2021 Speakers


April 19th, 2021

Economic Value Of Trees​​



LEAF is a non-profit organization that teaches people about trees and gets them excited about the urban forest. LEAF activities include planting native trees in backyards, providing opportunities to participate in planting events, .and educating people on how to care for trees in their communities. The organization’s focus is on community engagement and tree stewardship.

Find out more at www.yourleaf.org

Plant Pots

May 15th, 2021

Jade Cochrane

Creating your own summer Containers


Jade fell in love with plants while in high school, continued her learning at Humber College and completed her apprenticeship as a Horticultural Technician in 2009. She runs her own business, “Natural Creations by Jade” caring for outdoor and indoor gardens, holding workshops and providing flower arrangements for events.


June 21, 2021


Shaun Booth

Native Alternatives to Invasive Garden Plants.


In Our Nature is a natural gardening service and native plant nursery. Its founder Shaun Booth is on a mission to change the way we see our gardens. As urbanization consumes remaining natural areas, many native plants and animals are facing decline or extinction. However, one of the biggest issues facing nature is that, as a society, we are increasingly disconnected from it every day. Everything we do at In Our Nature starts with education and re-connecting people with nature because if people feel connected to nature and understand it, then they are more willing to protect it.

For more information: https://www.inournature.ca


September 20, 2021

John & Sharon Bowler 

Winter Hardy Cactus.

Sharon holds an Education Doctorate from U of T and John a Bachelor of Science from Guelph.  John has worked in the horticultural industry and both have won awards for their Institutional and Residential landscaping designs.  They enjoy their opportunity to share with other gardeners and are speakers with the Ontario Horticultural Association and members of the Grimsby Garden Club and Ontario Rock Garden Society.

October 18, 2021

David Hobson

Potpourri of Unique and Unusual

A lifelong gardener, writer, photographer, and weekly garden columnist for Waterloo Region Record (18 years) and online for the Hamilton Spectator Also written for Canadian Gardening magazine and GardenMaking Magazine A humorist, storyteller, and photographer