George Leslie: Toronto’s Tree Man by Joanne Doucette

George LeslieJoanne Doucette, author of Pigs, Flowers and Bricks, a history of Leslieville, will talk about George Leslie (1804-1893), an innovator whose business became Canada’s largest tree nursery. He helped found the Toronto Horticultural Society, Allan Gardens and the Provincial Exhibition, forerunner of the CNE. Not content with simply growing trees, he used the telegraph, catalogues, mail order and delivery by rail to promote trees across Canada. He became a Justice of the Peace, issued his own coinage and was known as “Squire Leslie”.
Leslie promoted sustainable forestry at a time when even Toronto streets had
few trees. Part of his tree farm “Leslie’s Grove” became a park and Leslieville is named for him. Today George Leslie’s greatest legacy are the trees lining our streetsand gracing our parks.

Read more about Joanne Doucette by clicking: Leslieville History

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: St. Matthew’s Clubhouse
Riverdale Park East at Langley and Broadview
Admission: $5.00 at door / free to members.
Annual membership: $15.00 per person / $25.00 per couples.

The next presenter will be
 Ron Fletcher
Please return March 1, 2016 for further updates