Live chat replay with expert gardeners: July 7, 2014

Got a problem in the garden? Your solution is right here. Live chat with expert gardeners. Also listen to the call-in chat with Ontario Today's Ed Lawrence. Call in by dialing 1-888-817-8995.

Live chats with expert gardeners every Monday all summer

A bee lands on a flower as it goes about pollinating flowers in a garden in Chelsea, Que., Wednesday June 25, 2014. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Get your garden growing with a live call-in conversation with Ontario Today's Ed Lawrence at 12:30 p.m.. On Monday July 7, 2014 we'll have expert gardeners Claudette Sims, Jon Peter and Marie Clarke-Davies ready to help. Join us online or by phone at 1-888-817-8995 or do both.

No gardening problem is too big to be solved by our panel of experts. Think you can stump the pro's? Give it a shot.

Every Monday at 12:30 p.m. our experts can help you with everything from stopping that critter that keeps digging up your acorn squash to getting rid of the Japanese Beetles infesting your grape vines. Plenty more too. Listen live to Ed Lawrence on Ontario Today right on this page at 12:30 p.m. Monday 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 at the 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 2011. 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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