Canada's Top Horticulturist
Retired head gardener to six Canadian Governors General and Prime Ministers, more than two decades as phone-in “gardening guru” for CBC Radio’s “Ontario Today”, Ed Lawrence has provided practical, down-to-earth advice that has become the final word in gardening for more than half a million loyal listeners and fans. Ed’s encyclopedic knowledge of the gardening world, including the many uses of his famous “40-parts water to 1-part soap” solution, is documented in his book, Gardening: Grief and Glory.
The Pond Clinic
People always have plenty of questions about water features. Nicholas Bott will be on hand to give your water garden a check-up!
Come and hear how you can tap into the potential of your yard space. Nicholas will be taking questions, diagnosing pond problems, and prescribing solutions. He will be doing a presentation on pond construction, water quality, maintenance, plants and fish.
By the way, he isn’t really a doctor. It’s just a nickname we give him because he looks so cute in his signature medical scrubs.
Outdoor Kitchens and Patios
Outdoor Kitchens & Patios is a full service landscape design and construction company serving Ottawa and the surrounding region. They specialize in the design and construction of
hardscape projects, including interlocking paver surface construction, concrete segmental retaining wall systems and stairs, wood and composite decks plus wood, aluminum and PVC fencing.
With more than 20 years of successful experience in customer service, Shannon ensures that clients at Outdoor Kitchens & Patios are always kept informed and up to speed on the status of their design and construction project. Her attention to detail and accuracy ensures a steady, uninterrupted flow of materials to all worksites.
Royal LePage Pro Alliance Realty
Since moving from Stittsville to Kashwakamak Lake in 2001, Chris & husband, David, find they have the best of all worlds: living on a premier lake in cottage country while building a thriving real estate business in Northbrook, gateway to some of the most pristine lakes in Ontario. Coming from a teaching background, Chris, the entrepreneur, is now having a ball with innovative marketing, acting as a sponsor of local non-profit events & creating interesting partnerships with local businesses. Chris hopes her seminar presentations at the Cottage Show will encourage more visits to the glorious Land o’ Lakes region.
The Septic Store
Jason Rail has been employed at The Septic Store and its sister company Rideau Valley Septic Services since 2005. Through his years with both companies he has extensive experience on both the products and installation as well as the maintenance required on both conventional and advanced treatment systems.
Geothermal refers to a technology that uses the earth's energy to provide a heat source for heating and cooling commercial buildings and houses.
Meet John Barton, owner and principal operator of Bartonair. John has been installing heating and cooling systems for 25 years and geothermal for 10 years.
Forged In Canada
Don MacKay, owner of Forged in Canada, will be disscussing working with contractors and buying metal work. Don will be highlighting qualities to look for when purchsing metal work, either stock items or custom work, to avoid dissappointment
Steph the Grilling Gourmet®
Steph the Grilling Gourmet® is a graduate of the prestigious George Brown College Culinary Management Program. Steph has been passionate about cooking gourmet meals since he was a teenager. Following his dream, he grew to know and understand his craft through preparing and serving delicious meals at many different types of restaurants. It was somewhere along the way that he discovered his true passion: creating mouthwatering original delights on smokers and grills.
Steph loves working his magic at large corporate events and at smaller more specialised group events. Steph is the genius behind a line of savory dry rubs available commercially. He is the creator and host of his own show and the popular “Grill This, Smoke That” show seen on cable TV and on the Internet. Among his many accomplishments, Steph was invited in 2011 to cook for a private dinner party at the residence of the U.S. ambassador, with the Prime Minister in attendance.
John K. Szczepaniak, the principal founder, is a member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. An avid traveller, Mr. Szczepaniak draws inspiration from such sources as the historic homes and gardens of Europe and the landscapes of South America. His love of the Ontario landscape and an appreciation of fine art inform all his designs.
He also devotes part of his professional time to giving lectures, hosting garden tours, and promoting the arts through benefit events. He has been featured in several newspaper and magazine articles
A Cultivated Art
Sundaura Alford is a Certified Landscape Designer and a life-long gardener. She has won multiple awards for her design work and is a recurring garden expert on Rogers Daytime TV. She is also the creator of GardeninginOttawa.com, a website dedicated to providing local, original, and dependable landscape advice for Ottawa gardeners.
Ottawa at Home & Virginia Vince, Bloomfields Flowers
As a teacher, decorator, and lifestyle expert, Mary Taggart strives to inspire others to lead stylish lives. As the decorator for Tamarack Homes for over 15 years Mary was responsible for choosing everything from exterior colour packages to creating individual looks for model homes. While working within the new home industry, she started her own decorating business and worked with individual clients to help them achieve their decorating goals. Ultimately, Mary recognized that her true passion stemmed from inspiring others, and she turned to writing and other media outlets to share her design knowledge. With the confidence to know how to make good choices and with a flair for colour, Mary has a strong sense of how to create appealing space that suits individual personalities.
Mary will be joined onstage by Virginia Vince of Bloomfields Flowers
Delphitech LED Lighting
Rodney McInnis, Founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer of DelphiTech Corporation, has a career spanning more than 25 years in technology and product-related development. Through
DelphiTech Rodney has now taken the lead in creating new lighting solutions.
DelphiTech Corporation is a leading Canadian-based manufacturer of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting. Offering a low-cost and maintenance-free alternative to conventional lighting, the lights are designed to save energy and can be used for many indoor and outdoor applications. With its innovative product portfolio, DelphiTech was awarded some of the earliest patents in high output LED lighting products. They were the first company to put this breakthrough white light LED technology on the outside of homes, and they have developed numerous product-specific innovations since then.