Did you know?
October 15, 2011

Did You Know

  • On November 3, 4, and 5, Toronto Botanical Garden will host a tree symposium titled Spreading Roots, a fitting finale to the UN-decreed International Year of Forests. The purpose of the symposium is to explore the critical issues affecting urban trees while examining what can be accomplished if advocacy groups work together to ensure their survival. The symposium, which is presented in conjunction with the Ontario Urban Forest Council, will span three days, and comprises two days of speakers and panel discussions, and one day of outdoor tours.

    Inspirational success stories of current projects, such as engaging the public in tree care and designing our cities to accommodate trees' basic needs, will be highlighted by local, regional and international speakers. Among them are Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk, the University of Copenhagen's leading light in urban forests and Nina Bassuk, Cornell University's front-runner in urban planting techniques and Program Leader of the Urban Horticulture Institute, as well as leading landscape architects, artists, community and municipal leaders from Toronto and across Ontario. All are welcome to attend. For more information on the symposium or to register, please visit

  • We have these really neat articles called 10 Neat Things… and each time is it on a different subject. Dorothy Dobbie and her daughter Shauna have been putting them together for it seems like ages…they are really cool and I hope you read them. The one on trees has a couple of photos that she took while on our Wales Trip in September!

  • that we have an area on the site that is full of videos to help you grow as a gardener? We just added a set of 18 videos on Landscape Design by Mary Palmer Dargan for you and perfect timing…what else are you going to do during the winter months but get your garden dreams in order! Visit all of our videos here…

  • Delilah Onofry, former Editor of Greenhouse Grower magazine and initiator of the America in Bloom program, recalls the events of September 11, 2001 as it relates to Canada's Communities in Bloom (CIB) symposium and the infancy of AIB.

  • Airports are not your typical source for fresh produce. In fact, it's one of the last places most people would associate with the word "fresh." But Chicago is looking to change that perception by opening the O'Hare Urban Garden. This 928-square-foot aeroponic garden, located on the mezzanine level of the second-busiest airport in the world, features nearly 50 different kinds of vegetables and herbs including sweet basil, habanero peppers, green beans, lettuce mix, thyme, oregano, and chives.

  • A new film about seven groundbreaking landscape architects - AND they are all WOMEN! Watch....

    Women in the Dirt is about the groundbreaking work of seven landscape architects. Their projects combine awareness of architectural and landscape principles, concern with sustainability, safety and beauty. The scope of their work ranges from private homes to vast public projects.

    Through conversations with the landscape architects in their offices, or in the stunning spaces they’ve designed, the film explores each woman’s personal aesthetics and approach to their discipline. Women in the Dirt shows how these “masters of the obvious” create the sublime.

  • Just the Thing for Vampires!

  • That Pumpkin is Packed with Power

  • if you haven't read my Two Cents Worth, I have included a recipe for Bon Bons there that are yummy

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row