Current Speakers

MJ Pilgrim

Related Events: "Garden Speak: The Language of Gardening" and Flower Show

Don Collins

Don Collins is a retired teacher from the Peterborough & Pineridge Board of Education where he taught Chemistry and Biology. Living in this beautiful area, Don developed a side interest in the geographical features created by the long ago glaciers in the Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes area. We are surrounded by some of these features and drive past them daily. ie drumlins, eskers, lake beds, spillways, and of course those living in the Bobcaygeon area are very familiar with their rocky ground base. A few years ago, Don created a car tour where he had the drivers experiencing these features first hand. It was this car tour that brought him to our attention.

Related Events: Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes: "Ups and Downs”

Gail Murray

I am a nurse at PRHC for 43 years and a member of the Ennismore Horticultural Society, a mom, grandma and wife (not in the order of importance). I live on a 100 acre beef farm in Ennismore and love flowers and vegetable gardening. My favorite flower is the Oriental Lily and my pet peeve is battling the Lily beetle. I love crafts, got that bug from my Mom and I try to pass it on to my grandkids.

Related Events: Christmas Centre Piece

Edith George

Edith George has been an Advisor to the non-profit the Ontario Urban Forest Council (est. 1963) for over ten years. She is a former Director of the Board of the Weston Historical Society. She is quick to admit her passion for heritage trees and travels the province of Ontario answering the questions, "What is a heritage tree?" and "Why should they be protect?". She uses her neighbourhood’s great red oak and tells it’s story. She is an online columnist for Metroland Media Group. Her column is titled, “Natural Roots” and is about the various significant trees found in the city where she was born and lives - Toronto, Ontario. As more people learn about the importance of our natural roots, they will understand the need for identifying and preserving this special part of our history that is often overlooked and even taken for granted.

Related Events: "Heritage Trees – Preserving our Natural Roots" and Pot Luck

Cauleen Viscoff

As an artist, designer, and an award-winning gardener, Cauleen is a Peterborough Master Gardener, co-ordinator of the Barnardo Garden, member of the Peterborough Hort. Society Board and the co-ordinator of Ontario’s PlantWatch, a Nature Watch initiative. Her first love is roses.

Related Events: Rain Gardens

Joe and Hazel Cook

Blossom Hill Nursery

Joe and Hazel Cook with their daughter Amy have operated a family owned business, Blossom Hill Nursery since 1994, specializing in the hybridization and propagation of British Delphinium elatum. A second passion has resulted in an extensive peony collection of over 600 varieties including species, tree, herbaceous and intersectional peonies. The Cooks are propagating the peonies, including grafting 100 varieties of tree peonies. Blossom Hill is located just north of Peterborough in Selwyn Township and has perennial display gardens as well as 5000 peonies and trial beds in the field for over 1000 delphiniums. Blossom Hill delphiniums and peonies have won awards in both Canada and the United States. Hazel is a director and the corresponding secretary of the American Peony Society. Their interest in horticulture and nature has led to the third passion of bee keeping. This presentation will include some interesting facts about honey bees; their habits, hives and care but will also reveal some humorous stories of the Cooks’ adventures.

Related Events: "What’s the Buzz? Bee Amazed!" and Pot Luck Lunch, Blossom Hill - Then and Now,

Joyce Higgs

Joyce started gardening with a front-yard garden on a small city lot in Peterborough in 2001. She and her husband bought 10 acres south of Hastings in 2007 and started gardening in earnest. Combining their interest in history and gardening, she and her husband Mike became volunteer gardeners at Lang Pioneer Village. While familiarizing herself with pioneer gardens, Joyce immersed herself in the world of Catharine Parr Trail and was struck by Catharine's love of wildflowers and has since developed a wide knowledge of the native plants used.

Related Events: Harvesting & Preserving Your Vegetables, Trail Wildflowers, Annual Meeting,

Paula Anderson

Peterborough Green Up

Paula works part time for Peterborough Green Up, as well as running a 2 acre market garden full of organic vegetables.  The vegetables are sold at the Peterborough Downtown Farmer's Market and to By the Bushel Community Food Cooperative in Peterborough, where people can access weekly and monthly baskets of fresh local food produce and other farm products. Paula is working on her PhD focusing on Indigenous Food Systems and Food Sovereignty and also teaches in Trent University's Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program.

Related Events: Growing Unusual Veggies, Growing Unusual Veggies, On Site Visit to Paula Anderson's, Growing Amazing Veggies,