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Falling for Autumn: Planting for the Fall
May 11 @ 7:00 pm
Leaside Garden Society Speaker Series presents:
Falling for Autumn
Planting for the Fall
With Guest Speaker: Paul Gellatly
Thursday May 11, 2023 at 7pm via Zoom
Falling for Autumn… Planting with an extended season in mind. Autumn is the time of year when every leaf becomes a flower. When many gardeners are hanging up their shovels and secateurs for the season, reflecting on the season’s past, and dreaming about the garden to come… There are still weeks… and in some cases months of incredibly beautiful gardening to experience. Put on your sweater and fall in love with plants, foliage, and even some flowers, before the snow flies.
A passionate life-long horticulturist, Paul Gellatly was recently featured on the new television documentary series ‘Visionary Gardeners’. Paul has affiliations with the Toronto Botanical Garden as the former Director of Horticulture and The Toronto Zoo as former Curatorial Gardener managing one of Canada’s largest tropical plant collections.
Many online garden lovers may know Paul through his strong online presence as The Tattooed Gardener, (https://www.facebook.com/thetattooedgardener ) with social media posts reaching 30-35 million people per month. He is an avid collector of rare and unusual plants with a personal collection of over 800 tropical plants. He is also an experienced hybridizer of daylilies, with 49 registrations with the American Hemerocallis Society ( https://www.daylilynetwork.org )
Although gardening has been a life-long passion, (He was a Director of the Waterloo Horticultural Society at 16 years old); he only entered horticulture as a profession just over a decade ago. Paul started part time at Plant World in their perennial department. He then accepted a position as gardener / grower for the City of Toronto, maintaining historical gardens in the west end of Toronto, (Sunnyside Pavilion / James Gardens) He also spent time as an estate gardener for a Trillium award-winning garden in Carlisle Ontario. Paul’s podcast ‘Life in the Garden, can be listened to monthly on Focal Point E-News, in addition to his guest appearances on Podcasts and Radio shows, in Newspapers and Magazines. His home garden, which held an eclectic mixture of plants, is featured in Tara Nolan’s book: Gardening Your Front Yard: Projects and Ideas for Big and Small Spaces.