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January 13, 2012 10:30 am High Park, Toronto: Restoring Cities discussion

Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.The first light S. of Bloor from Keele. It’s the brown building in the back. Please enter via the bottom door.  View PINGG invitation to this session when available

PLEASE:  send in photos of front yard/boulevard/city gardens in all stages of development, in all seasons in advance of the talk.  Looking to illustrate that utility isn’t necessarily “pretty” all the time…but needs to be left to grow into that.  ddale@verdigrow.com

Find out how different groups in Toronto and other cities are working on restoring wildlife habitats and combatting invasive species in natural, private and public spaces. See how individual yards can link together synergistically, to restore not only habitat and biodiversity but creativity and innovation. Some examples are Seattle’s “pollinator pathway” and Vancouver’s student boulevard planters for homeowners project.

After the presentation we will have a discussion of ways that we can create more public engagement in transforming/restoring Toronto’s biodiversity. This will include a look at Deborah’s new web sites, Verdigrow and her “Grow Up” Toronto program to encourage front yard and boulevard plantings and other habitat restoration programs while combatting bad bylaws and educating the public.

There is still a lot to do but our work has made a difference in our private and public spaces.

You may submit garden photos (low resolution please) to stewards@highparknature.org with a copy to ddale@verdigrow.com to be compiled for the discussion and bring printed photos as well.

Deborah Dale is a biologist; past-President North American Native Plant Society; former Recycling Coordinator/Solid Waste Specialist City of Scarborough. Her native plant garden (above) has been targeted by Scarborough’s MLS department using several bylaws since 2003.

This session will be followed at 1:00 pm by a meeting of the High Park Natural Environment Committee. Everyone is invited. Agenda