An organic garden is attainable, cost-effective and easier than you think.
It's a common misconception that organic gardening is more time-consuming, expensive, and complicated than what is seen as "ordinary" gardening, where in reality commercial gardens are more difficult to keep thriving. Think about how much time and money you've spent on artificial fertilizers, toxic pesticides, constantly watering and replacing plants that don't take -- for an average Torontonian, this can add up to hours of frustration and hundreds of dollars spent over a single season.
The term "organic" refers using an ecological method of garden care that respects and strengthens the natural environment. We focus on enhancing the vitality and health of your soil, preserving biodiversity, promoting animal welfare, and preserving the ecological integrity of your garden environment. No synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or GMOs are permitted in organic care. Legally, "organic" is a certification that designates you have complied with the rules and standards set out by a certifying federal board, the Canadian Organic Standards (COS). With a bit of knowledge and help from your gardening friends at Toronto Horticulture, you can have a beautiful, healthy garden that meets and even exceeds official organic standards!
Here is our promise to you
Our promise, adapted from the Canadian Organic Standards, includes the following:
to protect your living environment, minimize soil degradation and erosion, decrease pollution, optimize biological productivity and promote a sound state of health in your garden
to maintain long-term soil fertility in your garden by optimizing conditions for biological activity within your soil
to maintain biological diversity within your ecological system
to recycle materials and resources to the greatest extent possible within your garden space
to provide attentive garden care that promotes the health and meets the behavioural needs of pollinating birds, butterflies, bees, and other essential garden bugs
to carefully prepare and process organic products and handle materials in a manner that maintains the organic integrity and vital qualities of the products at all stages of garden care
to rely on renewable resources in locally organized garden systems as much as possible
Toronto Horticulture offers a fully customizable range of services depending on your gardening needs, including:
Native plant expertise
Integrated pest management
Indoor plant maintenance
Garden and plant diagnostics
and much more!
We use no synthetic chemicals or gasoline-powered tools, and only certified organic products and solutions. We work with you to understand your visions and goals, to breathe new life into your garden!
We are also available for outreach and education in plant identification, sustainability analyses, composting set-ups, and Toronto horticultural exploration. Come grow with us!
Meet your gardener
Tim Hughes has been working in the field of horticulture and plant care since 1998, and has a diverse educational background that covers the wide spectrum of issues in quality garden care. He holds a diploma in Environmental Landscape Management from Seneca College and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Production Horticulture (food growth) from Olds College, AB. He is certified in pest management, holding Ontario Exterminator’s Licenses, and has continued his education in organic horticulture through Humber College.
Tim has worked in a variety of green settings, and brings a wide range of experience to your green space. He has worked as an arborist, managed an organic farm outside of Toronto, maintained award-winning golf greens, and looks back fondly at his time as a plant specialist at White Rose Nurseries.