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Fergus & District – October Members’ Meeting
October 20, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens
“A History of the Canadian Royal Botanical Gardens”
The Royal Botanical Gardens is both Canada’s largest botanical garden and an important complex of protected natural areas totaling over 1,000 hectares.
David joined RBG in 1995 to develop conservation projects among botanical gardens across Canada. In 2006 he became Head of Science, overseeing the library, archives, and herbarium, RBG’s own research, and use of RBG’s lands and resources by outside researchers. Since 2007 he has led the development of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System park alliance, for which he was named Hamilton Environmentalist of the Year in 2010.
David has always had a deep love of biology, history, cultural heritage, and the arts. Through his work with RBG’s own archives he’s become the institution’s informal historian. David is an adjunct biology professor at McMaster University, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a Fellow International of the Explorers Club.