Community News – July/August 2017


After a sold-out Toronto launch at the AGO in May, Call of the Forest is screening again on July 13 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. W., Toronto) at 6:30 pm.

The film brings the boreal forest to the heart of Toronto with the help of beloved botany author and biochemist, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, who explores the profound human connection to our ancient norther forests through the lens of both traditional folklore and modern science. The screening will be followed by a question priod with Diana Beresford-Kroeger and filmmaker Jeff McKay.

Call of the Forest follows Beresford-Kroeger across the globe as she meets the conservationists and scientists working to replant and protect native forests, while exploring the irreplaceable role they play in human health and happiness. Using the ancient Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, or forest bathing, she demonstrates the simple yet powerful ways that we can experience the healing power of trees. Calling each and every one of us to reconnect with our roots, Beresford-Kroeger offers a message of hope: “It will start with an acorn and shovel, and we might just change the world.”

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Organic Garage is pleased to announce the opening of its third store on Wednesday, July 5, in Toronto’s west-end Junction neighbourhood. The new 15,000 square foot store is located at 43 Junction Road (Keele and Dundas area).

The new store will open at 9 am, and the first 100 people to shop there on opening day will receive a free tote bag. At 8:45 am, the store will hold its Grand Opening ribbon-cutting event with guests who include MPs and brand ambassadors. Attendees are invited to spend time afterward exploring the store. On Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, Organic Garage will put on a Grand Opening Weekend Event, with lots of in-store specials and bi-weekly flyer deals, indoor and outdoor product demos, and prizes.

This will be Organic Garage’s largest location and the first in a planned multi-store expansion into the Toronto market.

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Plant Paradise Country Gardens is an award-winning organic perennial nursery in Caledon.


Celebrating their 10th anniversary in Caledon, Plant Paradise Country Gardens™ botanical garden and organic perennial nursery recently won two national awards at the North American Garden Tourism Conference in Toronto this past March.

Plant Paradise was the recipient of a “Canada 150 Garden Experience” designation, awarded by the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with the Canadian Nursery Land-scape Assn.. In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, 150 gardens and garden experiences across the country were jury-selected to receive the ‘Canada 150 Garden Experience’ designation – highlighting Plant Paradise Country Gardens as one of 150 garden ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday.

The Canadian Garden Council also presented Plant Paradise with the 2017 Canadian Tourism Award for Destination Garden Centre of the Year. For more information, visit:

On Sept. 22-24, Pam Montgomery will teach an intensive on communicating with plant spirits


On the weekend of September 22-24, author and healer Pam Montgomery will host a three-day intensive retreat entitled Learning to Communicate with Plant Spirits in Toronto.

Montgomery will help attendees explore both science and traditional knowledge to learn how to communicate with plants and translate their message. Plants are the most successful organisms on the planet and unlike animals, including humans, they have the unique ability to create food, oxygen, and tissue from sunlight. The latest scientific research shows that they are intelligent beings with the capacity to store enormous amounts of information while being highly efficient in communicating and making decisions.

Indigenous healers have known this about plants for centuries and have recognized that it is actually the spirit of the plants that does the communicating and healing.

Through entering the daydream of the plant and through traditional dream journeying, we will come to understand the spirit of the plant and how it can serve as a guide, ally, and friend, helping us in our lives with everything from serious physical illness to making decisions, to bringing a greater sense of well-being.

Participants will learn how to align with the plants and listen deeply.

The retreat will take place at the beautiful Sisters of St. John the Divine retreat centre, at 233 Cummer Ave., in Toronto. Registration fee is $599, which includes workshops, accommodation and all meals.

To learn more and to register for the intensive, call (416) 546-3733 or email

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