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2022 Speakers


March 21, 2022

Ben Cullen

Beyond Beefsteak:  Take your veggie garden to the next level


Ben Cullen is a fourth-generation gardener, food-entrepreneur and occasional media personality. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus where he completed a Diploma in Agriculture and Dalhousie University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Commerce. With a career that started in agriculture and food. Ben’s most recent endeavours have been the launch of a book with his father, Escape to Reality: How the world is changing gardening, and gardening is changing the world (Nimbus Publishing, 2018) and Cullen’s Foods, a food business which seeks to connect consumers more directly with farmers. You can find Ben and his Dad Mark every Saturday in the Real Estate section of the Toronto 


April 18, 2022

David Bostock

Lessons learned from 25 years in the residential tree industry.



May 16, 2022


Cathy Kozma 



Cathy started beekeeping as a hobby in 2004. Working in partnership with FoodShare, Cathy is the Past Chair of the Toronto Beekeepers Collective, who manage beehives in the City, including on the rooftop of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, at Downsview Park, the Ontario Science Centre, and Toronto Botanical Garden. Sharing that love, Cathy teaches the Introduction to Beekeeping Certificate Program at the Toronto Botanical Garden and the Kortright Centre for Conservation. She also manages over 20 beehives of her own on private and TRCA properties. As Owner of the Ontario Honey House, a Toronto store selling “all things bee”, she brings delicious 100% Honey to happy shoppers. make your words stand out.

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June 20, 2022

Anna Leggatt 

Growing vertically.

Former High School teacher Botany &,Chemistry.  Worked for 30 years at the Kortright Centre for Connservation.  Past Chair of the Ontario Rock Garden Society and former editor of its Journal.  Past Director of North American Rock Garden Society.  Member of GardenComm.  Former Program Director for East York Grden Club (now Life Member).  Toronto Master Gardener.


July 18, 2022

Cathy Kavassalis


Catherine Kavassalis is a passionate gardener and conservationist. A former chemist and teacher, she did her doctoral work at M.I.T. and later received a master's in environmental education from the University of Toronto. She has taught and worked with not-for-profit organizations promoting biodiversity. 

No August meeting


September 19, 2022

Tena van Andel
Houseplants, Our Constant Garden

Tena has volunteered with the Toronto Master Gardeners and Master Gardeners of Ontario since 2003. She lectures on a variety of garden topics, with orchids, large trees, and the exotic being particular favourites. You may have heard her on the radio or seen her on TV.  Her latest adventures include re-wilding a 19th century Northern Ontario farm and teaching a functional fitness class just for gardeners.


Paul Oliver
Birds in the Garden

October 17, 2022

Paul has been involved in the lawn and garden sector for more than 20 years. He is the founder and managing partner of and is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the Urban Nature Store and 

During Paul’s presentation, he will be discussing ways that backyard birders can assist and support our local wild birds, including food and feeder selections and most importantly, providing drinkable water. Paul will highlight some tips on ways to help our over-wintering birds survive a harsh winter.


November 21,  2022

AGM and 
Lena Dobson, Tree Valley Nurseries


Lena will be demonstrating how to make centre pieces for the Christmas season with fresh winter greens and they will be raffled off at the end of the presentation.

This is also our AGM so there will be a short meeting and the installation of the Board for next year.

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