Guest speakers for Nature in Your Neighbourhood Series

Post date: Feb 17, 2012 5:45:06 PM

In collaboration with the Ottawa River Institute and three area libraries, we are presenting another Speaker Series this Spring!

Our 100 Mile Garden– Beyond the Purple Coneflower with Grant Dobson of Connaught Nursery - Thurs. April 19th, 2012, 7pm -Killaloe Lions Hall, in partnership with the Killaloe Public Library—Free

Grant Dobson, owner of Connaught Nursery will share his knowledge of gardening with native plants, garden planning and design, plant selection and cultural requirements to ensure a successful native plant garden outcome. This presentation covers the how-to’s of creating a bio-regional garden and will appeal to both naturalist and gardener alike. With over 25 years of horticultural experience, Grant delights in sharing his knowledge so that others will discover the joys and benefits of gardening with native species. To find out more about Grant and his work, visit:

Braggarts, Cheaters, and Surrogate Lovers: Spring in the Valley with Mike Runtz, Photographer and Author - Thurs. April 26, 2012, 7 pm- Bonnechere Union Public Library, Eganville– Free.

A birdwatcher since the age of five, Michael Runtz has lived and breathed nature all his life. He is well-known for his educational and conservation efforts, for which he has received numerous awards, including an Outstanding Service Award from the Federation of Ontario Naturalists. Nowhere else is Michael more in his element than in the natural world itself - howling with the elusive wolf, digging out salamanders from under a rotting log, luring in rutting moose with his skillful calls, or capturing speeding dragonflies with his butterfly net. His intimate familiarity with this world makes Michael the perfect ambassador for nature. Visit:

Wild Women Wilderness Art, with Joyce Burkholder, Kathy Haycock and Linda Sorensen, Artists - Wednesday May 9th, 2012, 7 pm -Renfrew Public Library—Free

Artists Joyce Burkholder, Kathy Haycock and Linda Sorensen’s inspired paintings capture nature’s moments with freshness and vitality. Their work reflects a profound love and appreciation of the Ottawa Valley landscape and their unique way of seeing and painting what surrounds them.

“There is nothing more enjoyable than sitting within a scene, observing and absorbing intensely and painting. I like to share my delight in being there, in experiencing nature’s gifts of the landscape, the weather, wind, light, even movement and sound.”, Kathy Haycock.

To find out more about their work, visit: and