2023 Speakers (7:00pm) & Walkabouts (6:00pm)

 

Feb. 14th: Kara & Chris Johnson. Rocky Meadows Lavender, Growing and Using Lavender

Learn about the different varieties of lavender available for growing. Which are best for our region, have the best scent or attract pollinators. Kara and Chris have a beautiful property and will share their knowledge on this wonderful plant.

March 14th:  Primal Patch, Laura and Robert Johnston “Working with natural stone in the garden”  Did you know that to produce bricks or concrete produces massive amounts of CO2 emissions? Primal Patch is a new business with sustainability in mind when it comes to garden construction. They use real stone for their patios and lay by hand with very little equipment in the mix. This presentation will be an eye opener for many.
April 11 – Lorraine Johnson “Gardening for Pollinating Insects: Friends not Foes”

Our gardens come alive when visited by birds, bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. This illustrated talk provides practical information about how to create welcoming habitat that meets the full life-cycle needs of beneficial insects and other wildlife.

May 9- Denis Orendt, Blue Frog Water Gardens: Ponds and Water features

Learn the basics about pond construction, plants and proper maintenance from Denis. With 10 years experience he’ll have a wealth of information to share.

6pm:  Walkabout June 13- Cedar Grove Organic Farm 625 Shamrock Road, Omemee

Established in the 1900’s this farm will be a tour back in time. With a 100 year old barn, fields and greenhouses filled with vegetables and herbs this tour will bring us back to basics.

September 12- Desiree Kretschmar, Plant Goals – Fun with house plants

The love of house plants has grown over the last few years with plant shops popping up all around the community. Desiree has created a beautiful sanctuary in her shop in downtown Peterborough. She’ll bring some plants and discuss the care of some of the more unique plants in her collection.

Oct 10th- Kerry Hackett, “Herb Gardens 1.0: Design, Create, Enjoy!  As we all know, nutrition is fundamental to our health and well-being. So too is Herbal Medicine. Like the plants we consume as food, Herbal Medicine improves natural function by providing nourishment and strength, allowing the body to return to a vibrant state of health.

Kerry will offer some ideas on designing an herb garden and then using the herbs in our kitchen or “medicine cabinet.”

November 14th – Jack Hoggarth “Look after our original medicines.” Naanaagide’ en mod aa Bgwaji Mshkikiwin Curve Lake

After learning about herb garden design in October, this presentation will take us deeper into the use of native plants, trees and wildflowers. Tobacco, sweet grass, sage and cedar are just a few indigenous plants used for medicines.

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/