QB Seedy Saturday 2017 Speakers ~ Saturday, February 4th, 2017
Linda Gilkeson – 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
‘Flourishing Food Gardens All Year Round’
Linda earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from McGill University in 1986, then moved to British Columbia to work for Applied Bio-Nomics Ltd., a company that produces biological controls. From 1991 to 2002 she worked for the provincial government, promoting programs to reduce and eliminate pesticide use. She was head of the provincial State of Environment Reporting Unit for the next six years, then the Executive Director of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy until the end of 2011. Linda now devotes her time to writing, teaching and consulting.
Linda has co-authored pest management training manuals for the government and organic gardening books for Rodale Press. She has self-published several books:
- Resilient Gardens 2017: Pollinator Gardens, Garlic Diseases, Pest Update
- Resilient Gardens 2016: Climate Change, Stress Disorders, Pest Update.
- West Coast Gardening: Natural Insect, Weed and Disease Control. 2nd edition. 2013
- Backyard Bounty: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest. 2011–a BC best seller.
- Year-Around Harvest: Winter Gardening on the Coast. 2nd edition. 2010. 70 pages.
As a private consultant, Linda is a regular instructor in the Master Gardener programs in BC and is busy year around giving workshops on pest management and organic gardening.
Linda has served as President of the Entomological Society of Canada, the Professional Pest Management Association of BC, the Entomological Society of BC and the Salt Spring Island Garden Club. She was awarded a Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2003 and an outstanding achievement award from the Professional Pest Management Association of BC in 2005.
Amy Robson – 12:30 p.m to 2:00 p.m.
‘Nourishing Your Soil:
The World Beneath Your Feet’
A Graduate from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a Diploma in Horticulture. Kwantlen’s School of Horticulture, offered me the opportunity to evaluate the foremost in horticultural practices. Kwantlen was an opportunity to prove with science the complexities of soil.
I have now been a Horticultural consultant for 15 years, and I own and operate a Landscape Design & Installation company that specializes in redesigning unused space. Nature’s Choice Design turns average landscapes, into unique spaces customized to our client’s needs.
Instead of working against nature, we choose to embrace all its energies, maximizing its potential and limiting environmental damage.
“ My experience is as vast as my education, it is my belief that good Horticultural practices are as dynamic as those that uphold them.”