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Growing Nature Connections

Nature Gardens is about bringing landscapes to life and creating places where nature is welcome. We are dedicated to building bird, bee and butterfly friendly places that bridge the gap that separates gardening and nature. Nature Gardens is also about creativity and experiential workshops in nature. We offer programs as a way to invite others to connect with nature and enrich their experience in the natural world. 



Artist, Naturalist, Gardener

My journey in gardening is based in many years experience in landscaping combined with my interest in study as a naturalist. Inspired by the work of Douglas W. Tallamy, I'm interested in the initiative that conservation start in our own yard. I'd like to make a difference in how we garden and in how we connect with nature. My love of nature is a life-long relationship that includes advocacy, appreciation, adventure and art. I've completed the Ontario Master Naturalist Program and am actively involved with Pollinator Partnership of Canada. I'm a member of North America Native Plant Society. My creative work is shaped by over 20 years experience as an artist and workshop facilitator. 

Nature Gardens has a home-base that is Certified Wildlife-friendly Habitat.  We are dedicated to inspiring others to adopt as many nature-friendly practices as they feel are right for them. Our gardening services are committed to promoting the value and benefit of nature friendly gardens.
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Recognition in the Guildwood Community

Advocating for nature can be tireless work that is often met with many hurdles but receiving recognition can provide a subtle sense of appreciation. In September 2017 I was pleased to receive recognition from the Office of Honourable John McKay MP for the work I had done with other members of the community, appealing for the preservation of a 3km stretch of natural sand beach. This project continues to need support and a number of us are still speaking out on behalf of preserving the natural shoreline of Grey Abbey Beach in Scarborough. 

Forest Ontario Heritage Tree 

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When a tree is special, it is much more than part of a landscape, it actually becomes part of the community. To honour the iconic tree of Indian Landing in Port Sydney, my nomination for this very special Red Maple was accepted by Forest Ontario's Heritage Tree program. It has been added to their database as a tree of significance. The Heritage Tree Program collects and tells stories of Ontario’s unique trees as a way to bring awareness to the social, cultural, historical and ecological value of trees. On Earth Day of April 2018, the plaque was unveiled with members of the community. This proud tree is a wise elder loved by many.
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The Family Tree, Red Maple, HT-2017-217-234 

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