Available to Members only.

Since the Ontario Cosmetic Pesticide Ban of 2009, Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) had struggled to maintain its Rose Garden to world class standards. Ontario's 2017 sesquicentennial celebration afforded the perfect opportunity for RBG to rethink the way roses could be maintained and celebrated in positive pollinator-friendly, ecologically-sensitive way. This session will highlight this cutting-edge rose garden and how the garden uses a non-chemical approach. Hear about the early days of project conceptualization up to the present. The session will explore why the garden was developed, how it was constructed, what was learned along the way, and what can be applied to other regions of North America to create more of these kinds of gardens.

Jim Mack, Jennifer Dick, Barb McKean, and Alex Henderson, Royal Botanical Gardens