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Feb 21 2020 Symposium /

Horticultural Trades Association | REFERENCE Symposium

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Ryerson University
George Vari Engineering and Computing Building
245 Church St

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REFERENCE is an annual symposium for landscape architects, designers, gardeners and trades. Learn to use ecosystem references in cities bearing the brunt of climate change. This one day session is a practical approach to develop, implement and maintain robust planting designs at all scales. Our task is a multigenerational project to build functional habitats in urban environments.

Session 1: Guest Speakers
Opening remarks: Lorraine Johnson, Writer and Public Speaker

Post Glacial Succession: Robert MacDonald, Archeologist – ASI
Chinquapin Oak Alvar: Allison Thomson, Ecologist and Seed Collector
Quarries: Ken Ursic, Ecologist – Beacon Environmental
Cliffs: Paul J. Richardson – University of Waterloo
Ravines: Stephen Smith, Arborist – Urban Forest Associates Inc.
Ecological Land Classification: Karen May, MLA, Plant Architect

Session 2: Workshop
Working groups will gain practical experience in using ecological references as a tool to produce plant species lists for a range of urban site conditions unique to Toronto while collaborating in an interdisciplinary setting.