Learn How to Enhance Your Own Night-time Garden

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TORONTO – One of the best times to go for a summer stroll to look at gardens is in the evening, and the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) now offers a number of intriguing adult education courses aimed at enhancing your enjoyment of the garden—and its denizens—at night. Have you visited the TBG at night?  It’s a whole different world in the gardens when the sun goes down.

Night Time is the Right Time for Pollination! This is just one of the many new evening classes we’re offering this summer at the TBG. Here’s your chance to learn who’s hard at work in the garden at night. We also have a Bat Walk and Talk evening guided by Dr. Brock Fenton, an expert on these amazing flying mammals (and no, they won’t fly into your hair and give you rabies.)

For those who prefer the artistic side of things, the TBG also offers courses to help you make the most of—and get the most enjoyment from—your evening garden. These include Photography by Night, The Evening Garden and Illuminating the Evening Garden. Just a few of the things you can learn include how to make night-time photographs stand out, and how to accent and properly light an evening garden to make sure everything you want noticed visually pops when the sun goes down.

Here is a brief description of and schedule for these unique courses:

Night Time is the Right Time… For Pollination!
Wednesday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Public $32; Members $25
While we sleep, our gardens buzz with nocturnal pollinator activity! Learn who’s who in the garden at night and how they are affected by light pollution. Then stroll through the TBG gardens to see the nightlife! [PG12S76] Stacey Hickman

Bat Walk and Talk
Tuesday, July 24, 8 to 10 p.m.
Public $32; Members $25
Join bat expert Dr. Brock Fenton to learn about these amazing nocturnal flying mammals, then take a walk to listen for bats with a bat detector. [PG12S81] Brock Fenton

Photography by Night
Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Public $44; Members $35
Learn key tips and tricks to effectively capture the evening garden in all its glory — bring your flashlight. [PG12S80] Mark Trusz

The Evening Garden
Monday, July 9, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Public $32; Members $25
Discover plants that stand out in the dark, night-fragrant flowers and design strategies to make your garden “the place to be” in the evening. [PG12S71] Wolfegang Bonham

Illuminating the Evening Garden
Monday, July 16, 7 to 9 p.m.
Public $32; Members $25
Learn how to create subtle evening garden landscapes with lighting. Discuss LED technologies and explore a cross-section of fixtures for each nook and cranny in your garden. [PG12S79] Pam Bingham

Register Today!

Toronto Botanical Garden encourages, stimulates and teaches countless adults and children with its innovative, urban-scale garden plantings, nature-centred educational programs and environmentally-friendly practices. We look beyond our borders to create strategic alliances that support our mission, extend our reach and strengthen our influence within the community.

For more information please contact:
Carrie Shibinsky, 416-397-1351
media@torontobotanicalgarden.ca

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Aldona Satterthwaite about the author: Aldona Satterthwaite

Aldona Satterthwaite started gardening as a child and has never stopped. Until recently, she was the executive director of Toronto Botanical Garden. Previously, Aldona was editor-in-chief of Canadian Gardening magazine, which during her eight-year tenure was twice named Magazine of the Year (large circulation category) by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. In 2007, she was co-named Editor of the Year. Aldona, who’s a Master Gardener, completed her journalism studies at the Regent Street Polytechnic (now Westminster University) in London, England and studied landscape architecture at Ryerson University. She’s enjoyed a varied and successful writing and editing career that has spanned magazines, advertising and the museum world, and has included stints as Director of Writing Services at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and as manager of creative services at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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