2018 Tea ‘n’ Tales Schedule!

The Guelph Storyteller’s Guild is back for their 11th year for Tea ‘n’ Tales in the Garden. Every Friday, come down to the Garden at 10:30 AM to hear some fantastic tales. This summer, we’re pleased to announce five new storytellers making their Garden debut.

All performances are free, but donations are kindly welcomed. All donations are split between the Garden and the Storyteller’s Guild.

The Schedule

June 29: The wonderful voice of Tannis Slimmon will open this year’s Tea ‘n’ Tales festival. Tannis is a critically acclaimed Canadian musician who has been singing, songwriting, recording, and touring locally, nationally and internationally for over 30 years. Also telling will be local raconteur, Brian Holstein, with his tales and poetry from around the globe.

July 6: Acclaimed local troubadour James Gordon will be returning with his songs of local folks and history, as well as his sometimes stranger-than-fiction tales about being on the road, travelling the continent to entertain. He will be joined by Michael Doherty with his tales of Ireland, old Montreal and little-known history of this country.

July 13: A debut performance by Toronto’s Lynn Torrie, along with local teller, puppeteer, playwright and elocutionist Jay Wilson (Pandora’s Sox) who will return with his tales and his poetry.

July 20: Back by popular demand is local Elora storyteller and social activist Donna McCaw. Donna always charms her audience with her tales, often stemming from her prairie upbringing. Joining her will be one of the Guild’s almost-original members, Ann Estill, who will again tell her thoughtful tales.

July 27: Returning yet again by popular demand will be Mr. Guelph Guitar, Doug Larson, with his stories ranging from his discovery of Ontario’s old cedar tree, to the construction of the Guelph Guitar, to tales of his grandson. Joining him will be Guelph teller, Jenny Higgins, making a return with her energetic tales.

Aug. 3: Jan Sherman will be returning yet again, to the delight of all. Jan is an Anishinaabe Métis woman, mother, storyteller, drummer, and singer. She’ll share stories of her life, and from Indigenous traditions. She will be joined by guild tellers.

Aug. 10: Kait Taylor, along with Sarah Abusarar, of Toronto. Sarah comes from a long line of storytellers on her paternal side. Because Sarah grew up in several countries, she tells stories from all over the world with the focus on Palestinian and Croatian stories, where her roots lie.

Aug. 17: Judy and Paul Caulfield will be joined by local Maryann Bailey and her warm tales.

Aug. 24: Brenda Lewis & Gayle Ackroyd will be returning for their third summer! This wonderful duo will enchant guests with their musical talents. Also appearing will be Mary Baldarsaro.

Aug. 31: Our final performance for the season will feature Adwoa Badoe, author, storyteller, and African dance instructor. This Guelph resident has entertained audiences young and old with her appearances at Toronto and Montreal Storytelling Festivals, Hillside and Eden Mills. Joining her will be another Guelph icon, Sya VanGeest who has told stories to all with an unparalleled passion that draws in her audience.

Each hour-long performance begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. It is strongly suggested that audience members bring their own lawn chair, and there will be a free coffee, iced tea or lemonade for the first 30 people who bring their own mug. We will not be supplying any single-use cups (paper or foam) and we encourage people to bring their own mugs.

2018 Plant Sale

pink flowers with 2018 garden plant sale may 26

It’s time again for our annual Spring Plant Sale and we are back at Waterworks Place. We’ll have a large variety of plants available and knowledgable gardeners on hand to answer any questions you may have. All proceeds will be going right back into the running of the garden.

WHEN: Saturday May 26th
TIME: 9am – 2pm
WHERE: at the Guelph Water Works – 29 Waterworks Place, Guelph (off of York Road)

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GEG Wins 2016 Mayor’s Award

Each year, the Mayor of Guelph presents Mayor’s Awards to honour Guelph’s difference makers – people who make our city a better place through volunteer service. 2016 marks the 20th year of the Mayor’s Awards.

On June 23, 2016, Mayor Guthrie presented Mayor’s Awards to five outstanding community volunteers at the Guelph Chamber of Commerce’s annual Awards of Excellence gala and the Guelph Enabling Garden’s own Founder Trevor Barton was on the winners.


From the Mayor:

“Trevor Barton is the driving force behind one of our city’s great gems – the Guelph Enabling Garden.

In 1999, Trevor first conceived of an accessible garden designed for everyone: children, the elderly, families, and especially for those with varying degrees of physical and cognitive abilities. His vision was for everyone to be able to experience the joy of gardening. He gathered a team, developed a plan that was unanimously approved by Council, and the garden was constructed at Riverside Park.

Today, the Enabling Garden welcomes more than 10,000 visitors a year, with over 50 groups registered for its services. The Garden hosts the Guelph Storyteller’s Guild, the Master Gardeners, and an on-staff horticultural therapist who provides free programming to members. With its sensory gardens, accessible raised garden beds, and brick path, the Enabling Garden is a thriving and inclusive space where people of all abilities can connect with their community, learn new skills, and ultimately grow something truly unique.

Trevor continues to work tirelessly to ensure the Garden’s continued success: fostering relationships, working with volunteers and staff, developing programming, seeking out grants, and fundraising – not to mention planting and weeding!

Many people in Guelph credit the Enabling Garden for helping improve their physical, emotional, cognitive, or mental health. It is a place where everyone is welcome, and everyone belongs. In the words of his nominator, “Without Trevor, this garden would not exist. He is the soil in the garden metaphor – the foundation for successful growth.”

You can read more about the award and the other recipients here.