TRCA’s Annual Professional Development Day


TRCA’s Annual Professional Development Day brings together experiential educators and environmental professionals to meet, grow and reconnect with our professional purpose.

Once a year in September, as school classrooms are settling in for a new year, TRCA invites experiential educators and environmental professionals from Toronto and the GTA to join in on a day of learning, reflection and growth.

Together, they hone their skills, expand their horizons, share their experiences and reconnect with why they entered into their industry in the first place – to protect, connect with, and nourish our environment through education, and empower residents from our shared communities to do the same.

TRCA PD Day 2019: Rooted in Community

When: September 12, 2019 | 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village

Paul Zammit, Director of Horticulture, Toronto Botanical Garden
Rethinking Beauty: Inspiring Communities in a Changing World.

With 30 years of experience in the green industry, Paul has witnessed many changes and trends. In recent years, he has found himself asking why we garden, and what is the end goal of the outdoor green spaces that we create? Whether it is our own home garden, or public spaces such as allotment gardens or parks, are we cultivating these areas only to create aesthetically appealing settings for us as humans? What is it that really makes these spaces beautiful, and what is the cost of our actions? Join Paul as he shares his passion and enthusiasm and reflects on the need and power of outdoor spaces of all sizes to support vibrant living communities that invite, inspire and benefit, more than just ourselves!

Paul Zammit, a graduate of the University of Guelph, is the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden. He is an energetic and passionate speaker and photographer  who is much in demand across Canada and in the United States. In recent years, Paul has presented in Germany, Switzerland, Bermuda and most recently in South Africa. He has appeared on numerous occasions on television and in print.  Since 2016, Paul has provided weekly gardening advice on the CBC’s “HERE and  NOW”  radio program.  In 2017, Garden Making magazine selected Paul and his wife as two of Canada’s top 20 shaping gardens across Canada.

Paul has been awarded the Young Professionals award by the Perennial Plant Association.  He is also the recipient of a horticulture Industry Service Award and most recently, received the 2019 Garden Communicator award from Landscape Ontario.  He will be co-leading exclusive garden tours to England and Ireland  in 2019 & 2020.

Paul is driven by a love for gardening and a very personal commitment to the environment. He never stops learning and is always keen to share his expertise and insights with others.

View the schedule of the day, session descriptions, and presenter bios