2020 Speakers


We hope to be able to duplicate this speakers list for 2021 but at this point there is no plan to reopen meetings.

2020 Speakers
Meetings begin at 7:00pm

February 11:  Marg Burley – Orchids



If you have ever ventured inside the stunning greenhouse at Burley’s Gardens you know what amazing orchids Marg has. Come learn more about these fascinating flowers – proper watering, repotting, when to trim, types of medium, pest control etc. http://www.burleys.ca/ 

March 10: Joe and Hazel Cook – Beekeeping


Well known to LHS members for their amazing peonies and delphiniums, Joe and Hazel will share with us information about their newest passion, beekeeping. Come and hear some interesting facts about honeybees; their habits, hives and care, and also some humorous stories of the Cooks’ adventures as they have expanded their hives from 3 to 60 and started rearing queens! http://www.blossomhillnursery.com/

April 14: Sean James – Garden Trends

Our feature speaker for 2020, Sean has been gardening professionally since age sixteen. He is a graduate of the prestigious Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, a Master Gardener and was named one of “20 Canadians Making a Difference” in the Canada-wide magazine GardenMaking. He will be speaking to us about sustainable, environmentally friendly garden trends for 2020. http://www.seanjames-consulting.ca/

May 12: Carlotta James – Pollinator Gardens

One of the founders of Peterborough Pollinators, Carlotta will be telling us about reimagining our urban spaces with native plants to invite not just bees, but other pollinators like bats, birds, beetles, and butterflies back into our communities, thereby helping to restore harmed ecosystems.

In 2019 she was the brain child behind the Monarch Ultra relay race from Peterborough Ontario to the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico. The race was organized in order to raise awareness of monarch butterflies who make the migratory journey every year, and whose populations are in decline.


June 16: Lakefield in Bloom – Dawn Golloher – Dividing Hostas and Daylilies



Our Lakefield in Bloom Flower Show plus a great discussion on dividing hostas and daylilies by our local expert at GardensPlus Dawn Golloher. Come learn all Dawn’s secrets to creating more beautiful plants. https://www.gardensplus.ca/

September 8: Jack Hoggarth “Let’s Look after our original Medicines” Naanaagide’ en mod aa Bgwaji Mshkikiwin

A Cultural Archivist and Youth Engagement Officer at Curve Lake First Nation (FN), Jack belongs to the Turtle Clan of the Anishnaabeg and the Wolf Clan of the Gwich’in. He will talk to us about traditional FN medicines used in culture and ceremonies. https://www.curvelakefirstnation.ca/tourism-culture/cultural-centre/

October 13: Marian Jean “Dahlias”

Marian’s first memories of dahlias are in her grandfather’s Scotland garden where the plants held their beautiful blooms well over her head. She discovered the incredible variety of dahlias while looking for ‘Jessie G’ as a gift for her mother, Jessie Giles. This began the obsession which created Oakridge Dahlias, which now grows over 900 dahlias annually (about 500 varieties) south of Peterborough. http://www.oakridgedahlias.ca/

November 10: Paula Anderson – Sustainable Agriculture/Vegetable Gardening

Paula’s organic farm Sun Root Organics integrates greenhouse and season extension operations, herb and flower growing, composting, food preservation and cold storage for winter crops, seed saving, food/gardening education and much more into an ever-evolving permaculture system on her Peterborough city property. http://sunrootorganics.blogspot.com/