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Family Gardening – Family Adventure

About JoAnne Fleming

JoAnne Fleming was surrounded by Maple trees growing up on a farm called Mapleholme. She has always felt a deep connection to trees. As an avid gardener, landscape architect, educator, environmentalist and speaker she loves to share her passion, and grow your awe about trees.

A graduate of Queens University and Ryerson University, she established her business as a landscape architect in Sault Ste. Marie. As Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee she established a City Beautification program 'The Sault is You’. Concerned about environmental issues, she chaired the Quality of Life committee for the City. Where ever she has lived in Ontario, British Columbia and Mexico, she has been involved in programs to help clean up, and green up her communities.

JoAnne was moderator of a workshop at the United Nations Climate Change conference. Leading public tours at the Ontario Forest Research Institute, she interpreted forest research programs to groups of adults and students. JoAnne taught Environmental Horticulture, Environmental Concerns, Pollution Economics, and community landscape programs at community colleges.

As a lifelong learner, she is deeply concerned about the world our children will inherit from us. She attends conferences, researches, speaks and writes about environmental issues. Whether walking in the woods, garden, park, or countryside, trees nurture her soul, reduce her stress, and inspire her creativity.

By: JoAnne Fleming

JoAnne Fleming
MAR 10
Sun 10:00am to 6:00pm

Garden Solutions Stage presented by Harrowsmith (Hall G)
03:00 PM

Family Gardening – Family Adventures
By JoAnne Fleming BA, LAT

JoAnne invites you into gardens to not just look, but SEE the beautiful, the tasty, the tenacious, and the unexpected. By helping you become more ‘Nature Aware’ families can experience a whole new world from trees talking to one another, to how marigolds discourage pests. Putting your hands in the soil, planting tiny seeds, and watching the magic is good for everyone’s soul. Savour together, the unforgettable flavour and satisfaction of eating tomatoes you have grown from seed or bedding plants blooming in profusion. Learn how family gardening adventures can reduce stress, grow wonder, and strengthen relationships.

From bugs to colourful flowers, JoAnne has first hand experience as she has gardened since she could walk. She pursued this passion as an environmental educator, and landscape architect, and now wants to share it with you. Families can garden in pots on window sills, in patio pots, garden plots and raised beds. Whether growing herbs, vegetables, flowers, bushes and/or trees, just grow something to get started, and you will be hooked!

Establish a family gardening partnership with Mother Nature and learn the lessons of where our food comes from. ’She’ is the senior partner. It’s a lot less work when you do not try to assume complete control! Appreciate the tenacity of plants to survive and thrive. Becoming ‘Nature Aware’ in your own garden helps make the world beyond, even more interesting. With colourful slides she will inspire you to embark on family adventures in your garden.

What is Canada Blooms?

Canada Blooms is an annual world-class festival that connects people to the joys and benefits of nature through experiences with gardens and flowers, by promoting, educating, inspiring and celebrating all aspects of horticulture....


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