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777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1P2 Canada

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April 2014

Foundations of Photography

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This introductory course will explain the basics of digital photo techniques. Learn to improve your photos through demos and guided exercises. Bring your own fully charged digital camera and its manual. Public $50; Members $40 [PG14P19] Mark Trusz

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Garden Design for Cottage Country

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn how to work with your cottage site and nature to develop an endearing garden. Design tips to optimize the functional and aesthetic attributes of such properties will be shared along with appropriate plant selections for seasonal occupancy. Public $32; Members $25 [PG14P20] Frank Kershaw  

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Gardening on the Web: Managing Digital Photos

April 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Use web-based technology to enhance your horticultural knowledge and your garden. Computers will be provided, or please inform us if you will bring a laptop. All skill levels  welcome. Sessions taught by Zack Osborne. Managing Digital Photos Thursday, April 24, 5 to 7 p.m. Upload, share and use your digital photos with online tools such as Photobucket, Flickr and Facebook. Bring your photos on a laptop or USB key. Public $25; Members $20 [PG14P21]

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Botanical Art Drawing and Painting

April 26 @ 10:00 am - April 27 @ 5:00 pm

Create a botanical drawing and painting project. Learn how to choose botanical subjects, do exercises on gesture, contour drawing and blending techniques with graphite, as well as botanical painting techniques including colour mixing and matching, undertone painting, glazing and value contrast. Two days, April 26 and 27. [PG14W21] Michael Spillane Public $172; Members $140

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Medicinal Herb Gardens

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn about medicinal plants ideal for local gardens and sample herbal teas. Plant a seed pot to take home along with a garden design plan and information about how best to care for, harvest and use the herbs for health and wellness. Public $32; Members $25 [PG14P23] Danette Steele

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May 2014

Unusual Woody Plants

May 1 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Warmer days are approaching. The spring gardener’s challenge is to maximize diversity using all possible space despite varying conditions. This class will showcase underused woody plants that feature seasonal flowers, arresting leaf colour or sustained late-winter interest. Discover the perfect woody plant to suit your garden challenges. Public $32; Members $25 [PG14P24] Darrell Bley

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HortiCULTURE Salon: Plant Migration, Glacial Epochs and a Changing Climate

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

With the advance and retreat of glaciers, plants have migrated thousands of kilometres back and forth over this vast continent. Using palynology to study spores and pollen, modern science has been able to map these migrations. Setting the stage for a fascinating discussion, Darrell Bley of Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture will review the advance and retreat of plants around the Great Lakes Basin during the last glacial period, as they pertain to the plant species growing…

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TBG LECTURE Heart & Soil: The Revolutionary Good of Gardens

May 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Des Kennedy Join novelist and environmentalist Des Kennedy for a lighthearted, personal look at how working with plants in the creation of beauty and production of food–in its most highly evolved forms–is just what our beleaguered planet needs: an exercise in harmony. Members free (and Bring a Friend for $10); Public $25; Students (with ID) $15. Door sales only. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Generously supported by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and The S. Schulich Foundation. Come early to grab…

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Gardening Basics for Black Thumbs

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Can’t tell a perennial from an annual? Don’t know what by-pass secateurs are? This is the class for you! Topics include everything from basic tools for the beginner to how to plant in containers and quite a bit in between – soil science, anyone? Finish up with a short tour of the TBG gardens to get you motivated. Public $40; Members $30 [PG14P26] Maureen Hulbert

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Creative Floral Design

May 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Wednesdays, May 7 to 28, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (4 sessions) Learn about the groundbreaking designs developed in the freedom-seeking 1960s, such as parallel, satellitic, synergistic, underwater and duo designs. Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design. Public $170; Members $140 [PG14P43] Pat Ware

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Decks & Patios Done Right

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Want to expand your entertainment space? Don’t miss this deck and patio session. Learn the ins and outs of proper sizing, furniture and accessory selection and materials used in their construction. The seamless integration of these structures with adjacent house and garden will be stressed along with plant selections to complement them. Public $32; Members $25 [PG14P27] Frank Kershaw

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Summer Succulent Container

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tired of endlessly watering your outdoor containers through the heat of summer? Designer Jung Won Woo will help you create a spectacular succulent planter for indoors and out. Experiment with the vibrant hues and arresting structure of these unique, easy-care plants. Bring your own birdbath-sized shallow vessel and we’ll provide the rest! Public $100; Members $85 [PG14P29] Jung Won Woo

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Introduction to Birding

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This indoor workshop will teach you how to identify birds by sight and sound and how to use a field guide and binoculars. Ideal for beginners. Public $32; Members $25 [PG14P31] Zak Smith Add Beginner Birding Walk Register for this combined course option and save! Beginner Birding Walk Saturday, May 10, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Both courses: Public $54; Members $42 [PG14P30] Zak Smith What’s that flash of colour in the trees? In this follow-up to Introduction to Birding, put your…

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Beginner Birding Walk

May 10 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

What’s that flash of colour in the trees? In this follow-up to Introduction to Birding, put your newfound birding skills to use on an early morning bird walk in Edwards Gardens. Ideal for beginners. Public $32; Members $25 [PG14P32] Zak Smith Introduction to Birding & Beginner Birding Walk Register for this combined course option and save! Both courses: Public $54; Members $42 [PG14P30] Zak Smith

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Mother’s Day Tea & Truffle Pairing

May 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Tea and chocolate are both treats; imagine what gastronomic delights are in store when pairing the two! Bring the special mother in your life to the TBG for a delightful afternoon of tea with truffles in an elegant setting. Certified Tea Sommelier Hoda Paripoush will demonstrate the versatility of teas when paired with certain chocolates. While you enjoy several Sloane Fine Tea Merchants’ teas in vintage bone china, learn tips on tea selection and brewing, and taste the transformation when…

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Taking Outdoor Portraits

May 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Taking portraits outside, even when the weather is fair can be more difficult than you may expect. Learn how to overcome challenges from harsh shadows, distracting backgrounds and awkward poses. Bring your tripod and learn a few tricks to help you get into the picture, too! Public $50; Members $40 [PG14P35] Mark Trusz

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Air Plants 101

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tillandsia, or air plants, take up nutrients and moisture in the air through scales on the surface of their skin. Found in weird and wonderful shapes and sizes, these are whimsical easy-care plants for the home. This hands-on workshop will teach you the basics to construct your own air plant terrarium or plank-mounted air plant to take home. Public $55; Members $45 [PG14P36] Joseph Delarge

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Meet the Pollinators

May 22 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Learn all about honeybees, native bees and the best way to support their pollinating practices in your garden. Complete the afternoon with a visit to TBG’s own honeybees for a close-up look at these fascinating insects in their hive. Protective gear provided. Public $32; Members $25 [PG14P38] Liz Hood

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Library Story Time (Drop-in)

May 26 @ 11:10 am - 11:40 am

Weekly nature stories and songs for children, ages 1 to 3 recommended. FREE. 

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Farm Tour & Floral Decoration Workshop

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tour the awakening wildflower gardens and meadows at Wildflower Farm in Coldwater, Ontario, to explore the first floral jewels of spring. Practice wildflower floral decoration with fresh-cut spring blooming woodland and alpine wildflowers. Bring your own small vase, plus lunch and we’ll provide the rest! Driving directions and details will be provided. (This event does not apply towards the Floral Design Certificate program.) Public $80; Members $65 [PG14P39] Miriam Goldberger

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Macro Photography

May 31 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Get up close and personal with your favourite flowers! Learn technical and compositional tricks to capture such fine details as vein patterns or gentle blushes of colour. Optional: bring your specialized macro or close-up equipment. Public $50; Members $40 [PG14P37] Mark Trusz

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June 2014

TBG LECTURE Groundbreaking Food Gardens

June 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Niki Jabbour Join Niki Jabbour for a dynamic talk showcasing how easy it is to grow more food. Learn innovative techniques and designs for gardens that supply a long season of homegrown fruits, vegetables and herbs, and see how food gardens can be just as beautiful as any ornamental space. Gain great ideas for a year-round salad garden, a gourmet potted patio, a fairytale garden for kids, a pollinator plot and even a cocktail garden! Members free (and Bring a…

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Day Trip: Spectacular Gardens of Niagara

June 19 @ 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

This special Niagara Region tour features a winery garden and wine tasting plus lovely private gardens that hug the Lake Ontario shoreline and Niagara Escarpment. Marvel at rose, clematis and tropical collections, a secluded sunken Japanese garden, an innovative water feature and rare Carolinian plants. Included: Enjoy lunch at the Lakehouse Restaurant with its stunning view of Lake Ontario. Public $140; Members $125 [PG14S01] Frank Kershaw

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July 2014

Day Trip: SpindleTree Gardens

July 10 @ 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

One of Canada’s great gardens, this 15-year-old, one-of-a-kind attraction in Tamworth, Ontario has earned accolades for its innovative design features and spell-binding mix of outstanding plantsmanship with garden architecture. Tour 20 acres of formal, contemporary and natural gardens woven into an idyllic country setting that includes an orangery, locust allée and amphitheatre in addition to walled, terraced classical English and croquet court gardens. Included: Enjoy lunch in SpindleTree’s Tea Room. Public $130; Members $110 [PG14S02] Frank Kershaw

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