Date/Time Event
Thursday, May 25, 2017
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Travel with Frank Kershaw to Great Gardens in Our Own Backyard

Toronto is blessed with many fabulous gardens and experienced garden owners. Frank has selected a number of his favourites for us to visit today, varying from the small and intimate to large estate properties. All are unique and owned by experienced gardeners who will share their insights and challenges with participants. The first garden, not far from the TBG. is an awe inspiring ravine edge garden. It artfully merges a formal garden into its spectacular ravine setting. Features include an intricate knot garden, garden sculptures and comprehensive collections of dogwoods, Japanese maples, hellebores etc. Our next garden features diverse collections of unusual dwarf conifers and flowering shrubs and hundreds of daylilies. There will also be an opportunity to buy plants at this stop. Moving to west Toronto we will stop at a garden full of interesting bold foliage, flowering Carolinian and tropical plants. This garden has many innovative water features, sculptures and botanical treasures throughout its interconnected garden rooms. Moving south in Etobicoke, we will visit a large ravine garden with an Indonesian exotic mood. Lush woodland shade plantings, unique stone work and one-of-a-kind water features will leave visitors spellbound.

Lunch today will be at the Canadiana Restaurant ready to provide a wonderful buffet lunch – be sure to bring a hearty appetite.

After lunch we will travel a short distance to two neighbouring gardens. One is a multiple-award winning garden that includes many magnolias, Japanese maples, rhododendrons and other woody and herbaceous treasures in a multi-level, multi room garden. Nearby, we will visit a large estate garden, dating back some 80 years that embodies the grace an elegance of a Guilded Age garden. Our next large garden is one of a dedicated plant lover with a garden that reveals many years of accumulating a vast collection of woody and herbaceous plants. This garden also features an attractive water garden along with various garden structures and many interesting planters.  Our final garden near St. George’s golf course represents many years of growing and collecting plants by its plant savvy owner. This garden has hundreds of different species and cultivars of hard to find plants in artistic settings. Don’t forget your camera as all of today’s gardens are eye poppers.

Our return aims to get you back to TBG for 6:30 p.m. For those coming by TTC there will be the option of drop off at Islington subway station on the way back to TBG. The tour will depart from and return to Toronto Botanical Garden. There is free all-day parking at TBG.

Public $145; TBG Members $135

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Horticultural Therapy Intensive

Public $240; Member $200
In this introductory workshop, students will learn how to design and deliver plant and garden-based programs that enhance the well-being of their clients, family and friends. This course is designed for people already employed in the health care industry as well as caregivers of all types. A certificate of attendance is provided upon completion.
[PG17S27] Nancy Lee-Colibaba, Royal Botanical Garden

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Botanical Art Spring Session

Work at your own pace and develop your own botanical painting style in this relaxed class with experienced instructor, Leslie Staple. All levels welcome. Bring watercolour materials and an inspirational subject.
[PG17S04] FULL SESSION – TEN CLASSES Public $336; Member $280
[PG17S05] HALF SESSION – FIVE CLASSES Public $174; Member $145

Thursday, May 25, 2017
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
TBG Organic Farmers' Market TBG Organic Farmers' Market

The market takes place YEAR-ROUND on Thursdays, 2 to 7 p.m. (The market moves indoors during the winter), ready-to-eat foods from 1 p.m.

Choose the freshest, healthiest foods, and meet organic vendors in one of Toronto’s most beautiful gardens. You’ll find salad greens all winter, vegetables, delicious ready-to-eat foods, free-range eggs and chicken, grass-fed beef, pork, lamb and chevon, cheeses, yoghurt and kefir, maple syrup, jams, honey, all-natural personal care products, soaps and candles, dried fruits and nuts, olive oil, kombucha and kimchi, oils and vinegars, breads, tempting sweets and savouries, gluten-free baked goods, and organic VQA wines.

Free parking is available on site. Toronto Master Gardeners are also on hand, providing an Advice Clinic.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cooking with the Greens of Spring

Public $30; Member $25
Asparagus, fiddleheads, daylily shoots, maple flowers – the list of springtime edibles goes on and on. Learn new ways to cook old favourites and explore local delicacies you didn’t even know existed.
[PG17S26] Signe Langford

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