Japan's Extraordinary Flower Festivals


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July 28, 1-2PM

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When we think of beautiful Japanese gardens, we normally think about tranquility, moving water, and greenery. We rarely, if ever, think about flowers! The Japanese are actually enamoured with flowers and frequently host grand celebrations and festivals to honour and enjoy them. All through the many regions of Japan, a great variety of flowers are grown en masse for the enjoyment of the viewing public. Join us for a grand journey through some of Japan's most spectacular flower festivals-  meet the elegant wisteria, the mysterious red spider lily, the revered chrysanthemum, and many more!

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.