Mystery and Wonder: Japan’s Astonishing Lifeforms

Dates & Times:
August 25, 1-2PM

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When we think of Japan, we might think of the delicious cuisine or its beautiful mountains or bustling cities. Very few people think about Japan in terms of its splendid wild animals or fascinating plant life. Japan is made up of a series of islands, and islands are often regarded as “closed” ecosystems. Cut off from the rest of the world, species are allowed to evolve in peace and isolation. This often results in some highly improbable and wondrous creatures! Join us for a look at some of Japan’s most outlandish wild creatures and most astounding plants! You’ll meet the Japanese giant salamander and the enigmatic toad lily. You’ll become acquainted with the bizarre goblin shark and meet the largest hornet on earth. Japan continually surprises and delights us with all it has to offer!   

Lyndon Penner 
Growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Lyndon began gardening at around three or four years of age. His earliest memories are of the garden. He was a fully committed and passionate perennial grower by the age of nine.

As a teenager, he started writing for the magazine 'The Saskatchewan Gardener', which became 'The Gardener for the Prairies'. He has also written for 'Gardens West' and 'Canadian Gardening'.

At the age of 20, Lyndon became the youngest person to ever teach horticulture at the University of Saskatchewan where he continues to teach and lecture to this day. He has also been a guest speaker and lecturer for the Olds College, the Calgary Zoo Botanic Garden, the University of British Columbia, the Ohkimaw Ohci Healing Lodge, the Galt Museum, Nikka Yuko, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and city parks staff in both Calgary and Saskatoon. He has also written the text for two entire courses for the University of Saskatchewan and then taught them over a six week period. 

Lyndon does botanical interpretive work in Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada's wildflower capital, and the most botanically diverse region in Alberta.