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High Park Stewards meet on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month, rain or shine.

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2017 Upcoming Sessions

Waiver Form Please fill this out once a year and bring it with you to a session.

 

September 24, Seed Collecting

10:30 am to 12:30 pm. WE WORK IN RAIN BUT NOT LIGHTNING STORMS!

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant

We will be collecting a variety of native plant seeds in The Tablelands and in the Nursery to be used in next year's plantings. and more!

There may be several options for people this session so we need a lot of volunteers. Friends and families are welcome. There will be 2 sites for seed collection, the Nursery and the Tablelands Restoration site. In addition, a small group may be working in the Boulevard Beds surrounding the Grenadier Restaurant.

Please do not wear fleece or other non-smooth clothes as seeds stick to them (see photo below)

see Pingg invite

The High Park Greenhouse Native Plant Nursery, which is not open to the public (but is for us) has a wide variety of native plants as do our restoration sites where Urban Forestry will select the most beneficial one for seed collecting. We will be collecting a variety of native grasses such as Canada Wild Rye, Little and Big Bluestem, Indian, Bottlebrush and Panic Grass. There are also many different types of wildflowers that are ready to harvest for next year.

These include Cardinal flower, Blue lobelia, Harebell, Milkweed, Black-Eyed Susan, Cup Plant, Woodland Sunflower, Verbena and many others are still blooming. Bumblebees are enjoying Goldenrod and and a wide variety of asters including Sky-Blue, New England and Heath asters.

We will meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 and go to the various locations from there. Please be on time as the Nursery gates are locked after our arrival.

See Grasses and Sedges and Planting the Seed, Environment Canada, especially page 23: Seed Collecting Tips.

It takes many seed heads to provide the seeds needed
we will do seed cleaning during the winter
Native grasses are in their prime in fall
Wild Rye, Little and Big Bluestem
Seed Collecting
A wide variety of plants are ready
The Native Plant Nursery
The best place to see these plants in the park
Sky Blue Aster
Bumblebees are still hard at work
Common Milkweed
Essential food for Monarch butterfly caterpillars
Bottlebrush Grass
Sometimes the names of plants are obvious
Some plants have sticky seeds
please do not wear fleece or other non-smooth clothes
 

IMPORTANT INFO FOR STEWARDS

2017 Upcoming Sessions

About our stewardship program

 
Becoming a Buckthorn Buster
photo from October 2015
End of Year Pot-Luck Lunch
November 27, 2016
We love to transplant in the Greenhouse
preparing plants for our sale and for the park
Buckthorn busting is great for students
collect volunteer hours
 
Buckthorn Busters 2015
November 22, 2015
We have planted in 5 sites in the last 5 years
June 2015
Planting in the All-Star site
June 2009
Seeds Cleaning is a favourite activity
February 2015
 

Upcoming sessions

Schedule for 2017, subject to change based on weather and need
 

2017 Winter and Spring Sessions

Boulevard Beds Work Schedule

  • Jan. 22 - Stewards 20th anniversary
  • Feb. 12 - Greenhouse - Seed cleaning
  • Feb. 26 - Presentation - Biological control of Invasive plant species with W.D. McIlveen
  • March 12 - Greenhouse - Transplanting (existing stewards only, space is limited) SET CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR SAT. NIGHT
  • March 26 - Presentation - Native Plants in your garden with Lorraine Johnson
  • April 9 - Nursery Cleanup (and BBeds Fence Post installation)
  • April 23 - Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation: protection of water and Toronto's ravines; creating complete communities through urban intensification. (and BBeds Fence Post installation)
  • May 7 - Native Plant Sale at the Greenhouse
  • TBA - BBeds special session: remove cold season grasses & weeds/transplant wildflowers & grasses

2017 summer and fall sessions

  • May 28 - Garlic Mustard Removal (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/transplant wildflowers & grasses
  • June 11 - Spring planting (and BBeds laying sand on beds - extra time needed?
  • June 25 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds planting of wildflowers and grasses
  • July 9 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance - remove weeds, litter, & water)
  • July 23 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 13 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 27 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Sept 10 - Fall planting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Sept 24 - Seed collecting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Oct 22 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses/harvest and scatter seeds
  • Nov 12 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses)
  • Nov 26 - Buckthorn Busting and Pot-luck lunch (and BBeds prepare bbeds for winter)

High Park Stewards Facebook Invasive Squad info

The Boulevard Bed Squad will have most of their sessions at the same date and time as our regular ones. Contact stewards@highparknature.org if you would like to join them for extra information.


Outdoor sessions are dependent on weather and growing conditions and what is determined to be the greatest need for our volunteer efforts.

 

High Park Stewards meet on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, rain or shine.

 

About the High Park Stewards and 2016 Past Sessions

 

Follow us on and on High Park Stewards Facebook Group

2015 session dates and draft topics and the Stewards 2014 Brochure

If you would like to be added to the email list please email stewards@highparknature.org.

Mailing address for legal purposes: High Park Stewards c/o High Park Nature Centre, PO Box 30044, Toronto, ON M6P 3K0

 

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