November: From the Garden Shed
by Kathy Steel
When it comes to vacations, more adventurous folks might make expensive excursions to explore exotic locations. My neighbour recently revelled in the unique flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands. Those who are more domestically inclined might use their vacation time for a less costly ‘staycation’, in which they attempt to complete elusive home projects.
Then there are the domestic adventurers who spend their leisure time visiting local attractions. We tend to take for granted the tourist destinations located in our own backyard, but that does not mean they are less worthy than those involving airline food and lost luggage.
In fact, the Niagara Escarpment has something in common with the Galapagos Islands: both share the prestige of being UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves.
When we travel abroad to visit tourist destinations, our natural curiosity begs such questions as: How did this come to be? How did it figure into the history of the area? How did it influence local peoples’ lives?
We know the Niagara Escarpment stretches from Niagara to Tobermory in Ontario, but how much do we know about its geological, ecological, and historical significance or its influence on the various indigenous peoples living along its rambling rocky path?
Award-winning photographer and publisher Mark Zelinski posed such questions about the Niagara Escarpment. His findings on the diverse indigenous peoples of the escarpment, the many at-risk species struggling to survive in this environmentally sensitive area, and other aspects of the escarpment are documented in his book Heart Of Turtle Island: The Niagara Escarpment.
Mark will share his fascinating findings and exquisite photos at the next meeting of the Flamborough Horticultural Society on Wednesday, November 15 at the Parish Hall of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 715 Centre Road, Waterdown. Guests are encouraged to join us for refreshments and friendly conversation at 7:00 p.m., meeting at 7:30.
Kathy Steel is Communications Copywriter for the Flamborough Horticultural Society, which meets on the third Wednesday of the month. For details, visit our website at http://www.gardenontario.org/site.php/flamborough, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905 689-6722(2017-11-13)