Wednesday, June 21

Keynote Speaker – Colonel Chris Hadfield

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Hamilton Convention Centre, Chedoke Ballroom

Connect, Celebrate, Discover – In partnership with the American Public Gardens Association, Royal Botanical Gardens is pleased to present as part of our ON150 Speaker Series a luncheon presentation with the always memorable, provocative, and inspiring (Retired) Colonel Chris Hadfield. The first Canadian to walk in space and a leading motivational speaker, Internet sensation, musician, and author.

In his presentation, Chris will outline fundamental theories of leadership, scientific education and provide original insights, interspersed with examples from his own experience and connect them to world of public gardens and conservation.

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Thursday, September 21 - Member Exclusive Event

Conserving Canada’s Birds

7 to 8:30 p.m.; RBG Centre

In Ontario, the interest and observation of birds is very high and results have shown concerns for many species with settlement patterns due to land use activities. Join Jody Allair, Bird Studies Canada biologist and science educator, for a presentation on Canada’s birds and the threats to their conservation. Resources are scarce so strategic partnering has developed promising initiatives. Jody outlines these action plans and discusses ways we can make a difference for the birds.

For members and their guests only, RSVP today.


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Friday, September 29

Home Garden Initiatives for You and Native Bees

7 to 8:30 p.m.; RBG Centre

Heather Holm, horticulturist and biologist, outlines the types of native bees that visit our gardens and covers initiatives of how we can nurture their life cycles and provide food and habitats, while being a haven for the homeowner. Heather is also a writer, designer, and publisher. Her first book, Pollinators of Native Plants, published in 2014, established her as a knowledgeable resource on the subject of the interactions between native bees and native plants. Her new book is titled Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide. Heather’s website is a wealth of information, and her presentation is sure to enthrall.
Fee: Non Member $18; Member: $6


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Unique Workshop Opportunity: Friday, September 29

Ecological Solutions: Landscaping for Bees

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; RBG Centre

Heather Holm, horticulturist and biologist, discusses design considerations, plant selection, and landscape maintenance strategies to support and attract native bee populations as well as the life cycles and habitat for several genera of bees. Participants then head outside to gently catch and release bees while Heather discusses their specific biology, forage needs, and habitat. A walk includes discussing landscape maintenance methods to support bee populations. Participants receive a certification of attendance. Program can be used for CEU with CNLA and OALA.
Fee: $100 (Members 10% off)


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Thursday, November 9th

A Chickadee's Guide to Gardening

7 to 8:30 p.m.; RBG Centre

In the past we have designed our landscapes strictly for our own pleasure, with no thought to how they might impact the natural world around us. Such landscapes do not contribute much to local ecosystem function and support little life. Using chickadees and other wildlife as guides, Tallamy will explain how plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. In the process he shows how creating living landscapes sharing by our spaces with other living things will not reduce our pleasurable garden experiences, but enhance them.

Free lecture in celebration of Canada and Ontario’s 150th


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Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 87 research publications and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect Ecology, and other courses for 36 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug is also a regular columnist for Garden Design magazine. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence.