10:00 Veggies in a Container or Raised Plot – Susan Quirk, Mississauga Master Gardeners
Growing edibles in raised beds and containers makes growing accessible for many who lack an inground plot. Those who cannot physically manage a garden plot anymore may find inspiration in this talk. If you have a spot with at least 5-6 hours of sun there is a vegetable for your spot. There is almost nothing you cannot grow in a raised bed or container. Learn what to look for on seed/started plant descriptions. Come and join us for a primer on getting started and many tips and tricks to extend the season.
Workshop Leader: Susan Quirk is a life long vegetable and edibles grower since the age of 16. A Master Gardener with over 20 years experience and having lived in 3 different provinces she has a lot of hands-on experience. She is an enthusiastic volunteer at Advice Clinics where she enjoys swapping information with any gardener. With her background in Medical Research and practice she searches out the best scientifically valid methods to help people succeed.
11:00 Wetlands in our Parks and Gardens – a how-to workshop – Phil Fung
Wetlands are among Earth’s more productive ecosystems. They provide numerous ecosystem services and support an incredible amount of biodiversity. Wetlands are the kidneys of the planet. They have wonderful ability to remove pollutants from water and are able to get rid of 90% of water-borne pathogens. Wetlands are considered a nature-based solution to fight climate change. Preserving existing natural wetlands, constructing new artificial wetlands, and developing innovative engineered wetlands are essential measures to sustain our natural and artificial aquatic ecosystems. This workshop will explore the importance of wetlands, describe various types of wetlands in Ontario, and show innovative wetlands development. A special engineered wetland in an indoor organic food growing system will be introduced.
Workshop Leader: Phil Fung is a Professional Engineer and Designated Consulting Engineer (Energy and Sustainability) in Ontario, Canada. Phil holds several professional designations including LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, Certified Energy Manager, and Certified Building Commissioning Professional. His areas of expertise are energy efficient and sustainable buildings design, nature-inspired regenerative buildings design, energy modelling, and LEED certification management. In 2012, Phil accepted the part-time professorship at Humber College teaching Sustainable Buildings Design, Bio Inspired Regenerative Buildings design, and Energy Modelling.
In the course of his career, Phil developed a vision in design and develop an affordable, self-sustaining, and regenerative Multi-Unit Residential building. His overarching design principle is “Buildings like the forest ecosystems.” Using nature as mentor and tool, Phil designed and applied for patent of his Vertical Indoor Aquatic Ecosystem in early 2014 which was based on biomimetic, biophilic, and bio-synergistic design principles. In 2019, Phil established Bio-Regenerative Design Research Center to provide nature-inspired regenerative design research and development for buildings. Phil secured a research grant from NSERC (National Science and Engineering Research Council) with Humber College in 2021. His research focuses on how indoor nature design can enhance the mental health of people working from home and improve their productivity and effectiveness.
12:00pm The Importance of Our Urban Trees – Sawmill Sid
Learn how local sawmilling and tree conservation can help capture carbon and support our healthy urban environment
Workshop Leader: SawMill Sid SawMillSid.ca is very proud and privileged to now be operating out of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authorities & Canada’s first -Tree and Wood Recovery Center. The pilot we are running is to recover and repurpose trees, offer a free drop off service to tree fellers, provide portable and on-site sawmilling, kiln drying, planning and finishing and eventually to repurpose the sawdust and wood shavings. Our customers are individuals, business, municipalities, developers, furniture makers, bowl turners & artisans and local wood re-manufacturing companies.
They not only conserve trees, but hope to capture tonnes of carbon in in the years to come. Helping build sustainable communities is at the top of our priority list, so donating wood back into the communities that we work in, is something that we take pride in.
1:00 p.m. Low Maintenance Boulevard Pollinator Gardens – Jeanne McRight, Blooming Boulevards
Learn how to support pollinators by replacing your high-maintenance turf with a drought-proof, salt resistant, no-mow native boulevard garden! All you need to know about plant selection, design, installation and care will be covered in this inspiring workshop.
Workshop Leader: Jeanne McRight is the founder of Blooming Boulevards. A professional visual artist and educator, she is also a Master Gardener with a horticulture diploma from the University of Guelph. Jeanne focuses on environmental conservation, specializing in native plants, woodland restoration and naturalized landscaping. She is the recipient of two Awards of Merit from the Credit Valley Conservation Authority and served for two years on former Mississauga Mayor McCallion’s Cooksville Creek Task Force. In 2015 she initiated an amendment to Mississauga’s Encroachment By-Law, permitting residents to create boulevard gardens. Gardening is Jeanne’s joy and passion, but more than that, she is a deeply committed advocate for environmentally sustainable horticultural practices.
2:00 P.M. Boosting Immunity with Herbs – Susan Elliotson, Registered Herbalist
Modern herbalists have been using herbs for generations to help people defend themselves from colds, flu and other infections. COVID has sharpened that need. Learn about the many plants that grow around us which strengthen the immune system and can help the body fight off viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Workshop Leader: Susan Elliotson Always fascinated by plants. I accidentally stumbled onto herbal medicine. My formal training at the Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, Health Sciences, Phytotherapy program, came from medical doctors, naturopaths, horticulturalists as well as herbalists, integrating the approaches I use with the people I treat.
My office is in my home, my dispensary in the basement and the garden where the herbs grow surrounds it all. I am a past instructor of Herbal Medicine, both introductory and advanced, for the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. Having recently retired as director and president of the Ontario Herbalists Association, I continue to accept co-op students and to teach Herbal Pharmacy courses in my garden.
One of the significant things I learned during my training was how many of these medicinal plants already grew in my own garden, as ornamentals or weeds. Another unexpected result of studying herbs was learning that herbs have an effect on every human condition when properly applied.