Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Kristl Walek-Gardens North,June's Guest Speaker
In 1992 Kristl gave up a civil law practice in Ottawa to start Gardens North as a humble, small dining-room operation with the seed of plants from her own backyard. Since then the business has grown to international proportions; as of 2012 sales are in over 40 countries and still growing. A high proportion of the seed she sells is wild collected. She moved from the Ottawa Valley to Annapolis Royal 3 years ago, where she continues to run the business.
Kristl is considered one of the leading experts on seed germination and has written and lectured on the topic to many international organizations. She was a contributor to Norm Deno’s “Seed Germination and Theory” and in 1998 was the 1st recipient of the NARGS Geoffrey Charlesworth writing prize for her article on seed collecting, cleaning and storage. She is currently in the final stages of a book about the propagation of eastern Canadian native plants from seed.
Kristl describes herself as being one of those fortunate individuals who has been able to earn a living doing the thing she loves most.
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