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2022 Program for General Meetings

Jan 11

AGMAnnual General Meeting and Photographic Recap of 2021

Including election of officers, as well as presentation of service and flower show awards, this meeting is a great opportunity to discover the breadth and depth of our all-volunteer organization.

A photographic slideshow featuring our 2021 activities follows the business portion of the meeting.


Feb 1

June BergmanThe Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs, June Bergman Considered a “hidden gem” in Calgary, Alberta, The Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs (BGSS) consists of numerous individual gardens connected with walking paths bordered with beautiful flowering shrubs and specialty trees. Hand-painted signs depict arrival to feature gardens with intriguing names such as “Shakespearean Garden,” “The Labyrinth” and “Alpine Crevice.” Just over ten years old, it is also notable that these beautiful gardens are designed, developed, maintained and managed entirely by a volunteer group! More information is available at

Master Gardener June Bergman is Chair of the BGSS Volunteer organization. A gardening enthusiast since childhood, June is also an active member of the Calgary Horticultural Society and the Calgary Rock and Alpine Garden Society.                 


Mar 1

Darren HeimbeckerWhistling Gardens, Darren Heimbecker      

Open to the public since May 26, 2012, Whistling Gardens is home to more than 4,000 plants, situated on 20 acres in Wilsonville, Ontario. Features include a nearly 1 acre Rock/Alpine garden, formal replicas of majestic gardens such as those at the Palace of Versailles, numerous water features, a stone fountain amphitheater, and North America’s largest public peony and conifer collections! A popular destination site for weddings and plant collectors, Whistling Gardens ( will also be featured in a ten-part 2022 documentary series on “Healing Gardens” (click here for more info).

A graduate of Sir Sandford Fleming College, Darren Heimbecker is the owner, horticultural visionary and driving force behind Whistling Gardens.


Apr 5

Marie-Claude LimogesMontreal Botanical Garden, Marie-Claude Limoges

Founded in 1931, the Montreal Botanical Garden ( is a world-renowned destination for horticulturists. With a collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, and more than 20 thematic gardens spread out over 75 hectares (190 acres), it is also one of the largest botanical gardens in the world. Among its masterpieces are the Chinese, Japanese and First Nations Gardens, offering visitors the opportunity to discover diverse cultural and scenic experiences in one location.

Marie-Claude Limoges has been Head of the Division of Horticulture and Collections at the Montreal Botanical Garden since 2016. Her responsibilities include managing the development, production and maintenance of all the botanical garden collections. Marie has BSc and MSc degrees in Agriculture, specializing in soil science and plant biology.

May 3

Niki JabbourVeggie Garden Remix, Niki Jabbour      

Best-selling author Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden with an intriguing array of awesome vegetables from around the world. From cucamelons to burr gherkins, ground cherries to snake gourds and much more. Be prepared to have your mind expanded and catch Jabbour’s contagious enthusiasm for experimentation and fun in the food garden.

Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, Groundbreaking-Food Gardens, Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix, and Growing Under Cover. She is a rare two-time winner of the prestigious American Horticultural Society Book Award and a three-time winner of a Gold Award from the Association for Garden Communicators. She speaks on vegetable gardening across the US and Canada and is the host of the Weekend Gardener radio show. Niki is also one of the experts behind which welcomes over 15 million gardeners a year. Niki is reachable on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Jun 7

Marina DimitriadisThe Allergy Fighting Garden, Marina Dimitriadis      

As a Landscape Designer, Marina Dimitriadis collaborates with her clients to ensure designs are in harmony with special needs. One memorable client request was to reduce the number of plants in a design to accommodate a child’s severe allergies. Marina researched allergy causing plants and found Thomas Leo Ogren’s system for combating allergens based on plant gender. In this presentation she will discuss how allergy sufferers can reduce or eliminate their symptoms by selecting appropriate plants for their gardens.

Marina Dimitriadis is a certified Landscape Designer with Dimitriadis Design Build, a company she and her Landscape Contractor husband run together. In addition, she is a Master Gardener, a part-time professor at Seneca College and a Design Consultant for Evergreen Canada.


Jul 5

Susan PoiznerGrowing Healthy Organic Fruit Trees, Susan Poizner

More and more North Americans are planting fruit trees in their gardens, in parks and on company land. But, often new growers are disappointed. Without proper care, young fruit trees are vulnerable to pest and disease problems and may produce poor quality fruit. What many new growers don’t realize is that in order to thrive, fruit trees need skilled hands-on care including correct annual pruning, fertility management and pest and disease prevention. Join urban orchardist and award-winning author Susan Poizner in this fruit tree care workshop, where she will share tried-and-true secrets to success in growing healthy, successful organic fruit trees.

Susan Poizner is a passionate filmmaker, journalist, urban orchardist and fruit tree care educator. She is creator of the fruit tree care certificate training program at, author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards and host of the monthly fruit tree care podcast The Urban Forestry Radio Show on

Aug 2

RHGHS Volunteer GardenersRichmond Hill Gardens Maintained by Our Society, Nancy Andrews, Dinah Gibbs, Heather Ann Lowry, Sally Hossain Join us on a photographic tour and learn about the back-stories of the beautiful gardens our dedicated volunteers maintain at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Mill Pond, Hill House Hospice and the Richmond Hill Heritage Centre.


Sep 6

Mike ProngFusion Gardening, Mike Prong      

Fusion Gardening® is a popular landscape design style you may have seen promoted by local municipalities. Why? It incorporates rain-water handling, drought-tolerance, and gardening with native plants to enhance biodiversity, all while being low maintenance. This talk touches on ways Fusion elements can be incorporated into the landscape and highlights some native species used for both their functional and aesthetic properties.

Over the last 12 years, Mike Prong has become a dedicated, enthusiastic, and forward-thinking advocate of green practices in the landscape industry. With extensive experience in both construction and design, coupled with a broad knowledge of horticulture, Mike has a reputation for transforming even the most basic of spaces into an eco-friendly oasis. Mike’s formal education includes horticultural studies at Fanshawe College and Mohawk College.

Oct 4

Ingrid JanssenThe Aging Gardener: Gardening in Our Golden Years, Ingrid Janssen     

Gardening may be a life-long passion, but as our bodies age it may not always be the pleasure it once was. In this talk we will explore ways to continue to derive pleasure from gardening activities, with some tips and tricks to make it easier on our bodies.

Ingrid Janssen is a horticulturist, speaker, blogger and master gardener. An inspirational speaker, Ingrid has been a guest on Rogers TV Durham and a repeat speaker at Canada Blooms. She has both ornamental and food production gardens on her country property and has been a dedicated native plant enthusiast for more than 30 years. Ingrid received her Horticulturist Diploma from the University of Guelph and is an active member of several horticultural and plant societies. She volunteers on many garden projects in her community, the most notable of which is the restoration of the perennial borders at the Parkwood National Historic Site in Oshawa.

Nov 1

Richmond Hill Blooms RoseRichmond Hill - Rose Capital of Canada, Heritage Services      

In the early 20th century Richmond Hill was known as the "rose capital" of Canada. Join us as we step back in time to hear about and see visuals of the story of this “blooming” industry and the greenhouse companies that put Richmond Hill on the map at a national level.

Our presenter this evening will be a representative of Richmond Hill’s Heritage Services.

Dec 6

TBD - Holiday Celebration or General Meeting

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