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June 22, 2019 10:00AM
Tree Walk 3: MP Cemetery
Dead trees and cemeteries with Melanie Sifton
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto Necropolis
Meeting point: Toronto Necropolis entrance (Google Maps)
Tickets: $10 general admission, $8 member pricing
Cemeteries, particularly those created in the rural cemetery style, have been important historic areas for public access to trees and meditative landscapes. In fact, cemeteries pre-date planned parks in North America, and therefore have a tradition of nurturing some of the best collections of urban trees. This tour in the Toronto Necropolis explores many aged and veteran trees, dating back 100-150 years in some cases. We will look at the cycle of life and death in trees, including the impacts of invasive pests and diseases on trees of Toronto.
About Melanie Sifton:
Melanie Sifton is a horticulturist and urban tree nerd with a background in public garden leadership. The former director of Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology in Toronto, and the former Vice President of Horticulture & Facilities for Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City, she is currently pursuing doctoral studies at University of Toronto to investigate plant-soil interactions and landscape remediation for urban forest conservation.