Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Joanie graduated from the agricultural program at McGill University in 1974. At 25, as a researcher at the Institute of Ecological Agriculture, she led seminars on organic gardening and conservationist lifestyles and toured as a lecturer in Canada and the States. She owned a rare and exotic plant store in Montreal then moved to P.E.I. to build solar greenhouses and has run her own landscaping company in Ottawa for the last 27 years; many of her projects have won awards. Joanie has also become renowned as a teacher of a popular 4-day gardening course.

Historian and best-selling author Karen Molson is delighted to combine her professional experience with her enthusiasm for gardening to co-present this lecture series. This former independent bookseller has written articles and books on Canadian history, participated in TV documentaries, worked as a consultant and researcher and lectured across Ontario and Quebec. Karen's work with archives in Ottawa and Montreal has fostered a growing sensitivity for the resonance of the past in the life of the present. She believes that gardening links each of us to our ancestors and to the land.

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