Take a look at who appeared in 2016. 2017 Speakers & Celebrities will be posted shortly. 


Carson Arthur

Carson Arthur started his television career as a behind-the-scenes prop coordinator for a national garden call-in show.  Very quickly, Carson turned an opportunity to host his own show into a landscape design staple.  With international coverage, Carson has become a voice of environmentally friendly landscape design on a global scale.  By addressing outdoor challenges with a keen sense of style and a passion for eco-consciousness, Carson continues to reinvent the definition of gardening.   With his first series, Room To Grow, Carson created inspired outdoor spaces for homeowners and taught a generation of viewers how to increase their own living spaces by expanding outside.  Following on the heels of his first success, Green Force provided Carson with the opportunity to take on some of the largest challenges associated with urban living.  Carson’s latest series, Critical Listing( HGTV Canada) has him renovating outdoor spaces for listed homes that need a little shock treatment. We invite you to look for Carson in the upcoming HGTV series,“Home to Win” (2016). 

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Welwyn Wong, Welwyn Wong Landscape Design

Welwyn Wong is the principle of Welwyn Wong Landscape Design; a local award-winning Ottawa based company that specializes in unique custom residential landscapes. Welwyn is a certified landscape designer with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Guelph, which gives her a unique perspective both on the technical side of landscaping as well as the creative. She has worked in Toronto, Thunder Bay, Newfoundland, United States, Hong Kong, Grand Caymen, and Ottawa creating high-end residential designs. She has a passion for travel and pulls inspiration from the many places she has visited. Recognized as a leader and an expert in the landscape industry in Ontario, her firm just recently accepted the National Design Awards of Excellence for 2015.

Join Welwyn on the Main Stage Saturday, March 26, 10:30-11:30AM as she explores why we have an obsession with perfect grass, and her tips and tricks to creating a beautiful landscape without it.

Leigh-Ann Allaire

Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault

As a colour and design aficionado, lifestyle expert, and DIY doyenne, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault has spent years crafting a unique philosophy for design that fuses ingenuity, whimsy, and quality workmanship – all on a “frugalista” budget. She believes that we shouldn’t take our spaces too seriously, and that great design is not about how much money you spend, but rather how creative you can be. 

Amongst the many hats she wears, Leigh-Ann is a regular contributor on Cityline, and a spokesperson for Black & Decker Canada and Rust-Oleum Canada. With a passion to educate and inspire, Leigh-Ann embraces every opportunity she gets to spark creativity and instill confidence in others who strive to “DO IT YOURSELF”. 

Don’t miss Leigh-Ann on the Main Stage Friday, March 25, 5:30-6:30PM and Saturday, March 26, 3:00-4:00PM with her presentation I Spy DIY, where she will explore some of the hottest trends for spring and guide you in creating the looks for less by flexing a little DIY muscle.  

Ed Hansen

Ed Hansen

Ed Hansen founded of Hansen Lawn & Gardens Ltd. in 1988. Ed is very involved in the landscaping industry as a leader through various organizations and education. He is an active member of Landscape Ontario, currently the Past President of Landscape Ontario-Ottawa Chapter and the Provincial representative for LO/ Member of the Ottawa Construction Association/ Chair of the Education committee, and member of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. Ed continues to give back to the community through his work as the chairman of the Cancer Survivors Park, as one of the founders and directors of Let’s Take a Swing at Cancer Golf Tournament, and through his support of local sports organizations.

Ed Hansen will be on the Main Stage Saturday, March 26, 12:00-1:00PM with his presentation, “The Value of Landscaping in Your Home Investment”. 

Rebecca Last

Rebecca Last 

Rebecca Last has been gardening on and off since the age of 8, and has been a member of Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton since 2005. Rebecca’s small suburban garden is certified by the Canadian Wildlife Federation as wildlife habitat. Rebecca grows a dozen or more varieties of heritage tomatoes every year. Her garden design includes elements of permaculture and she has recently begun experimenting with biodynamic gardening techniques. Rebecca’s gardening addiction is enabled by her loving husband Richard and a collection of very spoiled rescue cats. 

Join Rebecca on the Main Stage Sunday, March 27, 1:00-2:00PM as she provides an introduction to the concept of gardens as mini-ecosystems. Your garden will be the envy of the block with her tips and tricks. 

Etienne Dupuy

Étienne Dupuy, CertaPro Painters Ottawa 

Étienne opened his CertaPro franchise in Ottawa’s East end in late 2011, but he is in no way new to the world of painting or entrepreneurship. From 2006 to 2011, Étienne operated one of the most successful College Pro Painters franchises in North America, painting over 1000 homes and businesses while maintaining outstanding customer satisfaction ratings. Étienne now brings his passion for customer service, outstanding leadership abilities and keen business acumen to his CertaPro Painters franchise.

Étienne will be on the Main Stage Friday, March 25 and Monday, March 28 from 1:00-2:00PM giving you his tips for deck preparation, staining and ongoing maintenance, and painting your exterior siding. 

Laura Moses

Laura Moses 

Laura has been involved in the landscaping industry for 10 years, spending the last 5 as a crew foreman. She holds a Red Seal Journeymen Certification from the Government of Canada and an Ornamental Maintenance Certification from Landscape Ontario and the North American Horticultural Society. Laura has been involved with the Master Gardeners for just over a year and she loves to share her knowledge with others. One of her favorite things to do is flowerpots, making up different displays for all 4 seasons. 

Join this passionate young woman on the Main Stage Friday, March 25, 4:00-5:00PM, and let her inspire you to make your flowerpots WOW this year!   

Katrina Barclay

Katrina Barclay, Malenka Originals 

Katrina is the owner of Malenka Originals, a unique combination of shop and workshop located in Hintonburg. Over the last 4 years, Katrina has shown thousands of Ottawans how to refresh and revitalize their old, tired furniture. She is Ottawa’s exclusive stockist of Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan, and was one of Ontario’s first retailers of the popular paint. She has travelled widely to learn techniques for using Chalk Paint, including being taught directly by Annie Sloan at her Oxford, England studio. Katrina’s work and business have been featured across multiple media outlets in Ottawa, as well as publications in Canada and the USA.

Katrina will be on the Main Stage Friday, March 25 and Monday, March 28, 11:30-12:30PM with her tips and tricks for using chalk paint for your outdoor projects, and colour trends for spring!

Casey Grey, Cornelis Grey Construction Inc.

Casey Grey

From Lego, to tree houses to custom homes, Casey has always looked for ways to build better homes. Now, Casey focuses on, what he likes to call, Conscious Living. As a licensed carpenter, he is the owner of Cornelis Grey Construction - The Conscious Builder where they focus on building homes “consciously;” building homes to a higher standard and/or homes that use environmentally friendly and health conscious products. Ultimately, these are homes that are better for the environment, are more comfortable to live in and, most importantly, healthier for the families who live in them.

Join Casey Grey on the Main Stage Monday, March 28, 4:00-5:00PM as he speaks about environmentally conscious strategies for building and updating your home. 

Lidsey Best

Lindsey Best

As a Landscape Consultant with Ottawa’s Hansen Lawn & Gardens, a member of Landscape Ontario, a Board Member for the Ottawa Garden Council, and a graduate from the Algonquin Horticulture Program, Lindsey Best will inspire you to think outside the planter and explore your inner creativity, bringing it to life in your landscape. Whether you are working with a small space, on a balcony, in containers, or just looking for some alternative ideas, Lindsey has tips for you!

Lindsey Best will be on the Main Stage Friday, March 25, 2:30-3:30PM with Your Guide to a Creative Garden.

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Trish Thomson, Tropical Reflections, Landscape Products Depot

Trish Thomson is a horticulturist that runs two businesses: one a retail operation offering landscape products to the public and contractors, located in Perth. The other is an interior tropical plants sales/design/maintenance business that services commercial clients in the Ottawa area.

Trish has spoken on the Clean Air Plants topic at high tech lunch & learns, at horticulture society events, and also as part of the curriculum she developed for the Horticulture and Landscaping, and now Green Infrastructure Technician diploma programs at Algonquin College in Ottawa, where she taught interiorscaping, and, later green roof and living wall courses. 

Trish will be on the Main Stage Monday, March 28, 2:30-3:30PM speaking on the topic of “Clean Air Plants.” Discover the top ten clean air plants and how to care for them.