QB Seedy Saturday 2018 Speakers ~ Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
Donna Balzer – 10:30 am to noon
TOPIC: 3 Tips to Sow & Grow a Better Food Garden
Donna Balzer lives in Qualicum Beach where she has two greenhouses and a big vegetable garden on her double lot. She is an award-winning media personality and garden consultant with a personal passion for food growing in northern regions.
Horticulturist, speaker, and author, Donna has a degree in Agriculture with a specialty in Horticulture. She has a Youtube channel and 3 seasons as host of the Internationally broadcast Bugs & Blooms on HGTV. Her book No Guff Vegetable Gardening is a best seller and her newest book The Three Year Gardener’s Gratitude Journal will be published January 2018.
Kathy Claxton – 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
TOPIC: Keep Calm – Plant on…
(Make gardening fit YOU!)
I can no longer call myself a new transplant to the island. I have lived in the Parksville/Qualicum area for 20 years; therefore I am now a seasoned west coast gardener.
My interest in all things gardening began in the early 70’s with gaining employment at Whitburn’s greenhouses in Calgary. I responded to my new obsession by seeking out as much knowledge as possible through my work experiences and continuing education programs. I persevered, pushing the climate zones in Alberta; feeding my interest in self-sustained gardening.
Moving to Vancouver Island in the late 1990’s opened up a magnificent new world of gardening. My knowledge base has expanded with experiences working at Arrowsmith Greenhouses (15 years), the Master Gardener program at VIU (2003), running my own garden consult and maintenance company for 15 years and in the past 8 years I have cultivated a spring time business growing organic tomatoes for sale.
I have enjoyed the privilege of sharing my knowledge and experiences with many as a guest speaker at events:
- Qualicum Beach Garden Club: yearly for approx. 15 years
- Eaglecrest Garden Club
- Gabriola Garden Club
- Nanaimo Horticultural Society
- Mount Klitsa Garden Club, Port Alberni
- Seedy Saturday Qualicum Beach (Keynote Speaker): 4 years
- Seed Swap co-ordinator for QB seedy Saturday: 2013-present
When I am not up to my elbows in soil and transplants, I can be found reading (not just garden related materials), Knitting and Quilting.