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The Everlasting Battle of the Oak King and Holly King

December 23, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. The day that many celebrate Christmas has its origins in the deep history of ancient ...

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Festivals of Light: Midwinter Ceremony

December 21, 2020

By Alice Bomberry, Blake Bomberry, Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations- Cayuga, Friends of the CILC Children’s International Learning Centre. For the Haudenosaunee (People of the ...

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Keeping Cozy in Winter: Squirrel Dreys

December 17, 2020

By Danielle Barrett, Education Resource Interpreter/Interprète de la nature, Royal Botanical Gardens. It is December and you go for a walk in your neighbourhood and ...

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Festivals of Light: Kwanzaa

December 15, 2020

By Volunteers of the Children’s International Learning Centre. Kwanzaa is a celebration of African-American culture. It was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, an African-American history ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Something Wicker This Way Comes

December 15, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens The Wicker Man is a 1973 film directed by Robin Hardy, written by Anthony Shaffer ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Star Trek’s The Infinite Vulcan

December 8, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens Many Star Trek stories have become interconnected since the original series ran in the late ...

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Festivals of Light: Christmas

December 8, 2020

By Volunteers of the Children’s International Learning Centre. Enjoy the pictures of crèches made from a variety of materials including plants from the collection of the ...

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Sustainable Gifting Guide

December 3, 2020

By Chris McAnally, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. December is a time of celebration for many folks across several faiths and belief systems. For ...

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3 Sustainable Wrapping Ideas

November 30, 2020

By Iona Whatford, Garden Interpreter, Royal Botanical Gardens. The holidays are a time full of cheer and beauty, from the festive meals and brightly coloured ...

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Festivals of Light: Hanukkah

November 26, 2020

By Aha Blume, Volunteer of the Children’s International Learning Centre. The book of the Maccabees tells the story of Hanukkah. When King Antiochus took over ...

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Botanicult Fiction: This Side of Paradise

November 25, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens This Side of Paradise, the 24th episode of the first season of the original Star ...

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Exploring Conifers

November 24, 2020

By Jon Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens. As we approach the holiday season and winter ahead, there is one division of ...

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The Art of Trees

November 20, 2020

By Iona Whatford, Garden Interpreter, Royal Botanical Gardens. Have you ever wondered what happens to fallen trees at RBG? Some become works of art which ...

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A World of Botany in a Piece of Cake

November 19, 2020

By Barb McKean, Head of Education, Royal Botanical Gardens. Not too long after we put the clocks back each fall, a harbinger of the holiday ...

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Botanicult Fiction: The Happening

November 18, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens The Happening is a 2008 film by M. Night Shyamalan starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, ...

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Festivals of Light: Diwali

November 16, 2020

Diwali, commonly referred to as the festival of lights, is a celebration engaged in by Sikh and Hindu people all around the world. The word ...

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How a Common Wildflower became the Symbol of Remembrance Day

November 11, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. The common poppy (Papaver rhoeas) has for thousands of years been a familiar sight in ...

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Festivals of Light

November 10, 2020

By Lana Lowe, Executive Director, Children’s International Learning Centre Even though we are living in a time of uncertainty, the urge to celebrate endures. At ...

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Botanicult Fiction: Tomatoes, are they Fruit, Vegetables, or Murderers?

November 10, 2020

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens Since the 1978 release of the movie Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! it has become ...

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A Botanical Perspective on Tea

November 5, 2020

By Nadia Cavallin, Field Botanist, Royal Botanical Gardens. I love tea so, as a botanist, it’s funny that I had not considered the plant much. ...

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You Otter Hear About This!

November 3, 2020

By Jackson Hudecki, Special Programs Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. Out getting her nature fix and looking for birds this weekend, one of our staff came ...

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Supernatural Botany and Halloween

October 30, 2020

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens. 2020 has been the strangest year in most people’s living memories but as we approach ...

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The Mystery of Martimas, the Horse of Hendrie Park

October 29, 2020

By Lauren McAusland, Interpretation Intern, Royal Botanical Gardens. As the colourful leaves begin to fall and a chill enters the night air, you may have ...

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Bats at RBG

October 28, 2020

By Iona Whatford, Garden Interpreter, Royal Botanical Gardens. What comes to mind when you hear the word “bat”? Unfortunately, bats tend to get a bad ...

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