NO GUFF GARDENER

Don't miss the garden news! August 26th is the last regular column in the garden section of the Calgary Herald newspaper. Keep the garden info coming!  Sign up NOW to receive our e-newsletter with timely gardening news, links and updates. Find out where Donna Balzer is speaking and what she is cultivating in her own No-Guff Garden. Read my July enewsletter.

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"First things first... just passing along my thanks to you for sharing your knowledge. I love you Donna! " Debra Strate

Are you looking for someone to HELP PLAN your garden in Calgary?  I'll help you design your ornamental, vegetable, fruit garden or greenhouse in Calgary (sorry one-on-one consultations are extremely limited and I don't do them outside of Calgary.)

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A GREAT SPEAKER Anywhere? I can speak at your workshop, business, conference or special event. Call me for details (403-827-6390).

Who is Donna?

  • Co-host of HGTV’s internationally broadcast TV show “Bugs & Blooms” filmed in Canada and aired internationally!
  • CBC radio guest (Alberta@Noon) reporting live from the backyards of Alberta. There are still a few CBC call-in shows left this summer: Final show is on September 23.
  • Garden Columnist for the Calgary Herald Newspaper.  Articles showcase stories that will interest gardeners and readers and inspire you to grow your best gardens ever! Final column this season is on August 26. CREBNow articles continue all year.

Donna Balzer Speaks to business groups and at special events about how you can change your life - one cabbage at a time! This video was captured at the Home & Garden Show in Calgary, 2016. The response was huge!


I listen to gardeners, study the latest research from professionals, and bring it all together as I educate, engage and entertain audiences. My speaking topics are growing to include the world of health professionals. My first health fair keynote was this spring.

My recent book with co-author Steven Biggs is the Canadian best seller "No Guff Vegetable Gardening".

Imagine having me speak at your special event or conference! I am a story telling gardener offering workshops and seminars.    CALL ME NOW at 403-827-6390.

My 7 year-old Grandson Cohen helped build my Hugelkultur beds in Qualicum Beach, BC. 

My 7 year-old Grandson Cohen helped build my Hugelkultur beds in Qualicum Beach, BC. 

I raised over 700 lbs squash in my various pop-up gardens last year. Do you have an empty alley or boulevard just itching to grow food? What are you waiting for?

I raised over 700 lbs squash in my various pop-up gardens last year. Do you have an empty alley or boulevard just itching to grow food? What are you waiting for?

"Such a great night!  Thank you so much [for the workshop].  You are AMAZING!!!
What a fantastic vibe the whole evening!" Cheers,
- Rob Gray, Asset Management, ScotiaMcLeod

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My Blogs and Blooms page shows my latest garden blog.

Donna Balzer is an enthusiastic speaker and media personality.

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I have purchased a few very informative gardening books over time but this one of yours “No Guff Vegetable Gardening” is the best in my thinking. I showed it to a few friends last week and they all are pretty impressed and I trust will purchase a copy. What a wealth of information!”
— Marilyn Henderson