The following non-Nature London activities and events might be of interest to members. For additional information and to confirm details, please contact the indicated organization.
London Public Library Environmental Programs March-May 2019
2019 Gardening in the City Series
This program has been prepared in partnership with London-Middlesex Master Gardeners.
Climate-Smart Gardening with Linda Armstrong
Tuesday, 05 March, 7-9 pm, Central Library, 1st Floor-Stevenson & Hunt rooms A & B
Climate extremes are challenging our growing habits. Gardeners are adapting what they grow where, when and how. Join us for a review of climate-smart gardening including landscape changes and tree selections that make sense for the future.
Balcony, Container and Small Space Gardens with Cheryl Losch
Tuesday, 12 March, 7-9 pm, Central Library, 1st Floor-Stevenson & Hunt rooms A & B
Transform your balcony, porch or patio into a little garden.
Rain Gardens with Rosemarie Szalich
Tuesday, 25 March, 7-9 pm, Central Library, 1st Floor-Stevenson & Hunt rooms A & B
Rain gardens, also called stormwater gardens, can be beautiful, inexpensive, simple to implement, and an environmentally sound solution to urban storm runoff.
Additional Environmental Programs
Poetree Walk in the Garden (all ages welcome) with Gabor Mass
Monday, 01 April, 4-6 pm, Central Library Reading Garden
Celebrate spring in Central Library’s Reading Garden by following the words and rhythms of a poem with your feet. Meet our Environmentalist in Residence, Gabor Sass, who will share what you can do to live more sustainably, with hands-on activities for all ages. Visit the garden anytime in April, during library hours, to walk among our poems.
Paddling Ontario’s Thames River with Kevin Callan
Tuesday, 09 April, 7-8:30 pm, Central Library Wolf Performance Hall
Kevin will share his experiences journeying along Canada’s southern-most river.
Love Your Greats: The Search for Social & Environmental Optimism with Jennifer Pate
Tuesday, 30 April, 7-8:30 pm, Central Library Wolf Performance Hall
Jennifer Pare is a geographer, entrepreneur, and storyteller. Through her research and expeditions on global waterways, Jen will share her vision for making water sources around the world sustainable and accessible. The talk will be followed by Q & As.
Biodiversity Gardening with Nina Zitani
Thursday, 02 May, 7-9 pm, Central Library Wolf Performance Hall
Do you want wildlife, including birds and pollinators of all sorts to thrive in your yard? Biodiversity Gardening is gardening for life! This richly illustrated talk will explain why native plants are an essential element to increase native biodiversity. This talk has been prepared in partnership with Western University Faculty of Science.
Visit http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/page/environmentalist-residence or see the March/April May edition of lpl –Access Library Magazine available on-line or at your local LPL branch for more environmental programs offered by the London Public Library through March, April & May 2019.
These include a “Small Steps to Sustainability” series and a “Save Our Great Lakes” interactive program, both offered at various LPL branches.
From Seeds to Your Table
London Middlesex Master Gardeners is offering “From Seeds to Your Table” workshops covering everything from soil preparation and seed selection to planting, maintaining, harvesting, and preserving. The eight sessions cost $100 ($125 if registering after 1 March). The focus will be on gardens you can eat as well as on colourful and helpful companion flowers. The eight-week course runs Tuesdays, 7–9 PM starting 19 March to 7 May at the Civic Garden Complex. For more information and registration visit www.londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com.
Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) is hosting an EcoFolk benefit concert on Sunday, 31 March, 1–4 PM. The concert will be at Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas Street, London. Come and bring your friends to a wonderful afternoon of folk music in support of TTLT. This is the fourth year for the event. Watch for details at ttlt.ca and reserve your tickets at aeolianhall.ca.
Go Wild, Grow Wild Green Expo 2019
Carolinian Canada will be hosting “Go Wild, Grow Wild Green Expo 2019” on Saturday, 7 April from 9:30 AM–4:30 PM at the Metroland Media Agriplex, Western Fair District. This green adventure and garden expo will feature more than 100 exhibits of interest to nature lovers, gardeners, and outdoor adventurers. Admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. Visit www.caroliniancanada.ca for more information.
London Environmental Book Club
The London Environmental Book Club meets the third Wednesday of every month and offers participants lively discussion about recommended books with an environmental focus. Book club gatherings are located at the Central London Public Library at 251 Dundas Street, 1st Floor, Tonda Room. The club meets from 7–8:30 PM, is free and has a drop-in format. www.facebook.com/EnvironmentLondon/.
20th Annual Thames River Cleanup
The 20th Annual Thames River Cleanup will be held on Saturday, 20 April, two days before Earth Day 2019. Several local communities will be taking part. Coordinators are needed as well as participants. Visit www.thamesrivercleanup.ca.
Native Spring Wildflowers: Delicate Beauty in Local Woodlands
Celebrate Earth Week and get to know native wildflowers. Attend an illustrated presentation by Winifred Wake
on Tuesday, 23 April, 7–8 PM at the Landon Branch Library, 167 Wortley Rd. Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking is available along the streets of Wortley village or in the lot behind the library (entrance off Bruce St). The event is jointly sponsored by Nature London and London Public Library.
Earth Day Celebration 2019
Join in celebrating London’s natural heritage and environment on Sunday, 28 April. This event will offer family-friendly fun with an environmental focus. The event is free and all are welcome. Location to be determined. Visit http://thamesriver.on.ca/events/ or https://www.londonheritage.ca/news/ closer to the date for more information.
Friends of the London Civic Garden Complex: Spring Open House
The Friends will be hosting their annual Greenhouse Tour and Open House on Sunday, 28 April, 1–4 PM. There will be exhibits on-site. Visitors will be divided into small groups and taken on guided tours of the Greenhouse complex. See the flowers in bloom and plants to be planted into London’s streets and parks. Visitors will be able to purchase plants and compost from the Friends (cash or cheque only). Before or after a tour, see the displays, then go for a leisurely walk through the park and gardens. Visitors may take a free potted seedling (while quantities last) and children may pot a seedling to take home.
The Civic parking lot fills up quickly. Alternatively, you can park in the Springbank Gardens Community Centre parking lots off of Wonderland Rd. There will be a horse-drawn wagon ride from this parking lot to the Civic Garden Complex. Children, and those young at heart, will love it. Free admission (donations appreciated). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-472-3553 or visit www.friendslcgc.com/ for more information.
Western University Department of Biology Seminars
The Department of Biology offers a Biology Seminar Series throughout the academic year. The departmental seminars, exploring all aspects of biology, are held on Fridays, 3:30–4:30 PM (note new time), and are open to the public. A schedule is available at www.uwo.ca/biology/research/weekly_seminars.html.