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Winter Workshops

From Garden to Campus Brown Bag
Winter Workshop Series 2015

MUN Botanical Garden is offering a series of workshops again this winter on MUN campus. The From Garden to Campus Brown Bag Series, which starts on January 29, will include workshops on backyard composting, vegetable gardening in raised beds, Newfoundland edible plants and more. Registration is not required and participants are invited to bring along their lunch. Everyone is welcome.

Admission: Free for students. Donations gratefully accepted. All proceeds help support the MUN Botanical Garden education programs.

Dates: The last Thursday of the month, January – April, 2015
(January 29, February 26, March 26, April 30)
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Location: The Landing, University Centre, Room-3018, MUN St. John’s Campus

Edible Wild Plants in Newfoundland: Session #1
Date: Thursday, January 29, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Instructor: Todd Boland, MUN Botanical Garden Research Horticulturist
Format: PowerPoint Presentation
Todd Boland will introduce you to the native and naturalized Newfoundland plants that are edible throughout the season, from spring shoots to fall berries.  Edible Plants handout

Grocery Store Botany – Coffee, Tea & Cocoa: Session #2
Date: Thursday, February 26, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Instructor: Todd Boland, MUN Botanical Garden Research Horticulturist
Format: PowerPoint Presentation
Much of the food we eat comes directly from plants. Did you know when we enjoy our morning coffee, tea and cocoa, we are depending on plants? Discover how our favorite beverages are created, thanks to plants.

Backyard Composting: Session #3
Date: Thursday, March 26, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Instructors: Anne Madden and Christine Byers, MUN Botanical Garden Education staff
Format: PowerPoint Presentation with hands-on demonstrations with discussion.
Description: Did you know that a compost bin never sleeps? It works 24/7, producing heat, even during a power outage! Drop by the Landing on March 26 to learn some problem-solving tips, tricks and advice on how to compost indoors and out, 12 months of the year. Participants of this program will be eligible to purchase a City of St. John’s backyard compost bin at a reduced price.

Vegetable Gardening in Raised Beds: Session #4
Date: Thursday, April 30, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Instructor: Tim Walsh, MUN Botanical Garden Nursery Manager
Format: PowerPoint Presentation with discussion
Join Tim Walsh and learn how MUN Botanical Garden has been successfully growing vegetables for over 20 years. He’ll take you through site selection, bed construction, and soil and vegetable selection to ensure you are eating healthy from your own back yard.


For more information, please call the Botanical Garden at 864-8590 or email