Bring home the birds, bees & butterflies! Watch a red-eyed vireo feed caterpillars to her chicks, a bumblebee collect pollen, and a swallowtail butterfly emerge from its chrysalis – all in your backyard! Learn how to create a beautiful biodiverse garden through careful plant choice, design and maintenance. This talk will include a walk through the savannah demonstration gardens in OURSpace, the Nature Centre’s outdoor classroom.
Ages: Adults and Youth 10 years and up.
Talk led by Colleen Cirillo, Toronto Botanical Garden
Colleen Cirillo has spent many years in the world of nature interpretation, protection and restoration, including more than a decade at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and 2.5 years at Ontario Nature. In October 2015, she took over as Director of Education at the Toronto Botanical Garden. She is also a volunteer board member of the North American Native Plant Society, and a committee member for the Ontario Invasive Plant Council. Colleen is an avid native plant gardener who has maxed out her tiny downtown yard and bullied her way into neighbours’ yards. She has a special place in her heart for under-appreciated native shrubs such as serviceberry and chokeberry, which provide nourishment for bugs, birds and people. Colleen’s children accuse her of preferring her native plants to them. This is difficult to deny.
Support for the Backyard Biodiversity Summer Speaker Series is provided by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.