peterborough horticultural society

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Grants & Scholarships

Scholarships:  With the proceeds of the Garden Show, we are proud to offer scholarships to qualifying students who are studying horticulture or horticulture-related fields. Up to four scholarships of $1,000 each are presented annually to qualified applicants. These are awarded at the sole discretion of the PHS Scholarship Committee.

ELIGIBILITY: an applicant must meet one of the following two criteria:

  • any local student (present or former resident of Peterborough City or County) who has been accepted by a Canadian post-secondary institution into any year of a horticultural, landscape design, or other related program, as approved by the Scholarship Committee
  • OR
  • any Canadian student who has been accepted by either Trent University or Fleming College into any year of a horticultural, landscape design, or other related program, as approved by the Scholarship Committee.

HOW TO APPLY: the applicant must fulfill all four of the following requirements:

  • clearly demonstrate how she/he meets the eligibility requirements;
  • submit proof of acceptance into a horticultural-related program — something that shows that you are registered;
  • submit a current resume and most recent transcript of grades (an unofficial transcript or screenprint is fine);
  • submit a type-written essay of 300 -500 words, describing when you first became interested in horticulture, practical experience she/he have had as a volunteer or employee, any horticulture-related workshops or courses you have taken, and your career plans in this field.


Peterborough Horticultural Society
Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 1372
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 7H6

Questions?  Please Contact Us.

Grants for Beautification & Community Projects:  Also from some of the proceeds of the show we have provided grants to various organizations in Peterborough and the surrounding communities for beautification & community horticultural projects. In the past years we supported:

  • Campbellford & District Horticultural Society: Healing Garden Pathway
  • Camp Kawartha: Pollinator Learning Garden
  • Ennismore & District Horticultural Society: Churchill Crescent Garden
  • Fairhaven: Trees for their Dream Garden
  • Lakefield Youth Unlimited: Canoe Lettuce Project
  • Millbrook Garden Club & Municipal Heritage Committee: Resting Garden
  • Nourish Havelock Task Force: Community Garden
  • Riverview Park & Zoo: Garden Renovation Projects
  • Peterborough Exhibition: Junior Garden Shows

The grant application deadline is APRIL 1 of each year.

If your organization is interested in being considered for a grant, please contact us.

[Grant application form (.pdf)]

[Grant application form (.doc)]

Garden Show

2016 Scholarship Winners:

Endowed Fund Scholarships:

Trent University: Peterborough Horticultural Award: Dylan Radcliffe
Fleming College:  Meiden Leiderman $685  and 1 bursary “recipient name withheld due to privacy”

High School Awards of $100:

Olive Isaac Award @ TASS:            Shawn Mills
Madge Harris Award @ Kenner:  Katrina Lane

Society Scholarships of $1000:

Trent University:  Anders Fish
Trent University:  Megan Kitchen
Trent University:  Lauren MacTavish

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.

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