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High Park Stewards – Next Sessions


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







Summer sessions: Weeding and Watering in the Tablelands

Aug. 28

10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant

The likely site for August 28 is the Tablelands: The Tablelands (behind the Grenadier Restaurant)

The Targets: Garlic mustard, hedge parsley, ragweed, tall sweet white clover, and more!

Anyone interested in joining us is welcome to meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 and we will go to the site from there. For your protection, please dress as per the photo below, long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. We will supply tools and gloves. Pingg invitation to this session

This spring has been very dry so we are going to help our newly planted site by watering if it doesn't rain enough in the next week. Although our native savannah plants require less water than others when established, our newly planted site was looking a bit crispy last week when we weeded. Urban Forestry has a "Rainbird" tank of water that we use to fill watering cans. We really hope it won't be necessary and that all of the plants in the park will be replenished naturally.

Maintenance aka weeding is as important as planting and equally rewarding. Once the weeds are removed the native plants have room to grow, display their beauty and do their work providing food and shelter for wildlife.

We will be working in our restoration sites weeding and monitoring the growth of native plants in the site. The Boulevard Beds group will also be working to update our demonstration garden.

We have a number of restoration areas where work has been going on for a number of years, including the Sculpure Garden site, the All-Star site, Site 10A near Bloor Street and The Tablelands (behind the Grenadier Restaurant).

The main suspects in High Park are Garlic Mustard, Hedge Parsley, Himalayan Balsam, Oriental Bittersweet, Ragweed, Sweet White Clover, Queen Anne's Lace, Motherwort, Burdock etc. Dog Strangling Vine is being handled by Urban Forestry.

It is really amazing how our group can make such a difference in one morning.

There will be a Walking Tour of our restoration sites on Aug. 21. Download the 2016 Sunday Walking Tours brochure


For more information on Restoration work Planting Native Species and Ecological Restoration. Of course there is also the ever-popular Invasive Plant Species

Steve Smith has generously provided us with a copy of his presentation to the High Park Stewards on Feb. 24, 2013. This is an excellent practical resource guide.Management of Invasive Species in Toronto Parks

On the updated Ontario noxious weed list are: common barberry, dog-strangling vine, European buckthorn, bull thistle, Canada thistle, wild carrot, Coltís foot dodder, goatís beard, Johnson grass, knapweed, nodding thistle, poison hemlock, poison ivy, proso millet, ragweed, yellow rocket, Russian thistle, Scotch thistle, sow thistle, cypress spurge, leafy spurge, tuberous vetchling, giant hogweed.

No hoses here, just buckets
Urban Forestry "Rainbird"
New plants need gentle watering
Many, many watering cans worth are needed
Our sites can use some help
Site 10A August 2012
Proper dress for all outdoor activities
We really want you to be protected
Garlic Mustard
Tall Sweet White Clover
one of the invasives we remove in early summer
Asian Bittersweet up close
High Park September 2010
Hedge Parsley
A problem all summer
Himalayan Balsam
one of the prettier invasives we remove in mid summer
A native plant but still invasive
Himalayan Balsam - Before
July 27, 2014
Himalayan Balsam - After
July 27, 2014

Upcoming work sessions

Schedule for 2016, subject to change based on weather and need


  • Sept 11: Fall Planting
  • Sept 25: Seed Collection
  • Oct 9: No session - Thanksgiving
  • Oct 23: Buckthorn Removal
  • Nov 13: Buckthorn Removal
  • Nov 27: Buckthorn Removal and Pot Luck Lunch

The Elite Squad which holds special sessions removing invasive species like garlic mustard is looking for a group leader. Contact stewards@highparknature.org if you would like to be the group leader.

High Park Stewards Facebook Invasive Squad info

The Boulevard Bed Squad will be determining their schedule, with monthly maintenance of the beds spring to fall. Contact stewards@highparknature.org if you would like to join them.

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 list please email stewards@highparknature.org.


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