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The Humber Arboretum hosts workshops, tours, family events and more throughout the year. Advance registration is required for most events. On our calendar below, click on the event you're interested in for more details.

Guided Honey Tasting: Become a Honey Connoisseur

Become a honey connoisseur with the guidance of an expert from the Urban Toronto Beekeepers Association!

Topics covered include: the science of honey, tasting methodology including tasting wheels, varietal vs multifloral honey, and pairing foods with honey.

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Lunch and Learn: Indoor Plants for Rez Rooms and Beyond

You don’t need a yard to add a little more life to your living space! Join Arboretum staff for a beginner’s guide to growing indoor plants in small spaces. Learn about types of containers, different soils and other growing mediums, placement tips, watering techniques, and which plants are the hardest to kill!

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EMG Garden Smart - Not Hard Workshop

Join the Etobicoke Master Gardeners (EMG) at the Humber Arboretum to learn all about low maintenance gardening. 

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Lunch and Learn: Exploring Art and Ecology

Learn about the ideas behind creating place-based art using natural materials and discover how people of any age can use those ideas to engage with the outdoors.

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Honey Harvest By-Products: Making Mead

At its most basic mead, one of the world's oldest alcoholic beverages, is a blend of honey and water fermented with yeast. History of mead, terminology, safety and sanitation, and raw vs cooked methods are covered. Participants leave with 2-litres of mead-in-the-making to continue the fermentation process at home, simple instructions, and recipe variations for future mead-making adventures. Each participant will be provided with a reusable glass growler, fermentation lock and bung.

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Native and Honey Bees: Habitat and Forage

While the numbers of wild pollinators in rural areas are being decimated by industrial agricultural practices and loss of habitat due to peri-urban sprawl, their counterparts in urban environments are faring comparatively better. This workshop will look at native pollinator populations that have higher densities in urban compared to rural areas. What factors contribute to this success, and what can urbanites do to make the city even more hospitable to wild pollinators? What are the benefits of encouraging wild pollinators in the city? 

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Lunch and Learn: (Gardening for) The Birds and the Bees

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by spreading the love to the natural world – learn how to design a garden that birds and pollinators will love. 

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Sustainable Urban Beekeeping: Assemble a Hive / Expand a Hive

Two workshops, one day - Assemble a Hive and Expand a Hive! Each course counts as an elective in the Sustainable Urban Beekeeping Certificate. 

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Beekeeping Challenges Workshop

This is the third course in the Sustainable Urban Beekeeping certificate series available through the Humber Arboretum and Humber College. A range of beekeeping challenges will be addressed, including pests, pathogens, predators, swarming and colony failure.

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Lunch and Learn: Beech, Birch, or Buckeye? An Intro to Tree ID

Join Arboretum staff for an introduction to different types of trees and some common species, including tips on how to go beyond leaves to also use bark, branches, and buds to help you solve any tree mystery.

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