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Green stars on the red carpet

By • Nov 5th, 2013 • Category: Happenings

AsterAwardsTBGWe celebrate stars of screen, stage and iPods; the scribes of poetry, fiction and self-help; and the brainiacs of just about every branch of science. Long overdue is an honours list of those who help us connect with nature. So hurrah to the Toronto Botanical Garden for inaugurating the Aster Awards, an event that pays homage to “green stars”.

On November 21, the Aster Awards will celebrate the work of three extraordinary individuals: the innovative designs of landscape architect Janet Rosenberg, Edward Burtynsky’s images of scarred landscapes and Scott MacIvor’s research into the life of bees in modern times.

If the gardens surrounding the Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery or Mississauga’s Community Common at the Living Arts Centre have captured your attention, then you’ve seen the innovative work of Janet Rosenberg. For more than 30 years, Ms. Rosenberg has been calling our attention to the beauty of nature through her public landmarks and private landscapes. Her selection as a recipient of the Aster Awards must have been an easy one!

Once seen, Edward Burtynsky’s photographs of landscapes scarred by industry are difficult to forget. Both beautiful and unsettling, they reflect the “uneasy contradictions of our times”, Burtynsky says. His works have been exhibited around the world and close to home, from the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid to the National Gallery of Canada. Stunning, haunting, thought-provoking.

For three years, Scott MacIvor’s bee condo has been a part of my garden. A University of Guelph PhD student, MacIvor has been studying the urban life of bees through test sites placed in various neighbourhoods of Toronto. If that weren’t enough to keep him buzzing, he’s also research coordinator at the University of Toronto’s Green Roof Innovation Technology lab. With young leaders like MacIvor, our future is looking pretty green.

Tickets for the 2013 Aster Awards are $125 each. Proceeds support TBG’s efforts to connect people to the benefits provided by nature.

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Place: Toronto Botanical Garden, Floral Hall 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto

Tickets $125 each, available online or by calling 416-397-1483

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