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On the Trails: June 2023

May 31, 2023

Breeding birds, a show of wetland flowers, and nesting turtles highlight June on the Trails. The wildflowers of June are highlighted by the Blue Flag ...

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War of the Roses: Parasitic Wasp vs Aphid

May 30, 2023

By Abbie McHardy, Student Entomologist, Royal Botanical Gardens As the weather gets warmer, spring and summer wildlife is becoming more active at RBG. Of course ...

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What’s in Bloom? June at RBG

May 29, 2023

What Blooms in June? Note: this is a general guide of what typically blooms this month at RBG. Bloom periods may vary by up to ...

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American Crabapple and Hamilton’s Draft Biodiversity Action Plan

May 18, 2023

By Tys Theysmeyer, Head of Natural Areas, Royal Botanical Gardens Hamilton's Draft Biodiversity Action Plan represents an approach intended to engage all of us from choices ...

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The Force is Strong with These Plants: Star Wars-Inspired Flora

May 3, 2023

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens I was seven years old when the first Star Wars film came out and it was ...

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On the Trails: May 2023

May 2, 2023

Spring is in full swing and our nature sanctuary trails are packed with natural wonders to enjoy. Highlights include migratory birds, Bald Eagles, and forest ...

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Taking Action and Tackling Litter

May 1, 2023

By Christie Brodie, Interpretation Projects Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. We’ve all seen it and we’ve all smelled it. Litter isn’t a pleasant experience for any ...

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Earth Day Pictorial Nature Map

April 21, 2023

By Kerilyn Perron, GIS Mapping Technician, Royal Botanical Gardens Celebrated annually, Earth Day is a global event to create awareness for environmental conservation and to ...

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On the Trails: April 2023

March 30, 2023

Spring has come at last and our trails are packed with natural wonders to enjoy. Highlights include migratory birds and the first of the forest ...

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Radiant Ranunculus

March 17, 2023

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens If you have visited the Breezeway at RBG Centre recently you will have noticed the fabulous ...

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: A New Forest Invader at RBG

March 14, 2023

By Mallory Peirce, Assistant Ecologist, Royal Botanical Gardens Early in March, while conducting routine trail inspections, RBG staff discovered a new invasive forest pest on the ...

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Flower Power for International Women’s Day

March 7, 2023

By Barbara McKean, Head of Education, Royal Botanical Gardens. Since 1975 the United Nations has recognized March 8 as International Women’s Day, a day for ...

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Why Xeriscape? What You Need to Know About This Hot Garden Trend of 2023

March 6, 2023

By Andrea Berwick CLD, Landscape Designer, Royal Botanical Gardens It probably doesn’t come to much of a surprise that as we look at gardening trends ...

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The Perils of Spring Fever

February 22, 2023

By Jessica Veter, Volunteer, Royal Botanical Gardens. Last year, my grow op–which had started as three smallish trays of seedlings at the end of January–grew ...

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On the Trails: February 2023

January 30, 2023

Fluctuating above average winter temperatures have prevented conditions for skating and make all nature trails generally soft, and with shaded wooded area icy. Boots with ...

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Winter Sowing: Container Choices

January 18, 2023

By Beverley Wagar, Volunteer, Royal Botanical Gardens Container Choices Part One Topics Before you start: What is winter sowing? Why winter sow? Basic principles What can ...

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Winter Sowing: A Step-by-step Guide

January 18, 2023

By Beverley Wagar, Volunteer, Royal Botanical Gardens A Step-by-step Guide to Success Part One Topics Before you start: What is winter sowing? Why winter sow? Basic ...

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Winter Sowing: Before You Start

January 17, 2023

By Beverley Wagar, Volunteer, Royal Botanical Gardens Before You Start Part One Topics Before you start: What is winter sowing? Why winter sow? Basic principles What ...

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2022 Botanical Year in Review: How Did Our Garden Grow?

December 22, 2022

By: Jon L. Peter, Curator & Plant Records Manager, Royal Botanical Gardens RBG’s cultivated gardens now have a total of 9,964 living accessions and over ...

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Solstice Botany and Christmas Celebrations

December 21, 2022

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Have you ever stopped to think why, in the middle of winter, when the northern world ...

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Fungi, Winter Solstice, and …Santa Claus?

November 23, 2022

By Alex Henderson, Curator of Living Collections, Royal Botanical Gardens Did you know that the modern image of Santa Claus was devised as recently as 1931 ...

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What is Giving Tuesday?

November 18, 2022

By Theresa Camastra, Development Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens Giving Tuesday is November 29, 2022 Giving Tuesday is celebrated around the world the day following Cyber Monday. ...

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Low Waters and Ecological Implications

November 10, 2022

By Tys Theysmeyer, Head of Natural Areas, Royal Botanical Gardens A truly dry summer and fall has led to challenging conditions for fish and wildlife.  ...

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RBG’s treecycling program has a new member!

November 8, 2022

By Emily Sharma, Royal Botanical Gardens. Over the last few years, the Gardens have carried out an initiative dubbed “treecycling”, where wood left over from ...

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