2017 Speakers – TRAVELING the Gardens around the world!
Nov. 14th – Anna Mizyn from Anna’s Perennials – Cacti and succulents for the garden
Born and raised in Poland, Anna moved to Canada in 1989. She and her husband grow many different varieties of plants with a focus on the unusual! This evening she’ll share her vast experience on cacti and succulents that survive, thrive and even bloom in our climate!
|Feb. 13th – Marjut Mickles: California dreamin
Marjut and her husband recently spent time in California touring some beautiful gardens. The climate in California is so much different then what we are use to and Marjut will share some of the beautiful plants she learned about while there. Xeriscaping and dry gardens will certainly be covered in her talk. Water wise gardening is popular in California!
|Mar. 13th-Sue Chan: Pollinator Garden Design
Sue is our local “bee expert.” We’re thrilled to have her back. Her enthusiasm for these little pollinators is contagious! Sue will talk about the importance of pollinators and also give us some tips on designing the perfect pollinator garden. You’ll have all the tools and tips in hand to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden!
|April 10th – Carson Arthur: Not all flowerbeds are created equal
The 10 big landscaping mistakes and how to recover from them. As homeowners renovate their outdoor spaces, we see the same big mistakes being made over and over again. Learn what they are, how they impact the value of your home, and what you can do to fix the damage.
|May 8th-John Shaw-Rimmington: Dry Stone Walls
This man loves rocks. He works to create beautiful structures from rocks found in our region without mortar. John creates walls, benches, arches and even bridges! John has also written a number of books on his work and runs workshops across the country on dry stone wall construction. We’ve heard John speak before and have waited too long to invite him back. This is a talk you won’t want to miss….and it’s even an opportunity to bring a few men along to hear John as well.
|June 18th, Flower Show: Lakefield in Bloom
Each year the society hosts a lovely flower show filled with roses, spring and summer flowers and also a beautiful variety of arrangements. In addition to the flower show we have Gail West from The English Potter in Lakefield who will share some of her special pottery containers and vases that could be used to enhance the beauty of your flowers. Gail moved to Canada from England 17 years ago. She hosts open studio events but also tours around to other shows. In addition she offers classes to all ages both in her studio and in other locations.
|June “walkabout” at Anna’s Perennials
The societies “walkabouts” have become very popular and fun events. Tour Anna’s gardens at a leisurely pace or join up for a guided tour and hear from Anna herself how her garden came to be. A beautiful garden with multiple levels and garden styles. Seeing the plants in situ helps you to decide if it will work in your own garden. Car pooling suggested.
July – Potluck-picnic
Join us at Mary Jane Pilgrims’ garden for our annual summer potluck picnic. Bring a friend and food to share! Always a fun social event.
|August – Flower show
In its 3rd year at the Scout building on Lakefield’s waterfront, the flower show is a beautiful and fragrant event you don’t want to miss. There are floral arrangements, individual specimen flowers, photograph competitions etc. Volunteers are also on hand to answer any questions you may have. While you’re at the show, stop by the Farmer’s market and also check out the societies Pollinator garden established in 2017.
|Sept. 11th – Julianna Vanderheiden & Elora Tarlo: Sustainable Agriculture
Rethinking Sustainability – Julianna and Elora will be discussing new innovations surrounding sustainable agriculture and practices that we believe will not only positively influence individuals relationship with the natural environment but will help make difference with concerns of progressing global climate change. They will provide thought provoking questions that will hopefully inspire a sustainable mindset with ideas about local support and the “common good.”
| Oct. 9th, – Cathy Dueck: Youth and the Natural World
Cathy has been working in the environmental field for decades and has had a special interest in getting youth involved and informed on environmental issues. Currently she is working on a project with other environmental groups in the region and will share her work at this event.
| Nov. 13th – Anna VanMaris from Parklane Landscapes: Rain Garden design
Anna is now the President of Parklane Landscapes. She grew up in the industry, learning the ropes from her Father, Casey van Maris, who started the business in 1958. Parklane Landscapes has been promoting sustainable landscape practices in all forms. Primarily through the explanation and construction of rain gardens. Parklane has been a leader in the industry for sustainability and have in fact been building rain gardens for clients before they were called rain gardens, and many times, before clients even knew to ask for them.
|Dec. Potluck Christmas party|
|April 2019 – Paul Zammit|
To see a list of previous speakers click this link.