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Plant Sale is on hiatus until 2018!

A reminder that our plant sale is on hiatus until 2018.  Watch our website in the summer of 2018 for further details.

Wednesday Noon and Night Walks

Join us on Wednesdays for one or both of our Wednesday Walks.

Jason begins his walks at 12:15 p.m. at the Arboretum Kiosk (at The Arboretum's campus entrance).  The walk is approximately 50 minutes long.

Rachel's Wednesday Night Walk begins at 7 p.m. at the J.C. Taylor Centre and runs until 8:30 p.m.  The fee is $2 per person (children under 5 years old are free).  Topics for each week can be found on our "Tours" page under the "Education and Events" tab.  Here is a listing of the walks for June:

Celebrate Canada 150 Garden Day

Celebrating Canada 150 in the Garden
Friday, June 16, 2017
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Celebrate National Garden Days in Guelph with free garden tours and learn about all the special plantings for Canada's 150th birthday.  Tours include Riverside Park's Floral Clock, The Arboretum's World of Trees and the Conservatory Gardens at the University of Guelph.  

Complimentary parking and shuttle service is available at The Arboretum and Riverside Park.  To reserve space on the shuttle please register at

The Messenger

The Messenger Comes to The Arboretum Centre

Join us at 6 pm on Wednesday, November 9, at The Arboretum Centre for a showing of the film "The Messenger: Imagine a world without bird song."  Donations at the door.  Free Parking.  Panel discussion following the film.  Be there!!!

Plant Sale on Hiatus

Our Annual Plant Sale, normally held during the second weekend of September, is on hiatus this year and probably next year as well.

The Arboretum is a place of beauty, peace and learning

A turtle swam just below the water’s surface as we stood at the pond’s edge with our daughter. A shimmering log floating in the distance caught my eye, but I didn’t think much of it. Then my wife said, “Sam, what is that?”

U of G Naturalist Highlights Ontario’s Must-See Outdoor Areas in New Guidebook

Guelph naturalist Chris Earley faced a key challenge when he set out to co-author a new guidebook to must-see natural areas in Ontario.

“My biggest fear was how to choose only 100 spots,” says Earley, interpretive biologist and education coordinator at the U of G Arboretum. “And what are my friends going to do when I don’t include their favourites?”

He can probably relax.

Arboretum Biologist's Weird Frog book in Ontario's Forest of Reading Program

Chris Earley's latest children's book, Weird Frogs, has been chosen as one of the titles in an Ontario-wide reading contest. The Forest of Reading Program offers many different levels of reading challenges for students; Weird Frogs is part of the Silver Birch Express category for readers in Grades 3-6. In May, the program's Festival of Trees ceremony in Toronto invites students from all over the province to meet the authors of their favourite books as well as attend workshops and activities that promote reading.

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