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Heating Degrees and Phenology

April 17, 2021

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. All life on earth is driven by chemical reactions. Chemical reactions in turn are linked ...

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Mediterranean Garden 2020-2021

April 14, 2021

By Chris Tarrant, Plant Propagation and Production Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens. Since my arrival at RBG in 2017, the Mediterranean Garden (or “Med House” as ...

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On the Trails: April 2021

April 8, 2021

Please note: Some of our trails and trailheads are narrow and we recommend you wear a mask when you are near other people. Please follow ...

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The Next Best Thing to Being Here

April 8, 2021

By Barbara McKean, Head of Education, Royal Botanical Gardens. Behind the scenes at RBG Centre, one member of our staff does a lot of travelling in ...

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Trail Running Impacts

April 1, 2021

By Jennifer Dick, Manager of Interpretation, Royal Botanical Gardens. I’ve been a hiker since I could walk. Exploring new trails to see different landscapes, learn to ...

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The Rise and Fall of our Wetlands

March 29, 2021

By Tys Theysmeyer, Head of Natural Lands, Royal Botanical Gardens. Lots of people are wondering what happened to all the water in Cootes Paradise Marsh this ...

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Controlling an Invasive Species: Spongy Moths

March 24, 2021

By Christie Brodie, Interpretation Projects Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. Last summer, Spongy Moth (Lymantria dispar dispar, formerly known as LDD or Gypsy Moth) populations were ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Secret Sounds of Spores

March 10, 2021

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Header image: Secret Sounds of Spores, Inspace, installation view screen capture. The Secret Sounds of Spores ...

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Growing a Community: Seed Sharing

March 5, 2021

By Erin Aults, Library and Archives Specialist, Royal Botanical Gardens. If you are like me, you are eagerly awaiting the new, seemingly delicate green that ...

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Permeable Pavers in Scented Garden

March 3, 2021

By Chris McAnally, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. At RBG we’ve been interested in incorporating permeable paving on our property for some time. We ...

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On the Trails: March 2021

March 2, 2021

Please note: Some of our trails and trailheads are narrow and we recommend you wear a mask when you are near other people. Spring is ...

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A Seasonal Display Primer

February 18, 2021

By Jim Mack, Head of Horticulture, Royal Botanical Gardens. The transition through the seasons may be slow and subtle, but from a horticultural point of ...

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In Search of the First Flower

February 10, 2021

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. Flowers are everywhere in our world today. The majestic Magnolias, Lilacs, and Roses are all ...

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Celebrating RBG’s Wetlands

February 2, 2021

By Barb McKean, Head of Education, Royal Botanical Gardens. What’s so special about wetlands? While the department at RBG that cares for and manages our ...

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Botanicult Fiction: “This Plant Eats Bits of Meat!”

February 1, 2021

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Growing up in the north of England was frequently an austere experience spending my formative ...

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How Micro-Plastics Impact Plant Health and Our Food

January 28, 2021

By Nina Hunt, Herbarium Intern, Royal Botanical Gardens. Scientists estimate that one third of all plastic waste ends up in soils and freshwater. Most of ...

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Botanicult Fiction: 2001: A Space Odyssey

January 25, 2021

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens More than fifty years after its premier, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, directed by Stanley Kubrick, written ...

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Skating on Cootes Paradise; It’s the next best thing to flying!

January 19, 2021

By Barb McKean, Head of Education, Royal Botanical Gardens. If you visualise your favourite places and experiences at RBG, chances are you’re picturing them against ...

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Being a Sub-Zero Locavore; eating local in winter

January 14, 2021

By Nadine Nesbitt, Public Programs Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. Eating locally isn’t just good for our health, but helps to support our neighbourhood businesses and ...

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Is There a “Perfect” Time of Year to Hike?

January 12, 2021

By Jackson Hudecki, Special Programs Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. I try not to use the word “perfect” to describe much in life, but recently some ...

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On the Trails: January 2021

January 8, 2021

Please note: Some of our trails and trailheads are narrow and we recommend you wear a mask when you are near other people. Ice skating, ...

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Festivals of Light: Ramadan and Eid

January 6, 2021

By Lateef Muhammed, Volunteer, Children’s International Learning Centre. One of the most practiced religions in the world is Islam, which is performed by Muslims. They ...

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Winter Hiking on the Trails

January 4, 2021

By Barb McKean, Head of Education, Royal Botanical Gardens. Taking Care When Hiking Hamilton and Burlington have to be the hiking-est cities around. Linked by ...

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Festivals of Light: Lunar New Year

December 24, 2020

By Janet Liu, Treasurer of Children’s International Learning Centre. Lunar New Year is a global celebration that occurs yearly in many Asian and non-Asian communities. ...

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