Bees Love Trees

Helping Wild Bees in the City

©2017 LEAF


When we think of supporting native bees, we often think of planting flowering annuals and perennials. But trees and shrubs also flower, and they can produce hundreds of pollen-laden flowers on just one plant!


From June through November 2017, we worked in partnership with Ontario Power Generation to spread the biodiversity message that #BeesLoveTrees. Each week we shared buzz-worthy facts through social media and every month we shared a blog highlighting species that are just the bee's knees!

©2017 Kim Dowell / LEAF



We hosted pop-up events this past summer. Everyone was invited to join us for a mini-garden tour and ask bee and tree questions. 

  • Wychwood Farmer's Market - September 9, 2017
  • Berczy Park Tree Tour & Adopt-a-Tree Project - August 27, 2017
  • Stephenson Park Tree Tour and Picnic - August 26, 2017
  • Wychwood Farmer's Market - August 12, 2017
  • St. Clair TTC STation, Urban Forest Demonstration Garden - July 27, 2017
  • High Park TTC Station, Urban Forest Demonstration Garden - July 25, 2017
  • Tree Tenders Stewardship Day - Machell Park, Aurora - July 22, 2017
  • Summer Garden Party - June 28, 2017
  • Leslieville Tree Festival – June 17, 2017

Stay Informed & Get Involved

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What are my options?

LEAF helps property owners plant the right trees in the right places. We plant native species, which are well-suited to our climatic conditions, require less maintenance than exotic species, and provide essential habitat for wildlife. Our siting services, extensive advice, and resources on proper tree care help to ensure that the trees and shrubs we plant survive and thrive. Roughly half the value of our services is covered by our funding partners, so you get top-notch programs at a more affordable price. Read on to discover what we can grow together!

© 2016 Brenna Anstett / LEAF

Bundle Your Shrubs to Beautify your Yard!

We are now offering shrub bundles, designed to help you beautify your yard! A bundle of four native shrubs, delivered to your door with mulch, a planting and care guide and a specialized fact sheet will cost you only $100 + HST- that's like buying four shrubs for the price of three! 

Choose from our themed bundles below:

Edible Bundles are designed to help you create your own edible urban garden. This bundle allows you to select your favourite shrubs based on taste, bloom time, fruit type, flower and fall colour, mature size or hardiness! Select any four of the following: American hazelnut, black chokeberry, common elderberry, highbush cranberry, lowbush blueberry, nannyberry, northern wild raisin, pasture rose, purple flowering raspberry and serviceberry.

The rest of our bundles contain pre-determined species. As species sell out, substitutions may be made by LEAF.

Native Bee Bundles are designed to provide habitat and food sources for our native bees. This bundle contains shrubs of varying mature sizes including St. John's wort, snowberry, common ninebark and grey dogwood.

Songbird Bundles are designed to provide food and shelter for songbirds throughout the year. This bundle contains shrubs of varying mature sizes including lowbush blueberry, red osier dogwood, common elderberry, and serviceberry.

Small Yard Bundles are designed for smaller spaces while still adding beauty and biodiversity to your yard. This bundle includes lowbush blueberry, St. John's wort, and meadowsweet and snowberry.

Privacy Bundles are designed to help you attain privacy while still adding biodiversity to your yard. This bundle contains tall and dense growing shrubs including red osier dogwood, black chokeberry, bayberry and common ninebark.

© 2016 Janet McKay / LEAF

Create A Bee-autiful Yard!

Our native bee kits will help you to attract a variety of native bees to your yard, providing shelter and food for these important pollinators. Although they don't get as much attention as their showier cousins, they play a crucial role in sustaining our ecosystem! These garden kits will do best in locations with full sun and well-drained soil, and are available in two different sizes to fit your space. Various garden design options are also offered to help you personalize your yard!

What's Included

Large Native Bee Kit (covers approx. 55 square ft)

  • 52 perennials
  • 4 shrubs
  • Mulch
  • Garden design suggestions
  • Tips to help your garden succeed
Price: $265 + HST


Small Native Bee Kit (covers approx. 25 square ft)

  • 22 perennials
  • 2 shrubs
  • Mulch
  • Garden design suggestions
  • Tips to help your garden succeed
Price: $145 + HST


Native Bee Kit Species List


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