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On the Down the Garden Path Radio Show and Podcast, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens, and landscapes.

Joanne and Matthew believe it's important and possible to have great gardens that are low maintenance.

Each week, they educate their listeners on how to seasonally manage their gardens and landscapes. Joanne and Matt learn right along with their listeners, from each other, from their research, and from the many guests who join them on their show. 

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Oct 29, 2020

As we reach the end of October, we turn back to shore on our adventure into waters many dare not tread: climate change and our environmental impact. We've discussed what climate change is and what we can do to help slow it down. In this week’s episode of the Down the Garden Path podcast, we wrap up the conversation with a look at the seasonal climate challenges facing us gardeners. Joining us are Deborah Pearson and Ginny Colling.

Tune into this week's podcast for a climate conversation with Deborah Pearson and Ginny Colling.

Deborah Pearson and Ginny Colling have both enjoyed long careers in education. Deborah worked with Trillium Lakelands District School Board and Ginny in the Journalism Program at Durham College.

Since retirement, they have been busy in a variety of volunteer activities. These have included serving on the City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee and the Healthy Environment Plan working group that produced a climate action and adaptation plan in 2018 for the City. In addition, Deborah is a member of the Bee City Pollinator Action Committee for the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Kawartha Climate Club. Ginny is a member of the Suzuki Foundation Blue Dot Movement and a founding member of Scugog Climate Action Now.

In 2017, Deborah and Ginny travelled to the U.S. for Climate Reality Project leadership training led by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate, Al Gore. Since then, they have been making climate change presentations to community and school groups in the Kawarthas and Durham Region.

Join us this week as we ask Deborah and Ginny:

  • Can you tell us about your experiences with the Climate Reality Project?
  • What challenges does climate change present to everyday gardeners?
  • As the seasons change our gardens change and so do our activities in the garden. What new challenges does climate change present each season to gardeners?

Each week on Down The Garden Path, professional landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes.

As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne Shaw has been designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of Toronto for over a decade.

And Matthew Dressing is a horticulturist and landscape designer. He owns Natural Affinity Garden Design, a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto and the Eastern GTA. Together, Joanne and Matthew do their best to bring you interesting, relevant and helpful topics. Their goal is to help you keep your garden as low maintenance as possible.