Plants of the Shinrin: Exploring Japan’s Forest Gems


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July 27, 9-10AM

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Shinrin is the Japanese word meaning forest or woodland, and once upon a time, the entire nation of Japan was heavily covered in both deciduous and evergreen forests. As a result, most of the perennials found in this wonderful island country are well adapted to growing in shady conditions. Over the last 20 years or so, more and more wonderful (luxurious, even) plants have been introduced to the world from the shady glades of Japanese forests. They are becoming more and more available in the nursery trade, and many of them are proving to be perfectly hardy and robust in prairie gardens. Join us for an examination of some of the most intriguing and beautiful plants that Japan has to offer.
(Presentation is included with your admission)




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.