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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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BROCHURE 2018

 

2019 Upcoming Sessions

About our stewardship program

 

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.


Stewards High Park Stewards 2018 Work Summary Check out what we have accomplished in 2018!


2019 Upcoming Sessions

 

March 24, Water-Loving Native Plants: Site Examples of a Marsh Restoration and an Ecological Swimming Pool

current Pingg invite

Speaker: Janice Keil

10:30 am to 12:30 pm, HOWARD PARK TENNIS CLUB, 430 Parkside Drive

As a director of the North American Plant Society and passionate environmentalist, the presenter, Janice Keil, will take you into the depths of water-loving native plants.

A 97 agricultural acreage in the Land Between (Northumberland County) is home to an ongoing marsh restoration experiment to assess the impact of the invasive Reed Canary Grass on the hydrology of marsh ecosystems. An ecological swimming pool constructed to EU standards using native plants as the sole filtration system in the regeneration zone will be built next year.

Janice Keil grew up on a mixed crop farm in SW Ontario, put herself through university by growing cucumbers commercially for Bicks. That experience turned her towards organic agriculture, a sector she remains active in to this day. After a two decade stint in Toronto, she has happily returned to rural Ontario, living presently in the amazing community of Peterborough . Professionally, she is a secondary school teacher in World Religions and Philosophy with an eclectic array of degrees: Honours Music, M.A. German and Master of Divinity.

She is presently working on a feminist sustainable building project, Active Women Building Passive House that will take place on the 97 acres this summer. This beautiful piece of land will be home to 20 acres of tall grass prairie for seed production, a heritage sheep CSA and organic vegetable/fruit gardens, the produce of which will be donated to women’s shelters. Last but not least, she is an avid native plant enthusiast and has served on the board of directors of the North American Plant Society (NANPS) for the last seven years.

 

Apr 28, Fusion Gardens - Multi-season sustainability and beauty

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Speaker: Sean James

10:30 am to 12:30 pm, HOWARD PARK TENNIS CLUB, 430 Parkside Drive

“There are many tools available to help the planet and to beautify yards at the same time, including drought-tolerant and biodiversity-enhancing plant choices and weaving in rainscaping techniques.” Or a slight variation: “There are many tools available to help the planet including drought-tolerant and biodiversity-enhancing plant choices as well as weaving in rainscaping techniques, and it’s never necessary to sacrifice beauty to do the right thing.”

Named by GardenMaking magazine as one of “20 Making a Difference”, gardening has been Sean James’ hobby and profession for over 35 years. A graduate of Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, a Master Gardener, writer, and international speaker; Sean is a global leader in eco-friendly landscaping with his work appearing in numerous books and manuals. He’s worked on the national Red Seal educational program, teaches at Mohawk College and sits on the editorial board for Ontario Gardening magazine. He’s the Ontario spokesperson for Garden Days Canada, sits on several environmental committees and has appeared television and radio shows coast-to-coast.

Sean runs an environmentally-friendly company, using eco-friendly materials, recycling, composting and promoting responsible use of biological controls. The office is even powered by Bullfrog Power, using 100% green hydro and natural gas which is harvested from methane from landfills, giving it a zero-carbon footprint.

See Sean James at Canada Blooms, March 8-17

Dig Safe Garden G41, What We Used to Kill: Caterpillars & Their Host Plants,and Landscaping A Small Yard…Some Design Tips From A Pro,

 

Sean James Consulting & Design, Twitter, Facebook

Water Garden
photo: Sean James
Patio Design
photo: Sean James
New sustainable gardening techniques
photo: Sean James
Sean James and nuthatch
photo: Sean James

 

Map of Park and HPTC

map of restoration sites

 

 

Stewards through the Year

 
Spring 2016 planting Group
June 12, 2016
Plants originate in the Native Plant Greenhouse
June 12, 2016
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
 
Becoming a Buckthorn Buster
photo from October 2015
Buckthorn plants produce a huge amount of seeds
Let's catch them before they spread
 

Upcoming sessions

Schedule for 2019, subject to change based on weather and need
 

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.


Winter Sessions (Draft)

  • Jan. 27 - Urban Birds and Citizen Science, Emily Rondel*
  • Feb. 10 - Greenhouse - Seed cleaning (existing active stewards only, space is limited)
  • Feb. 24 - Design Inspired by Nature with Jonas Spring*
  • March 10 - Greenhouse - Planting Seeds (existing active stewards only, space is limited) SET CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR SAT. NIGHT
  • March 24 - Water-Loving Native Plants: Site Examples of a Marsh Restoration and an Ecological Swimming Pool, Janice Keil*
  • April 14 - To be determined
  • April 28 - Do Beauty & ‘Good’ All Year with Fusion Gardening with Sean James*
  • May 12 - Garlic Mustard Removal and Boulevard Beds

Sessions with * are held at the Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive

Spring and Summer Sessions (Draft)

  • May 26 - Garlic Mustard Removal (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/transplant wildflowers & grasses
  • June 9 - Spring planting (and BBeds laying sand on beds - extra time needed?
  • June 23 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds planting of wildflowers and grasses
  • July 14 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance - remove weeds, litter, & water)
  • July 28 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 11 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 25 - Native Plant Sale at the Greenhouse

2019 Fall Sessions (Draft)

  • Sept 8 - Fall planting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Sept 22 - Seed collecting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Oct 13 - Seed Collecting #2 (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Oct 27 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses/harvest and scatter seeds
  • Nov 10 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses)
  • Nov 24 - 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

 

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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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