RBG Speaker Series

We are excited to bring you a selection of lecture and workshop sessions with experts from across North America, speaking on topics such as gardening, wildlife, conservation, and more! Check back frequently for updates.

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Annie White

Friday March 8

Designing With Pollinators

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

Annie White, PhD, a landscape designer, educator and longtime pollinator advocate, shares her tales from the trenches as she continues to navigate the challenges and rewards of landscaping for pollinators and people alike. The workshop covers practical design and maintenance tips for professionals, and furthermore, will delve into educating clients, quelling their fears, and managing their expectations.

$125 (Members 10% off)

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Pollinator Friendly Gardening

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

A landscape rich with a diversity of flowering plants is both beautiful and helps support the over 1,000 species of pollinating creatures in Canada. However, planning does not end with your plant list. The design, layout, and maintenance practices all affect pollinators. Annie White, PhD, a landscape designer, educator and pollinator advocate, shares her strategies for choosing the best types of plants for pollinators, plus how to use and manage them effectively to create the best pollinator sanctuaries possible.

$18 (Members $6)

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Dr. Mark Graham

Thursday March 21

Shovels, Chisels, Clippers and Guns: Building Natural History Collections in Canada

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

Patrick Colgan Memorial Lecture: Natural history museums are the result of collections made by adventurous and capable scientists. Taxonomists spend their entire lives identifying, describing, classifying and naming new species. This trusted body of knowledge forms an ongoing historical record, the irreplaceable library of life on earth. Join Dr. Mark Graham, vice president of Research and Collections at the Canadian Museum of Nature, who’s presentation takes a closer look at the role of taxonomy today and takes us see behind the scenes to the work of our botany experts, including their part in the historic 2017 Canada C3 research expedition.

Free Lecture - registration required.

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Kevin MacKay

Tuesdays April 2 and 9

Human Evolution at a Crossroads: Ecological Collapse, or a Sustainable Future?

7 to 9 p.m.; RBG Centre

In this two-part lecture series, Kevin MacKay, professor and author of Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization, explores the existential challenges facing our industrial, capitalist society. Through understanding the causes behind ecological destruction and human conflict, we can then envision new ways of being on the earth and viable pathways toward a sustainable future. The first lecture contends with the latest research on why societies fail, and on how ecological crisis, social inequality, and oligarchic political systems are fundamentally intertwined. The second lecture addresses the question of how to re-orient the trajectory of human evolution from collapse to sustainability.

$20, $10 for student / fixed income (Members 10% off)

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