Speaker Program 2020


Centre Lac-Brome

270 Victoria Street, Knowlton, QC J0E 1V0

Saturday 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Refreshments will be served at 1:30 pm. Guests are welcome for a $10 fee.


January 18, 2020 – Jennifer Ruggins Muir & Stephanie Marks


“A community that sows together grows together” – Shelley Mizener

This successful project sprouted four years ago, with a group of enthusiastic green thumb volunteers, and has flourished as a school and community based undertaking, and has become a three season garden with abundant produce, flowers, construction projects, and community involvement. Each classroom has been given an opportunity to participate, and can use the area as an outdoor classroom. Students are discovering where their food comes from, and how to love veggies. They have been able to sell some of their produce, and offer crops for the local food bank. The enthusiasm in the school, and support of parents and friends and the community at large has been amazing! Members of the Garden Team are looking forward to partnering with the community, growing ideas, leading workshops, and making this a model for others to become inspired and get digging!


February 15, 2020 – Susan Lowry


A brief tour through the remarkable gardens of northern California with Susan – a New York landscape architect known for her various garden books, which are co-written with business partner Nancy Berner. Titles include Garden Guide: New York City; Gardens of the Hudson Valley; Gardens of the Garden State. Susan will talk about the latest book, giving us a rare peak into many private gardens of the Bay Area of San Francisco and illuminating the unrivalled beauty and vistas of northern California. A collaboration with noted West Coast photographer Marion Brenner, this latest book explores the wide range of approaches to design and environmental issues found in the San Francisco Bay area.


March 21, 2020 – Vinko Culjak Mathieu


In our changing world, the plight of bees has become painfully clear. We’ve seen the charismatic honey bee as the face of the crisis and primary focus of conservation efforts. However, bees are surprisingly diverse. Understanding the diversity is key to enacting effective conservation efforts from the national level and down to the level of your back yard. Vinko, a graduate student and insect specialist at McGill University who addressed us last year, will return to discuss the challenges facing both honey bees and native bees, and will highlight native bee diversity. He will share ways you can help protect bees.


April 18, 2020 – Rob Brandon


Rob, an experienced garden speaker who is on the board of the Ottawa Horticultural Society, will talk about the New York City High Line project. The High Line was an elevated railroad track on the Lower West Side of Manhattan. In the fifties, abandoned and fenced off with barbed wire, it was continually threatened with demolition. Rob will talk about its history, how it was saved by two remarkable individuals and transformed into a linear park that is now a major New York City attraction. His talk will also cover the design, the plantings, and the High Line’s impact on new urban green spaces worldwide.


May 9, 2020 – Amy Rogerson PHT and Karin Tcholkayan PHT of the local Sports Physio Clinic in Knowlton – THE HEALTHY GARDENER

Amy, who has a Master’s in Physio and B.SC. in Exercise Science, and a national Diploma in Sport Physio working for Hockey Canada, Cycling Canada, and Rowing Canada’s High Performance Program, now teaching at l’Université de Sherbrooke École de réadaption, together with Karin who also holds a Masters in physio and B.SC. in Exercise Science, are now practicing in the Sports Physio Clinic in Knowlton. They are just the people to make sure we stay healthy in our gardening activities next summer. Just in time for gardening season, they will review the health benefits of gardening, some of the typical injuries and risk factors that we come across, and will give us strategies, and exercises to prevent and manage gardening related injuries.