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Gardening Resources

Rare Plants of the Endangered High Park Black Oak Savannah, A Volunteer Stewardship Program Guidebook.

A plant and habitat guide, history of High Park, account of volunteering experiences and catalog of stewardship resources all in one entertaining pocket-sized book. For more information about this Guidebook and where it can be purchased, please see this poster (pdf) or click here.

More Gardening Resources

LEAF – Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests

Backyard Tree Planting Program offers native trees and shrubs to homeowners at a subsidized cost. Services include:

  • 30-minute site consultation with our arborist
  • 5 to 8 foot tall native tree
  • Between $150 to $200 per tree
  • Full planting service
  • Native Garden Kits, delivered to your door. a great way to attract songbirds and butterflies.

To book a consultation or to order shrubs visit or call 416.413.9244.

Perennials, shrubs and trees Click on a plant then view the signs.

Visit the City ravine page for additional downloads re: Forestry Facts & Native Plant Lists, and Invasive Species Management

Canadian Wildlife Federation

Wild about Gardening

Ontario Native Plant Suppliers

Native Plant Girl

Check the "native plant gardening & naturalization: how to's" link list at

Evergreen - Home Greening Resources

Tips, resources and native plant database.

Evergreen Garden Market Weekends at the Evergreen Brickworks

Grow Me Instead

A guide from the Ontario Invasive Plant Council that offers practical alternatives to commonly grown invasive plants.

Create a Garden for Pollinators

Visit Pollinator Gardens

Pilot Study Finds Plants Sold As ‘Bee Friendly’ Pretreated With Pesticides

North American Native Plant Society has information on gardening, Native Plant Catalogue and other useful information. Their native plant sale is in Markham on May 9, 2015. There is a related website The Scoop that has newsletters and other local information.

Society for Urban Land Care (SOUL) was formed in response to the growing need for ecologically responsible land care practices. Our mission is to promote and support organic practices in our communities through education, certification and standardization.

Garden Jane Permaculture and Organic Gardening workshops

Garden Design Goes Native article in The New Perennialist

Environmental Education

There are programs offered at York, Ryerson and University of Toronto in Environmental studies.

The Humber Arboretum Centre for Urban Ecology offers courses in a LEED Gold certified facility.


Ontario Invasive Plants

Orchid Recovery Center

Visit our online portal to orchid conservation and preservation. Our mission is to make individuals and communities aware of all the endangered and rare orchid species around the world and within their surrounding ecosystems; then connect them with the resources they need to help protect these unique flowers. Find out about ways to take action through volunteering, donating to causes or joining your local orchid society.

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