2021 Walk-abouts

Since we can’t gather together indoors instead we have planned a year full of outdoor gatherings we call “Walk-abouts.”  Normally we host one of these each year but this year we’ll have 8 or 9 events where we can share a couple of hours with our gardening friends.

Please note: You MUST pre-register for these events. Members only. Safety precautions will be enforced. Masks must be worn and everyone is to stay within their own family bubble.

2021 Walk-abouts
Outdoor events begin at 6:00pm

March 9th:  Turtle Conservation Centre tour

Join us for our first “Get-together” and learn all about turtles!  The TCC is giving us a tour of their new overflow facility located on Television Road.

OTCC’s mission is to Protect and Conserve Ontario’s Native Turtles and their Habitat…

The OTCC accomplishes this by operating a turtle hospital that treats, rehabilitates, and releases injured turtles, by performing extensive research in the field to further conservation initiatives, and by running a comprehensive education and outreach program.

As an organization, they strive to increase awareness of the challenges facing Ontario’s turtles and to inspire individuals to act to help.
They’re big believers that every person truly can make a difference!


April 13th, David Hickey, Artist

David Hickey is best known for his metal work depicting the landscape of the Kawarthas.  David will be giving us an indoor and outdoor tour of his studio and garden.

His manipulation of rigid hardened metal into a fluid form is reminiscent of how nature transforms the harshest of landscapes. His paintings reflect an impressionistic framework that allow the viewer to enter into the inner dialogue of the art and help complete the overall presentation. In both his paintings and metal work, David embellishes his art with colour and textures leaving a hand forged feel to the final work.

“Ideas, imagination, the natural world, mediums in transformation, organic representation within a contemporary impressionist framework, these are the components that awaken my inner creativity.” — David Hickey


May 11: Ecology Park, Vern Bastable

Vern Bastable is the Manager of GreenUP Ecology Park and Landscape Programs. Vern has been an integral part of GreenUP’s urban forest program and the operations of the tree nursery in GreenUP Ecology Park. He earned an Ecosystem Management Diploma from Fleming College and is an Ontario certified tree seed collector. Vern’s expertise is with urban forest management and municipal heritage tree designation.

A personal tour of The Ecology Park will be perfect on this May evening. The park is often described as the “Jewel” of Peterborough.


June 15: Joe & Hazel Cook, Blossom Hill Nursery

Joe and Hazel Cook are well known to the gardening community for their Peonies and Delphiniums.  Also beekeeping has been keeping them very busy. And in 2019-2020 they turned 14 acres of land into a wildflower meadow for birds and pollinators!  There will be lots of space for us to wander around and see Joe and Hazels many accomplishments.


July : Garden Tour



July 13: Bea Chan, Summer roads flower company

Nestled within the agricultural landscape of Peterborough County, Summer Roads Flower Company specializes in seasonal, locally grown flowers, inspired by the natural world.

Bea grows on her family farm of 10 diverse acres.  Her flowers are unique, beautiful and connect to the land & the season.  The natural world inspires and brings joy everyday and they want to share that beauty and joy with you.

​Summer Roads Flower company is 30 minutes from Peterborough/Nogojiwanong, and minutes away from the many lakes in the area. 

The farm will be in full bloom for all to enjoy.


August 10: Carlotta James, Pollinator gardens

Carlotta James is an eco-landscaper, community outreach specialist and long-distance runner. Carlotta graduated from the University of Toronto with an honours bachelor of arts in international relations and political science, where she subsequently was awarded a scholarship under the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program to study advanced Chinese at Yunnan University.

In addition to her academic interests, Carlotta’s natural curiosity in the global community have led her to work and travel in China, South Africa, England, Australia and Mexico for six years. Carlotta currently lives in Peterborough with her family, where her passion for environmental sustainability is evident through her community work with Peterborough Pollinators. Carlotta is co-founder of Three Sisters Natural Landscapes, an eco-landscaping social enterprise dedicated to creating pollinator-friendly gardens in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Carlotta is also co-founder of the Monarch Ultra, an international relay run, documentary and conservation project aimed at connecting communities across North America with common goals of Earth stewardship and biodiversity conservation. When Carlotta is not building gardens, she is found running along forest trails with her family and friends.

Carlotta will take on a tour of a pollinator garden and share her wealth of knowledge with us.

Sept. 14: Anna’s Perennials

Anna is originally from Poland, and came to Canada in 1989. In Poland she spent 2 years at Horticultural College, and worked at the local Farmers Co-op. In her spare time she worked in local orchards, and grew and sold some of her own plants.

After moving to her “cottage” from the Toronto area with her new husband in 1994, her gardens were growing, and after two years, she started selling a few plants and seedlings out of that location .. thus Anna’s Perennials was started.

Anna’s European background, and formal schooling at College gives her a different perspective towards her style of planting, and incorporating many of the plants that are not popular here, but are in other parts of the world.

Anna is a mad gardener as she is always looking for a new plant, collecting seeds and trying to grow plants that others say aren’t possible in our area.

For several years, Anna has been giving talks/demonstrations to various horticultural groups in the area on many different topics, such as ‘winter hardy cactus and other succulents ,’ ‘perennial grasses’, my favorite plants’ .

We look forward to a personal tour of Anna’s gardens.

Oct. 19: Matt & Tracy Logan, Logan Tree Experts
We’ll meet virtually using Zoom.
Trees..trees…trees!  Matt and Tracy are the tree experts!They’ll share with us their extensive knowledge of trees.  Tips on choosing the right tree for your property. Trees to attract wildlife. Trees for beautiful fall colour. And tips on care and pruning.

Logan Tree Experts is a professional, full service tree care company offering tree planting, pruning, removal and more. They work with their clients to care for their trees in a safe, efficient and ethical manner while educating and raising awareness of proper tree care.

Proudly serving Peterborough and the Kawarthas!


Nov. 9th, Brenda Ibey – Attracting birds to your garden

Who knows…maybe by November we can once again meet in person. If that’s the case the speaker may change.  Otherwise, Brenda will offer us a short zoom presentation on attracting birds to your garden from her home.

Brenda is the owner of The Avant-Garden Shop in Peterborough and her shop was awarded the “2021 Wild Bird store of the year!”  She is also a 45 year volunteer with The Lakefield Horticultural Society, Hazel Wilson award winner and two time Business excellence award winner.

Brenda knows her stuff when it comes to feeding and attracting birds to your garden.

Dec. 14th – Potluck????