Arb Expo and Plant Sale 2023

Join us Saturday, September 7, 2024 from 10 am - 3 pm!

A community celebration of trees and the many exciting things happening in the Arboretum lands! Join us for tours of the grounds, trails, gardens, research projects, tree climbing demonstrations, and an in-person Plant Sale (click here for plant list). Take home an interesting woody plant, grown in the Arboretum greenhouse and tended to by our dedicated staff and volunteers. 2024 details will be added to this site in the upcoming months.

Friday, September 8th, 2023 -- Pre-Expo Workshops & Events

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Hunters, Fishers and Trappers: The Amazing Life of Spiders!
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Workshop Instructor: John Reaume, Dan Schneider and Chris Earley
Please register here!


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Canopy Music: Performance
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Tickets: General Audience $15 / Students $5
The Arboretum Expo: Canopy Music Performance Tickets, Fri, 8 Sep 2023 at 6:30 PM | Eventbrite
Join us for snacks and “Canopy Music” a moment of improvised music, poetry and tree-climbing performance with arbor-artist Kim Farris-Manning (voice/tree climbing) and musicians Catherine Nosaty (accordion) and Ben Finley (double bass). Composer Kim Farris-Manning is a competitive tree climber and winner of the Canadian Institute of Forestry Award in her graduating class at Collège La Cité in Ottawa. Musicians Ben Finley and Catherine Nosaty are both graduate students in Critical Studies in Improvisation at University of Guelph.

In the light of the golden hour, hear, see, touch and observe all the layers of life in a tree.

Saturday, September 9th, 2023 - Arboretum Expo: Tree Day! + Plant Sale

The Arboretum Expo will be held on the West Lawn and in The Arboretum Centre, with announcements and performances at the Gazebo

Gazebo Events and Performances

10:00 - 10:10 Greeting, Land Acknowledgement and Welcome
10:10 - 11:00 Musical Performance by Reza Yazdanpanah
11:00 - 12:00 Moccasin Identifier Project, Carolyn King
12:00 - 12:30 GUFF Henry Kock Tree Stewardship Award
12:30 - 12:45 Hear, Here Arboretum Presentation, Kim Martin
1:00 - 1:30 Climate Change Theatre Action Reading, Kim McLeod
1:30 - 1:45 How to Draw a Tree Presentation, Dawn Matheson & Richelle Forsey
2:00 - 3:00 Musical Performance by The Elderly Brothers
3:00 - 3:10 Closing Remarks

Tours and Demonstrations

(departure time from the West Lawn)

10:15 Kids Tree Hike Arboretum Naturalist Team
10:30 Wildlife Habitat Demonstration Kellen Wood & Mike Yost
11:00 Honey Bee Research Centre Tour Honey Bee Research Centre
11:00 Arboretum Side Trail Hike Guelph Hiking Club
11:30 Gosling Wildlife Garden Tour Nature Guelph
12:15 Arboretum Tree Tour Arboretum Naturalist Team
12:30 Formal Gardens Tour Cael Wishart
1:00 Tree Climbing Demonstration Kellen Wood & Mike Yost
1:30 Elm Recovery Project Tour Aron Fazekas
1:50 How to Draw a Tree Tour Dawn Matheson & Richelle Forsey
2:00 Arboretum Side Trail Hike Guelph Hiking Club
2:30 Gosling Wildlife Garden Tour Nature Guelph
3:30 Tree Planting Circle at Johnston Green Dawn Matheson & Richelle Forsey

All Day Booths and Activities (10am to 3pm) in the Arboretum Centre / West Lawn

Plant Sale The Arboretum
Ask a Gardener! Information Table  Guelph Wellington Master Gardeners
Outdoors Club Gear Camp-Themed Relay Race The Outdoors Club
Insect Table and Insect Hunt The Wildlife Club
Honey Bee Education & Honey Sales Honeybee Research Center
Biodiversity & Sustainabilty Info Table UofG Biodiversity Inventory & Sustainability Office 
Moccasin Identifier Project Presentation and Information Table Carolyn King (The Moccasin Identifier Project)
Cycling Tips, Plans, & E-Bikes! Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation Cycling 
Information Table Yorklands Green Hub
Guelph Urban Forests Friends Information Table GUFF / Tree Trust / Pollination Guelph
Wild Ontario Bird Demonstration Wild Ontario
Guelph Public Library Book Mobile Guelph Public Library
Nature Guelph Information Table Nature Guelph
Community Tree Plans Trees for Guelph
Soundwalk of Oral Histories & Button Making Table Hear, Here Arboretum
Organic Veggies & Information Table Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming
Sustainable Water & Healthy Landscapes City of Guelph
Compass and Mapping Activity & Information Table Wild Outside
Information Table Focus on Nature
Information Table Wild Birds Unlimited
Information Table Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots UofG Chapter
Information Table Guelph National Urban Park Project
Information Table Guelph Hiking Trail Club
Concession stands: Laza Food Truck
  Little Tree Cafe
  Guelph Water Wagon

Offsite Tours and Demonstrations

Guelph Trial Garden (@ Turfgrass Institute) 10:30 - 11:15 AM Flower Arranging Demonstration
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Trial Garden Open House 2023 - Varieties and Favorites Voting
Tours of Turfgrass Research
Master Gardener's advice table
Houseplant and perennial sale
At the Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Open House with Samples of Flowers and Veggies
11:00 AM Guided Tour
12:30 PM Tool Demonstration
2:00 PM Guided Tour
On Johnston Green 3:30 PM How to Draw a Tree - Tree Planting Circle with Dawn Matheson


Special thanks to all our Sponsors!

Contact Dawn Ann Webster ( for more information about future sponsorship opportunities.

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A very special Thank You! to our local community businesses for their generous contributions of food and beverages for volunteers assisting with Arboretum Expo

Zehrs Eramosa | Zehrs Hartland | Zehrs Imperial | Eric the Baker | Buns Master Bakery | Lady Glaze Donuts

Polestar | Decadantly Yours | With the Grain | Ignatius Farm | Metro Edinburgh Road South