Toronto Botanical Garden http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca For all things gardening Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:57:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/enjoy/special-events/gos-summer-music-series/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/enjoy/special-events/gos-summer-music-series/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 05:01:57 +0000 http://67.205.111.109/~torontob/?p=1261 Thursdays starting at 7 p.m. | June 25 through August 27, 2015 Come enjoy 10 concerts by an eclectic roster of popular artists, set in...

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Thursdays starting at 7 p.m. | June 25 through August 27, 2015

Come enjoy 10 concerts by an eclectic roster of popular artists, set in the natural beauty of the gardens, rain or shine. (indoors in case of extreme weather). Some seating available or bring your own.

FREE Admission. General seating.

The concerts will take place in the courtyard adjacent to the historic barn in Edwards Gardens. Come early to find a spot on the Garden Cafe patio which also overlooks the concert venue. The Garden Cafe will be serving a farm-fresh supper menu along along with local wine and craft beer by Beau’s All Natural.

On Thursdays you can also take a free guided tour of the gardens, departing from the main entrance at 6 p.m. or rent a handheld audio tours ($5, available in the Garden Shop) for your own personal tour. Be sure to bring the family for local shopping and dining at the organic farmers’ market (2 to 7 p.m.), Garden Cafe and Garden Shop (extended hours on concert evenings).

Here is the lineup for this year. Click on the musician/group for more information.

June 25, 2015  |  Cates Fomin Project

July 2, 2015  |  Jayme Stone – The Lomax Project

July 9, 2015  |  Autorickshaw Trio

July 16, 2015  |  Amélie et les Singes Bleus

July 23, 2015  |  Michael Lalonde Quartet

July 30, 2015  |  Lemon Bucket Orkestra

August 6, 2015  |  Flavia Nascimento

August 13, 2015  |  Eddie Bullen Trio

August 20, 2015  |  Sarah MacDougall

August 27, 2015  |  Quique Escamilla

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More Stories from the TBG Organic Farmers Market http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/botanical-buzz/more-stories-from-the-tbg-organic-farmers-market/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/botanical-buzz/more-stories-from-the-tbg-organic-farmers-market/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:09:06 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=46567 It’s amazing when you talk to individual vendors at an organic farmers market to discover the diversity of their backgrounds and their products. Of course,...

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It’s amazing when you talk to individual vendors at an organic farmers market to discover the diversity of their backgrounds and their products. Of course, it’s no surprise to find fresh, tasty Ontario grown produce from farms like Potager deKanada from Brampton or Boyle Brothers Market Garden in Caistor Centre. But at the TBG Organic Farmers Market on Thursdays you can also find Indian and Mexican spreads and sauces, organic wine and gluten-free baking.

Every Purchase Feeds a Hungry Child

Richa Gupta, for example, owner of Good Food for Good, offers customers a choice of fresh Indian and Mexican sauces and spreads plus a chance to provide a meal for someone less fortunate. Richa, who has an MBA and worked at General Mills for two years before branching out on her own, is on a mission. For every product sold her company donates a meal to help fight world hunger. “We are a social enterprise with simple beliefs: good food & good business,” she says. “We aspire to make good food accessible to everyone, including those who cannot afford it. We also strive to support local farmers, sustainable agriculture and the Ontario economy.” Good Food for Good products are sold at some 30 stores but the TBG farmers market gives people the chance to meet Richa and find out more about her products and views. Visit her website at http://goodfoodforgood.ca for more information and some great recipes using sauces like Butter Chicken, Coconut Curry and Vindaloo and spreads like Mumbai Mint and Oaxaca Arbel. All are gluten free, dairy free and vegan, and contain no additives or preservatives.

If You Eat Organic why Not Drink Organic, Too?

I really didn’t expect to be able to purchase wine at a farmers market but there was Art Reimer of Reimer Vineyards, sitting in a deck chair enjoying the sunshine. Art is one of a group of Ontario vintners taking turns selling their wines at the TBG and other GTA markets. Passionate about his award-winning wines and organic vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Art attends the TBG Organic Farmers Market every three weeks. Find out more including a history of the winery at www.reimervineyards.com

Gluten-Free and Great Tasting

People who are gluten-intolerant or celiac still like to eat great tasting food. Fran Earle, president of Molly B’s gluten Free Kitchen, and her daughter Sherri offer tantalizing baked goods at the TBG Organic Farmers Market every Thursday that are not only gluten-free, wheat-free, sugar-free, egg-free, dairy-free but taste great, too. The daughter and granddaughter of the original Molly attend four markets a week and their products are available in stores and restaurants across Canada. They enjoy answering questions about their products – including the most popular pizzas, pumpernickel bread, brownie bites, lemon tarts and muffins. “We try to educate people about the importance of eating clean,” says Fran. Their mission is to bring the cleanest label to the market, free of additives, preservatives, artificial or ‘natural’ flavourings and colourings and fillers, using organic ingredients whenever possible. Read more at http://www.mollybglutenfree.com/

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Garden Open Series http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/enjoy/special-events/garden-open/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/enjoy/special-events/garden-open/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 05:01:05 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=9578 AFTERNOON TEA AND GARDEN TOUR IN AN UPPER BEACH PRIVATE GARDEN This garden is home to a passionate family of gardeners whose enthusiastic and inspiring love...

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AFTERNOON TEA AND GARDEN TOUR IN AN UPPER BEACH PRIVATE GARDEN

This garden is home to a passionate family of gardeners whose enthusiastic and inspiring love of plants has created a spectacular ravine-side oasis in the city. Showcased in several publications, this garden treats its fortunate visitors to painterly collections of foliage plants accented with bright perennials; a poolside collection of potted tropical plants and annuals; over 250 Japanese maples; majestic oak trees and the soothing sounds of several water features. The garden is wheelchair accessible.

In addition to the garden tour with the owner and Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture Paul Zammit, guests will enjoy an afternoon tea and light discussion from Executive Director Harry Jongerden focused on the joys and health benefits of connecting with plants.

Gardens, as well as the activity of gardening, have been shown to have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Plants and gardens feed more than the table, they feed the soul. Our bodies’ immune systems respond positively to the experience of nature’s beauty and reap the personal benefits of connecting with nature.

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Two seatings: noon to 2 p.m. OR 3 to 5 p.m.
Members $45 | Guests $50*
this is a TBG member only event. Guests may attend if accompanied by a TBG member

BOOK TODAY 

For more information call 416-397-1321. Book early as space is limited.

Photo credit: Paul Zammit

SEPTEMBER GARDEN OPEN SPONSORED BY
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AFTERNOON TEA AND TOUR OF THE VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS FLOWER SHOW

Welcome the holiday season amidst a backdrop of Victorian-era carollers and enjoy an afternoon tea while being treated to a talk on the floral collection by the Superintendent of Allan Gardens, Curtis Evoy. You will then have the opportunity to tour the conservatory at your leisure; decorated and filled with thousands of flowering plants, 30 varieties of poinsettias along with a selection of colder-weather flowers and plants such as azaleas and cyclamen. The display is highlighted with several topiary masterpieces inspired by the holiday season and created entirely of plant material. This annual show was recognized as the “Garden Event of the Year” at the 2015 Canadian Garden Tourism Awards.

Allan Gardens Conservatory is located at 19 Horticultural Avenue (Jarvis Street/Carlton Street).

Monday, December 7 and Monday, December 14, 2015
Two seatings: noon to 2 p.m. OR 3 to 5 p.m.
Members $45 | Guests $50

BOOK TODAY 

For more information call 416-397-1321. Book early as space is limited.

TBG is a registered charity BN 119227486 RR0001

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Nature http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/adult/nature/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/adult/nature/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 01:22:09 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=3073 Mature Tree Maintenance Sunday, August 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Public $43; Members $35 Mature trees, whether at your home or local park, provide...

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Mature Tree Maintenance
Sunday, August 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Public $43; Members $35
Mature trees, whether at your home or local park, provide a welcoming presence for people, plants and animals alike. Trees that tower over us may seem healthy but the urban lifestyle doesn’t always suit mature tree needs and resultant stressors can often be difficult to identify. Join arborist Ian Bruce to learn the symptoms exhibited by mature trees. Ian will also lend his years of experience teaching and working in the arboriculture (tree care) industry, with an informal walk through the gardens to point out signs and symptoms of declining health, structural defects that pre-dispose trees to failure and maintenance practices he would prescribe for trees along the way.
[PG15S25] Ian Bruce

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WIN a Trip to the Garden of Your Dreams http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/canadas-garden-route/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/canadas-garden-route/#comments Sun, 12 Jul 2015 18:08:02 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=10646 Fill in a ballot online or in our Garden Shop to win a $2,000 credit on VIA Rail to travel to a Canadian Feature Garden...

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Fill in a ballot online or in our Garden Shop to win a $2,000 credit on VIA Rail to travel to a Canadian Feature Garden of your choice on Canada’s Garden Route.

Prize includes complimentary garden entrance and guided tour of your chosen garden.

For more information about Canada’s garden experience visit: www.canadasgardenroute.ca

Click here for contest rules and regulations.

 

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Harry Jongerden, Executive Director http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/press/harry-jongerden-executive-director/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/press/harry-jongerden-executive-director/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:22:10 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=46542 Harry become the Executive Director of the Toronto Botanical Garden in July of 2013. Formerly Harry was the Garden Director at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel...

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Harry become the Executive Director of the Toronto Botanical Garden in July of 2013.

Formerly Harry was the Garden Director at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver. In his five years at VanDusen, Harry was instrumental in leading a garden revival that included a new $22 million “Living Building” Visitor Centre. After the City of Vancouver threatened to close the Bloedel Conservatory, Harry devised the strategy to revitalize and secure it as part of VanDusen. Other successes include the development and execution of world-class art exhibits and special events which attracted new audiences and increased revenues.

Prior to his role at VanDusen, Harry held the positions of Head of Horticulture and, previous to that, Garden Designer/Horticulturist at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario. While with the RBG, Harry achieved many important accomplishments in both their horticultural and administrative operations. Some of the numerous highlights during his tenure include revitalizing RBG’s gardens and recasting the Horticulture Department to become a leader in its industry.

Before joining the RBG Harry spent eight years with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival as Head Gardener. His professional career started with the Metropolitan Toronto Parks Department where he served as Head Gardener at the Toronto Islands and the Canadian National Exhibition.

In addition to the above highlights, Harry is also the author of numerous articles plus a book on the ‘how-to’ and ‘why’ of horticulture, This Other Eden. He is a member of, and very active in the American Public Gardens Association (APGA). Under Harry, VanDusen Botanical Garden was also the winner of the first ever Canadian “Botanical Garden of the Year” award in 2013.

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Entry Garden Walk http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/explore/themed-gardens/entry-garden-walk/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/explore/themed-gardens/entry-garden-walk/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:06:38 +0000 http://67.205.111.109/~torontob/?p=465 The Entry Garden Walk was designed by Dutch garden designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf.  His first Canadian project, this garden is inspired by his New...

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The Entry Garden Walk was designed by Dutch garden designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf.  His first Canadian project, this garden is inspired by his New Wave Planting style using bold drifts of perennials and grasses, punctuated with shrubs and trees.  These plants are carefully selected for their architectural form and texture, as well as autumn colour and winter silhouette, thus taking precedence over flower colour.

Planted in naturalistic waves, plants were not dead-headed for three years to allow for self-seeding and the formation of the “sophisticated meadow”.  Plants are dead-headed selectively, otherwise are left standing through winter.

The selection of plants has been presented in new combinations and punctuated with cultivars of shrubs and trees including Hamamelis spp. (Witch hazel), Viburnum spp. (Viburnum), Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ (Smoke tree), and Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste tree).  A number of perennial cultivars included in this border have been tested at Oudolf’s nursery farm in The Netherlands, notably Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’ named for his own garden at Hummelo.

Spring-flowering bulbs have been planted, adding to the interest of this garden.  Bulbs have been chosen to naturalize in the garden, including daffodils, tulips, crocus, and fritillary.

Generously donated by The Garden Club of Toronto.

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Ride your Bike to TBG http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/ride-your-bike-to-tbg/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/ride-your-bike-to-tbg/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:20:13 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=46492 Toronto Botanical Garden welcomes cyclist. The ravine system provides a beautiful route to access our gardens. Across our property we have several locations for you...

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Toronto Botanical Garden welcomes cyclist. The ravine system provides a beautiful route to access our gardens. Across our property we have several locations for you to lock up your bike while you wander through the gardens on foot, enjoying our music series or relaxing in the Garden Cafe. Below are pictures of our bike racks and where you can find them.

 

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Fresh Produce & Friendly People at TBG Farmers’ Market http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/botanical-buzz/fresh-produce-friendly-people-at-tbg-farmers-market/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/botanical-buzz/fresh-produce-friendly-people-at-tbg-farmers-market/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:01:06 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=46452 What could be more pleasant on a sultry summer afternoon than sipping on a spiced ice chai while wandering around the glorious gardens and fabulous farmers market...

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What could be more pleasant on a sultry summer afternoon than sipping on a spiced ice chai while wandering around the glorious gardens and fabulous farmers market in the courtyard at the TBG?

Every participant in this unique Thursday market has a story and I’ll be telling you some of them over the next few months.

Two for Tea

Case in point: Genuine Tea, a new business run by partners Sarah Wilcox and David O’Connor who met in Whistler, BC and began traveling in the far East where they enjoyed trying different local teas wherever they went. This led to a business importing tea to Canada from all the places they visited, including China and India, while living in Taiwan for four years.

Returning to Canada, they both took a tea sommelier course and Genuine Tea became a reality. They offer 42 varieties of loose tea, with such exotic sounding names as Ginseng Wu Long, White Peony, Venus Pekoe Black tea, Organic Kyoto Cherry Rose or Lemon Mist green tea. And who knew you can choose to have your green tea steamed, pan fried or baked? Perhaps with a hint of fruit, anyone?

Sarah and David also serve refreshing organic iced tea sweetened with Ontario honey from Bees Are Life, and their tisanes (herbal teas made from infusions of herbs, spices and other plant materials) are locally blended.

“We use organic tea and fresh ingredients to make our iced tea cocktails. No syrups here,” emphasized David.

The business is going well, Sarah told me. “It’s budding,” she laughed. We do it all…the importing, packaging and selling.”

Genuine Tea can be found at stores and cafes as well as other farmers markets. www.genuinetea.ca

Fresh Meat, Eggs & Produce

“We like it here,” Irene from Grand River Eco Growers told me. An attendee at the TBG Farmers market since it began, Grand River offers meats, eggs and fresh produce.

“Customers ask us all kinds of questions. They want to know how the animals are fed and treated. It’s important for people to know about the food they eat.”

Fresh asparagus and mini tomatoes were the big sellers the day I was there.

Did Someone Say Baked Goods?

Another popular booth at the TBG’s Farmers Market is Marche 59 and P & H Farms from Port Hope, Ont., where trays of freshly baked goods overflow with bread, muffins, cookies, croissants, scones and colourful dried veggie chips.

“We were the first vender with P & H Farms,” Betsy Price tells me. “In fact, we were the only vender for a few weeks. We didn’t have any baking then; just produce.”

Betsy and her staff also run the Cafe in Edwards Gardens, open daily during the summer. Their most popular item at both locations is their scones.

TBG’s Farmers Market is open Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Arrival Courtyard. It moves indoors during the winter.

Article and photos by Lorraine Hunter

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Billy Showell Greeting Cards in the Garden Shop http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/explore/shop/billy-showell-greeting-cards/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/explore/shop/billy-showell-greeting-cards/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:32:35 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=46471 Living in England, Billy Showell is a renowned botanical painter, well-respected for her modern compositions and fresh interpretation of botanical illustrations. She has won many...

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Living in England, Billy Showell is a renowned botanical painter, well-respected for her modern compositions and fresh interpretation of botanical illustrations. She has won many botanical awards from the Society of Botanical Artists and she has written three very successful books.

“The beautiful curve of a stem or the twist of fabric in movement can set me thinking of new compositions: nature and design unite to inspire.”

100% recyclable card and envelope, compostable cornstarch bag, vegetable-based inks, alcohol-free printing, powered by green energy. Printed in Great Britain.

Available in the Garden Shop – $5.99 each (6”x 6”)

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