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Growing Nature Connections

 Nature Gardens is inspired by the dynamic beauty of the Muskoka landscape. Our vision includes the use of native plants and organic gardening practices that enhance outdoor spaces. We would like our gardens to enrich your world while also providing bird, bee and butterfly friendly places that bridge the gap that separates gardening and nature. 



Gardener, Naturalist

My love of gardening continues to be a life-long learning experience shaped by the study of nature and inspired by the beauty of the Muskoka landscape, a place that has captured my heart since my childhood. My professional work in gardening has been weaved throughout my working years as an artist and includes landscaping, greenhouse work, container gardening, decorative planters and floral design in both Toronto and Muskoka. I've recently completed the Ontario Master Naturalist Program and I'm involved with Pollinator Partnership of Canada and the Ontario Invasive Plant Council. I'm a member of the North America Native Plant Society and Ontario Rock Garden Society.


Gardener, Artist

am an artist who loves gardening. I marvel at the vital relationships that exists in nature, and the beauty of the garden with its smells, colours and textures. My art practice and gardening are intricately woven together, gardening is my muse, and my art informs my gardening practice. I continue to grow my relationship with plants with studies in horticulture and adding to my palette the experience of working on a cut-flower farm. Additional gardening experience includes seed-saving, transplanting seedlings, planting and garden maintenance. I believe as gardeners we can also be environmental stewards. 

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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