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July 15, 2011

Did You Know

  • Britain is embarking on producing a new hardiness map for that country; we desperately need one here as well. Here is part one of this topic, giving you the recent history on the topic by Art Drysdale.

  • If you’re a gardener or merely enjoy being outdoors, you may have heard if not learned first hand of the skin reactions caused by some plants—dermatitis. Common examples are rashes from the oil of poison ivy or brushing the leaves of stinging nettles. Also common, but often overlooked and misdiagnosed, are the rashes caused by exposure to certain plants in sunlight. Some common culprits are garden plants such as gas plant, wildflowers such as Queen Anne’s Lace, vegetables such as celery, and one of the most common—limes. Read the full article here:

  • We're throwing a party! Yes, America in Bloom is 10 years old and we feel like celebrating!

    To mark the occasion, our 10th Anniversary Symposium & Awards Program, October 6 - 8, is returning to the Washington, D.C. area, site of our first symposium, and boy do we have a program planned for you. Under the careful direction of our AIB Board member and judge, Katy Moss Warner, President Emeritus of the American Horticultural Society, and Tom Underwood, the AHS Executive Director, who are serving as Co-Chairs of this year's Symposium, we have something truly special planned. We're doing things a bit differently for the occasion, with some special guests, some special venues, some special features, and, we hope, you!!!  and

  • In the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota and Manitoba lies the International Peace Garden, a unique attraction dedicated to the peace and friendship between two countries. Embodying beauty and serenity, the botanical garden spans over 2,300 acres and draws thousands of tourists every year. Constructed and dedicated in 1932, the International Peace Garden is a representation of unity and peace between the United States and Canada. A monument, constructed from native stone, was placed on the American-Canadian border as a symbol of this friendship with an engraving that reads, “To God in His Glory…We two nations dedicate this garden and pledge ourselves that as long as men shall live we will not take up arms against one another.”

  • This summer, the Toronto Botanical Garden has partnered with Cirque de Soleil and the CN Tower to create an urban beautification project that has transformed one of the green spaces at the base of Canada’s National Tower into a lush, living billboard right in the heart of the city. An unconventional approach to publicizing both organizations, the bright and eye-catching display garden and signage will surely attract people’s attention when visiting the CN Tower this summer. Located at one of Toronto’s busiest tourist destinations, this garden is a great example of how Toronto attractions can work together and help one another create a win-win situation. The three marketing teams worked closely on a beautiful greening initiative that is also a unique promotional tool that will catch the eyes of visitors and advertise the organizations. Inspired by this summer’s Cirque de Soleil show TOTEM which is a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. TOTEM’s elaborate set designs and themes use elements of water, plant material, swamp land and nature. TBG’s Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture, Paul Zammit, has transformed one of the green spaces at the base of the CN Tower into an oasis of vibrant colour and dramatic features. Adapting TOTEM’s bold colour palette, Zammit has created a vibrant celebration of textures, forms and shapes.
    Check it out.

    For more information about this summer’s Cirque de Soleil’s new show TOTEM please visit their website at .
    For more information on the CN Tower’s new EdgeWalk and 35th anniversary summer celebration please visit their website at

  • one of the fellows that joined one of my tours a couple of years ago works for the Royal Tyrrell Museum , he sent along this video telling us about the variety of predator insects to control unwanted bugs in the Cretaceous Garden.

  • The Enjoy Centre Experience from Holes

  • For those who are into knitting HTTP://WWW.MARYSYARNS.COM/

  • In our system of foodalism, I’m happy to be a peasant by John Hershey

  • New Herbicide Suspected in Tree Deaths. A recently approved herbicide called Imprelis, widely used by landscapers because it was thought to be environmentally friendly, has emerged as the leading suspect in the deaths of thousands of Norway spruces, eastern white pines and other trees on lawns and golf courses across the country. Read the full article here:


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