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Royal City Rag on March 20 will have a distinctly environmental flavour. As Spring is in the air, its time to think about how you will manage your garden this coming growing season.

In the first hour we’ll be talking about how you can develop your own healthy, environmentally-sustainable landscape at your home or place of business.

Developing beautiful, healthy landscapes does not always mean hours of maintenance and ritualistic pesticide use. In fact, through some proper landscape planning, proactive maintenance, and proper plant selection, you will significantly reduce your requirements for weeding, watering, continued maintenance and eliminate the need for pesticides.

We’ll be welcoming back to the show Karen McKeown, from the City of Guelph Healthy Landscapes  program to discuss why you should take advantage of a free Landscape Assessment this year.  She’ll also be updating us on some upcoming gardening events and lectures.

Pollinating Bee on a Dandelion (Photo courtesy: City of Guelph)

In the second hour of the show we will be joined by Councillor Vicki Beard from the City of Guelph and Landscape Architecture Professor at the University of Guelph Karen Landman to talk about the work of Pollination Guelph.

Pollination Guelph is a group dedicated to conserving and developing pollinator habitat. In partnership with the City of Guelph, they are developing Ontario’s first large-scale Pollinator Park on the site of the old East View landfill.  

Their annual Pollination Symposium takes place on March 27 at the Orchard ParkCentre at the Ignatius Centre, 5420 Hwy 6 North, Guelph. This year’s theme is “Pollinator Plantings, Great and Small” and will feature a number of speakers, a silent auction, pollination-related materials for sale and booths with information on pollination, pollinators, and other ecological topics.

The cost is $30 for pre-registrants, or $35 at the door. Pre-registrations can be sent to pollinationguelph@gmail.com.

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To top it all off, we’ll also be reminding you about Guelph Urban Forest Friends “Little Art for Big Trees” art show taking place at 10 Carden on March 2o from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Wellington Waterwatchers’ special event to “Celebrate World Water Day”taking place in the EL Fox Auditorium at John F Ross Collegiate on March 22 from 7-10 p.m.

As always there will be a lot of cool music thrown in for good measure. Sounds like a great show. You won’t want to miss it!

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station.

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live on CFRU93.3fm, you can pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, the next day.


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HL-Logo_largeRoyal City Rag on May 20 had a distinctly environmental slant.

We started off with a great interview with University of Guelph Arboretum manager Ric Jordan and Guelph Urban Forest Friends‘ Norah Chaloner and Judy Martin.

Trees in Guelph need far greater protection than afforded by the current city bylaw. Guelph has far less than the ideal 40% tree canopy cover recommended for cities. A strategic plan for Guelph’s urban forest has been in the works at city hall for over a decade now yet progress has been slow to say the least.

On March 30, Ric Jordan made a presentation to the Community Development and Environmental Services Committee of City Council on behalf of Guelph Urban Forest Friends (GUFF) to remind the city that the time for inaction on the Strategic Urban Forest Management Plan is now past.

GUFF’s Requests of the Committee:

  • We need an interim protective tree bylaw now.
  • We need an independent urban forestry department.
  • We need a certified forester to direct tree, shade and water interconnection, public education and enforcement of tree maintenance and protection.
  • We need an urban forest advisory committee to support this department.

In the meantime more and more trees are lost from our urban landscape. For more on this important issue, visit the Guelph Urban Forest Friends website at www.guffguelph.ca.

Please consider signing the GUFF petition.

Download and print the petition. Encourage your friends and neighbours to show their commitment to Guelph’s trees by signing it. Return complete petitions to GUFF, under the Big Umbrella, at the Guelph Farmers’ Market.


Later in the show, Karen McKeown from the City of Guelph joined us to discuss the city’s Healthy Landscapes – Landscape Assessment program. The Healthy Landscapes program provides great information on how to develop and maintain a beautiful garden without hours of maintenance and ritualistic pesticide use.

For more information on the program, book an assessment or get your questions answered e-mail Karen at mckeown@guelph.ca or call 519-822-1260 Ext. 2109.

On Saturday June 20 from 9.00 a.m. – 2 p.m.,  Healthy Landscapes will be running a Lawn Care Day in the back parking lot at the West End Community Centre. This is your opportunity to learn all about lawn care with advice on weed and insect control. Representatives from local lawn care companies and businesses will be present. You can also bring in your old gas powered lawn mower and receive a rebate on a brand new SOLARIS – SP21HB – High Performance Self Propelled Cordless Electric Lawn Mower.

Another interesting event coming up, and one that ties both parts of the show together, is the A Bus Tour Of The Trees of Guelph on Sunday June 21 from 1.00 -3.00 p.m. The tour, featuring Sean Fox, forester at The Arboretum, will visit some of the outstanding trees in our city. You will also be able to learn what trees will work best in your yard, and how to look after them. Pre-registration is recommended as space on the bus in limited. Email healthylandscapes@guelph.ca or call 519-822-1260 Ext 2109.

Fiona Joy Hawkins, Prelude to a Landscape from Portrait of a Waterfall
Gregory Hoskins, Real Beauty Aches from Alone At The Mayor’s House, Almost

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Guelph Is Skin DeepWe’ll be talking about Healthy Landscapes on Royal City Rag on May 20. Karen McKeown from the City of Guelph will join us to discuss the city’s Healthy Landscapes – Landscape Assessment program.

We’ll also be replaying a wonderful  interview with Ric Jordan, manager of The Arboretum at the University of Guelph about the plight of our urban trees, an important part of any healthy landscape.

Don’t miss the show. It promises to be a good one.

Wednesday, May 20 from 6-7 p.m. on CFRU 93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus Community Radio Station.

Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm or after the fact via the website or CFRU archive.

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