Toronto Botanical Garden http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca For all things gardening Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:07:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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 travelling 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. 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.

The TBG Framers Market is open Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m. in the front Courtyard. It moves indoors during the winter.

Article and photos by Lorraine Hunter

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Billy Showell Greeting Cards 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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Plan Your Visit http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/explore/plan-your-visit/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/explore/plan-your-visit/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 19:25:36 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=46219 Click here to see our photo gallery of what’s in bloom throughout the year Check out our calendar of events to see what’s happening each day. Take...

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Click here to see our photo gallery of what’s in bloom throughout the year

Check out our calendar of events to see what’s happening each day.

Take advantage of our free tours during the summer: Click here for more details

DOWNLOADTBG Visitors Guide and Map 2015

 

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TBG hosts Garden Bloggers http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/botanical-buzz/tbg-hosts-garden-bloggers/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/botanical-buzz/tbg-hosts-garden-bloggers/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:03:16 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=46102 Some 70 garden bloggers had a Fling in Toronto recently.  It was my pleasure to party with them as one of their bus captains on...

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Some 70 garden bloggers had a Fling in Toronto recently.  It was my pleasure to party with them as one of their bus captains on the day they visited the TBG.

The gardens were at their best as the bloggers, some from as far away as Texas and England, took pictures, posted to Facebook, twittered and otherwise sent their impressions out to the world on social media.

And Paul Zammit, Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture, was as lively as ever designing containers for sun, shade and all seasons, even managing to tuck some lacy parsley, blue basil and a few flowers into a pot full of fancy foliage.

It was the eighth annual Garden Bloggers Fling, the first held outside the United States, and included four days touring garden-related sites around the GTA such as Toronto Islands, various parks and private gardens, the Aga Khan Museum Garden and, of course, the TBG.

Mimi Ricketts, Arch City Gardener, from St Louis, Missouri, attending her first Fling, loved everything about it. “It exceeded my expectations,” she said. “I love the variety of gardens we’ve visited. It’s been like going to a great buffet with everything you could ever want.”

Maryland landscape designer Claire Jones, Garden Diaries, was particularly impressed with the TBG. “It’s very accessible in the city and small enough that an hour or two of looking around offers a variety of things that would be easy for people to try in their own gardens.”

Oakville, Ont. blogger Barbara Phillips-Conroy, Barbara’s Garden Chronicles, was “amazed at all the garden-related things to see right in my own backyard, such as the private gardens looking over Grenadier Pond in High Park and Parkwoods Estate in Oshawa. I’ve wanted to go there for years.”

Local organizer Helen Battersby, who volunteered Toronto as a destination three years ago, is delighted with the success of this year’s Fling. “The smartest thing I did was to ask Veronica Sliva, A Gardener’s World, and Lorraine Flanigan, City Gardening, to join the committee. And the TBG supported us from the beginning.” Helen and her sister Sarah, who designed the 2015 Garden Bloggers Fling logo, both blog at Toronto Gardens.

“I wanted to show the diversity of Toronto and our gardens. Arranging this was like doing a jigsaw puzzle with ever changing shapes but somehow it all worked out,” she said.

TBG Executive Director Harry Jongerden told the group that “10 per cent of tourists who visit cities for at least one night visit a botanical garden while there.

“Ten per cent of 14 million visitors a year is a lot, bringing in more than $250 million a year. People don’t understand the impact of a public garden,” he said.

“Amen,” echoed more than a few of the bloggers.

Article by Lorraine Hunter

Photo credit for feature image: Lorraine Flanigan
Container images: Paul Zammit
Other images: Lorraine Hunter

 

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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 Mon, 15 Jun 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

In The News:

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Summer Nature Day Camps (ages 3 to 15) http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/kids/tbg-summer-nature-day-camps/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/kids/tbg-summer-nature-day-camps/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 22:00:54 +0000 http://67.205.111.109/~torontob/?p=1402 Join TBGKids for an exciting week of nature fun! Kids will unplug and recharge outdoors in the Teaching Garden and Wilket Creek ravine and explore...

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Join TBGKids for an exciting week of nature fun! Kids will unplug and recharge outdoors in the Teaching Garden and Wilket Creek ravine and explore the nature artifacts and make crafts in The James Boyd Children’s Centre. All camps are peanut and tree nut free.

NEW FOR 2015

  • Extended Care
    Busy schedule? Before and after care is available! TBGKids staff will provide supervision for free play or light recreational games, crafts and nature activities. Drop off campers as early as 8:30 a.m. and pick up as late as 4:45 p.m. Extended care not available for Animal Camp and Green Explorers Camp. $50 per camper, per week. Sign up for extended care when you register for camp.
  • LIT Program
    Interested in becoming a camp leader? Check out our new Leader-in-Training program!

Animal Camp – ages 3 & 4 with adult accompaniment
Is your little animal fascinated by wildlife? Then this half-day morning camp might be just the right size. Spend some quality time outdoors with your child while we sing songs, explore the garden and create creature crafts.
July 6 to July 10, 9 a.m. to noon
Public $125; Members $100 [TG15SAC1]
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Stones and Bones Camp – ages 5 & 6
Climb into the way-back machine for a Stone Age look at fossils, dinosaurs and geological wonders. Whip up a stone and bone snack, play dino bingo and make your own rock formation! [TG15SSBO]
July 13 to July 17, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Public $265; Members $245
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Bug Camp – ages 5 & 6 (SOLD OUT!)
Grab your net and join the bug hunt! If you dream of dragonflies and are mesmerized by monarchs, then this is your camp. Every morning is spent in the garden exploring the tiny world of bugs. Build a bug hotel, make friends with worms and chase butterflies as they flutter by.
July 27 to July 31, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Public $265; Members $245 [TG15SBC]
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Extreme Plants Camp – ages 5 & 6
Discover the incredible survival strategies that allow plants to grow in the world’s most forbidding climates. Meet plants that bite back, climb sheer walls and make friends with animals. Make carnivorous crafts, learn how to grow a great garden and take an extreme plant home.
August 17 to August 21, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Public $265; Members $245 [TG15SXTP]
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Earth Science Camp – ages 7 to 9 (SOLD OUT!)
Explore the science of nature in the garden and river valley. Put nature under a microscope, have fun with science concepts, try amazing experiments and harness solar energy for a tasty snack! [TG15SSCI]
July 20 to 24, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Public $265; Members $245
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Farm-to-Table Camp – ages 7 to 9 (SOLD OUT!)
Where does your food come from? The Teaching Garden! Spend a week in the vegetable garden harvesting fresh ingredients, learning how to grow your own, creating simple delicious treats and making food art.
August 10 to 14, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Public $265; Members $245 [TG15SCOO]
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Art Camp – ages 7 to 9 (SOLD OUT!)
For all the budding artists and nature lovers — this camp is for you! Create nature prints, paint outdoors in the garden and sketch the dappled sunlight in the woods.
August 24 to 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Public $265; Members $245 [TG15SART]
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Green Explorers – ages 10 to 12
Are you growing up green? Learn about Toronto’s secret underground rivers, explore the glass houses at Allan Gardens and bike the Lower Don Trail while learning about your role as an enviro-leader for the 21st century.
August 4 to August 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Public $265; Members $245 [TG15SGRE]
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Green Front Leader-In-Training Program – ages 13 to 15  (NEW)
Do you want to be a leader in the green city movement? In this brand new program, teens can earn a 100-hour leadership certificate. Certificate will include 10 hours of training with peers by an experienced outdoor educator, a one-day field trip, a Red Cross child-minding certificate and 80 hours of volunteering experience as a camp leader and organic vegetable gardener throughout the summer. Leaders-in-Training will select two summer camps that they will help lead under the supervision of TBGKids staff.
Mentoring Camp: July 6 to 10, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Field Trip: July 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Public $300; Members: $275 [TG15SLIT]
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Questions about the Green Front LIT program should be directed to the Children’s Education Supervisor: childrensed@torontobotanicalgarden.ca or 416-397-1288.

Toronto Botanical Garden values accessibility and inclusion. Please contact the Children’s Education Supervisor for options available to campers with special needs. childrensed@torontobotanicalgarden.ca

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Garden Sleepover (Family) http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/kids/night-critter-sleepover-family/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/kids/night-critter-sleepover-family/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:24:10 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=12623 Camp out in the Teaching Garden with TBGKids! After a pizza dinner, go on a night-time bat hunt, hunt for moths, harvest salad from the...

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Camp out in the Teaching Garden with TBGKids! After a pizza dinner, go on a night-time bat hunt, hunt for moths, harvest salad from the garden and play some great night-time games. Then cozy up around the campfire to roast marshmallows and tell stories. Bring your tent, a grown-up and some jammies for TBG’s annual all-night family event!

SOLD OUT!

Saturday, July 18, 5 p.m. to Sunday, July 19, 9 a.m.
Rain date: July 25, same times
Public $68; Members $62 [TG15EGS]
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Urban Agriculture http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/adult/urban-agriculture/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/adult/urban-agriculture/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 18:24:53 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=13759 Urban Foraged Foods Thursday, Aug. 13, 6 to 8 p.m. Public $32; Members $25 For delicious local food think beyond garden veggies and explore the...

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Urban Foraged Foods
Thursday, Aug. 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
Public $32; Members $25
For delicious local food think beyond garden veggies and explore the urban jungle of Toronto with the Wild Foragers Society. Nutritious, delicious wild foods grow all over the city – learn what’s safe to snack on, city regulations on foraging, how to harvest sustainably and most importantly – what NOT to eat. Wild snack and recipe included.
[PG15S23] Wild Foragers Society

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July 9, 2015: Autorickshaw Trio http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/enjoy/special-events/gos_autorickshaw-trio/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/enjoy/special-events/gos_autorickshaw-trio/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 15:11:52 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=45805 Indo-fusion Contemporary jazz, funk and folk easily rub shoulders with the classical and popular music of India. Formed in 2003, Autorickshaw is one of the...

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Indo-fusion

Contemporary jazz, funk and folk easily rub shoulders with the classical and popular music of India. Formed in 2003, Autorickshaw is one of the most intriguing acts on the world music scene, with 2004 and 2007 JUNO nominations for World Music Album of the Year, a Canadian Independent Music Award in 2005 and in 2008 both a John Lennon Songwriting Competition Grand Prize in World Music and the CAPACOA Touring Artist of the Year Award. Autorickshaw has toured extensively across Canada, including appearances at the Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto Jazz festivals, the Vancouver and Winnipeg Folk festivals and the Stratford Festival, as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Stockholm Jazz Festival in Sweden and dates across India including Chennai and Bangalore, Kolkata and Rajasthan.

Visit www.autorickshaw.ca for music, videos and more information.

Learn more about the The Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song.

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Gardening http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/adult/gardening-classes/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/adult/gardening-classes/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 05:00:57 +0000 http://67.205.111.109/~torontob/?p=1211 Clematis & Other Climbers Tuesday, June 30, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Public $40; Members $30 Clinging, sprawling, or trailing vines can be used to cover...

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Clematis & Other Climbers
Tuesday, June 30, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Public $40; Members $30
Clinging, sprawling, or trailing vines can be used to cover and accentuate walls and create unique enclosures. Marion will take you through the roster of top climbers, several clematis cultures, and how to ensure healthy growth, beautiful flowers, proper pruning, siting and care. Learn how to choose the right climbing plant and how to train it up, or along, just about anything. Students will examine examples of climbers throughout the TBG garden.
[PG15S14] Marion Jarvie

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Introduction to Bonsai Gardening
Sunday, July 12, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Public $32; Members $25
This course is ideal for students who have had no experience in this fascinating horticultural art form. Toronto Bonsai Society President Carlos Brás will explain the fundamentals of Classical Bonsai Art with an emphasis on the history, theory and techniques of bonsai design along with slide presentations, living examples of bonsai and a demonstration of designing a nursery tree into a bonsai. The demonstration tree will be raffled away at the end of the course to one lucky student!
[PG15S21] Toronto Bonsai Society

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