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March 2019

The Art and Practice of Pruning Workshop

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This half-day indoor/outdoor practical workshop will teach you the principles of easy and correct pruning in the home landscape. We will cover how to choose the correct equipment and how to keep it sharp and clean.  Pruning techniques will be shown and practised on a variety of shrubs and small trees. This is a very popular course, so register early! Arboretum Horticultural Staff: Polly Samland Early Bird Fee: $60 by March 13. Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the…

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April 2019

Arboretum Workshop: Warbler Workshop Level I – Butterflies of the Bird World

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Through a wide variety of hands-on activities you'll learn about the plumage, song and behaviour of warblers.  We'll also investigate habitat requirements and timing of migration. Participants will receive an information booklet. Arboretum Naturalist: Chris Earley - author of Warblers of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America Early Bird Registration Fee: $80 by April 2.  (Note:  If you also take Warbler II - Early Bird fee of $135 for both sessions) Regular Registration Fee: $90. Note: If we…

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Arboretum Workshop: Warbler Workshop Level II – The Less Common Ones

April 11 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This workshop covers 15 less commonly seen southern Ontario warblers which are not covered in the Level I Warbler Workshop.  Participants will receive an information booklet.  Keeners can take both warbler courses to cover all of Ontario's breeding species ($135 for both sessions). Arboretum Naturalist: Chris Earley Early Bird Registration Fee: $80 by April 3 Regular Registration Fee: $90.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults.

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Gardening Fundamentals

April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Gardening Fundamentals is a series of courses designed for both the beginner and experienced gardener. Course material covers basic information to provide a good grounding and then goes on to introduce advanced topics that are normally not found in gardening books.  The presenter has over 35 years of gardening experience, most of it in the Guelph area. Each course is approximately 2.5 hours in length and is designed to be independent of each other allowing you to take only the…

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Arboretum Workshop: Greeting Spring – Making Your Own Greeting Cards

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Spring has sprung, and we invite you to come join us at the Arboretum to capture the beauties of spring with creating your own greeting card! We'll start with a quick nature walk to get inspired, and then we'll head back to the J.C. Taylor Nature Centre to begin creating! Whether you've never painted before or have been painting for years, this workshop will give you the basic tools to create your own greeting card. Watercolour will be our medium…

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May 2019

The Intriguing World of Spring Wildflowers Workshop

May 6 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

This is really two workshops in one. In addition to learning to identify our springtime flora we will go "beyond the field guide" to delve into these plants' natural history, ecology, lore and uses. Following a brief classroom session, the remainder of our time will be spent exploring the Arboretum's nature preserves engaged in hands-on exercises and stimulating discussions. By the end of the day you will have learned more about our spring wildflowers than you ever imagined. Bring lunch,…

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Arboretum Workshop: Introduction to Birds

May 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Are you a want-to-be bird watcher, but don't know where to begin?  This course is for you!  We will be covering topics from identifying birds to choosing and using binoculars. We will also cover basic ornithology by studying anatomy, breeding biology, classification and habitat requirements.  Over lunch we will watch Arboretum birds and study their behaviour.  Bring a lunch and, if you have them, a bird book and binoculars. Guest Instructor: Richard Tofflemire Early Bird Registration Fee: $80 by April…

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Arboretum Workshop: Bird Sounds

May 14 @ 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

This workshop will start off with an early morning Arboretum hike to get you tuned in to bird sounds. Participants will learn how to develop their listening skills to identify that bird "way up there behind all those leaves." A variety of techniques will be used to help you describe and remember the different songs and calls of birds such as flycatchers, vireos, thrushes and woodpeckers. Guest Instructor:  Richard Tofflemire Early Bird Registration Fee: $85 by May 6 Regular Registration…

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