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Meet the gardeners
Our rotating group of online panelists includes Jon Peter, Curator and Head of Plant Documentation at the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), Alex Henderson, Curator of Collections at RBG, Hamilton and Toronto Area Master Gardeners Claudette Sims, Tena Van Andel, Tina Cesaroni, Donna Parker, Patty King and Liza Drozdov.
Jon L. Peter graduated in Horticulture from the University of Guelph and the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture. Jon has worked in some of the best botanical institutions in North America, including the Arnold Arboretum, the Morton Arboretum, and the New York Botanical Garden. Jon is curator and director of plant documentation at Royal botanical gardens.
Claudette Sims, a retired educator, has been a member of Halton Region Master Gardeners since 2005 and is the 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 has gained a greater appreciation for the role and beauty of native plants in our gardens.
Donna Parker worked in a woody plant nursery and had her own garden design and consulting business. She volunteers on the gardening hotlines at the Royal Botanical Gardens and for Halton Master Gardeners. Donna enjoys the challenge of designing and creating beauty among the wonderful old trees in her garden.
Tena van Andel
Tena van Andel has volunteered with the Toronto Master Gardeners and Master Gardeners of Ontario since 2003. She writes and lectures on anything and everything about gardening. His latest adventures include regenerating a 19th century Northern Ontario farm and teaching a functional fitness class only for gardeners.
Tina Cesaroni is a master gardener from Toronto. She studied horticulture and garden design while living in England. Native plants are of particular interest. Blurring the line between ecology and horticulture, she enjoys recommending easy-to-grow native plants that are perfect for the birds, bees, and insects of any urban garden.
Alex Henderson has studied horticulture, conservation practices for botanic gardens, plant science, and museum studies in the UK, Sweden and the US. He worked at the Royal Botanic Garden’s Kew, UK before becoming Curator of Living Collections at the Royal Botanical Gardens. He is president of the professional section of plant collections of the American Public Gardens Association.
Patty King has been a master gardener since 2007. She faces the challenges of a large garden and fights invasive plants, weeds and animals on a daily basis. Native trees and plants are close to his heart. Patty always writes a blog about her garden and has another on the history of women and gardens.
Liza Drozdov is the author of Design My Life, a comic book exposing the Home Reno / Design television industry, a former executive producer of Holmes Makes it Right, a senior member of the Halton Master Gardeners group and a house cat. You can follow her on Twitter too.
Did you know?
The Master Gardeners of Ontario are experienced gardeners who have studied horticulture extensively and continue to hone their skills each year through technical training. Master gardeners start as master gardeners in training until they complete the educational and voluntary part of the mandate. Master Gardeners and Master Gardeners-in-Training provide free gardening advice to the public by participating in volunteer activities such as garden counseling clinics, answering questions via email and now in online discussions!