Maureen trained in resources management and worked early on as a park naturalist, learning about boreal forest ecology and edible wild plants.
Further training in horticulture and education led to college teaching positions in Canada and the Middle East. Thus, in her thirty years of gardening, Maureen has tended plants in temperatures ranging from minus 40 to plus 40!
A particular interest is propagating perennials and shrubs from seed and cuttings; she gives away seeds, seedlings and cuttings to all who ask.
Her wildlife-and-pollinator-friendly Stratford property includes a prairie planting as well as sun, shade, shrub and vegetable plots and a “food forest”. The garden is Open and listed with the Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society.
Maureen has served on the Boards of North Bay and Stratford Horticultural Societies as well as District 10. She can lead workshops on seed collection and sharing, plant propagation and pollinator friendly planting. (in person and virtual)
Speaking is done for free
|Propagating||Starting / Saving Seeds||Starting Seeds or Collecting, Cleaning and Saving Seeds||Zoom/In person|
|Propagating||Free Plants from Division and Cuttings||“How to” take and care for cuttings from shoots and roots; making more plants for free.||Zoom/In person|
|Gardening||“Know Maintenance” Gardening||Applying the Principles of Piet Oudolf and Roy Diblik in a (mainly) native Ontario “prairie planting”.||Zoom/In person|