february - février, 2021

27feb10:00 am11:30 amVirtual EventUnlocking The Potential, Big Ideas for Small Gardens with Paul Gellatly10:00 am - 11:30 am Event Organized By: Toronto Botanical Garden

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Big city living, often comes with small garden spaces. From balconies to terraces, courtyards to front yards, discover how to embrace your small space. Confront the challenges, explore the opportunities, and maximize the potential with Director of Horticulture Paul Gellatly. Whether your interests are kitchen gardens, flower gardens, or something in between, your garden can be an extension of your home and a dynamic living space. Paul will share how he maximizes the space and opportunities in his own home garden; recently featured in Tara Nolan’s book Gardening Your Front Yard: Projects and Ideas for Big & Small Spaces.

Fees: Public – $15; TBG Member or Volunteer $12 (plus fees HST)

About Paul Gellatly

A passionate life-long horticulturist, Paul Gellatly joined the Toronto Botanical Garden as the new Director of Horticulture on March 9, 2020. Most recently Paul was the Curatorial Gardener for one of Canada’s largest tropical plant collections at the Toronto Zoo. He also worked on the zoo’s pollinator meadows and revitalization plan to control invasive plants in the core woods while proactively reintroducing native ephemeral, and understory trees. Many online garden lovers may know Paul through his strong online presence as the Tattooed Gardener, with social media posts reaching 7 M people per month. He is an avid plant collector of rare and unusual plants in addition to being an experienced hybridizer of daylilies, with 18 registrations with the American Hemerocallis Society. Paul was previously a gardener at the City of Toronto which provided him with a great deal of exposure to the plant species that thrive in our geographical area and allowed him to develop his knowledge and skills. Paul spent six years at Plant World in their perennial department where he was exposed to a vast selection of perennials as well as native plants. He was also an estate gardener for a trillium award-winning garden in Carlisle, Ontario which was an acre of forested property filled with natives and unique plants. Paul’s home garden, which contains an eclectic mixture of plants is currently featured in Tara Nolan’s new book ‘Gardening Your Front Yard: Projects and Ideas for Big and Small Spaces’.


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