Botanical Jungle

City: Oshawa
Producer: Lynn Harvey & Clare Harvey-Raymond
Director: Michael Sykora
Genre: Outdoor Adventures

Botanical Jungle explores the exciting ecosystem of the majestic Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens. From the operatic romances of pollinators to the secret and social lives of trees, there’s never a dull moment when you stop and smell the roses.

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Episode 1 - Planting the seeds

Step into the wonderful world of the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens! Follow along as our quirky (and sometimes British) narrator guides us through this hidden paradise and all that it has to offer. Get to know park manager Lindsay Allward and the garden staff who keep the Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden blooming. Take a tour of all the different gardens and the blossoming greenhouse.= From serene streams to mischievous squirrels, there is never a dull moment in this Botanical Jungle.

Episode 2 - Peony extravaganza

Welcome to the 19th annual Peony Festival at the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens. Dive into the colourful chaos of a competition like no other, revealing the passion and camaraderie behind these stunning flowers. From skilled judges to quirky contestants, witness the drama unfold as participants compete for the title of Top Bloom.

Episode 3 - Branching out

Take a deep dive into the whimsical world of trees. From the towering giants of the Oshawa trails to the humble saplings in our backyard, explore the fascinating tales and fun facts that make trees the unsung heroes of our planet.

Episode 4 - Nectaring off

Uncover the sweet secrets of pollination, explore the fascinating lives of bees and butterflies, and learn how these tiny creatures play a vital role in sustaining life on our planet. Botanist Ryan Godfrey returns to explain the significant role native plants play in pollination.

Episode 5 - Water under the bridge

From its humble beginnings to its bustling urban stretches, Oshawa Creek is more than just a waterway - it's a lifeline, a sanctuary, keeping the gardens and residents of Oshawa hydrated all year round. Meet Professor Andrea Kirkwood from Ontario Tech University, who explains how rain gardens and storm water management ponds work together to keep the creek clean and healthy.

Episode 6 - Life is rosier at the OVBG

From surprising discoveries like a baseball diamond and a firehouse to the unexpected rivalry between Peony Festival champions Tom and Marian, the OVBG proves once again that it’s so much more than just your average park… it’s a whimsical wonderland, just waiting to be explored.

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