Live chat with expert gardeners on June 16, 2014

Get your garden growing with a call-in chat with Ontario Today's Ed Lawrence starting at 12:30 p.m. Join us online with experts Jon Peter from the Royal Botanical Gardens, Marie Clarke-Davies and Claudette Sims. Call 1-888-817-8995, join online or do both! Your weeds don't stand a chance.

Experts offer tips on how to get your garden growing

Click on the audio file below to listen to Rita Celli's entire interview with Ed Lawrence on Ontario today from June 16, 2014.

Get your garden growing with a live call-in conversation with Ontario Today's Ed Lawrence starting at 12:30 p.m.. We'll also have expert gardeners Jon Peter from the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Marie Clarke-Davies and Claudette Sims. 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 you can 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.

Starting on 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. Monday and join the online conversation too.

Also on Ontario Today, starting at noon, in April, 15 per cent of young people in Ontario were looking for work. Now university and high school students are looking for summer jobs. How hard is it? Rita Celli talks with Steve Cordes, the Executive Director of a non-proft group called Youth Opportunites Unlimited in London. He's been helping young people land jobs for 30 years.

Meet the gardeners

Our group of online panelists will include Jon Peter, Curator and Manager of Plant Documentation
Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton master gardener Claudette Sims and 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 in various capacities 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 now 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. 

Marie Clarke-Davies

Marie Clarke-Davies, an executive producer at CBC News, 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 through Twitter using #CBCGardens or #CBCGardenChat hashtags, or ask our panelists live on Monday at 12:30 p.m. at

Your garden will love you 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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