Documents: Speakers List:

Belinda Gallagher
February 18, 2006

R.R. 3, Georgetown, Ontario L7G4S6

Phone (905) 877-7523 Fax (905) 877-9493 email: belinda@triffids.com

Belinda is an avid grower of rare, unusual, native and the more common perennial plants, as well as vines, grasses, shrubs, trees and fungus. Gardening in the sometimes Zone 5b, sometimes Zone 5a area in Halton Hills, Ontario northwest of Toronto, she experiments with plants of all hardiness ratings.

In 1998 she officially opened triffids plants and began to sell many of her unusual, rare and rarely grown plants, which are predominantly seed raised. The triffids plants 'sales' which are by invitation only, draw customers from Niagara Falls to Ottawa.

Her credentials include several years with Master Gardeners of Ontario (Halton Region group), certified horticulture judge, member of several gardening societies, Landscape Ontario instructor and Co-editor of the Ontario Rock Garden Society ‘Journal’. Belinda can be seen on THE WEATHER NETWORK in the gardening season and is serving on the Board of Directors of the Royal Botanical Garden in Burlington/Hamilton (Chair of the Science, Horticulture and Education Committee). With twenty years as a public speaking instructor, her gardening and flower design talks are both educational AND entertaining. She never forgets that humour is the only thing that sets us above the intelligence level of the Plant Kingdom.

AVAILABLE TOPICS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

DROUGHT TOLERANT PLANTS, ARE THERE ANY?

LOW MAINTENANCE GARDENING……NO SUCH THING!

PERENNIALS THROUGH THE SEASONS

PERENNIALS – FORGET THE TRIED AND TRUE, TRY SOMETHING NEW

UNUSUAL AND RARE PERENNIALS FOR OUR REGION

VINES AND PERENNIALS THAT WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF

A YEAR-ROUND BEVY OF BULBS!

PONDING – WATER FEATURES FROM THE GROUND UP

COPING WITH THE UNEXPECTED - extremes in weather, too hot, too dry, too wet!

GLOBALIZATION AND THE GARDENER - how the world economy impacts us

IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE….. (a short humorous talk on garden tasks)

YOU HAVE TO HAVE GRASSES!!! Those popular ornamental grasses and sedges.

GOING NATIVE…USING NATIVE- or NEARLY NATIVE- MATERIAL IN THE GARDEN.

WHAT’S IN A NAME? LEARNING AND USING PROPER NOMENCLATURE IN GARDENING (A humorous review)

FLOWER ARRANGING 101 – HOW TO START

FLOWER DESIGN FOR COMPETITION - a jump start to get members interested

USING ‘END OF SEASON’ BITS FOR FALL ARRANGEMENTS

"OH, THOSE HOLIDAY GREENS!" (Christmas arrangements)

OTHER TOPICS ARE AVAILABLE BY ARRANGEMENT.

REFERENCES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST from many Horticulture Societies, Garden Clubs, Landscape Ontario, Master Gardener groups, etc.

Email: belinda@triffids.com
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