TBG Lecture Series

The TBG is proud to present an evening lecture series, generously supported by The J.P. Bickell Foundation and Tim & Frances Price, showcasing international and local presenters from various corners of the horticulture world sharing images, stories and insights on current and seasonal themes.

Arrive early to grab a light dinner or visit the Garden Shop for great seasonal home and gardening items (be sure to show your membership card for 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 $15; Students (with ID) $12. Door sales only.


NEW NATURALISM: How an Ecological Understanding of Planting will Spur the Next Renaissance of Horticulture
Thursday, March 3
Thomas Rainer
Across the country, horticulture programs are facing budget cuts and declining enrolments, and garden club members are aging. Landscape architect and writer Thomas Rainer will explore these and other trends as he critically examines the changing face of horticulture. Thomas will also present the work of leading designers who have adapted a naturalistic style, and – drawing on research from his latest book – will recommend strategies for beautiful and resilient gardens.


Thursday, April 7
Dan Benarcik
As a horticulturist at Pennsylvania’s Chanticleer for 23 seasons, Dan Benarcik will share his in-depth knowledge of the renowned garden and its history, give insights on what is happening in the garden today and show what sets Chanticleer apart from other public gardens. Learn how the talented staff at Chanticleer continue a tradition of bold and innovative displays while gleaning insights from their new book The Art of Gardening as well as tips for early season ornamental horticulture, from vegetables to tropicals and in between.


Thursday, January 21
Dirk Steinke
Our planet is home to about 10 million species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes, yet we know as little as 20 per cent of these species, and it took us more than 200 years to assemble this knowledge. It’s time to speed up this process and make sure we know more about the life that surrounds us and how to protect it. Over the past decade, Dirk Steinke, Director of Education and Outreach at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, has been working on this large endeavour: DNA barcoding.

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  • Ron Lowe

    Feb 4 is Wednesday not the 5th (Thursday) for Lecture Living Landscapes-Putting back the layers. So which date – 4th or 5th?

  • Adult Education Department

    Hi Ron – Thanks for catching that, it is on Thursday February 5th, we hope to see you there!

  • Rocky

    It was a great talk last night.