Native Plants and Backyard Biodiversity

May 9, 2017 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
High Park Nature Centre
375 Colborne Lodge Dr
Toronto,ON M6R 2Z3

Native Plants and Backyard Biodiversity
Adult Workshop

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Bring home the birds, bees & butterflies! Watch a Red-eyed Vireo feed caterpillars to her chicks, a Bumblebee collect pollen, and a Swallowtail Butterfly emerge from its chrysalis – all in your backyard! Learn how to create a beautiful biodiverse garden through careful plant choice, design and maintenance.

Instructor Bio

Colleen Cirillo has spent many years in the world of nature interpretation, protection and restoration, including more than a decade at Toronto and Region Conservation and 2.5 years at Ontario Nature. In October 2015, she took over as director of education at the Toronto Botanical Garden. She is also a volunteer board member of the North American Native Plant Society, and a committee member for the Ontario Invasive Plant Council.

Colleen is an avid native plant gardener who has maxed out her tiny downtown yard and bullied her way into neighbours’ yards. She has a special place in her heart for under-appreciated native shrubs such as serviceberry and chokeberry, which provide nourishment for bugs, birds and people. Colleen’s children accuse her of preferring her native plants to them. This is difficult to deny.

Cancellation Policies

Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee).  Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.  Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at

Please note, the High Park Nature Centre may cancel any event if the minimum number of participants is not achieved 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.  We would notify registered participants of cancellation at that time and provide a full refund.