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GET THE INSIDE SCOOP ON REFERENCE: THE NATURAL CITY

SAM BENVIE SCHOOLS THE YOUTH The underlying theme of ecological references was introduced to me 20 years ago when I was a student at Ryerson studying Landscape Design. Sam was growing 300 species from seed at the base of the architecture building. I remember him casually mentioning the cliff reference to me in passing. I…

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CONSERVATION TARGETS PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR HORTICULTURAL TRADES

ROM HOSTS CAROLINIAN CANADA IN STYLE The day started with extreme weather and cancellation of all TDSB classes, sending me scrambling for childcare so I could attend the much anticipated sophomore production of Shifting the Paradigm put on by Carolinian Canada. My late arrival meant missing the opening ceremony with Carolyn King the former elected Chief…

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REFERENCE: THE NATURAL CITY

Introducing a symposium for gardeners, landscapers, landscape architects, and city builders. Learn to use ecosystem references in cities bearing the brunt of climate change. How can we develop, implement and maintain sustainable, robust planting designs at all scales? Session 1: Guest Speakers Sarah Mainguy, ecologist at North-South Environmental Stefan Weber, biology PhD candidate at McMaster…

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CLIFF PLANTS GO MAINSTREAM IN URBAN SETTINGS

Had the pleasure of perusing Cliff Ecology by Doug Larson, Uta Matthes and Peter Kelly over the winter of 2017/2018. As the season is wrapping up I realized it never got published. Since we are going to be exploring the role of ecological references in urban planting design at Reference: The Natural City I thought it…

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Carolinian Canada’s paradigm shift unites industry to take native plants mainstream

Alvar habitats provide model for highway restoration planting It was a pretty average gray day that did nothing to hint at the wonders to come. Expectations were high for Shifting the Paradigm Forum 2018: Growing the native plant industry through innovation and collaboration. Right off the bat Allan Arthur was blasting about how tough native…

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Resilient urban vegetation is the new organic

Expectations were high and the room was full as Ryerson University was graced with a panel of experts for an evening session appropriately titled “Promoting the Health and Resilience of Urban Vegetation”. The city is a novel ecosystem Host Sam Benvie opened the panel discussion by talking about resilience of urban vegetation in the context of climate…

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dude it’s a carbon capture factory. why shut it down?

Dear Reader, I am writing a letter to the MPP’s in my riding to find out what position they have  on the planned closure of the Ontario Tree Seed Plant. Normally I wouldn’t bother you with political stories but if you take the time to read some of the links below, you will understand the…

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PHILLY BLEW MY MIND HERE’S WHY

IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE? Over the winter I took a trip down to Philadelphia for the 28th Annual Landscape Design Symposium with the provocative theme: Analyzing the Wild Designing the Garden. I wasn’t sure who would be there and what it would be like but spoiler alert I met wonderful people and it blew…

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