1. WOODLAND FLOWERS and BIRDS (2 options)

           A.  Mon May 14 (10 - 12; Hastings Co.)
           B.  Mon May 14 (3:30 - 5:30; Prince Edward Co.)
 The walks will visit woods northeast of Belleville (morning) or the South Shore IBA in Prince Edward County (afternoon) to view a wide range of spring plants and flowers:  Bloodroot, Hepatica, Spring Beauty, Bellwort, Ferns, Trillium, Blue Cohosh, etc.  We should also see a good variety of migrating birds.
Participants will receive a list of the plants and birds we see as well as a picture file of the flowers.   Meeting places will be emailed ahead of time.
Be prepared for 3-4 km of walking on gravel roads/trails - some gentle hills.
What to bring:  Repellent (long sleeves recommended), water, field guide (optional)

 Cost - $15/one walk,  $20/both  (limited to 10 participants)  REGISTER


2. FRESH FOOD GARDENS (2 options)
           A.  Mon May 28, 1:00-3:30 or
           B.  Wed May 30, 9:30-12:00

 Growing fresh, delicious vegetables and herbs doesn't need to be high stress!  This workshop  demonstrates raised-bed technique for high yield, low maintenance kitchen gardens that produce a range of food all season, are friendly to pollinators and are easy to manage. From greens to beans and roots to fruits, we'll show some of the best things to plant and ways of raising great food.  In addition to demonstrations and printed notes on garden construction, soil health, troubleshooting  and planting techniques, each participant will receive

  • A planted Heritage Potato tub
  • Heritage Tomato plants (2 varieties)
  • Herb plants
  • Seeds for 13 vegetables and herbs (from a choice of 16)
  • Online support for the season (send us your questions!)

 Cost - $50 (limited to 10 participants each session)  REGISTER


3. WETLAND PLANTS (Sun June 17, 1:00 - 3:30)

 We will visit marshes, river edge and wet woods north of Belleville. We'll find and identify flowers, shrubs, water plants, sedges.  Participants will receive a list of the plants we identify as well as a picture file. Approx 2-3 km of walking.

What to bring:  Field guide (optional), repellent, water, hat

 Cost - $15 (limited to 10 participants)  REGISTER


            A.  Sat Jun 16  (1:00-3:30)
            B.  Sat Aug 25 (9:30-12:00)
  'Hypertufa' is a material constructed to imitate a stone trough/planter.  We build ours deep and large enough to withstand winters.  These mini gardens are perfect for showing off alpine or small plants.  Each participant will receive:
  • Materials and instruction to construct a hypertufa trough
  • Molds, gloves
  • Planting medium
  • Decorative rocks
  • Choice of 3 alpine plants
  • Information for cultivation and winter care

 Cost - $50 (includes all materials/plants - limited to 7 participants)   REGISTER

5. SOUTH SHORE FLORA and FAUNA (Mon Aug 6; 10:30- 1:00)

 Join us as we explore the plants, butterflies, and dragonflies of the South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area in Prince Edward County.  We plan to explore wetland, meadow and woodland perennials and shrubs along with the fauna attracted to them. 

The meeting place will be emailed before the event.  Rides from Belleville are available

 Be prepared for 3-5 km of walking on flat trails (may be wet)

What to bring:  Plant field guide (optional), repellent, water, sun screen

 Cost - $10 (limited to 10 participants)  REGISTER


           A. Thu Sep 20, 9:30-12:00 or
           B.  Sat Sep 22, 1:00-3:30

 This workshop will introduce seed collecting at the nursery.  We will try out techniques for cleaning and saving a range of wild flowers, shrubs, trees and grasses.  We will use low-tech equipment and practices that can be applied by all gardeners. Participants will leave with prepared seeds of at least a dozen species and details for how to preserve and germinate them.   


 Cost - $25 (limited to 8 participants each session)  REGISTER


 Are you looking for a unique botanical experience or a guided bird hike?  Tell us what you're looking for and we can customize a local excursion to suit your interests.  Peter has birded and hiked extensively throughout the Quinte and Prince Edward County region in all seasons and can design a hike that will suit what you are looking for.   


 Cost - $85 half day (max 10 people)  CONTACT