This year Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) has added a new tour to its annual offerings: an autumn audio tour that allows visitors to fully explore the changing beauty of the season.
“A walking tour of the TBG in autumn presents a harvest basket of visual delights,” says garden photographer/writer Janet Davis,who is the author and creator of the autumn tour.
Liz Primeau, founding editor of Canadian Gardening magazine, narrates this brilliant journey through TBG’s gardens where visitors can feast their eyes on the shocking violet of ‘Early Amethyst’ beautyberry, the ruby red of ‘Winter Red’ winterberry and the silver of Northern bayberry.The handheld audio devices are very easy to use and listeners can stroll through the gardens at their own pace, following a map and signs within the garden, while punching in the corresponding number into the device’s keypad.
The audio devices can be rented from shopTBG ($5 each) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.
Fall courses at the TBG are another great way to indulge all your senses and connect with autumn’s beauty and bounty, with a few notables listed below:
Setting the Stage for Winter
This is your chance to learn about fall garden cleanup on location in a true plantswoman’s garden! Join Marion in her renowned Thornhill garden to learn about winter protection, new winter-hardy perennials, fall-blooming bulbs, care of vines and clematis, pruning and propagation. Bring all your fall gardening questions. All levels. Directions provided.
October 16, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Foundations of Photography
Learn to use your digital camera with confidence! Learn the basics of digital photography in a friendly atmosphere, including demos and guided exercises.
October 16, 2013 at 1 p.m.
Explore garlic’s fascinating history and therapeutic value, and sample tasty varieties garnered from local garlic festivals. Enjoy a planting demo and get key tips on growing, maintenance, harvesting, preparation and storage. Don’t forget to get your own signed copy of Liz’s book, In Pursuit of Garlic.
October 22, at 1 p.m.
Learn seasonal pruning techniques and the right tools for the job. Each session includes live demos and an outdoor ‘virtual pruning’ walk.
October 26, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Nighttime Photography (Great for long winter nights!)
Learn professional tips and tricks to effectively capture the evening garden in all its glory – bring your flashlight. Prerequisite: Foundations course, or comfortable working knowledge of your camera.
October 29, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Create Colour in Garden Design
Colour is an important but challenging aspect of garden design. Learn which colours are easiest to work with and which require caution, and how to maximize your garden design creativity by using a colour wheel.
November 12, 2013 at 7 p.m.