2021 Meeting Calendar
Thursday May 6, 2021 7:00 PM
Dinosaur plants of Tasmania's Inala Jurassic Botanical Garden
You can't hang out with dinosaurs, but at a unique garden in Tasmania you can wander among the plant species they ate, flew over and trampled underfoot during the Jurassic era. It is the only garden in Australia, and one of just 14 in the world, that in Feb 2021 received a grant from the Global Genome Initiative to help preserve genetic plant material so the species never become extinct. This initiative, which is run by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, collects the Earth's genomic biodiversity to preserve plant genes, and makes them available to researchers around the world.
Dr Tonia Cochran, managing director of the Inala Jurassic Garden, planted the garden on Bruny Island near Hobart in 2013 with species that have existed for more than 150 million years. They are the plant equivalent of dinosaurs, but they are very far from being extinct. In the garden are now growing about 50 plant families, with a total of about 700 species — more than 100 of which the Global Genome Initiative did not have genetic material for.
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The Ottawa Valley Rock Garden & Horticultural Society (OVRGHS).
We are affiliated with both the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) and the Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA).
Our Society was formed in November 1992. Although the faces have changed somewhat since then, the objectives of the Society have remained the same: to promote and support "rock gardening" on a non-profit basis.
Over the years, we have built upon the solid foundation of the original group. We offer our members:
monthly meetings from September through May featuring local, national and international speakers,
periodic newsletters per year
an annual seed exchange,
spring plant sales each year,
garden tours and field trips,
workshops and demonstrations,
New members are always welcome.
Until it is safe to do so all planned meetings will be held by Zoom Video conference. Zoom details for each meeting are sent by email or can be accessed on the members-only page
K. W Neatby Building
960 Carling Avenue
Free Parking in adjacent lot
Doors open: 12:45pm