Society for
Organic Urban
Land Care

2022 Year of the Ecological Garden

Starting January 11, 2022

SOUL’s 2022 Year of the Ecological Garden

A year-long series promoting ecological land care and sharing the expertise of SOUL members

Every Tuesday at 3:00pm Eastern, Noon Pacific

Tickets are free or by donation

Registration required

Hosted on Zoom, each session will be 45 minutes with a host and a guest, opening with an introduction or short presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A

Monthly Topics:

July: Greener Greenspaces – Virtual tours of some of the 2021 recognition recipients

Recording of the Greener Greenspaces program, what is it and how to participate
Recording of the Virtual tour of the Edgewood Park Pollinator Meadow
Recording of the Virtual tour of Forêt Capital Forest
Recording of the Virtual tour of Food from Home = Food for Home

August: Greener Greenspaces – Virtual tours of some of the 2021 recognition recipients

Register for August 2nd  Virtual tour of Nature Regina's Native Plant Demonstration Garden (postponed)
Recording of the Virtual tour of Petite Riviere Community Park
Register for August 16th Virtual tour of Nature Regina's Native Plant Demonstration Garden 
Register for August 23rd Virtual tour of Windermere United Church Pollinator Garden
Register for August 30th Virtual tour of Eglinton Community Garden and Medicine Wheel Garden


September: Urban Biodiversity – Pollinators and Habitat
October: Urban Biodiversity – Native Plants, Seed Saving, Stratification and Winter Sowing
November: The Right to Garden – Land Access, Bylaws and other Barriers to Practicing Land Care
December: Livelihoods in Ecological Land Care


Past Episodes

January: Developing Urban Ecology - Cultivating Ecological Relationships Close to Home

Episode 1: Defining Ecological and Regenerative Gardening

Episode 2: Telling the Story of Ecological Gardening

Episode 3: Becoming a Land Care Professional

February: Greener Greenspaces – Recognizing examples of greener public spaces and speaking with some of the people who have helped in their creation and care

Episode 4: Little Forest Wolfe Island/Kawehnóhkwes tsi kawè:note

Episode 5: Peace Garden

Episode 6: Pipeline Trail Pollinator Paradise

Episode 7: Naramata Permaculture Farm Garden

March: Trees in Urban Settings

Episode 8: Soil Health and Trees in Urban Settings

Episode 9: Opportunities in New and Existing Landscapes

Episode 10: Long Term Maintenance of Living Green Infrastructure

Episode 11: What to look for when selecting trees for long term success in the landscape 

Episode 12: How trees grow and what this means for pruning

April: Urban Agriculture and Food Sovereignty 

Episode 13: Urban vegetable growing with Arlene Hazzan Green of The Backyard Urban Farm Company

Episode 14: Creating an urban food forest with Phil Johnson

Episode 15: Edible Native Plants with Lorraine Johnson (Only available to registered participants)

Episode 16: No Food Security without Seed Security with Cathy Christie of Kingston Area Seed System Initiative

May: Soil Care and Composting

Episode 17: Overview of healthy soil - what is it - can you build it? With Mike Dorian of Living Soil Solutions

Episode 18: Soil Testing: Choosing the test and understanding the results by Julia Dupuis

Episode 19: "3Ms" (mulch, moisture, microbes) versus the NPK paradigm

Episode 20: Compost and Soil, What Gardeners can Do in the Space That They Have by David Greig

Episode 21: Organic Fertilizers and Amendments by Christina Nikolic of the Organic Gardener's Pantry

June: Ecological Turf Care – and turf alternatives

Episode 22: Mowing and foot traffic tolerant native species by Sundaura Alford-Purvis

Episode 23 Organic maintenance of existing turf by Rohan Harrison of Sunnybrook HSC

Episode 24 Turfgrass species and cultural management practices, including biologicals by Dr. Eric Lyons, Director Guelph Turfgrass Institute

Episode 25: Urban and Suburban Rewilding and Wildscaping, by Joyce Hostyn 

Are you a SOUL member who would like to host or present on one of the themes? We’d love to hear from you! 

Please email us at: executivedirector@organiclandcare.ca


Episode 1: Defining Ecological and Regenerative Gardening

From January 11, 2022

Astrid Muschalla's presentation followed by the Q&A with the registered participants

Episode 2: Telling the Story of Ecological Gardening

From January 18, 2022

Sundaura Alford-Purvis's presentation followed by excerpts of the Q&A with the registered participants


Episode 3: Being a Land Care Professional

From January 25, 2022

Nick Johnson's presentation on operating a Land Care business in southern Alberta, followed by the Q&A with the registered participants.

Episode 8: Soil Health and Trees in Urban Settings

March 1st, 2022

Episode 9: Opportunities in New and Existing Landscapes

Presented by Chris Morrison of Storm Water Forestry  

Continuing with March's theme of trees in urban spaces, Chris Morrison presented this, the first segment of a four-part series on trees as green infrastructure, look at the history of the urban landscape and how it came to exist and how that information can help us make better decisions about the care of our urban ecosystems.

Episode 10: Long Term Maintenance of Living Green Infrastructure

Presented by Chris Morrison of Storm Water Forestry  

Continuing with March's theme of trees in urban spaces, Chris Morrison presented this, the second segment of a four-part series on trees as green infrastructure, look at how to care for living green infrastructure to maintain both the ecological health and the capacity for urban spaces to provide the services we rely on.

Episode 11: What to look for when selecting trees for long term success in the landscape

Presented by Chris Morrison of Storm Water Forestry  

Continuing with March's theme of trees in urban spaces, Chris Morrison gave this presentation, the third segment of a four-part series on trees as green infrastructure, about what to look for when selecting trees for long term success in the landscape.

Episode 12: How trees grow and what this means for pruning 

Presented by Chris Morrison of Storm Water Forestry  

Continuing with March's theme of trees in urban spaces, Chris Morrison gave this presentation, the final segment of a four-part series on trees as green infrastructure, about what to look for when selecting trees for long term success in the landscape.

Episode 14: Creating an Urban Food Forest

Presented by Phil Johnson of Phil Johnson Organic Gardening

A presentation on the creation of an urban food forest in Regina Saskatchewan, including a Q&A with the audience.

Episode 17: Healthy Soil - what is it - can you build it?

Presented by Mike Dorian of Living Soil Solutions

Episode 18

Soil Testing: Choosing the test and understanding the results 

by Julia Dupuis of Soils Alive Composting & Consulting

Episode 19

The "3Ms" (mulch, moisture, microbes) versus the NPK paradigm 

Presented by Christina Nikolic of the Organic Gardener's Pantry

Episode 21

Organic Fertilizer Options: Kelp, Frass, Sea Minerals and More

Presented by Christina Nikolic of the Organic Gardener's Pantry

Episode 22

Mowing and foot traffic tolerant native species by Sundaura Alford-Purvis

Presented by Sundaura Alford-Purvis of A Cultivated Art Inc. 

Species Profiled:

  • Lanceleaf Selfheal, Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata
  • Woolly Blue Violet, Viola sororia
  • Silverweed,Potentilla anserina
  • Wild Strawberry, Fragaria virginiana
  • Field Pussytoes, Antennaria neglecta
  • Boreal Yarrow, Achillea borealis
  • Thyme-leaved Speedwell, Veronica serphyllifolia
  • Rugel's plantain, Plantago rugelii

Resources:


Episode 23

Organic Maintenance of Existing Turf

Presented by Rohan Harrison of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center

Episode 25

Urban and Suburban Rewilding and Wildscaping

Presented by Joyce Hostyn

Link to the video referenced during the presentation

Episode 26

The Greener Greenspaces program, what it is and how to participate

By Christine Earnshaw

Episode 27

Virtual tour of the Edgewood Park Pollinator Meadow

Presented by Pamela Zevit

Episode 28

Virtual tour of the Forêt Capital Forest

Presented by Stephanie McNeely and Shelley Lambert

Episode 29

Virtual tour of Food from Home = Food for Home

Presented by Karen Houle 

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Episode 31

Virtual tour of Petite Riviere Community Park

Presented by Rosmarie A Lohnes, BA CoEn.

of Helping Nature Heal Inc.

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