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TBG Lecture: Botanical Inspiration + Footwear

October 11, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Flowers on footwear and flowers in gardens! Inspired by the Bata Shoe Museum’s current exhibit, In Bloom: Flowers and Footwear, Toronto Botanical Garden welcomes you to join us for an enchanting evening as we discuss the fascinating cultural meaning and signification of the botanical choices we make in textile adornment, garden design, and shoemaking.

Expert speakers Elizabeth Semmelhack, Director and Senior Curator at the Bata Shoe Museum, sustainable footwear designer Nelson Silva, and our own Director of Horticulture, Roger Gettig, will explore concepts of design, planning, materials, and cycles of the status of botanical inspiration. Whether you are a fashion enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply curious about the unexpected connections between different realms, this in-person event promises to be a unique experience that will ignite your creativity and leave you inspired.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 7 to 8 p.m.
Public $20, TBG and Friends of the BSM FREE

Evening Agenda

  • 6:30 p.m. – Doors Open
  • 6 to 6:55 p.m. – TBG Floral Designers will be making adornments for attendees
  • 7 to 7:10 p.m. – Introduction to TBG’s Floral Design Certificate
  • 7:10 p.m. – Panel discussion begins

Light refreshments will be available.

About Our Speakers

Roger Gettig, TBG Director of Horticulture says a botanical garden is a living museum. ‘Living’ means we must have healthy and beautiful plant collections while ‘museum’ signifies the need to document and verify all the plant information, map their locations, and curate them over time.

Elizabeth Semmelhack, Director and Senior Curator at the Bata Shoe Museum, applies her extensive cultural art history to exploring the multiple roles and meanings of footwear through innovative and engaging exhibitions, her most recent oeuvre In Bloom: Flowers and Footwear explores natures botanical inspiration.

Nelson Silva is a footwear designer with more than 20 years of professional experience in the field and focuses on sustainability and innovation in footwear. His goal is to provide people with the tools to explore easy-to-assemble ways of making footwear that you can build and repair yourself.

Join Toronto Botanical Garden

Join the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) as a member to receive a discount on this program, upcoming events and classes, and free parking. A TBG membership helps you deepen your knowledge and connection to the natural world, become a part of a dynamic community of plant people, and be inspired! Become a member!

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 11, 12 noon

Safe Program Access

  • To ensure the safety of our participants and instructors, all staff, volunteers, and participants are welcome to wear masks indoors and maintain physical distancing.
  • To learn more about what we’re doing to make your next visit safe, enriching, and uplifting, please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Please review our Health and Safety Policies and Refund Policy and Terms of Agreement.
  • This is an in-person, indoor, Adult Education program at the Toronto Botanical Garden.

We appreciate your support and cooperation.


October 11, 2023
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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