East York · Arts & Life


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East York gardens garner awards

Since her husband retired, Lippert has paid extra attention to the front garden. There are snapdragons and hostas still doing well this fall. One could say her work created one of the best gardens in the city. Proof is that Lippert just won a 2010 City of Toronto Garden award for a commercial property.


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Botanical artists plant seeds in East York

While the Botanical Artists of Canada doesn’t have a long history — it celebrates its tenth anniversary next year — the art form these artists represent does. The artistic rendition of plants dates back to the time before camera, and is a lot more complex than it seems.


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Movie night at Brick Works

Anthony Westenberg, spokesperson for the Brick Works, says the films help build a sense of community. “We want to be a community centre and we want to bring people together,” Westenberg said. “It’s a unique way for Torontonians to get out and enjoy a night out in a very unique atmosphere.”


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Award celebrates young scientists

Eighteen-year-old Eden Full won the award in 2009. While in her last year of high school in Calgary, Full developed her prize-winning project: a method for rotating solar panels. Full, now a student in mechanical engineering and African studies at Princeton University in the United States, put the $2,000 cash prize toward developing a prototype that she tested during field work in Kenya.


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Whales and Maori culture on display

Visitors can get up close to these colossal marine mammals with the help of interactive audiovisual exhibits such as exploring a “whale lab;” learning about whale riders, marine biologists and whaling families; and walking right up to a full-scale sperm whale fossil. Kids can also climb into a life-sized model of a blue whale heart.



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Gardener turns urban space to her advantage

Gayla Trail doesn’t have the luxury of a yard, so she tries housing her plants in just about anything. Shallow-rooted plants such as lettuce, radishes and strawberries get grown in wooden drawers, and deeper-rooted plants such as chives, in metal garbage bins.