Permits & Promise: Making a Garden for People & Wildlife
Think twice before putting in new garden on a ravine in Toronto. The city and the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority require a few things from you if you want to do any landscaping. Rob’s talk will introduce this complexity and show how this young garden, set amongst mature trees, was created. Heavy equipment is involved! Come find out about a garden that features: a potager, a pond, a Piet Oudolf inspired mini-prairie, and a woodland garden – all on less than a tenth of an acre. Native plants are mixed in with ornamentals and plantings produce food for both humans and the creatures that visit.
Rob Norquay gained his horticultural education and experience in the 70’s and 80s. He was employed by Leslie Hancock of Woodland Nurseries, C.A. Cruickshanks - The Garden Guild, (a mail-order firm) and then Pleasantrees, (a tropical plant store). In the early 80’s he worked for Frost Greenhouses and earned the Ontario Diploma in Horticulture from the University of Guelph. Since then Rob worked for the Province of Ontario in Human Resources, with a brief stint at the Toronto Botanical Society as their Teaching Garden Coordinator. Now retired, he continues to read books on horticulture and take in talks by master gardeners. He claims he’s forgotten most of what he once knew about growing plants, but continues to be fascinated by them.
Marc Yamaguci & Ting Wang
Our speaker's programming is rooted in water conservation and flood prevention (with a focus on the watershed), expansion of biodiverse habitats, and beautification of untended tracts of people’s property. The low-maintenance requirements and simple construction of rain gardens make this particular form of LID not only attractive for people on tight budgets, but also for those who enjoy do-it-yourself projects.
Marc Yamaguci is a College English teacher who is raising a young family in East York. He began doing outdoor interventions in 2013 as a volunteer with the David Suzuki Foundation. In 2015, he headed up the East Danforth Rain Gardens Project, which has grown from an initial 11 to 31 today. In June, 2018, Marc will receive his Masters in Environmental Education and Communication
Ting Wang teaches science at a private high school in downtown Toronto. He has a Masters degree in physics and teaching, and is an amateur hydrologist. He has been working with Marc at Rain Gardens Unlimited to monitor and ameliorate how Toronto deals with its rainwater.
You can see what Rain Gardens Unlimited is up to at www.raingardensunited.com.