On Thursday, February 15, 2018, speaker Anna Leggatt will be speaking about "South Africa: A Paradise for Wildflowers".
There are over 22,000 species of plants in South Africa – 10% of the world’s species. It is the only country that is home to one of the six Floral Kingdoms – the Cape Floral Kingdom.
Anna Leggatt has visited 3 times and will show plants from fynbos, forest, Karoo, mountains, grassland and savannah. Many of these plants are bulbous.
Anna grew up in the English countryside, near Stratford-on-Avon. She built her first rock garden about the age of 12. After getting a degree in Botany, she taught high school and then immigrated to Canada. When the children were older, she obtained diplomas in Nature Interpretation and Horticulture. She now works part time at the Kortright Centre for Conservation and lectures in Horticulture and wildflower travel.
Recently, she was awarded the Garden Writer's Association Silver Medal 2017 for her article “Dandelion: is it a weed? She has written articles for Toronto Life Gardening, Landscape Ontario, The Globe & Mail, TBG’s newsletter and our own.
She has been a Chair or Director for many Societies besides our own and is a Toronto Master Gardener Emeritus.
Anna is basically a mad gardener, gardening in a comparatively large garden in East York with lots of shade and mink, deer and groundhogs.