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Behind the Scenes Migratory Bird Tour

November 1, 2022

By Theresa Camastra, Development Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens This fall RBG hosted behind-the-scenes tours for Supporting level charitable members, featuring migratory birds. The tours were held ...

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Put the rake down. Your garden, and local wildlife, will thank you

October 24, 2022

By Jessica Veter, Volunteer, Royal Botanical Gardens. I have been gardening since April and, frankly, I’m exhausted. I’ve dug a set of stairs into a ...

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Transitioning from Fall to Winter in Nature

October 18, 2022

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens One of the delights of living in Canada is the changing seasons. While not restricted ...

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Species at Risk

October 7, 2022

By Tys Theysmeyer, Head of Natural Areas, Royal Botanical Gardens Did you know that Royal Botanical Gardens is home to over 50 different species at risk? ...

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Exploring the Garden by Touch

October 4, 2022

By Ali Brown, Volunteer, Royal Botanical Gardens The other day, I went for a walk in the Rock Garden to see how it had fared after ...

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Invasive Jumping Worms: How to Identify & What to Do

September 27, 2022

By Karin Davidson-Taylor, Education Program Officer, Royal Botanical Gardens Jumping worms are a new group of non-native invasive earthworms that threaten gardens and natural ecosystems. According ...

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Learning and Reflecting on Traditional Indigenous Knowledge

September 23, 2022

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, and Barbara McKean, Head of Education, Royal Botanical Gardens Indigenous cultures, making use of oral traditions and the ...

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All About Sunflowers: Native Species & Beloved Cultivars

September 8, 2022

By Tys Theysmeyer, Head of Natural Areas, Royal Botanical Gardens Few plant species bring a smile to peoples face like sunflowers. The smiles can get ...

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The Ups and Downs of Lake Ontario – And the Marsh Drains Away Again

August 22, 2022

By Tys Theysmeyer, Head of Natural Lands, Royal Botanical Gardens. Paddling in Cootes Paradise Marsh will be a challenge throughout this fall as a dry ...

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Welcome Niigaanii: Cootes Paradise’s Newest Blandings Turtle

August 17, 2022

On Friday August 12, RBG's intrepid turtle team released Niigaanii, an endangered Blanding's turtle, marking the inaugural return of the first group of Blanding’s sent ...

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Smart Water Management Means More Time for Lazing Around

August 9, 2022

By Jessica Veter, Volunteer, Royal Botanical Gardens. Have I mentioned before how lazy I am? Why do I bother gardening at all? I’d rather lie ...

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Connecting to the Environment through Public Art: Urban Moorings Two

August 4, 2022

An Interview with the Curators of Urban Moorings Two On Tuesday August 2, four sculptures floated out onto Cootes Paradise along the Desjardins Trail, part ...

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Top 5 Long Blooming Perennials to Try This Summer

July 13, 2022

By Andrea Berwick CLD, Landscape Designer, Royal Botanical Gardens I don’t know about you but when I walk into a garden center, I become overwhelmed ...

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The Scent of Roses

July 8, 2022

By Ali Brown, Volunteer, Royal Botanical Gardens As you walk along a trail you don’t notice them right away, hiding just off the main path ...

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Lost & Found; the Creelman Lily Blooms Again

July 8, 2022

The “dean of hybridists”, “Grand Lady of Canadian Horticulture”, Isabella Preston (1881-1964) was a self-taught plant hybridist who began her horticultural journey as a student ...

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Foliage & Living Fossils: Summer Breezeway Display

July 5, 2022

As the heat warms the gardens outside, indoors the Breezeway transitions from bright spring bulbs to a lush landscape of foliage and subtle flowers. This ...

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Happy Birthday Thomas Baker McQuesten

June 29, 2022

By Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens Hon. Thomas Baker McQuesten as transportation minister, 1940. Whitehern Historic House & Garden, via Wikimedia ...

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Giant Hogweed? It may be a look alike!

June 24, 2022

By Tys Theysmeyer, Head of Natural Areas, Royal Botanical Gardens The Invasive ornamental plant Giant Hogweed has several look-alike species flowering at similar times creating identification confusion.  ...

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Turtles on the Move

June 15, 2022

By Christie Brodie, Interpretation Projects Coordinator, Royal Botanical Gardens. With eight species, Ontario has the highest diversity of turtles in all of Canada. Sadly, they ...

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8 Ways to Attract Beneficial Insects to your Garden

June 10, 2022

By Jessica Veter, Volunteer, Royal Botanical Gardens. I’m a live-and-let-live kind of gardener, though that was sorely tested when an army of caterpillars were stripping ...

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New Technology & Grassland Restoration

May 25, 2022

By Tys Theysmeyer, Head of Natural Lands, Royal Botanical Gardens. The team from the Unmanned and Remote Sensing Innovation Centre at Mohawk College had another great day ...

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Hardening Off Isn’t Hard

May 18, 2022

By Jessica Veter, Volunteer, Royal Botanical Gardens. Imagine a beginner gardener and her first windowsill of tomato seedlings. As they stretched in the mediocre light, ...

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Spongy Moth Management

May 6, 2022

About Spongy Moths Lymantria dispar dispar (formerly known as Gypsy Moth or LDD) is a non-native invasive pest that was introduced in the late 19th century. ...

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Festivals of Lights: Ramadan and Eid-ul-fitr

April 1, 2022

Around the world, people celebrate festivals with specific traditions and customs. When people come to Canada, depending on the food and plants available, they adapt ...

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