The contribution and impact of gardens on the quality of life, health and well-being of a community.
One of our members, Steve Wilson, has been volunteering with the Canadensis Botanical Garden Society (CBGS) on an interesting structure on Queen Elizabeth Drive as it passes through the Central Experimental Farm, just South of the Arboratum. If you have the opportunity, drive by and take a look, it is an impressive volunteer effort.
The structure is the first phase of an effort by the CBGS, in partnership with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, to create  a National Botanical Garden in Ottawa. The project is also supported by various public agencies including the NCC, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Environment Canada and the City of Ottawa. This destination garden, called Canadensis, the Garden of Canada / le Jardin du Canada would be of national reach and international calibre. Further information can be found at  
The main purpose of this communication, though, is to alert you to a CBGS symposium being held

Tuesday, October 30th, in cooperation with the National Capital Commission. The purpose of the conference is to better inform the public on the benefits of a botanical garden and public gardens in a community. The event comprises a series of 5 conferences during the day, followed by a Forum event, all occurring at the NCC Urbanism Lab, 2nd Floor, 40 Elgin St., Ottawa, beginning at 8:30am

At the Symposium there will be 2 presentations in the morning and 3 in the afternoon of 45 minutes, each followed by a question period. The conference begins at 8:30 AM with a welcome address from guests followed by presentations from 9:30 and ending by 4:00 PM, including a luncheon break.  Presentations will be from various Canadian botanical gardens, including those in Toronto, Edmonton, Montréal, and Halifax, as well as a presentation from the City of Ottawa’ Health Officer.

There is no charge to attend and lunch will be provided. 
A separate Forum will follow in the evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, with 3 speakers and a moderator, the NCC being responsible for the Forum, the theme of which is “Gardens and Healthy Cities”.
If you decide to attend please confirm particpants at or phone at 613-454-5673 by October 28.

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