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     Schedule    Where: Mutual Room 2nd floor

 9:15 am  = Leesa Healy,  from Armstrong Milling Company

                    "For the Birds"

Leesa Healy is an employee of Armstrong Milling Co. and will be speaking about feeding Birds through the year and the different types of food. She will also be introducing a new Hummingbird Food at this time that will be available that day at their vendor's table.

10:00 am - Kerry Royer,   Community Outreach Coordinator for Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

                  "The Benefits of Native Plants"

Kerry Royer graduated from Brock University and Niagara College with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a graduate certificate in Ecosystem Restoration.  She has been working for the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority for nearly 15 years and is currently the Coordinator of Community Outreach in the Communications and Public Relations department.  Kerry is passionate about her work, especially when it involves building partnerships with the community to achieve common goals, promoting environment stewardship, nature education and increasing the use of native plants throughout the watershed.


11:00 am - Rita Hoggarth,  General Operations of a Cannabis Facility

My title is Cannabis Plant Health Manager 

I have a Forestry Diploma and Pest Management Diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College

I have worked in the Forestry industry for 20 years in the fields of nursery, greenhouse, plantations, Crown Land management for tree planting, silviculture, aerial spraying supervision, pest management, hybrid poplar research, cloning and cultivation.

The past 8 years I have been in the cannabis industry as a Grower and Plant Health Manager.  This includes all growing activities, pest management, nutrient health, plant health and quality improvement, harvest, dry and quality assurance for indoor, greenhouse and outdoor locations.

12:00 pm - Denise Hodgins,  O.D.H.  

                     Horticultural Consultant, Topic  

                   "Year of the Red"

I am a former college instructor, I particularly enjoy the opportunity to continue "teaching" through being a Garden Coach. Many homeowners are eager to learn more about their own gardens and how to care for them as well as how to take them to the next level.


As a Garden Coach and Designer I have over 30 years of design experience, I have had the opportunity to work in many areas within the horticultural industry from Historical Landscaper, to Head Gardener at Rosebank in Lambeth, Ontario, greenhouse plant production and many years on the Landscape crew both in northern Ontario and here in London building and maintaining both residential and commercial properties.

Graduate of Landscape Design at Fanshawe College

Diploma in Horticulture from the University of Guelph

Certificates in several areas of Greenhouse Production from University of Guelph

National Roses Canada - Certified Rose Judge

Ontario Horticultural Association - Horticulture and Floral Design Judge

I write a weekly column "Growing Concern" on behalf of Parkway Gardens in the Homes Section of the London Free Press and an associate writer for several Post Media papers.

  1:00 pm - Paul Zammit   " Virtual, Surrender to Succulents"

                        note : this will be a ZOOM presentation

Paul Zammit lives in the west end of Toronto, Ontario with his wife and partner, Uli , who is also employed in the garden industry.

A graduate of the University of Guelph's Plant Agriculture program, Paul is an active member of many Canadian and international gardening communities. He lectures on a wide array of subjects, including container gardening, perennials, ground covers and tropicals. 

Paul had been employed at Plant World, a large, west-end garden centre since graduating in 1992.  One of his primary duties had been that of the perennial department manager.  He also contributed heavily to the in house advertising campaigns by providing photographs and layout advice.

A popular and engaging speaker, Paul has given presentations at many garden clubs and large garden shows such as the Canadian National Exhibition, Success With Gardening and Canada Blooms, and other horticultural trade shows in both Canada and the United States.  


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