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September 22, 2006
Admire Toronto’s trees
Internationally renowned photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo has collaborated with writer Lorraine Johnson to produce the 2007 Toronto Tree Portraits calendar. This edition not only celebrates the importance and uniqueness of Toronto’s tree heritage, but also explores the nature of relationships between people and trees. The calendars are priced at $15 each and will be available starting September 25. The foreword is by astronaut, author and photographer Roberta Bondar.

“The photographs in this calendar are of surreal creatures that dig deep into planet Earth and, both magically and majestically, transform soil into extravagant parents that exude grace, steadfastness and loyalty. Looking at these images, we are reminded of respect and why we should never again take the life of a tree for granted,” wrote Dr. Bondar.

Trees are the lifelines of Toronto, and a predominant contributor to its image as a green and livable city. More than three million publicly owned trees dominate Toronto’s ravines, line its boulevards and beautify its parks, and millions more grow on private property. The annotated tree portraits not only provide a unique and innovative perspective on Toronto’s past, they also serve as a key to the future.

The American Elm at 200 Bloor St. E., European Purple Leaf Beech in Glenn Gould Park and Eastern White Cedar in Woodlands Park are a few of the trees that are featured in the 2007 calendar.

To order a copy, call the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation at 416-397-5178. All proceeds from the sale of the Toronto Tree Portraits calendar will go directly to the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, a charitable public foundation that was founded in 2002 in response to a growing concern about the state of parks and trees in Toronto.

The official launch of the calendar takes place at the Stephen Bulger Gallery on October 11 and a showing of full-sized photos from the calendar will be on display at the City Hall Rotunda from November 20-24.

The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is dedicated to supporting and enhancing Toronto’s public park system. The foundation works in partnership with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation to enhance, create and restore Toronto’s parks and trees for our enjoyment and the enjoyment of future generations.

For more information about Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, visit

Media contact:

Arthur Beauregard
Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation
416-771-2051 (cell)



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