Claudette Sims is replacing Sabine Calame for Garden Explosion who had to bow out. We are excited as Claudette is also exciting, dynamic speaker. See her bio below.
Saturday, March 21, 2020, our Garden Explosion 9:00 am -3:00 pm, at Steinmann Church, Baden. Featuring: Paul Zammit, Lessons from my travels; Andrew Judge, The Spiral Garden; Lisa Clifford, Pests, Pets and People in the Garden; Claudette Sims Future of Gardening. Order your tickets! (see at end for details).
Bios of our Speakers:
Paul Zammit: is the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden. A graduate of the University of Guelph, Paul was formerly employed at Plant World, a large retail garden centre where he was the perennial department manager. He is a regular speaker at garden clubs and horticultural trade shows across Canada and in the United States. He has appeared both on television and in print. Paul is a fountain of information and a very passionate speaker!
Lisa Clifford: Lisa, our WHS Vice President, is a Registered Veterinary Technician who has been at Manitou Animal Hospital for almost 32 years. Over that time she has found an odd interest in the "bugs" and things that pets and people share, especially the ones we can get from our own little plots of land. Putting this interest together with her gift of gab, maybe she can make you a little bit itchy, or at least make you look around a bit more while you are enjoying the garden.
Mkomose (Andrew Judge, PhD): Minjimendan (In a state of remembering) is an Indigenous food and medicine spiral garden located at Springbank Farm in rare Charitable Reserve, Cambridge. This garden restores native plant habitat based on traditional Indigenous Ecological Knowledge. Led by Mkomose, Conestoga C. students, indigenous community members and local organizations support planting, design, maintaining and harvesting and preparing regional native foods. Mkomose is currently at Conestoga College and past coordinator of Indigenous education at College of the Rockies, BC. His approach to teaching is wholistic and is based on the teachings of his Aishinaabeg and Celtic ancestors.
Claudette Sims: Claudette is a retired educator and passionate gardener. She has been a member of Halton Region Master Gardeners since 2004 and is currently president of Master Gardeners of Ontario. She loves to attract wildlife to her garden and has increasing knowledge and admiration for our beautiful native plants and more recently, butterfly host plants. A weekly panelist on CBC Radio's award-winning live garden chat (May to September), Claudette was thrilled (and terrified) to be invited to sit in for Ed Lawrence last year on CBC radio live! Other interests include travelling, line dancing, singing, ukulele and most recently learning how to play the harmonica and "spoons".