The Power of Horticulture

Jan 30 2019 - 3:00pm

Gardens, regardless of size, have many positive effects on people. On a daily basis, Paul Zammit, the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden, is exposed to the effects of horticulture on individuals ranging in age from preschoolers to seniors.

To demonstrate this, he will draw on his many years of experience in the horticultural industry to examine what both small and large public and private gardens can, and should be doing, for us all. Paul will also discuss how the “Power of Horticulture” extends far beyond just impacting people.

Session Track: 
Leadership & Labor


Toronto Botanical Garden

Paul graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.  

When joining the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) in 2009, Paul brought with him twenty years of garden center experience where he fine-tuned his knowledge of plants, retailing, visual merchandising and marketing. He is an avid photographer, driven by a constant desire to learn, share and inspire others.  Paul is an energetic and passionate presenter and keynote speaker who is in much demand and has lectured across Canada and in the United States. He has also presented in Germany, Switzerland and Bermuda.  In September 2018, he heads to South Africa to deliver a series of lectures.

Paul is constantly raising awareness of the TBG and the benefits of horticulture and nature through his repeated appearances on television, social media and in print. For the summers of 2016 through 2018, Paul has had a weekly radio program providing gardening advice on the CBC Here and Now. In 2017, Garden Making magazine selected Paul and his wife as two of Canada’s top 20 people shaping future gardens. He has lead a private food and garden tour on the island of Sicily and is currently planning two European tours for 2019 and 2020.  Paul has also acted as a consultant to landscape architecture firms and the City of Toronto Parks department.  

For six years, Paul served on the Board of Directors for the Perennial Plan Association as the Canadian Regional Director.  This international organization has awarded him with the Young Professionals Award and an Industry Service Award.