Elizabeth A. Klose
Elizabeth A. Klose: Gardening Expert

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  • HGTV
Liz Klose is the superintendent of the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture, where she began as an instructor in 1991. Her teaching experience included plant identification, soils, plant health care, plant propagation, and fruit and vegetable culture. She was also Instructor/Curator of the Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden and the Rose Garden. In 2002, she was appointed as Superintendent of the School of Horticulture. Last year, she was recognized for her years of dedication to the industry and horticultural education and received the Ontario College Horticulture Educator of the Year Award.

Liz and her husband Gerald also maintain a garden at their home in Niagara-on-the-Lake which has been featured on HGTV's Gardeners' Journal as well as in magazines and on several garden tours.

A 1982 graduate of the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Honours), Liz has worked in agriculture, public relations in the wine industry and horticulture, before finding her passion in academic and practical horticultural education. She is a frequent speaker before garden clubs, plant societies, conferences and schools.

In 2003, she co-authored her first publication, Roses for Ontario, and in 2005, The Best Garden Plants for Ontario, a handy reference guide to help Ontario gardeners put plants with proven performance in the right place!
  • Best Spring Garden Tools
    Garden tools are our best companions in the garden.

    Choosing the best garden tools for this section was a challenging task. To narrow the list down to the best ten was like asking “what family member do you love the most”. We all have our favourites, but love them all!

    The theme of this collection assembles the best tools that all gardeners must have in their garden maintenance arsenal. These tools are all manual, “powered by you” tools. They are “the right tools for the right task,” able to tackle the majority of your garden maintenance chores.

    At the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture we determined, through years of research and first-hand experience, the best tools to issue to our staff and students. They maintain 100 acres (40 ha.) of gardens and plant collections, so their tools must be strong, reliability durable to withstand rigorous use and are comfortable to handle for long periods of time. The tools include favourites used by the landscape industry. The secateurs (small hand pruners) and loppers are also the tools of choice by the fruit and vineyard operators who prune millions of trees and vines each year. The Best of the Best garden tools is a compilation of the best tools as selected by the experts themselves. You also deserve the best tools to tend your own garden!

    The best friend in the garden is the wheelbarrow. It is the soldier upon whose shoulders carry the burden of our toil. It is the unsung hero who literally gets all the dirty jobs, along with the trusty hoe and spade. Under appreciated, the wheelbarrow is therefore placed on the top of my list. The loppers, shears, and secateurs are the finesse team of garden maintenance tools. When properly used, these tools contribute to plant health care, training, form, and structure. The weeding tools are the “bouncers.” They weed out the opportunistic uninvited guests to the garden party. The spade is the support team motivator. It is the trusted tool to help you plant a future in your garden to enjoy for the seasons and years to come.
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