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Arboretum Talk "Why Gardens Matter" by Harry Jongerden - Thursday, October 2

Join us on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium, Arboretum Centre for a free talk entitled "Why Gardens Matter" by Harry Jongerden of the Toronto Botanical Garden. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and admission is by donation.

Why Gardens Matter: At the most basic level gardens give us pleasure, but public gardens are as necessary to public well-being and economic advancement as any public program or infrastructure project. Meet Toronto Botanical Garden's new Executive Director and discover more about why gardens matter in creating a healthy and prosperous civil society.


Harry Jongerden has been a professional gardener, garden designer and garden director for 35 years. He is currently Executive Director of Toronto Botanical Garden, having held the posts of Garden Director at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver for five years, Head of Horticulture at Royal Botanical Gardens and Head Gardener at the Stratford Festival. He is the author of “This Other Eden” and designer of the Walkerton Heritage Water Garden and Stratford’s Elizabethan Garden. Current expansion plans at TBG have him busy planning a 30-acre expansion to the current garden.


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We hope to see you on October 2. For further information please contact us at or 519-824-4120 ext. 52113.


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Arboretum Beginning

The Arboretum at the University of Guelph is somewhat modeled after the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University which is 100 years older.

Plantings started in 1971 and are now maturing to produce a beautiful landscape, within which The Arboretum continues to develop specialized gardens, botanical collections, and gene conservation programs.

Labels are maintained at the base of all woody plants in the collections that are listed on The Arboretum map.

University of Guelph Arboretum
College Ave East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1

ext. 52113


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