TOPIC: Save the Pollinators (to be confirmed)
SPEAKER: Jane Binions – Armstrong & Blackbury Horticultural Products
TOPIC: Gardening for Birds, Bees & Butterflies
SPEAKER: Diana Wilson is a Community Engagement Coordinator with Toronto and Region Conservation, where she develops and delivers eco-minded workshops on gardening for a cleaner, greener, healthier community. Diana previously worked in education at Toronto Botanical Garden and has a degree in environmental education from Queen’s University. Her current favourite plant is wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) for its beautifully scented leaves and big, pollinator-friendly blooms.
Community Volunteers are welcomed to join BDHS members in hand planting 200 native mixed variety potted trees & shrubs in Bolton’s North Hill Park, behind the Caledon Centre on Highway 50 south of Columbia Way. Tools and gloves will be provided. Please wear appropriate shoe or boots – the ground may be muddy.
Topic: Invasive Species in Southern Ontario
Speaker: Stephen Smith is a forester and certified arborist with Urban Forest Associates Inc, a small firm in Toronto. He has supervised hundreds of ecological restoration projects throughout Ontario over the past 35 years, working with many partner groups. He has been a member of the Task Force to Bring Back the Don in Toronto since 1991 and is a founder of the Society for Ecological Restoration, Ontario Chapter, and a member of the Ontario Invasive Plant Council and the Forest Gene Conservation Association. Steve works with homeowners, businesses and municipalities to manage individual trees, forests and natural gardens. Much of his work involves control of invasive plant species and restoration of urban natural areas. He is the author of the current invasive plant list used in Ontario.
TOPIC: The Recycled or Repurposed Garden – More and more homeowners are seeing the potential of recycling household objects into the garden. Instead of tossing them out give them a new life as a garden focal point or thought provoking mystery object. Our speaker will share many ideas related to these items as well as inform us how to maintain them. One things for sure , you’ll never look at a garage or trunk sale the same way.
SPEAKER: Frank Kershaw (photo above courtesy of Marilyn Cornwell) is an award-winning horticulturist with more than 40 years experience. Currently, he is an instructor in the Garden Design Certificate programme at George Brown College. He has also taught in the landscape architecture programme at the University of Toronto. Over the years he has visited and photographed over 4000 gardens around the globe that has fueled his love of plants. Frank is always experimenting with plants and loves to share his ideas and thoughts with other gardeners.