Toronto Botanical Garden http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca For all things gardening Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:43:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Visit our Pollinator Playground at Canada Blooms http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/pollinator-playground/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/pollinator-playground/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 22:08:08 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=44706 Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Bees… Oh my!

Discover playful and positive ways you can welcome “special guests” into your home garden. Visit our attractive balcony gardens (“attractive” in every sense of the word) at Canada Blooms which will showcase pollinator-friendly plants along with easy DIY projects and insider tips on creating a pollinator habitat. Browse our adjoining Garden Shop for an exciting selection of seeds, bulbs, live plants, lavender, local honey, natural beauty products, home décor and other nifty gardening essentials.

Create a buzzzz!

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BEE-UTIFULLY EDIBLE

Changing your planting style can be a win-win for you and your “special pollinator guest”. By attracting pollinators to your garden, you can increase your garden’s yield while improving the health of your local beneficial insect population. Mix it up. Incorporate edibles in your plantings. Use parsley and thyme as edging plants in the veggie garden, in your pots or a perennial border. Rosemary, too! All of these are fragrant when you brush up against them, cold-tolerant so they last well into the fall, and look great too!. Good for you…and good for pollinators too.

“ATTRACTIVE” GARDENS FOR POLLINATORS

More than 90 per cent of flowering plants need the assistance of a pollinator to procreate. Start a trend in your neighborhood by giving your garden an “attractive” makeover. Plant pollinator patches of bee and butterfly-friendly plants. Install a DIY bee house to attract native solitary bees. Leave a few bare batches of earth amongst the mulch for ground-nesting bees. Place some rocks or branches in your birdbath where pollinators can rest and have a drink. Then dust off the welcome mat and get ready for your guests to arrive.

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE “OM”

A garden is one of the simplest ways to bring balance and serenity into your busy urban lifestyle. Plants and gardens feed more than the table, they feed the soul. Our bodies’ immune systems respond positively to the time we spend immersed in nature’s beauty. Reap the personal benefits of connecting with nature by turning your green oasis into a restorative retreat.

GROW YOUR OWN CLEAN AIR

There are many things you can do to improve air quality in your indoor space. Consider adding double-duty plants that not only look great, but clean the air as well. Plants convert CO2 into the oxygen we breathe while also absorbing toxins like benzene, formaldehyde and/or trichloroethylene. Micro-organisms in the potting mix can also remove toxins from the indoor air.  To achieve optimal air purification, use a ratio of one potted plant (growing in a 8-10 inch container) for every 100 square feet of living or office space. Be sure to keep the foliage of your plants dust-free so they can effectively purify the air.

Balcony Garden Design Collaboration: Toronto Botanical Garden and Urban Garden

Décor, Planting and Interpretation: Toronto Botanical Garden

Many thanks to our supportive partners:

Design/Build Partner

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Earth Month Partner

First Canadian and Bookfield

Product Samples

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Office Interior Planters

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Media Partner
GardenMaking magazine

 

 

 

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Add Pollinator Magnets to Your Garden http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/explore/shop/add-pollinator-magnets-to-your-garden/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/explore/shop/add-pollinator-magnets-to-your-garden/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:31:42 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=44691 February is the perfect month to be planning for the coming gardening season.  As you pour through seed and plant catalogues, think about adding few extra plants to attract and feed pollinators in your garden or on your balcony.  This year’s selection of Renee’s seeds offers many pollinator favorites, or pollinator magnets, as I like to refer to them.  Pictured above are just a few selections, including one of my all-time favourite annuals, Mexican Sunflower aka Touch Tithonia (Tithonia rotundifolia) .

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Those who attended last September’s Garden Open will remember this stunning annual as a show piece in the mixed border. And who could forget the Monarch Butterflies that were enjoying a drink of nectar from this brilliant orange blooms.

Please shop early for the best selection. Our shipment of Organic Urban Harvest Seeds will also be arriving in the next few weeks.

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Closed today due to extreme weather http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/closed-today-due-to-extreme-weather/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/closed-today-due-to-extreme-weather/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:25:48 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=44688 The shop and library are closed today due to extreme weather in Toronto. Today’s programs including Sprout Club and Library Storytime have also been cancelled.

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What’s In Bloom: Work Days in the Desert, Part 1 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/inbloom/whats-in-bloom-work-days-in-the-desert-part-1/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/inbloom/whats-in-bloom-work-days-in-the-desert-part-1/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:06:02 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=44601 My December trip to the Arizona desert gave me the opportunity to volunteer my hand in the garden at two places.   The first, Arizona Cactus Sales, a garden centre & nursery recognized for its excellent selection of quality desert plants.

D&S Arizona Cactus Sales

And who else should recruit me on vacation to finally see what working in the low desert is really all about – one guess?!

Vatricania guentheri up close

In the above photo we are standing in front of a large clump (easily surpassing 2.5m x 2.5m) of Espostoa guentheri (syn. Vatricania guentheri) (red beard) from Eastern Bolivia.   The golden-spined stems have varying densities of fox-red, woolly hairs, called cephalia, from which the flowers & fruit come.

Cactus bench real gems Arizona Cactus Sales

One of our first tasks was to move starter-plants of Stenocereus pruinosus (Mexican organ pipe) to a sheltered hoop house …

frost protection cactus bench Arizona Cactus Sales

… then cover them for protection; Mexican organ pipe is frost sensitive and more-or-less, grows like a weed.

Cochemiea poselgeri with red berries AZ Cactus Sales

Some gems I had never seen before also found on those benches include Cochemiea poselgeri (syn. Mammillariposelgeri) (red-flowered pincushion) with these brilliant-red berries; endemic to Baja, California.

Micranthocereus flaviflorus flower

A tray of Micranthocereus flaviflorus, has many plants in, or about, to flower.  This cactus is endemic to Brazil, and is listed as Near Threatened due to sand quarrying, agriculture, & fire.  

Fouquieria splendens AZ Cactus Sales

Making our way through the garden centre, Fouquieria splendens (Ocotillo) are lined up in a row, bare-root, ready for planting in your home garden.  Ocotillos are desert shrubs, leafless most of the year, blooming reliably March through June depending on rainfall.

Yucca rostrata AZ Cactus Sales

Yucca rostrata (beaked yucca) has been planted in rows for sale in the garden centre.  Bring your own pot or bag & we’ll dig it up for you!

Sand with Opuntia robusta AZ Cactus Sales

Did I have a hay-day or what in the nursery!?!  Customers aren’t allowed (lucky me); here with Opuntia robusta (wheel cactus).

Deb transplanting Agave parryi v. huachucensis

Back to work … transplanting Agave parryi v. huachucensis (Parry’s agave) to be root-pruned, and planted-out for sale.

Sand w Agave parryi v. huachucensis

My first agave transplant – they bite, you know!

root-pruning Agave parryi v. huachucensis

Not the best photo (sun in my eyes) but hopefully you get the idea: root-pruning Agave parryi v. huachucensis.

Agave zebra AZ Cactus Sales

Loving the row-upon-row of plants in the ground; these Agave zebra (zebra agave) demonstrate a greener version of a plant that is usually grey-blue with cross-banding.

Never-ending plant bench AZ Cactus Sales

How could I not be part-cactophile with benches filled to over-flowing like these?!

Ferocactus wislizeni

Ferocactus wislizeni (fish hook barrel cactus) in bloom; many have been collected as noted by the yellow tags, either from private property or the wild, under strict guidelines set out by the State of Arizona Department of Agriculture.

Ferocactus wislizeni flowers A close-up of Ferocactus wislizeni (fish hook barrel cactus) from flower to fruit; a native to both the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts.

Collecting Conservation AZ Cactus Sales

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Astrophytum hybrids

Astrophytum hybrids (living rocks) in the propagation house; a genus of cacti native to North America.

Echinocactus grusonii f. cristata AZ Cactus Sales

Pots of Echinocactus grusonii f. cristata (crested golden barrel cactus) for sale.

Espostoa melanostele

Another cactus I’ve not seen before, Espostoa melanostele (Peruvian old lady), native to the western subtropical mountain valleys of Peru, it is covered in long woolly spines that darken with age.  Flowers are rare, white, and nocturnal.

Arizona Cactus Sales

Truly, I could go on & on!  A big shout-out of thanks to Arizona Cactus Sales, in particular Ty Peterson, Manager, for letting me spend a day at work with your fabulous cactus collection.

Shovel shade house

And by the way, there is a shovel on every post!

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VALENTINE’S DAY With ORCHIDS http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/valentines-day-with-orchids/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/valentines-day-with-orchids/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:34:21 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=44528 Come celebrate with us on Valentine’s Day as The Southern Ontario Orchid Society presents its 35th Annual Orchid Show. Experience how orchids not only enchant but also possess you.

That special Valentine will love these exotic flowers set in fabulous displays in the middle of cold dreary February.

RELAX among the artistic displays that fill the Floral Hall. LEARN that anyone can grow orchids at the seminars. Then, SHOP the extensive sales area to enjoy the long lasting flowers at home.
No reason to restrict yourself to Valentine red. Go for the mysterious richness of merlot; add the purity of new fallen snow. Then top it off with the yellow brilliance of spring sunshine. Yes, orchids come in all these colours, as well as cheerful mixtures to delight anyone. No need for bottled perfume, orchid scents are incredible.

Date: Saturday February 14 and Sunday, February 15, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Place:  Toronto Botanical Garden

SPECIAL HOURS for photographers.

The Southern Ontario Orchid Society is a non-profit organization. For 50 years, members have been sharing their knowledge about growing, breeding, preserving and conserving the vast family of orchids. As a result novices are nurtured to become experts.

Proceeds from the show support conservation of orchid habitat both in Canada and in the tropics as well as the Toronto Botanical Garden.

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TBG Lecture Series http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/adult/tbg-lectures1/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/adult/tbg-lectures1/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:15:38 +0000 http://67.205.111.109/~torontob/?p=1275 Plant Stories from the Gardiner: Botanical Imagery in Clay
Thursday, April 9
Kelvin Browne
The Gardiner Museum, Canada’s national museum of ceramics has a beautiful collection of objects which reference images of plants and gardens, and attest to thousands of years of our fascination with the natural world. Join Kelvin Browne, leading light at the ROM and now Executive Director and CEO of the Gardiner to explore the botanical bent of the Gardiner’s enchanting collection.

Come early to grab a light dinner or visit TBG’s Garden Shop for great member discounts.

Bistro opens 5:30 p.m. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Lecture: 7:30 p.m.
Members free (Bring a Friend for $10);
Public $25; Students (with ID) $15. Door sales only.

All TBG lectures are generously supported by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and The S. Schulich Foundation.

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Renee’s Seeds have arrived! http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/explore/shop/seeds-in-shop/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/explore/shop/seeds-in-shop/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:24:37 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=44412 Renee’s Garden Seeds have arrived in the Garden Shop. Please watch for highlights and features in the upcoming Garden Enews.

The Garden Shop is open daily.

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Dreaming of a garden wedding? We have the perfect location. http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/bookings/rentals-bookings/tbgrentalpromo/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/bookings/rentals-bookings/tbgrentalpromo/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 17:36:50 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=12135 Designed to blur the line between indoors and out, TBG’s event spaces and adjoining garden courtyards provide the perfect settings for wedding ceremonies and receptions, bridal showers and cocktail receptions. You and your guests enjoy the added convenience of holding ceremony, reception and photography sessions all in one location. Our venue lends itself to unique and personalized events with our flexible décor, creative catering partners and a seasonally changing garden setting. And, parking is free for you and your guests.

Choose from TBG’s diverse roster of Toronto’s top catering, décor and entertainment suppliers carefully chosen for their commitment to the environment, innovative creativity and unsurpassed dedication to helping you plan an event that meets your budget and exceeds your expectations.

Download our Event Space Rental Brochure for more information.

Please fill out our Rental Inquiry Form so that we can better assist you.

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Become a Member http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/development/become-a-member/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/development/become-a-member/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 15:45:22 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=43734 Enjoy Attractive Discounts and Privileges
TBG members receive generous discounts on courses, tickets for selected events and purchases at the TBG shop and Garden Café, as well as free admission to the renowned TBG Lecture Series. Members also enjoy reciprocal privileges at more than 250 botanical gardens and arboreta across North America and discounts at select Toronto Nurseries.

Click here to find out all the BENEFITS of becoming a member.

Be the First to Hear All About It!
TBG members receive notice and regular updates on horticultural events, lectures, courses, and more through Trellis magazine and the Program Guide, mailed directly to their homes.

Gain Access to Canada’s Largest Private Horticultural Library
TBG members enjoy exclusive borrowing privileges at the Weston Family Library, which houses nearly 10,000 books, periodicals, videos, CD-ROMs and archival and reference material. The Library is equipped with computer workstations and wireless internet access.

Help Keep the TBG Growing!
Your membership dollars help support the TBG’s operations, such as educational programs of adults and children, 17 contemporary gardens and a wealth of year-round activities

 JOIN TODAY

Individual
$45/ year or $80/2 years
For individuals garden enthusiasts to enjoy the benefits of membership.

Family
$65/year or $110/2 years
A great way to include the entire family in the love of gardening. Includes up to four children and up to two adults living at the same address. It may also apply to grandparents, who can include up to four grandchildren in the same age category

Student
$25/year or $45/2 years
An affordable learning experience for eco-minded students under the age of 25, enrolled in an instruction full-time program.

Book Lovers
$10/year
Enjoy book borrowing privileges from the Weston Family Library

Horticultural Society
$100/Basic or $250/Premium
Premium members will be able to take advantage of promotional opportunities, convenient onsite storage, priority booking and reduced rentals rates for society meetings and events. Click here to download a printable form..

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Membership Benefits http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/development/membership-benefits/ http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/development/membership-benefits/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 15:35:21 +0000 http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/?p=43730 Enjoy the benefits of Membership

Benefits Booklovers Student Individual Family Basic Horticultural Society Premium Horticultural Society
Subscription to Trellis Members Magazine and the Program Guide

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Reduced rates on Adult Education

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Borrowing privileges from the Weston Family Library and access to the J-Stor database

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Reduced rates on Kids’ Programs

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10 per cent discount at Plant Sales  x  x

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10 percent discount at:
Bill’s Garden & Design
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Invitation to Members-only shopping day at plant sales

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10 per cent discount at the garden shop

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Reciprocal admission
(Click here for a full list of participating organizations)

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Discounted admission to “Through the Garden Gate,” annual tour of private gardens

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Priority registration to TBG Programs

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25 per cent discount on selected event tickets

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30 per cent off Heritage Canada Foundation Membership. HCF member benefits include a subscription to Hēritage magazine, free admission to National Trust properties in the UK, Australia and USA, free admission to historic sites in Canada. For information on Heritage Canada Groups visit heritagecanada.org, or call toll-free: 1-866-964-1066

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Invitation to special member-only events

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Voting privileges at the Annual General Meeting

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Event/Meeting listings on TBG’s online calendar

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Link on TBG website

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Brochures and posters displayed in main lobby

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Invitation to Get the Jump on Spring, TBG’s Horticultural Open House

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Free storage cupboard (subject to availability)

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Priority booking and discounted rental rates, 25 discount on blocks of tickets for TBG events and yearly feature on TBG website

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JOIN TODAY!

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