After 25 years, the creator of the Toronto Gardener’s Journal & Source Book, Margaret Bennet-Alder, decided to transfer her labour of love to a new team of gardeners. She chose sisters Helen Battersby and Sarah Battersby of Toronto Gardens. 

Since 2017, the Battersby Girls have annually updated the garden diary, renaming it to better reflect its contents.

The 30th Edition of the Toronto & Golden Horseshoe Gardener’s Journal was recognized with both a Gold and a Silver Medal in the 2022 Media Awards of GardenComm, the international association for garden communicators.

In the Gold round, the GardenComm judges said: “The Toronto and Golden Horseshoe Gardener’s Journal is what every gardening journal should be.”

As always, the 2024 Edition quickly sold out. Please visit our website and join our mailing list to hear when the 2025 Edition is ready for preorders in the fall.

About the Gardener’s Journal

With loyal customers across Canada (and even the U.S.), the Toronto & Golden Horseshoe Gardener’s Journal is designed to give down-to-earth weekly tips on what to do when, indoors and out, and more. Inside, planning tools help gardeners like you organize the things you need – to grow the things you want:

  • Be ready for spring/fall frost dates in your zone
  • Know when to start seeds and transplant outside
  • Remember what you bought, sowed or planted – and when
  • Record your garden successes, surprises, and even your flops
  • Draw plans for your raised beds or garden
  • Find plant and seed sources in a comprehensive directory

Whether you grow veggies, natives, or exotic flowers, the Toronto & Golden Horseshoe Gardener’s Journal makes your gardening life easier.