February Meeting featuring Kevin Kavanagh

Feb 16, 2020 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Talk by Kevin Kavanagh begins at 1:30

Members Showcase: Arie Vanspronsen "Keukenhof, the Showcase of the Dutch Bulb Industry”

Sowing supplies will be available for purchase at this meeting.

Note: TBG is now enforcing paid parking. You will be exempt from the parking fee on Feb. 16 if you enter the code contained in the electronic Journal and sent by individual e-mails to those who receive the printed version of the Journal. Make note of the code because it will also be in effect for Get the Jump on Spring on Feb. 22.

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The evolving garden: selection of native plants for long-term success.

Kevin Kavanagh
A number of themes are emphasized in the presentation, including: - Understanding the site conditions of a garden to help determine what group of plants will be best suited for success. - Don’t plan or plant in isolation - complement what exists in your surrounding neighbourhood to help enhance the diversity of trees, shrubs and native plants already growing within your immediate home area. - Selecting appropriate plants should be eco-region based, not provincially based. Just because a plant may be an ‘Ontario native’ does not mean it is appropriate for your area. - Selecting plants in the current context of accelerating climate change...additional factors to consider when planning a garden for both the short and long term.


Kevin Kavanagh

Kevin Kavanagh is the owner of South Coast Gardens and Consulting, a small specialty nursery and landscape design business that he launched in 2005 in heart of Ontario’s ‘Carolinian zone’. Although an avid gardener for much of his life, Kevin spent most of his early career in the field of nature conservation working for national and international organizations including The Nature Conservancy of Canada and World Wildlife Fund Canada. Kevin’s long standing interest in native plants was fully ignited while undertaking graduate field studies in the diverse eastern forests of the southern Great Lakes Region, the Appalachian Mountains and the U.S. southeast. He hoped one day to develop a garden in Ontario that could feature plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, and magnolias among others that had graced the natural landscapes he had studied. That dream became a reality with the launch of South Coast Gardens. Today, Kevin gets great satisfaction from working with clients to design and install gardens, especially those that provide benefits to pollinators, birds and other wildlife.


Toronto Botanical Garden

777 Lawrence Ave. E
Toronto, ON