People love using the Gardener's Journal

"Wouldn't it be nice to have a guide book for Toronto gardeners that gives weekly tips on what to do when? Oh wait, there is! …The Toronto Gardener's Journal."
– Parkdale & Toronto Horticultural Societies

"Who knew you could find so much information, so precisely packaged in one place? The Toronto Gardener’s Journal offers a bee-line to success for new and experienced Toronto gardeners."
– Donna Balzer, best-selling author, No Guff Vegetable Gardening, and award-winning HGTV host

Experts Say

“The best journal I’ve ever seen.”

— Charlie Dobbin, host of AM 740’s the Garden and Home Show

“It is not just for those that live in Toronto.”

— Joanne Shaw, Down2Earth Landscapes, Pickering

“There’s one Christmas gift that I always look forward to buying for myself: that’s my Toronto Gardener’s Journal.”

— Sonia Day, Toronto Star

“I use the Source Book all the time.”

— Mark Cullen, television, radio, and newspaper garden expert

Users Say

“I have learned so much from just following the pages weekly.”

— J.L., Toronto, Ontario

“I like the non-chemical, green approach to the weekly gardening guide.”

— J. V., Etobicoke, Ontario

“I always look forward to receiving this wonderful publication. Nothing quite like it.”

— G.C., Victoria, B.C.

“Couldn’t be without it.”

— U.H., Kincardine, Ontario


After 25 years, in 2017 Margaret Bennet-Alder, creator of the original and much-loved Toronto Gardener’s Journal & Source Book, decided to transfer her labour of love to a new team of gardeners.

A new beginning

Read Margaret’s story here. This marks the third year since Margaret passed the reins of her beloved garden journal to Helen Battersby and Sarah Battersby, the sisters who’ve collaborated since 2006 on the award-winning blog Toronto Gardens.

In 2020, the Journal again has everything current and soon-to-be fans will love – plus a brand new name. Now called the Toronto & Golden Horseshoe Gardener’s Journal, it respects what repeat customers all over Southern Ontario have known for a long time: It’s useful far beyond the GTA.

Last year “those Battersby girls” fully updated the Gardener’s Journal Source Book directory contained in the book – and this year, they’re offering the separate ebook version at a new lower price. The print Source Book is becoming so big, it soon won’t fit the binding!

We hope both help you record and enjoy many happy times in your garden!