Documents: Speakers List:

Phil Reilly
December 6, 2004

Seed Starting Tips from a Perennial Nurseryman. (60 -90 minutes.) A workshop focusing on mastering the problem seeds by understanding how to overcome seed dormancy.

All Season Bloom for the Perennial Garden. (75 minutes.) A 'through the seasons' run-down of hardy perennials suited to Ottawa Valley Zone 4 gardens.

Add Colour to Your Perennial Garden with Foliage Plants. (45 minutes.)

Gardening with Nature in Mind. (60 minutes) Topics presented are: composting, chemical-free lawn maintenance, attracting birds and butterflies to the garden, wise water and fertilizer use, and choosing perennials for the micro-environments of your property.

Fantastic Gardens of the New York City Area. (60 minutes.) The gardens highlighted were seen, in 2004, while on a one-week gardening symposium organized by the Perennial Plant Association.

Top Philadelphia-area Gardens. (60 minutes.) The gardens featured were seen, in 2004, while the Reilly’s were leading a gardening tour to Philadelphia.

Flowers of the Canadian Rockies. (45 minutes.) Slides taken while attending the 1999 Annual Meeting of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS). Explore the alpine meadows and stony crags of the Banff, Alberta area.

Fees: Varies with travel distances and season (I do run a nursery!)

About Phil Reilly:

Phil (and wife Carole) has run a family-owned specialty nursery, Reilly’s Country Gardens, for 20 years. To supply the unending quest for new perennials to fill 1 acre of gardens, Phil has mastered the challenges of germinating finicky seeds, muscled clumps of plants such as hostas and daylilies apart (division) and honed his skills at stem and root cuttings for rooting new plants.

Phil is a biologist (Carleton U., 1968) who spent many years working, first with environmental groups, then as a consultant with wildlife and environmental agencies/businesses. From this background, he has developed Reilly's Country Gardens into a unique niche nursery. While the gardens feature native perennials used to 'feed' the native insect and bird populations, over 1800 varieties of newest and heirloom perennials can be viewed and purchased. In 2005, a new pond installation at the nursery has lead to a new focus on water gardening Phil has over 45 varieties of ornamental grasses, hardy in Zone 4, growing in display beds.

Phil is a member of the Garden Writer’s Association, Perennial Plant Association and North American Rock Garden Society. He lectures frequently to Ottawa-area garden clubs. In 2004, Phil and Carole began leading annual bus tours from Ottawa to distant gardening hot spots. More background info. on Phil and Reilly’s Country Gardens can be obtained at:

Reilly's Country Gardens Perennial Sales and Display Gardens 3328 Diamondview Rd. Kinburn Ont. K0A 2H0 1-613-832-2965

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