Clement Kent - The Life of the Soil 

September 26, 2017 Meeting

Meetings are held at the Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue, just south of Queen Street West. Arrive after 6:30pm and enjoy coffee and cookies while you check out the Hort library, chat, and ask questions!


I had the pleasure of visiting this month’s speaker, our resident academic, Dr. Clement Kent, in the tranquility of his backyard garden. What better place to get up to speed on his current interests than where he puts them into practise?

In what is more accurately a small sliver of urban woodland than what one might think of as a backyard garden, Dr. Kent has stewarded an evolving palette of plants for a few dozen years. My last visit there was sometime in the ‘90s, on a crisp spring day when the pond was a central focus, wreathed in brilliant spring bulbs. Today, glimmers of the pond glisten through a halo of ferns, shrubs and woodland plants that have gradually encroached on its perimeter. The garden is shadier now under mature trees, and the understory plants have been adapted.

We sat for a spell on a bench in the quiet of the wood, observing the view to the house framed by all manner of flowers and shrubs, discussing the rings of sapsucker holes on the trunk of a tree, and his homemade raccoon deterrent. All the while, I was in awe of what Clement has, and continues to achieve, and what he will help us to understand this month: that gardening can be an act of survival on the planet we inhabit. It’s our choice. On September 25th, Dr. Kent will help us inform our choices.

Maria Nunes

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