marie Clarke-Davies, an executive producer at CBC News and has been involved with Halton Master Gardeners since 2009. Her passions are creating bird—and pollinator—friendly gardens and working with native plants, though she admits to a weak spot for the garden designs of Japan and Italy. 

Send us your questions in advance through email at or ask our panelists live using the comment box on this page on Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Your garden will love it if you do.

Did you know?

Master Gardeners in Ontario are experienced gardeners who have studied horticulture extensively and continue to upgrade their skills yearly through technical training. Master Gardeners start out as master gardeners in training until they complete the educational and volunteer component of the mandate.

Master gardeners and master gardeners in training provide free garden advice to the public by participating in volunteer activities such as garden advice clinics, answering questions via email and now in online chats!

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