Astrid Muschalla

Courses Taught


Current Courses
Plant Knowledge 2 - Ornamentals, online

Past Courses Taught
Plant Knowledge 1 - Natives, online
Plant Knowledge 2 - Ornamentals, online
Growing Food Organically, online
Organic Horticulture Specialist, online
Organic Master Gardener, online
Ecological Landscape Design, co-facilitator online
Basic Botany, Seneca College
Gaia College - Online Instructor


SOUL Certified Organic Land Care Professional, 2013 - present
Master Gardener, 2008 - present
Board member of Canadian standards association – Society for Organic Urban Land Care, 2012 – present
Professional Home Economist, 1990 to present
College Teacher of various diploma and certificate food, nutrition, and horticulture courses for Kemptville College, Algonquin College, Humber College, Centennial College, St. Lawrence College, Canadian Coast Guard College

Active memberships in the following professional associations

Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA)
Landscape Ontario – CLP certification will be complete in 2016
Master Gardeners of Ontario (MGOI)
Society for Organic Urban Land Care (SOUL)
Canadian Home Economics Association


Professional Organic Horticulturist, Humber College, 2011
Teachers of Adults Certificate - Designing, Developing and Facilitating Online Courses, Algonquin College, 2006
Horticulturist Certificate, University of Guelph, 2002
Certified Plantsman, University of Guelph, 1996
Certificate in Small Scale Poultry Production, Kemptville College of Agricultural Technology, 1990
Certificate of Organic Gardening, Kemptville College of Agricultural Technology, 1988


Astrid Muschalla works as a Certified Organic Land Care Professional in business, consulting and education – her company is AstridKnowsPlants.ca. Emphasis is on ecological landscape design, Astrid has over 20 years experience working on private and public lands, most notably, consulting on organic maintenance practices for Corktown Common Park, PanAm Games Athletes Village, Toronto, in 2014 and 2015. Astrid’s work has been nominated twice for the Urban Habitat Stewardship Award from Evergreen Canada on a high profile waterfront Parks Canada project working with employees and temporary staff to establish a Carolinian Park and Arboretum from barren railway lands. This work involved training, educating staff and the public on the requirements for indigenous plants and developing and maintaining healthy ecosystems. As a volunteer, with the High Park Stewardship Program in Toronto, she educated members, and public on native plants & propagation from 2008-2012. Astrid’s gardens have also been featured on Doors Open, various community garden tours, and CTV's Garden of the Month. Astrid worked as a design judge for Communities in Bloom. Astrid is the part-time coordinator for Seneca College’s Organic Land Care - Levels 1, 2 and 3.