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August 24, 1-2PM

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The Flowering Trees of Japan - Presentation with Lyndon Penner

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Magnificent flowering cherries, spectacular magnolias, and the largest species of lilac in the world are just a few of the incredible flowering trees that Japan has to offer the world. When we think of flowering plants, we most often think of annuals, perennials, and sometimes shrubs. With its diverse climate and incredible landscapes, Japan is home to some of the most astonishing flowering trees in the world. Some of them even do very well right here in Alberta! Join us for a look at some of the most beautiful blossoming trees that Japan offers the world.

Lyndon Penner 
Growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Lyndon began gardening at around three or four years of age. His earliest memories are of the garden. He was a fully committed and passionate perennial grower by the age of nine.

As a teenager, he started writing for the magazine 'The Saskatchewan Gardener', which became 'The Gardener for the Prairies'. He has also written for 'Gardens West' and 'Canadian Gardening'.

At the age of 20, Lyndon became the youngest person to ever teach horticulture at the University of Saskatchewan where he continues to teach and lecture to this day. He has also been a guest speaker and lecturer for the Olds College, the Calgary Zoo Botanic Garden, the University of British Columbia, the Ohkimaw Ohci Healing Lodge, the Galt Museum, Nikka Yuko, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and city parks staff in both Calgary and Saskatoon. He has also written the text for two entire courses for the University of Saskatchewan and then taught them over a six week period. 

Lyndon does botanical interpretive work in Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada's wildflower capital, and the most botanically diverse region in Alberta.