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

 
 

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

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PLANTS & SITES

BROCHURE 2018


2018 Upcoming Sessions

Boulevard Beds Schedule 2018

Waiver Form All Stewards need to sign a City waiver document once a year when working in the park. To save time at the sessions please print and fill out these 2 pages prior to coming to work sessions. We will also have them on site. Waiver Form Instructions


Stewards Session Greeter and Boulevard Beds Group sign-up form Please fill out the form to be a greeter at the sessions that you select and/or if you wish to be part of the regular Boulevard Beds group.


High Park Stewards Native Plant Sale

May 20, 11 am to 2 pm, in front of the Greenhouse

 

 

Boulevard Beds Fencing & Planting and Garlic Mustard Busting

May 27, 2018 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Lots of people are needed for 2 activities, why not bring a friend!

Meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant.

We work rain or shine Pingg invite

 

We weren't able to work on fencing at our last session, but did clear out a lot of unwanted cold season grasses. The locates for utility lines are now all in so we now are ready to re-build the fencing and work on the re-design of the Boulevard Beds, that surround the outer edge of the restaurant parking lot. Sand has been delivered and re-planting will begin. We have plants available so all we need are people. All tools will be provided, but dress in layers, bring sunscreen, water, a hat and closed shoes.

 
We're ready to plant again!
June 2017
The locates are in so we can build fences
Spring 2014
 

Garlic Mustard is an extremely aggressive invasive plant in woodland areas. Not only does it crowd out almost every other type of plant but is has an allelopathic agent that hinders their growth. Once removed native species can be planted to restore some biodiversity. Areas where GM has been removed need to be monitored and tended for at least 5 years as there is a strong seedbank and root system left behind.

We cleared this whole area in 2 hours!
May 28, 2017
Garlic Mustard
yes, it does smell like garlic and mustard
 

The Biodiversity and Education Awareness Network BEAN has excellent information on keeping this species from further damaging our forests.

Also see:

 

2018 Upcoming Sessions

About our stewardship program

 
The Boulevard Bed Group
October 27, 2013
End of Year Pot-Luck Lunch
November 27, 2016
 
We love to transplant in the Greenhouse
preparing plants for our sale and the park
Buckthorn Busting in the fall
October and November
 
Seed Collecting in late summer
in the Nursery and Tablelands
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 2018, subject to change based on weather and need
 

2018 Winter and Spring Sessions (Draft-subject to change)


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.


  • Jan. 28 - Protecting Biodiversity in Ontario; the Environmental Commissionerís Perspective
  • Feb. 11 - Greenhouse - Seed cleaning
  • Feb. 25 - Presentation - In the Zone, growing native plants
  • March 11 - Greenhouse - Transplanting (existing stewards only, space is limited) SET CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR SAT. NIGHT
  • March 25 - Nature, Restoration Ecology and Health with Ben Porchuk
  • April 8 - Nursery Cleanup
  • April 22 - Boulevard Beds cleanup and Fence Post installation)
  • May 13 - Boulevard Beds Fence Building

*May 20 - Native Plant Sale at the Greenhouse

2018 summer and fall sessions

  • May 27 - Garlic Mustard Removal (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/transplant wildflowers & grasses
  • June 10 - Spring planting (and BBeds laying sand on beds - extra time needed?
  • June 24 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds planting of wildflowers and grasses
  • July 8 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance - remove weeds, litter, & water)
  • July 22 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 12 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 26 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Sept 9 - Fall planting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Sept 23 - Seed collecting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Oct 14 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Oct 28 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses/harvest and scatter seeds
  • Nov 11 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses)
  • Nov 25 - 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 Past Sessions

 

Follow us on and on High Park Stewards Facebook Group

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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