Accidental Wilderness: The Origins and Ecology of Toronto’s Tommy Thompson Park

November 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Online Webcast

This virtual presentation is the Live & Online version of Toronto Public Library’s Our Fragile Planet program series.

Once referred to as Toronto’s “accidental wilderness,” Tommy Thompson Park is now recognized as an urban miracle.

Initially created as a landfill site, the park has grown dramatically. Forests, grasslands, and wildlife now thrive – all steps from the most densely populated areas of North America’s fourth-largest city.

Accidental Wilderness is a rich collection of essays curated by internationally recognized landscape architect and original designer of Tommy Thompson Park, Walter H. Kehm, complemented by stunning photographs by renowned landscape photographer Robert Burley.

Meet Walter and Robert, as well as contributors to Accidental Wilderness:

  • Chief R. Stacey Laforme, Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
    Andrea Chreston, Project Manager, Tommy Thompson Park – Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
  • Peter Del Tredici, author, horticulturist and botanist

Moderated by Jacqueline L. Scott, writer and Ph.D. student in Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto whose research is on #BlackOutdoors, sharing the woods as a Black space and diversity in the outdoors.