Helen Battersby has shared inspiration and images from her travels in Canada, the US, UK, and Europe as an engaging speaker and since 2006 as an award-winning blogger on TorontoGardens.com.

In 2017, Helen became co-publisher of The Toronto & Golden Horseshoe Gardener’s Journal; 2022 marked its 30th Edition. In 2021, she was elected National Director (Canada & International) for GardenComm, the industry association for garden communicators.

To her passion for all things gardeny, she brings the visual storytelling panache of a long freelance writing and creative consulting career in the graphic design field, harnessing the power of words and pictures.


A graduate in landscape design at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson), where her thesis team shared the Shawn Gallaugher Design Excellence Award, Helen also holds a horticulture certificate from University of Guelph.

Adding to a fine arts B.A. in theatre performance from Toronto’s York University, she has studied marketing and journalism at Toronto Met, and poetry at the University of Toronto and the Humber School for Writers.

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Helen has served as a volunteer for nearly 18 years with the Toronto Master Gardeners. Her special interest is creating and delivering garden presentations that are accurate, informative and visually engaging.

Hooked on power walking since 2003, she has also put four full marathons, 45+ half marathons, and many 5-16K races under her feet. She’d be much faster if she didn’t keep stopping to take pictures of gardens.