TBG Lecture Series

The Toronto Botanical Garden is proud to present its winter/spring 2019 lecture series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and lectures start at 7:30 p.m. Members FREE; members bring a friend $10; public $15; students (with ID) $12.

Date/Time Event
Thursday, May 2, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens

World-renowned garden director and author Christopher Woods travelled the world for three years, seeking out 50 of the best contemporary gardens. He describes the most arresting features in locations like New Delhi and Dubai, mission-redefining botanic gardens in Chile and Australia, lavish private estates and gemlike city yards. Throughout, he reveals the fascinating people, plants and stories that make these gardens so lust-worthy.

After the lecture, Christopher’s most recent book, Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens, will be available for sale and signing.

Please note that TBG’s AGM will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to this lecture. Floral Hall doors will open at 7 p.m.


About Christopher Woods

Chris Woods began training as a gardener at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and continued his learning at several other UK gardens. In 1981 he moved to the USA and was director and chief designer of Chanticleer for many years, transforming it into one of America’s most exuberant, romantic and flamboyant gardens.

He then became vice president for horticulture at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden and, in 2006, was appointed director of the Van Dusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver. In 2008, he was appointed executive director of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, and in 2012 he spent a short time as director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm.

He has been a member of the board the Fairmount Park Conservancy in Philadelphia, and the American Public Gardens Association. He also served on the advisory board of the Flora of North America Project, has consulted for the Gardens Conservancy and Botanic Gardens Conservation International, as well as being a member of the horticulture advisory board of Ganna Walska Lotusland in Santa Barbara, CA.

Chris wrote The Encyclopedia of Perennials in 1992 and GardenLust – A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best Gardens in 2018, and contributed to 1001 Gardens to See Before You Die in 2012 and The Gardener’s Garden in 2014.

Thursday, June 6, 2019
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Plants of Patagonia Plants of Patagonia

Marcela has spent her professional life studying and documenting the flora of Patagonia, much of which has been recorded in books and articles. Through photography and stories, she will take us on a tour of Patagonia’s most remote and strikingly beautiful places and introduce us to the incredibly diverse plants that exist there.

This lecture is jointly hosted by Toronto Botanical Garden and Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society.


About Marcela Ferreyra

Marcela Ferreyra has been living in Patagonia since 1984 and leading flora tours in that region since 1990.

Since 1982, Marcela has worked as an educator at various levels and in numerous settings and institutions. For many years she taught biology at the University of Río Cuarto, Córdoba, and the National University of Comahue. Between 2010 and 2017, Marcela led a group of students in the establishment of a small on-campus botanic garden. Despite her formal retirement last year, she continues to teach wherever she travels.

Marcela’s ground-breaking research in the High Andean region in Patagonia led to the publication of High Mountain Flowers of the Patagonian Andes, (2006) and High Mountain Flowers in Patagonia, (2018). These are just two of her many publications. Her current projects are Flowers of the Forest in Patagonia and Flowers of the Austral Monte. All publications feature her stunning photography.

Between 2005 and 2009 Marcela worked in a nursery, studying and developing protocols for the cultivation of High Andean and Steppe flowers. She helped establish a small nursery in the steppe, in the rural community of Pilcaniyeu, and headed a project to recover high mountain vegetation in Los Glaciares National Park in Santa Cruz.


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