Ed Lawrence
Ed Lawrence

Benefit fundraiser for the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust

Before the first crocus has hailed the arrival of spring, you can begin planning your garden by coming to see premier horticulturalist Ed Lawrence in person for an informative and interactive evening of gardening wisdom.

Ed Lawrence Live! will be held on Thursday, March 10th beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Centrepointe Studio Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Rd. in Nepean.  Tickets are $20 and available at eventbrite.ca.  Parking is free.

Ed will be joined by moderator Rob Clipperton, former host of the highest rated Saturday morning show in the country, In Town and Out.  Why not gather up all those thorny questions and get ready to ask Ed yourself – how much sun or water, what’s eating my clematis, when should I prune, and what is this plant anyway?  Bring along your ailing houseplant for an expert diagnosis!

Have you ever dreamed of being able to capture Ed in your own garden?  Ed has agreed to do just that: 90 minutes of private consultation in your own garden for anyone living within 50 km of Centrepointe Theatre. At the event we’ll be raffling Ed’s time and expertise for $20 per ticket or 3 tickets for $50. There will be 200 raffle tickets available, for cash or cheque only. (Raffle License No. M776453)

For anyone who has followed Ed Lawrence on CBC Radio, you know that this renowned gardening expert is seldom stumped by the wide variety of problems posed on his weekly call-in show.  Whether the problem is getting a flowering plant to bloom or attempting to get rid of a troublesome pest, Ed’s affable and patient style welcomes every caller.  In recent years, he finds that questioners more often want to know how to get good results while avoiding the use of herbicides or pesticides. Even these challenges don’t phase Ed.  His knowledge of plants and how to keep them happy is encyclopedic.  It’s hardly surprising that his career was spent as premier horticultural specialist at the National Capital Commission’s 6 official residences.

This event is a benefit fundraiser for the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT), a local charity supported by Ed Lawrence, dedicated to preserving nature’s wild gardens in Ottawa’s backyard.  To date, MMLT has preserved over 2,400 acres of ecologically sensitive lands in the Ottawa Valley.  All proceeds from this event will help the Land Trust carry out its mandate to monitor the special properties left to its care.  For more information, visit mmlt.ca/events.