Horticultural Tour with Lyndon Penner


Dates & Times:

July 20, 11AM-12:30PM

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Join us for a special horticultural focused tour around Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden with horticulturalist and author Lyndon Penner. Learn how a Canadian garden was created using Japanese style, design, aesthetic and philosophical ideas and how they helped shape Nikka Yuko. This tour will replace our regular 11AM guided tour and is free with admission to the garden. 

Schedule of the day:

  • Tai-Chi from 10-11:15AM
  • Guided tours hourly from 1-6PM
  • Tea Ceremony Presentations at 11AM & 4PM
  • Yukata Dressing from 1-5PM
  • Okinawa Doughnuts available at our café from 1-5PM



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.