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Note/update: as of 2013, The Gardening Network is still alive and well, but it's founder is too busy to organize events.
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||My name is Louise Peacock. I am a
custom garden consultant, horticulturist, speaker and webmaster based
in Toronto, Canada. In the mid '90s, in an effort to help promote good
gardening practices, and to help novice gardeners, I started a
non-profit garden association called The
The Gardening Network began to host gardening talks which I called "Garden Hints". These events covered a wide selection of topics, including pruning, garden design, and House plants.
I organized, hosted and occasionally spoke, at the Garden Hints events.
These events were held, free of
charge, at various different locations. Initially we held our meetings
at the Brentwood Library, but as
the parking grew more difficult we changed to the The Allsaints
Anglican Kingsway Church, in Etobicoke. Later, we had a partnership
Etobicoke's Montgomery's Inn, but when the City of Toronto has
become involved, they decided that The Gardening Network is no
longer welcome there, and so for the time being, we were without a
to hold our meetings!
We did, from time to time, hold our
events at the Library at the corner of Burhamthorpe Road and East Mall.
The Garden Hints events allow members of the public interested in gardening and related activities to increase their knowledge.
|Our "Raison D'Etre"||The Gardening Network,
and The Garden
Hints events were created to help share horticultural knowledge with
anyone that cared to participate in
our various activities.
Although our speakers may not have had the answer to your question, but we would usually find out from one of our contacts. Knowledge should be shared - not hoarded away like stolen treasure - especially gardening knowledge. Just because you are a "new" gardener does not mean you do not have valid ideas or suggestions; Keeping an open mind and being tolerant are important; we can always learn something from one another, and no one person can ever know everything!
|| The Gardening
Network is a non-profit garden association and anyone and everyone is
welcome to attend the events, when we hold them.
It is completely volunteer run - none of our speakers or organisers get paid for any activities undertaken at Garden Hints events.
A few dedicated plant lovers joined me in becoming founding-members of the Garden Hints endeavour, some of them have moved on, some you will see among us - sometimes presenting; sometimes helping to set up; sometimes just being there to answer questions.
We feel that people should be given the opportunity to acquire knowledge in the areas that are of specific interest to them, and to that end, we always ask our members and visitors what sorts of programs they would enjoy having in the future. This allows us to search out volunteer experts in those areas and invite them out to give a talk or a demonstration.
|What We Do
Our activities include involvement
in local community gardens, informational
and hands-on gardening workshops at a member-volunteers' garden;
tours of especially interesting plant locations (such as a daylily
farm; Hamilton Royal Botanical Gardens; a private garden tour; a nature
hike in an interesting park...) and fundraiser plant sales.
|Special Comunity Projects
||Starting in 2005, GN became involved
with a Mississauga Park flower bed, Called Garnetwood. We worked on
this 2500 square foot bed until June 2013, when the City decided it no
longer wanted our help. You can see the history and pictures at
our facebook page
In 2012 we began reinstating a pioneer herbal and medicine garden at The Grange, in Mississauga, and then installed a pioneer flower garden
||For information about being a
volunteer, or to ask questions, email
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