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Lions and Tigers and Plants by Paul Gellatly, The Tattooed Gardener

June 2, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Lions and Tigers and Plants… Oh My! A look into the world of Zoological Horticulture, through my role as Curatorial Gardener at the Toronto Zoo.

Most people think of zoos in terms of the beautiful animals they encounter; they are so much more!  Zoos are centers for conservation excellence, to connect people to the natural world around them. Paul will walk through his role as Curatorial Gardener for one of Canada’s largest tropical plant collections. You will get a glimpse into the world of zoological horticulture, from browse to furniture, enrichment to exhibit design to One-of-a-kind plant collections, and dynamic public garden displays. We’re going to the Zoo Zoo Zoo.


A passionate life-long horticulturist, Paul Gellatly is currently the Regional Director of Horticulture for BC Rare Tropical Plants. Paul has affiliations with the Toronto Botanical Garden as the Director of Horticulture and The Toronto Zoo as Curatorial Gardener for one of Canada’s largest tropical plant collections where he worked on the zoo’s pollinator meadows and the revitalization plan to control invasive plants. Many online garden lovers may know Paul through his strong online presence as the Tattooed Gardener, with social media posts reaching 10 million people per month. He is an avid collector of rare and unusual plants with a personal collection of over 700 tropical plants. He is also an experienced hybridizer of daylilies, with 20 registrations with the American Hemerocallis Society.


June 2, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Etobicoke Horticultural Society
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