Trish Symons

Hockley Meadows Farm

R.R. #5

Orangeville

Ontario

L9W2Z2

1-519-941-2175

 

trish.symons@sympatico.ca

Trish 'Out and About'  

 

POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

1001 GREAT GARDENING TIPS -100 AT A TIME

There are many time-saving, safe and environmentally- friendly gardening practices. 100 of the best are presented in this talk. Some customizing is possible, to suit your members needs. I have learned hundreds of Tips and Tricks over the years. If for example, a lot of your members are interested in Hostas, a section on Slug prevention will be included. This is the only presentation you may choose that can be done without PowerPoint. It is, however, more visually impactful using PowerPoint images to illustrate the content.
This presentation can include Everything Plus the Kitchen Sink.- a demonstration of a whole host of items that can make your gardening life more successful.

BANISH THE WINTER BLAHS: HOW A GARDENER SURVIVES WINTER IN ONTARIO

If you are passionate about gardening and do not have the luxury of a winter home in Arizona or Florida there are ways to survive January and February. Illustrated are the strategies my friends and I use to get through those two very difficult months.

COLOURS TO 'VIE' FOR

Colour is the mainstay and most dominant feature in most gardens. This presentation examines each colour family by illustrating some of the most beautiful and hardy plants. Examples from exquisite gardens and floral design competitions are included.

CREATING JUNGLE EFFECTS

There are many plants you can chose to create an exotic ‘jungle–like’ feel to your garden. This presentation examines my favourites and illustrates the impact they can make.

CREATING SCREE GARDENS: ONE SOLUTION TO CURRENT UNSTABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS

Gardeners are enterprising people. We are always looking for solutions to gardening dilemmas.
The unsettled weather in the last decade has made us seek new solutions. 
This presentation outlines my success in dealing with drought conditions by creating raised scree beds, filled will plants, trees and shrubs that are drought tolerant. Even an existing bed can be rejuvenated into a scree bed. The hard work is at the beginning and then these gardens are the least labour intensive of all gardens.

Trade Up! Do You Dare?

Is it time to update your garden?
Do you have what it takes to say goodbye to the plants and practices you have outgrown?
It takes COURAGE and CONVICTION!
Perhaps this talk will encourage you to do what needs to be done.
I was inspired by a presentation given at the Toronto Botanical Gardens by Thomas Hobbs, author of The Jewel Box Garden and Shocking Beauty in May of 2004 to create this presentation.

GARDENS I HAVE KNOWN AND LOVED

Since retiring as a secondary school principal I have taken every opportunity to visit and photograph beautiful gardens.
The Denver Botanical Garden is inspiring for anyone wishing to create scree beds or interested in Xeriscaping. Butchard Gardens and VanDusen in B.C. make you want to move West immediately. The private properties in Hockey Valley, Caledon and the Mulmer Hills north of Toronto are spectacularly lovely. Oakville and Niagara on the Lake, with their temperate climate, have lovely gardens. Roses bloom in February in Houston. Naples, Florida is a flower lover’s dream. There are even shots of my own garden on the Niagara Escarpment.
This talk is appropriate for gardeners at all levels. I assure you, everyone will leave with a few new ideas to try and gardens to visit.

GARDENS THAT GLOW

We look at the incredible array of plants, accessories and gardening techniques that turn your garden into a magical place. The quality of images alone makes this talk inspiring to gardeners.

GARDENING THE BLUES

This talk is especially for those gardeners who are mesmerized by beautiful blue flowers, foliage and accessories in the garden. We begin by defining ‘Horticultural Blue’. Next is a look at how easy it is to misrepresent the colour “blue” in photos and the naming of plants. Many of the more beautiful blue plants that will grow in Ontario gardens are illustrated.

GIFTS FROM THE GARDEN

 A garden is a true reflect of its owner. [A real gardener will question if she owns the garden or if it owns her]. There are so many advantages to gardening that I have created this presentation to illustrate the gifts I have received and the gits I have been able to share because of my passion for gardening. It is not just about creating beauty to enhance property values or growing organic fruit and veggie for the family. I enjoy sharing all the reasons I have garden since I was seven years old and why I am passing on my love for it to my seven grandchildren.

GROW IT SHOW IT

A visual representation of many terms in OJES Ontario Judging & Exhibiting Standards. This presentation was designed for groups who want to have greater success in exhibiting plants, designs and veggies/fruit.

FOUR ESSENTIALS

I am often asked to do a talk on Soil. It is the backbone of a successful garden. But it has partners of equal importance- Air, Water and Light. This presentation explores the relationships amongst the 4 essentials and gives suggestions to maximize their effect.

FROM HAYFIELD TO HEAVEN: THE GARDENS AT HOCKLEY MEADOWS FARM

Years ago I moved to a farm on top of the Niagara Escarpment in Hockley Valley. The large house sat in the middle of a hay field with only three ugly Manitoba Maples for shade.
Today our home is surrounded by several acres of trees, shrubs, ornamental flower gardens and vegetable beds. Convincing my husband to give up his pasture land was hardener than creating my beautiful gardens. 
This presentation illustrates the transformation not only of the land but also of my hubby, Bill’s, attitude about gardening.

KEEPING IT SIMPLE: PHOTOGRAPHING GARDENS

Techniques for enhancing your garden photography are explained and illustrated with specific examples, in this PowerPoint programme.
Mediocre shots can become Works of Art by learning the basic design principles. This is not a workshop on how to use to your camera but rather using your Head and Creativity to create beautiful images. Experimentation and a sense of what is really of interest and importance in the garden are emphasized.

KNOW YOUR LIMIT – GARDEN WITHIN IT

We make too many costly mistakes in planning new gardens or renovating old ones. This presentation addresses those things you should consider before starting any new project.

NEVER MET A HOSTA I COULD NOT LOVE

I became a Board member of the Ontario Hosta Society for one reason. I had fallen in love with these amazing plants and wanted to learn as much as possible about them. This presentation shares what I have learned over the past 15 years.

PHOTOGRAPHY: CAPTURING AND CONTROLLING LIGHT:

Light is essential for good photographs. We explore light sources and direction. Look at the White balance settings. Understand the effect of shutter speed, aperture, type of lens, ISO. and flash. Some of the lighting effects and editing tools of Photoshop are illustrated.

THE JOYS AND HAZARDS OF A LARGE COUNTRYL GARDEN

I remain a passionate gardener and survive marriage with a farmer/ husband even though we agree on very little. He sees cows- I see decomposed manure for my flowerbeds. He sees 166 acres of hay and grain and I see fields of flowers. For 26 years we have viewed our little part of the world through different eyes. Our 2.5-acre garden is beautiful because we have learned how to build on each other’s beliefs, strengths and talents.

THE MAE WESTS OF THE GARDEN

If you want to create high impact areas in your garden, this talk will give you many ideas. Some of Miss West’s better-known, humorous quotes and how they relate to gardeners are interspersed throughout this Power Point Presentation.

THERE IS A PUPPY IN MY GARDEN

It has taken years to create my beautiful 3 acre garden overlooking Hockley Valley. Little did I know when I picked up a 7 week old Border Collie how my life would change.   She had to learn to respect what I had created and I had to learn how to respect the needs of dear little Zip.

TWO ESSENTIAL RULES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

1. Be there!
2. The manual is your friend!
A couch potato never captures that incredible sunrise. You need to be out and about and ready to photograph glorious images. Understanding the basics of your camera will enhance your photography immensely.

SERENITY IN THE GARDEN

There is no such thing as a maintenance-free garden. The ideal is to make the most use of the beauty you create, in order to spend quality time in a tranquil and energizing environment. Certain elements create a serene and balanced ambiance. We will examine colour, shape, size, use of natural and artificial light, scent, plant combinations, harmony, contrast, water, wild life, furnishing and accessories. Thoughtful use of these will help establish “Serenity in your Garden”.

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?

Perennials are beautiful but flower briefly. Annuals, unless well- tended, can become blowsy. Some of the most beautiful gardens I have visited over the past 5 years focus on coloured foliage, shape and texture- to create long- lasting beauty from spring till late fall. Consider the Kong Coleus, Pretoria Cannas, perennials with exquisite foliage, hostas, trees and shrubs with chartreuse, rose or burgundy foliage. Each year, my garden features more of these three season beauties.
This presentation focuses on the Garden you can create without the traditional reliance on flowers.

XERISCAPING: FAD OR NECESSITY?

For 5 out of the last 6 growing seasons we, in Ontario, have suffered periodic drought conditions. Xeriscaping, [low water gardening], using appropriate plants and practices, is fast becoming a necessity! This talk outlines helpful hints, gardening ideas and plants for successful Xeriscaping. It is time to rethink some of our favorite garden practices. A major emphasis is on creating a low maintenance scree bed. Many of the most successful low water gardens of Ontario are featured

WORKSHOPS: FLORAL DESIGNS

THE ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES OF FLORAL DESIGN

A PowerPoint presentation explains the 12 basic tenets of design with specific examples from competition winners. A basic arrangement is demonstrated with the view to understanding the Element and Principles. This can be booked as a Workshop or as a PowerPoint Presentation.

THE BASIC COURSE IN FLORAL DESIGN

This 4-6 part course follows the guidelines established by the Garden Clubs of Ontario. I am an Accredited Judge and Instructor. Some flexibility is possible depending on your group’s experience and interest level.

FLORAL DESIGN WITH A MODERN TWIST

This 4-5 hour Workshop focuses on two modern design styles. You chose from the following:{Parallel, Modern Mass, Underwater, Synergistic, Duo, Layered and Satellite}. The best combinations depend on the time of year and experience level of your group. It is ideal to use as much plant material as possible for your own gardens or house plants. This course is best suited to intermediate designers who want to learn the newest styles.

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR ARRANGING FLOWERS

This demonstration and hands on approach, to learning the Tips and Tricks used by floral designers, is appropriate for personal use or competition. Many gardeners just want the confidence to create lovely designs for their homes. Conditioning plant material, mechanics, tools of the trade and design tricks are included. This session may include creating a design.

SEASONAL DESIGNS

a 4 hour Workshop creating seasonal designs

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS

PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR GARDEN

An on location, Workshop learning and practicing basic photographic skills to capture the beauty of gardens.
The first part is taught using PowerPoint: the rest is outside in the garden.
Caution this is NOT a technical session on the use of your camera but a look at the creative and practical skills need to capture great garden shots

POWERPOINT PRIMER

A wonderful way to store and share your garden images is using PowerPoint, a computer generated slide show.
This presentation introduces you to the ‘power’ of PowerPoint.
You will see the basics demonstrated and may will be enticed to learn the entire programme.

DIGITAL SAVY FOR GARDENERS

A multiple session, hands on series, to teach gardeners how to become better photographers, to edit with Photoshop and create a PowerPoint Show or publish a personal Photo Book.

Trish Symons

Hockley Meadows Farm