Green Plots

Butterfly Milkweed

Butterfly Milkweed

 

Who knew that gardens were so subversive?  While many municipalities around the globe are recognizing the value of native species in fighting global warming, dealing with droughts, and attenuating storm flow; others are fighting to maintain the lawn care industry’s hold on their residents.  Draconian bylaws and ordinances seeking to control more natural and productive gardening styles prompted the proponents of these vitally alive spaces to proclaim a Green Revolution…a social movement to promote lawnlessness.

Wild Bergamot

Like all revolutions, we need the peoples support.  It takes a city to fight city hall — to push the Green Revolution forward.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every house and business sported a native plant patch to provide a bridgehead to help wildlife to traverse the urban/suburan desert between larger natural areas?  Unfortunately too many people don’t seem to be ready to lose even a part of their lawn (alien, invasive, and highly allergenic) but we are here to help those courageous individualists who are interested in taking a first step into a greener future.

How about adding just a few native plants?  A small garden patch, preferably in front of your home or business so that others can see that native isn’t scary, will help to push the Revolution forward.

Make 2016 the year you launch your own Green Plot!

Monarch on Cup Plant

Monarch on Cup Plant

Green Plots are ready made native plant gardens ready for pickup beginning in May 2016.  You can choose a garden suitable for either sunny or shady conditions or create your own selection.  We provide native plants from locally sourced stock and complete instructions for their initial care.  You provide the location and a little help settling them in to their new home.  Nature will do the rest.

We’ve partnered with UrbanRider, a motorcycle outfitter with a green core, in Toronto’s Beach area (South side of Queen Street east of Kingston Road) to provide a convenient pickup location Wednesday-Monday.  You can place an order by sending us an email to ensure your selection is available.  You can stop briefly in front of the store to load your plants, or park on the west side of the shop, across the road, or in the parking lot of nearby Woodbine Park.  In support of our cause, Urban Rider is offering a 10% discount on store merchandise with the purchase of any Green Plot (some exclusions apply).

Sky Blue Aster

Sky Blue Aster

Blue stemmed Goldenrod

Blue stemmed Goldenrod

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke

Wild Nodding Onion

Wild Nodding Onion

We will also be offering periodic collection points in public spaces around suburban Toronto to make it easy to start your Green Plot in other areas of the City.

Be a Revolutionary Hero!  Create your own Green Plot this summer!

Choose from our selection of Sun or Shade plot plants.
A Green Plot includes:

  • 18 locally native plants ($5/plant, or $85/tray)
  • a “Grow Up Toronto” sign
  • care instructions introducing you to the species making up your plot.

We’d like to track the Green Plots and when a green path is established (several green plots in close proximity), add those plots to our seditious master plan, so be sure to let us know where your plot is located.

Expand your plot with additional plants and enter our Green Revolution contest by submitting your plot for a chance to win 10% off your next plot purchase.  Winners will be selected based on the prominence and effectiveness of their green plot.  No purchase is necessary, feel free to register your existing plot!

As ever, species selection is subject to acts of nature, and we always expect to have a few surprises, but we will do our best to ensure your selection is available.

Green Plots*
Sun Selection:

Allium cernuum Wild Nodding Onion
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Milkweed
Geum trifolia Prairie Smoke
Liatris cylindracea Cylindric Blazing Star
Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot
Schizachyrium scoparium Little Bluestem grass
Symphyotrichum oolantangiense Sky Blue Aster

Shade Selection:

Aquilegia canadensis Canada columbine
Desmodium canadense Showy Ticktrefoil
Lobelia silphiltica Great Blue Lobelia
Verbena hastata Blue Vervain   (*sun – part shade)
Solidago caesia Bluestem Goldenrod

*The link from each species takes you to the USDA website which offers information about the plant. For some, a more detailed plant guide is available, found in the General Information Box down the left side.
Or check out our plant labels from the On Sale Now page for a quick look at each species.