Find inspiration & learn how to transform your home, inside and out, with local industry experts at the London Home & Outdoor Show! 


Speaker Schedule


2:30PM Exterior Paints for Outdoor Projects
- Home Depot

Natural Remedies - Growing Herbs
- Penelope Beaudrow, Herbalist/Author - The Gingko Tree


Clear Your Clutter
- Betsi Simmons, Professional Organizer - Live Life Easy

5:30PM Growing All Year
- Tom Page, Hydrophonic Specialist - Ontario Growers Supply


10:30AM Exterior Paints for Outdoor Projects
- Home Depot

Native Trees & Shrubs
- Dan Lizmore, Landscape Designer - Western Fair District

1:30PM Clear Your Clutter
- Betsi Simmons, Professional Organizer - Live Life Easy
2:30PM Deck Prep & Stain
- Home Depot

Updating with Accents
- Kay Habib, Interior Designer - Skill Décor


Water Gardens
- Isa Webb, Pond Specialist - The Bloomin Bog


11:30AM E-Cars
- London Honda
12:30PM Fusion Gardening
- Sean James, Master Gardener
1:30PM Indoor Vermiculture
- Cathy from Cathy’s Creepy Crawlers
2:30PM Sensational Succulents
- Denise Hodgins, Landscape Designer - Diggin Dirt
3:30PM Updating with Accents
- Kay Habib, Interior Designer - Skill Décor

*Schedule subject to change


Speaker Bios



Sean James - Master Gardener

Named by GardenMaking magazine as one of “20 Making a Difference”, gardening has been Sean James’ hobby and profession for over 35 years. A graduate of Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, a Master Gardener, writer, and teacher, Sean focuses on eco-gardening techniques, which makes sense since he grew up surrounded by nature near Crawford Lake in Campbellville. He has spoken from the Maritimes to Seattle and landscaped from Nova Scotia to California. Sean has had the honour to be part of creating the new Ontario Landscape Tree Planting Guide, the Grow-Me-Me-Instead guide, the Ontario Horticultural Apprenticeship Curriculum and the national Red Seal Occupational Standard, and the Master Gardeners Reference Manual. He has participated in the professional advisory committee for Niagara College’s Landscape Program, chairing the Environmental Stewardship Committee for Landscape Ontario, the Environmental Committee for the Perennial Plant Association, moderating the Master Gardeners of Ontario Facebook page, judging the All American Selections garden competition and Hamilton’s Monarch Awards Hamilton. He has been the Ontario spokesperson for garden days Canada, He has appeared on many television and radio shows. Sean owns ‘Sean James Consulting & Design’ and instructs at Mohawk College.”

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Penelope Beaudrow - Herbalist/Author - The Gingko Tree

Penelope Beaudrow is an educator and registered herbalist; earning her herbalist diploma from the Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia.  She is Product Development Specialist and Herbal Educator at Faunus Herbs; which manufactures, formulates and develops complex foodbased supplements for the natural products industry.  Penelope is also a board member of the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine and moderator and on-site organizer at The Annual International Restorative Medicine Conference and the Restorative Medicine Herbal Certification Program. She founded Back To Your Roots Herbal Retreat and Apprenticeship program.  She also founded The Ginkgo Tree, a small herbal teas and tinctures business located on her family farm, Dogwood & Brambles, which is a United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary.  It is on this farm that Penelope teaches The Ginkgo Tree Herbal Course and teaches remotely, The Science and Art of Herbalism Course, as one of Rosemary Gladstar’s teachers.   She has lectured for the Restorative Medicine Conference, Restorative Medicine Herbal Certification Program, International Herb Symposium, New England Herbal Conference, Back To Your Roots Herbal Retreat, Heartwood Gathering, Canada Blooms, Toronto Botanical Gardens and various other organizations.

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Isa Webb - Pond Specialist - The Bloomin Bog

“Water in Every Garden” is the mission of our business. Isa covers the water in every garden; water features versus ponds; examines some popular water feature ideas such as backyard ponds; share pond tips; and conclude with a short “parade of ponds” slide show.

Isa emigrated from Australia to Canada in 1996.  She worked for 10 years in postgraduate studies at Southern Cross University.  Many postgraduate research projects were based in environmental science, and that is how she learned about aquatic ecosystems and pond ecology.

The Bloomin Bog Water Gardens was founded in 1981, and Isa has been a partner since January, 1996.  She and her husband, Nick, own and operate the business, employing nine full-time seasonal staff every year.  The business occupies almost one acre of land that’s devoted to greenhouses, goldfish and koi, and the propagation of aquatic plants.  The showroom boasts a large selection of pond and water feature hardware for all DIY enthusiasts.

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Denise Hodgins - Landscape Designer - Diggin Dirt


How to Care for Them, As Well As How to Take Them to the Next Level

As a Garden Coach and Designer I have over 30 years of design experience,  I have had the opportunity to work in many areas within the horticultural industry from Historical Landscaper, to Head Gardener at Rosebank in Lambeth, Ontario, greenhouse plant production and many years on the Landscape crew both in northern Ontario and here in London building and maintaining both residential and commercial properties.

The “Dirt” on Denise Hodgins O.D.H.

  • Graduate of Landscape Design at Fanshawe College
  • Diploma in Horticulture from the University of Guelph
  • Certificates in several areas of Greenhouse Production from University of Guelph
  • National Roses Canada - Certified Rose Judge
  • Ontario Horticultural Association - Horticulture and Floral Design Judge
  • I write a weekly column “Growing Concern” on behalf of Parkway Gardens in the Homes Section of the London Free Press and an associate writer for several Post Media papers.

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