Nine Things I Learned in Other People's Gardens

Speakers: Rob Howard
Date: March 14, 2017
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen St N
Kitchener ON  N2H 2H1
Room: Theater (Lower level)

Rob will be speaking on "Nine Things I Learned in Other People's Gardens," in which he takes some serious thoughts about making and enjoying a garden and presents them in a light-hearted way. The talk is illustrated by his own experiences, and photographs, in gardens in Ontario and in Britain. This talk will also include slides from recent garden tours he has escorted to Holland and British Columbia.


Rob Howard is garden columnist for The Hamilton Spectator and has been writing about gardening since 1990. He's also the originator and coordinator of Hamilton Spectator Open Garden Week, an annual event that sees up to 100 homeowners from throughout Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Niagara and Brant County open their gardens to visitors over 10 days at the end of June. That event will mark its 25th anniversary this year.

Rob hosted a call-in gardening show on AM radio for four years and has spoken to many events, garden clubs and horticultural societies around southern Ontario. He's escorted garden tours to England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, Belgium and Holland, France, and Vancouver and Victoria. This year, he will be leading tours to Holland and Italy, and also to Newfoundland.

He is also a family man, with a wife, three children and two granddaughters. He has been working on new gardens around the Hamilton home that he and his wife moved to seven years ago, and says that retirement from his full-time editor's job at The Spectator has given him the time to try to make his garden live up to expectations.  It also gives him more time to nap in that garden -- his retirement gift to himself was a hammock.


These programs are a joint initiative of the Kitchener Horticultural Society and the Kitchener Public Library.

There is no charge for admission but your generous support is appreciated.