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28 Sep

Wild Bees Lecture, Heather Holm

Honey Bees Bookcover
Wild bees live among us and contribute greatly to our lives, yet we know so little about them. Heather Holm is determined to change that. During this presentation, she will take us on a detailed exploration of the life cycle, nesting habitat, pollen collection, brood rearing and general characteristics of wild bees found in the Great Lakes region. The pollination of native plants and the mutualism between plants and bees will also be discussed.

Book signing: Heather’s books Pollinators of Native Plants and Bees; An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide will be available for sale in the TBG Garden Shop prior to the event and she will sign copies after her lecture.

Date: Thursday September 28, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the lecture will start at 7:30 pm.
Location: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E, Toronto ON
Cohosted by Toronto Botanical Garden

Register Today

NANPS & TBG Members are FREE (please reserve your spot by registering onlline.)
NANPS & TBG Members bring a friend for $10 each
Public $15; students (with ID) $12.


12 Apr

Connecting the Diversity Dots: Gardening with Native Plants, Lorraine Johnson
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, doors open at 6:30, lecture at 7:30 pm
Location: Toronto Botanical Garden

Connecting the Biodiversity Dots: Gardening With Native PlantsLorraine Johnson
Lorraine is the author of many gardening books, including the recently revised 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants, which will be available for purchase and signing at this event. A past president of the North American Native Plant Society (NANPS), she is a long-time advocate for community gardening and Toronto’s urban forest.

This event is brought to you by the TBG and NANPS.
Members FREE (Bring a Friend for $10)
Public $15; Students (with ID) $12; Door sales only


22 Feb

Native Plants for Multi-Season Shade Gardens, Frank Kershaw


29 Mar

Building Biodiversity with Native Plants, Paul Laporte
Location: Fairview Public Library
Date: Tuesday March 29, 2016, 7:30 pm

Learn how to establish a native plant garden and habitat that supports critical food chains for birds and pollinators. Marvel at the life cycle of insects and pollinators that come to thrive in such spaces. Come out and delight in Paul’s beautiful photos coupled with his amazing animation and video clips.

Paul Laporte is the owner of Ephemeral Ark Nursery (specializing in native woodland species). Living in the Greenbelt of the GTA, he has stewarded and studied numerous native plant communities within multiple ecotypes and varied microclimates. He maintains a strong knowledge of Ontario native plant species and regularly consults on ecological gardening and design. Paul is a past president of the North American Native Plant Society and is a passionate advocate on the importance of native plants.


09 Feb

Propagating Native Plants: Getting Your Seeds to Grow, Stefan Weber

February 9, 2016, Fairview Public Library
Learn about tools needed for effective seed collecting and cleaning. Talk about challenges and techniques that work for propagating native plants from seed.

Stefan Weber is a restoration biologist with the St. Williams Nursery and Ecology Centre. He has worked previously with the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, the Toronto Botanical Garden and completed a Masters of Science in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Guelph. Combining his passion for horticulture, botany and environmental education. Stefan Advocates for the restoration and expansion of rare plant communities in Ontario.

Below is a video of Stefan Weber’s presentation. The talk and video were made possible by generous funding from the McLean Foundation.


30 Mar

Flowers and Food: Growing Edible Native Plants, Lorraine Johnson
In this illustrated talk, Lorraine Johnson will combine two timely and popular subjects—urban agriculture and native plant gardening—and inspire gardeners to grow edible native plants on their own properties.

Location: North York Central Library Auditorium (5120 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario )
When: Monday, March 30, 2015, 7:30 – 8:30 pm.

Below is a video of the talk. The talk and video were made possible by generous funding from the McLean Foundation.