TBG Lecture Series

The Toronto Botanical Garden is proud to present the winter 2018 lecture series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Arrive early to enjoy a light dinner as well as member discounts in the shop. Members FREE; members bring a friend $10; public $15; students (with ID) $12. Pre-registration is recommended.

Date/Time Event
Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Edible Wild Berries: Iconic Canadian Food Edible Wild Berries: Iconic Canadian Food

The fragrance of woodland strawberries, the tangy taste of chokecherry jelly, and the deep rich colour of blueberry pie – for many Canadians, picking and eating wild berries is a cherished memory and much-anticipated activity. For thousands of years, these fruits have also been a key component of Indigenous peoples’ food systems, providing important nutrients and flavours, and contributing to local economies and culture.

Nancy Turner, ethnobotanist, ethnoecologist and Professor Emeritus in the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, BC., will present some of the most interesting wild berry species, describing their cultural significance, traditional harvesting and processing techniques, and population threats. She will also demonstrate how many wild berry species are easily propagated, and grow particularly well in garden settings where they provide beauty, interest and food.

This lecture is cohosted by the North American Native Plant Society.


Thursday, November 22, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Botanical Gardens and Conservation in the 21st Century Botanical Gardens and Conservation in the 21st Century

Botanical gardens have a long and fascinating history, and are constantly evolving to address contemporary needs. In the past 40 years they have increasingly focused on plant conservation and human well-being. Conservation work by botanical gardens is as diverse as the gardens themselves and, among other things, includes seed banks, plant collections, ecological restoration and education on the importance of plant diversity for economic, medicinal and cultural purposes. David Galbraith from Royal Botanical Gardens will present inspirational examples of botanical gardens that have embraced their new conservation role.


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