The Peterborough Garden Show


Giving Back ... 
...for Scholarships

The Peterborough Horticultural Society is a “not-for-profit” organization of passionate volunteers who host the garden show to raise money to give it back to our community.

The Peterborough Horticultural Society has been an active part of Peterborough life since 1861. Their proceeds from the show are used for scholarships and beautification projects.  Since 2002, the Peterborough Horticultural Society has given away close to $180,000 to worthy students and GRANTS to COMMUNITY GARDENS.

- See the PHS site for the more about scholarships to students studying horticultural related studies 

PHS Scholarship winners for 2016

MJ Pilgrim, PHS President with Megan Kitchen (left)

and Lauren MacTavish (absent - Anders Fish)

Anders Fish:

- is currently finishing his fourth and final year of Honours Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Agricultural and Food Systems. He has worked on many farms -- in his hometown of Antigonish, Nova Scotia and in Spain and France as part of the Worldwide Opportunity on Organic Farms (WOOF) program. Throughout his degree at Trent, he has worked at the Trent Vegetable Gardens and the Seasoned Spoon Cafe which, together, create a sustainable food system and an important educational resource.  His passion for agriculture has led to his engagement in faculty-supported and self-directed research into vegetative-damaging air pollutants, and potentially novel and sustainable fertilizers. In the future he hopes to complete a Masters degree with an emphasis in sustainable agricultural methods in the developing world, with application for adaptation to climate change.

Megan Kitchen:

-gained her initial horticultural experience with various high school green industry classes, an employment position at Gardens Plus and a cooperative education placement with the Invading Species Awareness Program. Since then, she has expanded her experience by volunteering at Peterborough GreenUp in Ecology Park as well as employment at Griffin’s Greenhouses where she worked for two consecutive summers. After three years studying at Fleming College she has completed the Ecosystem Management Technology Program, receiving a diploma as an Ecosystem Management Technician and Ecosystem Management Technologist. As a final project for the program she worked in collaboration with the City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee to lead a team of students in creating a pollinator monitoring program report. This report emphasized the importance of pollinators (such as butterflies, moths, birds, beetles etc.) and promoted the installation of pollinator beds with native plant species. For the summer of 2016 she worked at the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority as an Environmental Technician Assistant. Here she had the opportunity to participate in many events engaging the community and school groups with activities such as tree plantings, pollinator presentations and shoreline restorations. Currently, she is attending Trent University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science.

Lauren MacTavish:

- is currently attending Trent University pursuing a Joint Major in Sustainable Agriculture & Food System Studies and Sociology. While at Trent she has volunteered at the Trent Vegetable Gardens and The Seasoned Spoon Cafe where she has been able to gain knowledge of a local food system and gardening. She is interested in food insecurity and food programmes within Canada and the localization of our food systems. In the future, she hopes to be able open a food cooperative to help farmers sell and consumers to buy more local products and increase food security in communities. 


We have also recently awarded $100 scholarships to two deserving high school students in our area:

Kenner - Madge Harris AwardKatrina Lane

TASS – Olive Isaac Award:   Shawn Mills

PHS Scholarship winners for 2014

Left to right - Adam Wood, Monica Fromberger, Jonathan Duffy

and MJ Pilgrim, President of the Peterborough Horticultural Society. 

Absent:  Michael Marcucci

Here is why Michael was not in the above photo..... our dollars at work....

Scholarship Winners in 2013

Left to Right:

Jen Bird, Megan Kitchen, EmilyAbu-Middin, Kyle Mc Question

and Hort. Society Board Member, Pat Lounsbury





Emily and Pat 

Jen and Pat