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  • Let your mind grow

    Course Calendar — May to september 2018

    RBG Experiences

    GardeninG Health & Wellness Green Living BotaniCal arts & Crafts nature Lovers Hiking Canoeing SpeciaL eventS learn by doing! Sustainable Living Family environmental education

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  • eduCation Mission: education at royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world and help them to understand the crucial role that plants play in sustaining and enhancing our lives and the environment.

    ContaCt us:

    1-800-694-4769; 905-527-1158, ext. 270

    rBG is committed to providing exceptional and accessible service to our visitors — our programs are designed to be inclusive. please contact our program coordinator at 905-527-1158, ext. 510 to discuss specific program requirements, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

    royal Botanical Gardens is dedicated to offering lifelong learning opportunities that relate to our mandate, including programs that help people move towards a greener lifestyle.

    Certificate Programs Watch each issue of our program calendar for our certificate logo, highlighting programs or workshops that include a certificate of attendance upon completion. Use the certificate for your own

    enjoyment, for continuing education or to add to a résume when seeking employment.

    contents Education Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Master Your Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Into the Wild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Arts in the Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Health and Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Taste of the Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Kids and Families . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Policies / Program Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Spirits of Paradise, Monarch Awards, Edible Weekends . 11 Plant Quiz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Herbarium Brain Teaser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 From the Archives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Garden Music Nights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Events at the Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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    2017 suMMer fun —

    day CaMPs for kids ages

    3 to 13

    Get outdoors and explore the “wild side”of RBG with nature hikes, games, crafts, summer canoeing, camp-outs and more! Summer camps include half-day programs for ages 3 and 4, full-day programs for 4- to 13-year-olds, and Environmental Leadership Development Program for teens ages 13 to 17 . Themes vary each week . Extended care available .

    Space is limited — register soon! www.rbg.ca or call 905-527-1158, ext. 270

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    While there are Plenty of reasons for RBG to celebrate plant colour this year (or any year for that matter!), one reason (and one colour) is especially worth celebrating. Green, the colour of the plant pigment known as chlorophyll, is the colour of life. Without it, our world would be a very different and desolate place.

    Tiny though they may be, chlorophyll molecules enable the biggest biochemical process on Earth. Photosynthesis powers our planet. It creates oxygen, drives ecosystems and forms the basis of food chains

    that feed animal life, us included. No doubt there are people who cringe when reading the word (perhaps it’s those memories of labelling diagrams on high school biology exams - Calvin cycle anyone?). Sadly, what is commonly missed from the teaching of this process is the reverence due to plants and their amazing pigment molecules for what they give to the world. Breaking photosynthesis into a flow chart doesn’t inspire a sense of awe for the almost magical process by which a living thing can actually capture and store sunlight energy in the form of sugar, making that energy available to other living things. Oh, and while doing that, plants also happen to generate a byproduct, oxygen, which is conveniently also the building block of the ozone layer that protects us from excessive solar radiation. When we eat plants (or animals who have eaten plants), we break down and burn that solar energy. When you think of it, we’re all just bottled sunshine!

    So, considering the role that green plays in these basics of life, we can all agree that we have a pretty special relationship with at least one plant colour. But plant

    colour goes beyond green, and our relationship with plants goes beyond the kitchen table. Plant colour

    influences and engages us on many levels, from our enjoyment of the arts to the colours we choose to wear and surround ourselves with, inside and outdoors. People harness the living energy of plant colour by using plants as a

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    Green is in the middle of the spectrum as shown on the colour wheel. This artist’s tool is formed by taking the visible spectrum, or rainbow, and bending it around so that the two ends are joined. it’s an equally useful tool for garden planning.

    Life — brought to you by the colour green

    Warm

    Cool red

    red-orange

    orange

    orange- yellow

    yellow- green

    green

    green-blue

    blue

    blue- purple

    purple magenta

    yellow

    creative medium. When we design, create and care for a garden, we are, in a sense, painting with plants; in doing so we benefit physically and emotionally from hands-on connections with the life forces that sustain us.

    In the hands of a skilled garden designer, plant colour and combinations can express feeling, create an image or enhance atmosphere and mood, engage the emotions or trick the eye through illusion. This is where colour really comes alive at Royal Botanical Gardens. RBG is always bursting with colour, but this summer, you’ll see that we’ve been much more deliberate in our attempts to play with your eye and demonstrate the power of colour. By mid- June, you’ll find special annual display beds and containers in Hendrie Park and at Rock Garden that are all designed to bring the colour wheel to life. Pick up a guide and use it to help you explore the displays and find the colour combinations you like best. Watch for a colourful array of special programming, tours and events that will take us through the year. Regardless of whether you’re here or at home though, remember that plants give us life and take the time to say thanks to something green each day.

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    Master your Garden

    rBG’s new rose Garden GrowinG Up wiTH CLiMBinG roSES Wednesday, May 30; 7 to 9 p .m . at RBG Centre . Fee: $30 (M 10% off) MAXIMUM 30. PRE-REGISTER BY MAY 20.

    Climbing roses can form a colorful backdrop for borders and are great for covering structures or screening unwanted views. Training roses on fences, walls, trellises, or arbors can transform a structure into a dramatic focal point. Rene Schmitz, from Palatine Fruit and Roses, outlines the varieties for different situations as well as care and pruning techniques.

    FALLinG in LoVE wiTH roSES AGAin Wednesday, June 27; 7 to 9 p .m . at RBG Centre . Fee: $30 (M 10% off) MAXIMUM 30. PRE-REGISTER BY jUnE 17

    Roses are one of the favourite flowers but growing roses is often another story. RBG’s new Rose Garden showcases roses that are hardier and less trouble to grow. join Alex Henderson, curator of collections, to learn new varieties, care techniques, and why you should incorporate roses in your garden. A tour of the new Rose Garden is included, weather permitting.

    Member appreciation event FREE To MEMBERS oNLY . Members are allowed to bring one guest free of charge . “Plus” members can bring one additional guest beyond the guest allocation noted in their Plus Membership .

    wHAT’S noT To HiKE: LAUnCHinG LoopS & LATTES Thursday, May 17; 7 to 8:30 p .m . at RBG Centre .

    join nicola Ross, author and hiker, as she tells the story of launching her Loops & Lattes Hiking Guides. Describing the adventure in words and photographs, nicola brings alive the rich beauty of hiking that has become her career and vocation. Discover what hiking adventures are available on RBG trails and in our area.

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