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. The 2021 edition will mark the fourth year since Margaret passed the reins of her beloved garden journal to “those Battersby girls,” Helen and Sarah, the sisters who’ve collaborated since 2006 on the award-winning blog Toronto Gardens.

As always, the Journal has the tips and record-keeping tools current and soon-to-be fans will love. For 2021, you’ll see the biggest change in our Source Book. We’ve again revised it to be as updated as possible, but all the new contents were out-stretching the bindings. Something had to give!

So, for 2021, you’ll find the Source Book in its fullest form as the separate, searchable ebook – complete with the active URLs that make it a convenient research tool. In the print Journal, we feature a comprehensive list of plant and seed sources, as well as shortcuts to horticultural advice and services.

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