2022 Speakers & Walkabouts

UPDATE: SEPT. 2022 – We will begin meeting at the Marshland Centre in Sept. See info below for September and October meetings.

Zoom presentations begin at 7:00pm
Outdoor events begin at 6:00pm

Since we can’t gather together indoors just yet, we have planned a year of both  Zoom presentations and “Walkabouts.”  If regulations change then the fall presentations will be at the Marshland Centre.

Zoom presentations: Members will receive a link prior to the meeting.  If you’re not a member, then email our membership secretary for the link.

Walkabouts: You MUST pre-register for these events. Members only. Safety precautions will be enforced. Masks must be worn.


ZOOM Feb. 9th: Dazzling Hydrangeas – How to Get Them and Keep Them!

Hydrangeas are among the most popular flowering shrubs and it’s easy to understand why. Hydrangeas are showy, versatile and adaptable. However, to get the best out of your hydrangeas there are a few factors to consider – most importantly, the variety that you are growing. We will discuss the main types and how to maintain them, for a recurring dazzling display!

ZOOM March 8th:

Molly & Alex Shannon from Canadian Succulents in Uxbridge

  • indoor container gardening with a variety of succulents
  • growing hardy perennial succulents outdoors in Ontario
  • how to successfully propagate succulent plants
Zoom April 12th: Sean James
“Named by Landscape Ontario as 2020 and 2021’s Garden Communicator of the Year, gardening has been Sean James’ hobby and profession for almost 40 years. A graduate of Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, a Master Gardener, writer, and teacher, Sean focuses on eco-gardening techniques, which makes sense since he grew up surrounded by nature near Crawford Lake in Campbellville. He has spoken from the Maritimes to Seattle and landscaped from Nova Scotia to California. Sean has had the honour to be part of creating the new Ontario Landscape Tree Planting Guide, the Grow-Me-Me-Instead guide, the Ontario Horticultural Apprenticeship Curriculum and the national Red Seal Occupational Standard, and the Master Gardeners Reference Manual. He has participated in chairing the Environmental Stewardship Committee for Landscape Ontario, the Environmental Committee for the Perennial Plant Association, moderating the Master Gardeners of Ontario Facebook page, judging the All-American Selections garden competition and Hamilton’s Monarch Awards. He has been the Ontario spokesperson for Garden Days Canada, He has appeared on many radio shows and on television. Sean owns ‘Sean James Consulting & Design’ and instructs at Mohawk College.”
IN PERSON. May 10th: Paul Zammit-  The Power of Our Gardens: 

The Garden can be a lifelong classroom, a source of physical exercise, our personal therapy and an opportunity for us to do our part to help support the precious planet.



Walkabout June 14th: 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.


Walkabout July 12th: Vern Bastable-Trees of the Ecology Park 

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 evening. The park is often described as the “Jewel” of Peterborough.  http://www.greenup.on.ca

Walkabout August 9th, David Hickey, Artist

David Hickey is best known for his metal work depicting the landscape of the Kawartha’s.  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



Sept. 13th, 7pm – Vikki Whitney from Griffin’s Greenhouses

“All Fall: Planting and Décor for a Transition into Autumn.”

  • Bulbs
  • Fall Planters
  • Perennial Planting in the Fall:  Dos and Don’ts
  • Fall Décor

 Vikki will also offer a door prize! 

 Marshland Oct. 11: Marion Jean, Dahlias

Oakridge Dahlias is located in Port Hope. While they don’t sell from their property, they do offer sales through their website.

The remarkable variety and size of Dahlias make them ideal for any sunny, well-drained location. Dahlia flowers come in many forms and pretty much every colour but blue. Dahlia plants range in size from 12 inches to 6 feet. It is hard to have only a few.

Marshland Nov. 9th.  

It’s our anniversary!  The Lakefield Horticultural Society is 60 years old! We’ll be celebrating with cake and refreshments.   Long time members will share stories of years gone by and we’ll have a short slide show to share.

Dec. 13th – Potluck