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Mary-Jane Pilgrim

OHA Member

Peterborough Horticultural Society District 4



Districts Served
  • D04
  • D17
  • D19

Mary-Jane Pilgrim joined the Peterborough Hort Society and the Peterborough Master Gardeners 8 years ago to get out
of "house jail" after years and years of shuttling kids to arenas for hockey. She loves getting out and meeting other
gardeners, and is impressed with the people she has met so far on her horticultural journey. The love of gardening is
probably hereditary as she grew up in a large farm family with Dutch immigrant parents. She definitely was not a fan in
those days of weeding rows and rows of vegetables, but loves the colour and fragrance of her garden today. MJ is the
president of the society in Peterborough, and an assistant director for OHA District 4.
While not too applicable to these talks, she has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics/Computer Science and a Master's
degree in Educational Technology. She also enjoys cycling, playing squash and making stained glass windows.

  • Gardening
Speaking List
Gardening Basic Botany A little latin, some discussion on plant families and classification, and a few skills to be able to determine a plant’s family tree. (spoiler alert *quizzes*) In Person Only
Gardening Horticultural Trivia A lighthearted but challenging evening of “test your memory” on all things horticulture. Great for challenging your group to put their knowledge to the test, either individually or in groups. In Person Only
Gardening Tips, Tricks & Slips After many years and thousands of plants, I sometimes think I’ve seen it all — but I clearly haven’t! Learn how to skip some of the biggest challenges and make your gardening journey a little easier In Person Only
Gardening Christmas Trivia a light-hearted horticulturally-related evening of fun! In Person Only
Gardening The Dirt on Soap Home recipes abound for ridding your garden of every single bug, but do we really think that’s wise? What should we use for bugs that we know are not beneficial? A light-hearted look at nasty chemicals and what you may want to use instead In Person Only
Gardening Getting your Gardens ready for Spring So much to do, in so little time! Take advantage of the late winter window to get your garden ready for an even more glorious spring. In Person Only
Gardening Things I Learned A collection of facts about random bugs, plants, seeds, etc. Sure to amaze. In Person Only
Gardening Getting your Gardens ready for Winter Although gardening is most closely associated with the sunny weather and colorful blooms of spring, this process is actually heavily influenced by actions gardeners take during the fall of the previous year In Person Only
Gardening Planning a Successful Flower/Veggie Garden A beautiful or productive garden takes time, effort, money and maintenance. Starting with a good plan can help cut down on all of those things. Thinking about your flower or veggie garden before getting to work can help! In Person Only
Gardening How Do They Do That?: How do they make weeping trees? What is and why would I buy a "standard" tree? What's up with grafting? What's a witch's broom? What is tissue culture and why should I care? What's an espalier? Learn about horticultural advancement (?) at its finest In Person Only
Gardening Garden Myths Debunked: Learn the facts behind some common folk wisdom to better your odds of gardening success. Many homegrown garden tricks simply don’t live up to their hype when tested. Don't let these classic superstitions waste your time or harm your plants! In Person Only
Gardening Fertilizer 101: Fertilizing is an important step in maintaining the health of our plants. In order to grow and thrive, plants need essential nutrients typically found in the soil. What's NPK? Are fertilizers the gardeners "bandage"? A practical guide for flower and veggie gardeners alike. In Person Only



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