Tree Fest Ottawa - Come Celebrate Trees in our City

Tree Fest Ottawa

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Tree Fest Ottawa is using that power to inspire people to take action to protect the trees in our environment.

A local initiative to create space to celebrate not just trees, but how trees affect our lives. This is a multi-year vision that is hoping to scale up to a full blown Festival! Step one: photo exhibit, tell stories, plant a seed of passion, and watch it grow.

One image, one story, and one exhibition at a time.

By presenting the perspectives of diverse 'tree enthusiasts' such as foresters, community activists, tree food and drink harvesters, psychologists, scientists, artists, musicians and others through images and stories, we hope to build tree awareness and appreciation.

Here are two of the stories: Hidden Harvest a story of local food production and Ottawa's Urban Forest Management Plan a story on how we need the policies in place to protect our trees.

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For all of the stories please visit: or go to the exhibit at Lansdowne Park, beside the Horticulture Building!

Tree Fest Ottawa is much more than a photo exhibit! They are also having a series of events which can all be found on our calendar on the right hand side bar. The events are:

Oct. 2nd: 12-1:30pm Glebe Tree Walk with Owen Clarkin

Join tree educator Owen Clarkin for a guided tour of the different types of trees in the Glebe neighbourhood. As well as sharing his knowledge about specific trees, Owen will provide information about tree ownership and care, and the value of trees to homeowners, the community and the city.  Owen's love of nature and his extensive tree knowledge are profiled in the PhotoSynthesis photography exhibit.

Meeting Place:  PhotoSynthesis Photography Exhibit Civic Gardens, Lansdowne Park

Oct. 4th: 2-4pm Cadanza String Duo: Cello and Violin 

Tour the PhotoSynthesis photography exhibit to the beautiful sounds of the Cadenza String Duo of cello and violin. Cellist Greg Weeks will be playing a cello made by Ottawa craftsperson Guy Harrison, whose work with wood is profiled in the photography exhibit. Guy will be on hand to answer questions from the audience.

Representatives from the Champlain Oaks Project will also be present to talk about their community group and advocacy work to protect mature trees in their neighbourhood and across the city.

 Location:  PhotoSynthesis Photography Exhibit, Civic Gardens Lansdowne Park

October 6th: 6:30-9:30pm Trees for Life:  Film and Speaker Night

Join Tree Fest Ottawa and Forest Without Borders for an evening featuring the renowned botanist, biochemist and author Diana Beresford-Kroeger, and a selection of short, powerful films about trees. Award-winning films will include Forest Man, The Man Who Planted Trees, and Moving Forest.  Tree organizations and vendors will be on site, and offerings will include food and drinks made with tree products.

Location:  Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park

October 7th: 12-1:30pm Hidden Harvest Workshop Edible Fruit and Nut Trees of Ottawa  

There are edible food trees hiding in plain sight all around Ottawa! Hidden Harvest Ottawa organizes urban tree harvests to rescue food that would otherwise go to waste, and to donate the food where it's most needed. Join us to learn more about the edibles at your doorstep, and what you can do to ensure local fruits and nuts nourish people instead of the compost bin. Weather permitting, we will take a short stroll around Lansdowne and the surrounding area to identify edible trees.

Meeting Place: PhotoSynthesis Photography Exhibit Civic Gardens, Lansdowne Park

October 9th,:12-1:30 Indigenous Walk with Jaime Koebel

Join Jaime Koebel, an Otipemsiwak/Nehiyaw (Métis/Cree) artist and educator to walk through parts of Lansdowne Park and along the canal. The guided walk is an opportunity to learn about trees and plants, from an Indigenous perspective, and hear stories about traditional and current uses of trees. Participants will also learn about a traditional art form called Birch Bark Biting. To reserve a spot, contact [email protected].

Meeting place:  PhotoSynthesis Photography Exhibit, Civic Gardens Lansdowne Park

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